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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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    Amazon Customer 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "sameness"

    I enjoyed the reading of this story. I didn't particularly like the back ground music. The plot was interesting. I felt for Jonas when he found out his father lied to him. . The idea that everyone and thing is the same is quite a concept. I would like to read more of whaty happened to Jonas.

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    Dan Hastings 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the mouth noises"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoy the book but the mouth noises and random music are horrible!!!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Rifkin’s performances?

    No i can not handle his mouth noises.


    Was The Giver worth the listening time?

    yes i have liked this book from childhood.


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    Amazon Customer 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "be ready for different."

    it's a story line that's truly fictional but an interesting read. would recommend especially if you need to get away from your present.

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    Brasra London 03-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rereading after over 10 years, still moving."

    Still a moving story even after 10 years of reading the first time. Grateful for the focus on the day to day wonder and glory that we so often overlook.

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    Amazon Customer 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "pretty good accept for the following"

    Not all chapters are in this audio:(
    But good pronouncing words:))))))
    And also good diction:)

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    DeWarren SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 03-14-16
    DeWarren SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sameness...ugh"

    Interesting book. You get to have your eyes open, along with Jonas. Good read.

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    Cyndi Broadhead 03-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed"

    I didn't like the ending of the book. But I really enjoyed the body of the story.

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    Amber Edwards Elko Nevada 03-02-16
    Amber Edwards Elko Nevada 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Book, Annoying Reader"

    The book for the most part was good. The ending was a little disappointing, but still a good story. The reader though had an annoying voice at times and he smacked his lips a lot. Like he was driving in the middle of it. (It was very annoying to me as lip smacking us a pet peeve of mine.)

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    NWReader 02-23-16
    NWReader 02-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Avid reader. Car listener. My daughter is the avid listener. Reviews for young adult fiction are from her.

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    "Interesting and Provocative"

    This was a good narration of a great book. I found the occasional background music distracting. Overall a pleasant listen.

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    Dani 02-22-16
    Dani 02-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful music throughout the book"

    Loved the story but the narration wasn't great and this awful cheesy music played throughout really taking away from the story and the listening experience.

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