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Messenger | [Lois Lowry]

Messenger

Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce." But since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village.
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Publisher's Summary

Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce." But since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to newcomers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the only people able to safely travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter, Kira, to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has grown hostile to Matty too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

©2004 Lois Lowry; (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Builds suspense to the last heart-wrenching page." (Booklist)
"Simply and beautifully written..." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    09-14-04
    09-14-04 Member Since 2004
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    "we'll remember this one forever!"

    We had listened to The Giver and were thrilled to hear more! This book is actually the 3rd of a series of 3. The 2nd book is called Gathering Blue, which I haven't found on Audible.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Johanna Portland, OR, United States 07-18-04
    Johanna Portland, OR, United States 07-18-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Lois Lowry is a master storyteller!"

    This is the second book I've listened to of Lois Lowry's. It's actually a continuation of her book, The Giver, which I've listened to again and again with great pleasure. Lowry's character development is wonderful and her vivid language effortlessly transports me into the world she has created while I work on my artwork. Also, the narrators for both books sound just right, and I'm very particular about narrators!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 11-13-12
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Oh My Gosh!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would happily recommend this audio book to a friend. Even though it's the third book of the quartet, they can work separately, and you can understand the characters stories just by reading each book. It's a lovely story, well-paced, full of magic and simple, but engaging.


    What other book might you compare Messenger to and why?

    I don't have any book to compare it to because it's so different from other books I've read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where he heals it all. It is so unexpected and full of grace.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Healing beyond reason.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that bothered me a little it that I thought the story could be longer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Pocono Manor, PA, United States 08-01-14
    Victoria Pocono Manor, PA, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Thanks Lois, it was wonderful!"

    There's a lot going on in this story. Loyalty, love, bewilderment are just a few words that come to mind, along with perseverance and caring. I will say that the ending was not quite what I hoped for in one sense, and yet, it was perfect in another way, but I can't get into that without giving it away. Can't wait to get into the next and final story in the series. The narrator was also perfect for this story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Norfolk, VA, United States 04-03-13
    Tara Norfolk, VA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Brings THE GIVER & GATHERING BLUE together nicely"

    Lowry does it again in the 3rd book of the Giver Series. Another well told, edge of your seat, emotion evoking story about insurmountable odds in a place where the natural order of things is not like (and not totally unlike) our own. Characters from both The Giver and Gathering Blue are present and more details from both earlier books are filled in (a bit, don't expect all the answers).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Montclair, NJ, United States 02-05-13
    Rena Montclair, NJ, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Messenger the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was so moving, his gentle voice able to tell the story from many different perspectives.. The third book in this series did not disappoint. It was nice to hear about Jonas and Gabriel. Also, of Kira and Matty and how they grew.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What a beautiful story. Every character has a gift and we get to hear about how they use the gifts for the good of humanity... Also, what you give up in order to acquire material things..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Matty uses his gift to heal the community...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 06-29-12
    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 06-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautiful prose, disappointing ending"

    I loved The Giver as a child, and was excited to learn recently that Lowry had written sequels. I didn't listen to Gathering Blue as it was described as more of a kids book than the other two, so I can't comment on that one.

    The strength of this book is the tremendous beauty of the writing, which comes through wonderfully in the narration (this is one of the few times I wholeheartedly give a 5-star Performance review). Listening to this book was an absolute joy, and I highly recommend it.

    That being said, the plotting of the book kind of falls through. I love the world that Lowry has created in The Giver series, and enjoyed the particular corner of the world described in this book. She sets up a conflict--some sort of ominous darkness invading the happy world of "Village" through the coming of a mysterious stranger and corrupting some of its formerly benevolent members--but she is unable to resolve it in a fulfilling way. I definitely had the feeling that she had worked herself into a corner and couldn't figure out where she wanted to go. It's a shame this wonderful series was ended that way, but it doesn't diminish Lowry's standing as a master storyteller, for children and adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kymberly Vienna, VA, United States 05-28-12
    Kymberly Vienna, VA, United States 05-28-12
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    "It was ok"
    What did you love best about Messenger?

    I like the way all the characters from previous books meet in village


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The way that forest turns against everyone and has a mind of its own was cool but the main character just had to fall in love with the prettiest girl in village, blah


    Have you listened to any of David Morse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because evantually your mind would begin to wonder and you could miss important details


    Any additional comments?

    I think their could have been more of a story to it instead of just a journey

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 05-14-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "The Giver stands alone... Messenger needs..."

    Messenger is actually the end to Gathering Blue and ties the three books together. You need to have read the other two for it to make sense. The Giver to me is the classic and although I am glad to have read the other two, they do not reach as deep or as high for me. Gathering Blue felt unfinished, the end is here in Messenger... but Messenger is short and leaves lots and lots of loose ends unsatisfied for me as well. That said Lois is an incrediable writer and I love her themes, mind and creativty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09
    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent! again Excellent"

    If you listened or read the first book of "the giver" then you will enjoy this book also. I really hope that a 4th book will be written. All three have left me wanting to read more. I would recommend this to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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