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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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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 11-21-14
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Power corrupt no matter how good the intentions"

    A utopian society and human nature collide. It's an interesting post apocalyptic view of a possible future. There are enough elements of current society to make you pause and think. Hmmm, I wonder... could this be a future for our childrens - childrens - children?

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    Mary 11-13-14
    Mary 11-13-14
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    "Too distracted by music to finish!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, my time was not well spent listening to this recording. I often felt I was listening to a really bad concert that was occasionally punctuated with story telling instead of feeling like I was listening to a novel being read. I was unable to get past the very frequent musical interludes to take the story seriously enough to finish the book. Interestingly, the musical interludes did not signal the ending of chapters but rather they appeared to serve the purpose of adding dramatic effects to the story (which the narrator seemed quite capable of doing on his own). I ultimately gave up listening to this because the music was so annoying and have decided to read the book in print instead.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't finish the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron Rifkin?

    The narrator was fine. The off-putting elevator music made me question the casting of the producer, not the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't accurately rate the story because I only listened to about 20% of it.

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    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 11-07-14
    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't really do it for me"

    I had higher expectations. Perhaps too high. I hated the ending. Just seemed too simplistic, too predictable. I ended it feeling cheated a bit.

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    HilaryLehman Waterloo, ON 11-05-14
    HilaryLehman Waterloo, ON 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Giver to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version - I'm an audio book addict. I loved the narration and I loved the story line... Also when I watched the movie they brought the book to life!


    What other book might you compare The Giver to and why?

    A mix between the hunger games and divergent! great reads (listens) also!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 11-03-14
    Stephanie 11-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Must Listen!"
    Where does The Giver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top audios... Very well done. I even cancelled a lunch date so I wouldn't have to pause the audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Multiple characters take center stage for me. All for different reasons.


    What about Ron Rifkin’s performance did you like?

    Narrator did a good job without being over-dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    This was wonderful, and deep. Story was captivating and thoughtful, worldly relevant, and insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SungKD 10-31-14
    SungKD 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The book we know and love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I love the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonas, because he saw the need for a revolution and took the steps to make it happen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ron Rifkin?

    Yes.


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

    It made me laugh at parts.


    Any additional comments?

    The Giver is a story that many of us have read in our youths. At least it was part of my curriculum when I was in grade school. At that time I finished the book and didn't think too much of it. It seemed like any other book speaking of a post apocalyptic time and there were many book like that and The Giver was not even my favorite of them all. Reading again, I cannot say without lieing that at a later time in my life when I listened to the book this time that my eyes have opened and that I saw an angle that I had not seen before. As a matter of fact, it was very similar to the first time I read the book. But I do appreciate it more now. It was worth the listen and it propelled me to read the rest of the books in the series.

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    Devon 10-22-14
    Devon 10-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waste your money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A fuller plot that explained itself; an ending that doesn't leave one wondering, "that's it??" This more of a children's book with predictable outcomes, inane conversations between characters and the thinnest of story lines.


    What was most disappointing about Lois Lowry’s story?

    Where do I begin? This seemed like it was written in a week (or less).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron Rifkin?

    Almost anyone. This buffoon was irritating to hear. His voice sounds more like it should be asking people if they want fries with their order.


    What character would you cut from The Giver?

    I might have added another elder, who could have fleshed in the whys and wherefores of this Stepford society. The younger sister was more of an irritant than an enhancer.


    Any additional comments?

    Showing the father as the nurturer and the mother as more detached was almost an interesting twist, except she seemed shallow and the father was an idiot.

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    Barbara 10-19-14
    Barbara 10-19-14

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    "Interesting Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Giver the most enjoyable?

    The book was well written. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this book.


    What other book might you compare The Giver to and why?

    This book is a parable. There is a deeper message in the story than what is on the surface.


    What about Ron Rifkin’s performance did you like?

    He had a lot of emotion in his voice. He made the story interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed both the book and the movie. However, the movie deviates from the book somewhat.

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    Marilyn 10-11-14
    Marilyn 10-11-14
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    "Fantastic book! Really makes you think."
    Would you listen to The Giver again? Why?

    I would listen again, I am sure I would catch much more the second time around, especially now that I know the direction the story will take.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Giver, himself, because he seems to know most of the secrets.


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

    Mr. Rifkin does a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think when Jonas first comforts Gabe and you realize that he is giving him memories.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still confused about the ending. I read that the author did not intend it to mean that two boys died but that is certainly the way I understood it. Oh, but I so wanted them to make it! This is a great book and brings up many concepts from individuality to religion. And while I enjoyed it, myself, I just can't wait to share it with my 11 year old granddaughter.

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    DIONNE MASSEY 10-07-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to read and I love write!

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    "The Giver Vs. The Movie: The Giver"

    The reason why I wanted to read this book is because my daughter took me to see the movie and I had some more many questions after seeing the movie. The book, of course was much better than the movie. But the ending pretty much was the same which were I wanted clarity on. The narrator did a wonderful job at narrating the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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