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The Giver Audiobook

The Giver [Audiobook]

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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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    "Absolutely Loved It"

    What a great story! I enjoyed the concept. I couldn't imagine living in the society created for fairness yet void of variety, choice, authentic living. The symbolism throughout the book was mind blowing. I thought the story was extremely creative and well crafted.

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    Raneem 06-04-16
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    "That was amazing"

    I Felt ever single moment of reading the book. The narrator was amazing with lots of effort and enthusiasm into reading the book.

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    Alexander 06-03-16
    Alexander 06-03-16
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    "Great book"

    Great read. The story makes you think of our own values as a community. I thought that the idea of making one person bear all that pain was quite inconsiderate considering how the rules of rudeness worked. Overall a great book, I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.

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    TJ 05-25-16
    TJ 05-25-16
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    "Not Unabridged."

    This book has 23 chapters not 6! When I purchased for my daughter I expected the whole book. Not the first six chapters.

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    Heather Sachs 05-18-16
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    "5 out of 5 stars!"

    The Giver was a very enchanting and fun story. I always looked forward to coming home to listen to this amazing story! Believe me, it's a page turner!

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    Yolanda Boyd 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't live up to the hype"

    The narrator did a great job with the voices, but I found the music to be too distracting for me.
    He story just felt off to me. Maybe I would have liked it more if I read it as a child.

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    DebbieZ 05-16-16
    DebbieZ 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Luved it!"

    School required my child to read it but I listened to it too. We are getting second book!

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    Robin 05-11-16
    Robin 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love it!"

    I bought this this book for my daughter and she was all ways listening to it she calls the book "exciting with a touch of mystery ".I would recommend The Giver to ages 10 and up

    Thank you Lois Lowry and Ron Rifkin :)

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    Maria 05-05-16
    Maria 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable book"

    I have read the book, seen the movie, and I wanted to hear it performed. I was not disappointed. Of course the movie was a little different from the book cuz Hollywood always does that. I usually enjoy books more than movies and, as usual, I enjoy this narration more than the movie.
    Highly recommended!

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    ARDRIA 05-04-16
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    "great way to enjoy this story!"

    the narrator used different voices for each character and there were instrumental portions to enhance the meanings of certain parts of the story. I finished the whole book in 3 days, I could not stop!

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