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Messenger Audiobook
Messenger
Written by: 
Lois Lowry
Narrated by: 
David Morse
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Messenger Audiobook

Messenger

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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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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-10-08
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-10-08 Member Since 2007

    You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.

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    "Mesenger"

    After reading The Giver, I decided to read mesenger. I had hope that this book would be as good as The Giver. I was a bit disapointed however. In this book the author left too much questions unanswered. In The Giver, she did leave some questions out, but thouse aren't impprtant questions. Besides from that this book is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david daniel 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the story is suspensfull as fudge"

    i loved the story, but at the beginning it felt slow and akward (writtenwise) but after a while everything became familiar and trully a sequell to both gathering blue and the giver, i do hate the ends that lois lowry, she leaves you hanging

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    janina 02-22-16
    janina 02-22-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Ties the first two book together"

    A good story, it ties the first two book together. I do feel it still leaves some blank spaces, and unanswered questions.

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    Janice Reiff Raleigh, NC, US 07-24-15
    Janice Reiff Raleigh, NC, US 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great Lowry book"

    It kept my interest to the end! I eagerly look forward to listening to Son; the last in this series!

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    Michelle 07-20-15
    Michelle 07-20-15
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    "Why is this part of the series?"

    My mind wondered while listening. I did not care for this book. I enjoyed the first two, I wish they were more a continuation from the first book which I loved. Maybe my expectations would have been different had they been separate books.

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    An Old Hippie Chick 07-11-15 Member Since 2015

    Rabbits and other furry creatures are our FRIENDS! They are NOT food or fur! ~Namaste~

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    "I'd listen to David Morse read the phone book!"

    I think I read this story out of sequence and had problems figuring out what was happening until I re-read the Giver and Gathering Blue. Lowry does write interesting, well-thought-out, characters and environments and this is no exception. My original reason for getting it, and why I wound up with it out of sequence was that I saw it was read by David Morse. I've liked his acting, and especially his voice, since the days of the medical show he was on when he first began TV work. I can't remember the show, but I remember him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charity Harris 06-15-15
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    "I believe that"

    this book has a deeper meaning to it and perhaps even a spiritual one. when people become selfish everything around them isn't in harmony; things no longer work together and in ones selfishness ways of life are destroyed. because of a village selfishness a little boy had to give up his life in order to save the life of many others. this story in some ways reminds me of Jesus and how he came to this world as a healer and savior. just as the little boy had to give up his life to save others so did Christ give up his life to save the whole world. I feel like many lessons can be learned from this book and overall it was a good read

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    theQueen_ofSpades 06-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Oh my."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Because this is a fantastic work of art.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it wasn't too long or drawn out. It was the perfect length for this part of the Giver series.


    Which character – as performed by David Morse – was your favorite?

    I loved the old blind man, Kira's father.


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

    The end. Oh my god.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen. You won't regret this at all.

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    Sarah G 05-24-15
    Sarah G 05-24-15
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    "Filler Novel"

    I loved all of the books in this particular series by Lowry, except this one. I feel like this was the weakest link of all four books. I think it was the choice of main character. I feel like the choice to write an entire book about Matt was not the best. He seems to do better as a supporting character than a main one. Story was kind of slow and predictable towards the end. Maybe if he had a love interest of some other aspect to focus on besides his gift the story would have been more intriguing. I feel like this book was made to fill in minor gaps between Gathering Blue and Son. It could just as well been part of one of the other books. Matt’s story could be probably be told in about 5 pages.

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    Darcey L Tenbrink 05-18-15
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    "Amazing"

    Amazing
    One book I will sure to read again. Sad ending but very inspirational. Looking for a great book to read this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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