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)
I would recommend the book to anyone, but not the audio version. The music was cheesy, silly and annoying. It was so loud it sometimes drowned out the narrator. Please, please, please, stop adding music to any audio book.
Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.
After reading some reviews, I thought it had potential, and it did. The problem is that the pectoral was not met. Sorry ended too soon and let too much unsaid and unanswered. It chose poorly.
No, but yes to the author.
None. Just not enough completeness to the story to find something worthy of calling a favorite.
Missed opportunity to say the least.
I liked that it was a different take on the dystopian future from other books I've recently read. Nothing surprising or that new but I enjoyed it.
His voice was so whiny for the parts that it was grating - I just wished for it to end or to move on to a different part of the book just so he would stop. He also made annoying noises with his mouth/lips that were very distracting. Would not listen to any other audiobooks performed by him.
The music was also annoying and not necessary. They included it in the most random places.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
This is the 4th time I have read this book, but now, I have had the audible experience, and Ron Rifkin made it really enjoyable for me. Great job.
This is the story of a 12-year-boy who lives in a supposedly perfect society, who has to follow the assignment that has been given to him - the most honorable one - the receiver of memories. It is not very clear for him what this assignment entails, but he is about to discover what this assignment will do for him, for his society, and for his future, and how his life will be turned around.
The author really engages the reader in the experience because she makes you live and experience everything along with Jonas.
This book is a page turner. I highly recommend it.
No and maybe. This story is dark, disturbing, and I wish I could unlisted to it (erase it from my brain). Ron Rifkin did a fine job, but I like him better as an actor than a narrator.
Overall, the narrator did a good enough job that he did to detract from the story. I kind of which he had because the story is sick.
That poor baby that was "released." I'm in shock that people even like this story. The only thing I can come up with is that the end might be the pay off, but honestly it's not enough of a payoff for the deeply disturbing parts of the story.
Skip this and the upcoming movie. You won't be able to unlisted or unsee this.
I love the fact that Jonas escaped from that community and took baby Gabe with him.
When Jonas escaped.
His voice is so animated. Listening to him makes you feel like your literally watching a movie. I can picture the characters and the events.
Yes, some of the events were disheartening and brought tears to my eyes.
I really loved this book and am going to read the other 3.
The world is well developed.
No. Well, maybe, but the sounds of his mouth, kind of like he is having trouble with dry mouth and keeps kind of smacking his saliva around. The awful music and that were distracting. Otherwise, I think he did a good job.
Very touching, makes me think about our future.
It is one of my favorite books of all times so yes I have and will listen to this book again
The only major fault I had with this book is the fact that it had a weird music track. Most other books I have listened to only have a bit of music at the beginning or end of the narration. This is the only audio book that had music during the reading. I found the music to be very distracting. It was a bit loud and out of place. I believe the music was supposed to help set the mood or tone of the section, but the music selects did not seem to fit with the actual mood or tone in the book at all. Aside from the annoying music, it was a good narration of a fantastic book.
I loved the story. Interesting social commentary. A bit more sci-fi than I expected, but the 'magical' aspects didn't take away from the main points.
The downer: The music plays OVER the narrator in several spots. This is very annoying, but it's not anything that made me regret buying it.
Overall: a worthy listen.
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