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The Giver Audiobook

The Giver [Audiobook]

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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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    Ibelis Calvi 09-11-15
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    "Awesome"

    I think the book was very interesting and entertaining. I also found myself wanting to read more!!!

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    Chris D. Central Lake, MI United States 09-05-15
    Chris D. Central Lake, MI United States 09-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "We loved the book and the reader"

    While we thoroughly enjoyed this book, my children and I all found the music distracting and completely unnecessary.

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    dpen11 Florida 09-04-15
    dpen11 Florida 09-04-15

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    "great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, great story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was extremely annoying with his whiney voice for Jonas. I felt the way he spoke his character made him weak. Too high a voice when speaking the characters. Distracting overall


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    Jessica 09-02-15
    Jessica 09-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfully written! Pulls at your heartstrings"

    I read this book in middle school 18 years ago. It was the first chapter book I can remember reading and it had such a profound impact that I began to read more, realizing that I loved to read and lose myself in great stories. I did not remember much of the details when I downloaded this purchase, but listening to it now puts me in awe all over again!
    This story of a 12 year old boy in an alternate world tugs at your heartstrings and reminds the reader to cherish even the smallest of memories. In a world of sameness, with no color or pain, Jonas finds the courage to give back to the people what they lost so long ago... Love.
    Great book for 5th grade to adults!

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    Jillmo UP of Mich 08-31-15
    Jillmo UP of Mich 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "thought provoking"

    great for family car rides for older kids. provides good conversation about society and the consequences of wanting to ease painful feelings.

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    jake 08-31-15
    jake 08-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The giver"

    Book is really good makes you appreciate what you have and the choices you make, good or bad. Narrator did a good job though he smacks his lips a lot when switching characters. Ending will make you think.

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    makana smith 08-21-15
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    "Excellent book"

    Narrarator was excellent, and fit the voices I had imagined in my head for the characters. Made a 6 hour car ride seem like nothing due to high entertainment value.

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    robin Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 08-09-15
    robin Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 08-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "haunting story"

    I really enjoyed this book. I was astonished with the story a few times and had to keep coming back for more. narration was very good

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    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 08-05-15
    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 08-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Why hadn't I read this before now??"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. The story was fantastic and Rifkin gave each character their own feel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There wasn't really a favorite, but The Giver was a great character.


    What does Ron Rifkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's like this book was meant to be read in his voice. A perfect match.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES. One part in particular really, really made me sick to my stomach. The event was necessary to the story, but I had a very visceral reaction. I think there should be some sort of trigger warning.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad I read this (it was a book club pick) and I want to read the other novels in this series.

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    Cynthia W 08-03-15
    Cynthia W 08-03-15
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    "Great Children's Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Giver the most enjoyable?

    I loved the performance. This was a lovely reading.


    What other book might you compare The Giver to and why?

    This book is both utopian and dystopian, on top of being told from a child's perspective. I was reminded of both Herland and A Brave New World. As an adult who has read a large selection of speculative fiction, it was always apparent what the dark side of the society was going to be, but it is a good introduction to the genre for younger readers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the one where Jonas realized the underpinnings of the game that his friends were playing. It was a moving depiction of the frustration in trying to convince others of a situation so outside their experience that it is difficult for them to understand, such as trying to explain the difficulties of a rural life to someone in a rough urban environment, or vice versa.


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

    Yes and no. I think as a preteen I would have. As an adult, it was a little thin.


    Any additional comments?

    Many people have questioned whether this book is appropriate for 4th or 5th graders. I agree that the themes are pretty dark, but they are handled with delicacy, and children have darker thoughts than most adults are willing to admit. Because the books convey the horror of the events, I think it could be a good teaching tool about what is important and acceptable in society. It is a good way to open thoughts about how far a society should go to enforce conformity, and opens the door to more adult dystopias like 1984.

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