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The Giver Audiobook

The Giver [Audiobook]

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
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Publisher's Summary

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.

©1993 Lois Lowry; (P)1993 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1994

"A powerful and provocative novel." (The New York Times)
"Lowry is once again in top form...unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time." (School Library Journal)
"This is a compelling prospect for family listening...[Ron] Rifkin's juxtaposition of the young boy and the old Giver has tremendous effect." (AudioFile)

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    "Dude got an annoying voice."

    Great novel, interesting perspectives and writing. Annoying voice on the orator, but a good performer in general. Recommend.

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    Speech Pro 05-26-15
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    Not just for kids. The narrator took some getting used to, but I loved the story.

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    melissa hageman 05-26-15
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    "What a disappointment ending to an awesome book"

    I cannot believe it ended like that leaving me no closure whatsoever. It was so annoying the fact that I was in to the book the whole time and then they decided to end it like that seriously, what the fuck?!?

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    Gabreal Mast 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    my son had to read this book for school. He loved listening to it.

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    snowghost 05-18-15
    snowghost 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "AWESOME THOUGH SAD"

    this is one of my favorite books, though it was hard to explain releasing to my brother.Very good book you should read it.
    🍎 (you'll get the picture if you purchase this book)

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    SKidMD 05-18-15
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    "Good book"

    Great book not great ending, and the man who reads the book sounds like he's eating something. Plus he also says whip like stew wife from family guy, he says the H with a lot of exaggeration.

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    Marylee Drake Auburn, CA, USA 05-13-15
    Marylee Drake Auburn, CA, USA 05-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved the interesting concept."

    I knew nothing about this trilogy. Now I want to read/listen to the whole story. Very interesting. Is this where we are heading?

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    Jamie 05-11-15
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    "Great story about possible alternative societies."

    It was detailed and captivating. A real thought provoking book. It started many conversations over our vacation. I enjoyed the ending being left as it did.

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    Tori 05-08-15
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    "This book didn't need music."

    One star for the performance, but it's not the narrator's fault. I don't have any other way to rate my displeasure with the background music that was at once completely unnecessary and wholly inappropriate.

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    Cassandra 05-06-15
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    I didn't like the occasional music I felt like it took away from how powerful the speaker could have been

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