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
"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)
While we thoroughly enjoyed this book, my children and I all found the music distracting and completely unnecessary.
yes, great story
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
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!
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.
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
Definitely. The story was fantastic and Rifkin gave each character their own feel.
There wasn't really a favorite, but The Giver was a great character.
It's like this book was meant to be read in his voice. A perfect match.
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.
I'm so glad I read this (it was a book club pick) and I want to read the other novels in this series.
I loved the performance. This was a lovely reading.
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.
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.
Yes and no. I think as a preteen I would have. As an adult, it was a little thin.
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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