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The Giver | [Lois Lowry]

The Giver

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.
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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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    Pete Long Island, NY 04-02-14
    Pete Long Island, NY 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story, but the music..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Woodbridge, VA United States 03-31-14
    Amazon Customer Woodbridge, VA United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2012

    Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.

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    "Flat on its face"
    What would have made The Giver better?

    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.


    Has The Giver turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but yes to the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. Just not enough completeness to the story to find something worthy of calling a favorite.


    What character would you cut from The Giver?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    Missed opportunity to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Falls Church, VA, United States 02-21-14
    Stephanie Falls Church, VA, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story - Narration almost ruined it for me"
    What did you love best about The Giver?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The music was also annoying and not necessary. They included it in the most random places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 02-04-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 02-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Utopian Dystopia!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alisyn 01-12-14
    Alisyn 01-12-14
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    "People like this story?!"
    Would you try another book from Lois Lowry and/or Ron Rifkin?

    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.


    What could Lois Lowry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Unwrite it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    What character would you cut from The Giver?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this and the upcoming movie. You won't be able to unlisted or unsee this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Tampa, FL, United States 11-10-13
    Felicia Tampa, FL, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read"
    What did you love best about The Giver?

    I love the fact that Jonas escaped from that community and took baby Gabe with him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Giver?

    When Jonas escaped.


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

    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.


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

    Yes, some of the events were disheartening and brought tears to my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book and am going to read the other 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby 10-30-13
    Shelby 10-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Performance distracted from decent story"
    What did you love best about The Giver?

    The world is well developed.


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

    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.


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

    Very touching, makes me think about our future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael remillard 10-06-13
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    "One of my favorite story's ever"
    Would you listen to The Giver again? Why?

    It is one of my favorite books of all times so yes I have and will listen to this book again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10-01-13
    Laura 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Book Enthusiast

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    "Fantastic story, but what's with the music track?"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlyn 07-29-13
    Caitlyn 07-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dj, drop the beat"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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