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)
The narrator read as though directly to me and was very enjoyable to listen to. The plot was intriguing and well-organized.
Maybe if I read this book back in third or fourth grade I would have been blown away. But reading it after so many other books are in my mental library….
This is the most passive book I have ever read. Not only is the grammar simply appallingly passive, but the context is so blah….
I understand that there are a few “shocking” moments in the story. But really, none of it is surprising with Lowry’s foreshadowing pretty much lining the reader up for it.
The world itself is pretty well thought out and beautifully described. The characters are just as bland as the utopia. And this is a well-developed utopia, not a dystopia. The world is perfect for the people who live in it. Just because they have to have a pill deaden their senses, doesn’t mean this is not a “perfect” world for them.
This is a great example of how humanity…emotion….tends to be the one fault in a created utopia. We will never have one, because all that is human, the emotion, the memory will never let us sink into blandness.
It absolutely ruins it. I took away so much from both the narration and the story. I wish their was a way to turn it off or know that it was going to be there before I downloaded it.
It seems as though the author just got tired of writing. The story line and the characters were just starting to develop and then it was over. What a disappointment. Can I please have my money back.
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