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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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    Shelby 10-30-13
    Shelby 10-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    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.


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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


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    Laura West Texas USA 10-01-13
    Laura West Texas USA 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

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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.

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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.

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    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 06-01-13
    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great for the carload"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Giver to be better than the print version?

    My sister and our three girls had a road trip and this book made it go by so quickly. We all had a great time listening, we hated stopping for gas. The girls were 9-12. It was very good.


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    Tara Norfolk, VA, United States 04-02-13
    Tara Norfolk, VA, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic - even the second time around"

    Read this book many years ago to my son when he was young. It is every bit as wonderful this time around as well. The themes are timeless and quite timely for us today. The brilliance of Lois' work continues in the other books in this series: Gathering Blue, Messenger and finally Son. They are well worth the read (or a listen), no matter what your age.

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    Billie Lee Orenbuch Abington, PA, US 03-20-13
    Billie Lee Orenbuch Abington, PA, US 03-20-13
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    "Begining of a Delightful Series"
    If you could sum up The Giver in three words, what would they be?

    Escape, simplicity, morality


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

    The moment when the receiver finds out The Giver's name.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Rifkin – was your favorite?

    The Receiver


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Can't read this without reading the other three books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Andover, KS, United States 03-18-13
    Kim Andover, KS, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Well Done!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Giver the most enjoyable?

    Loved the voice of the narrator and the story itself.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lois Lowry before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't ever listened to a Lois Lowry book. But after this experience, I would flove to hear more.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Rifkin – was your favorite?

    Jonas


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good, but this voice of the narrator made this book wonderful!!

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    Pink lady 03-17-13
    Pink lady 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the read"

    Even though this book is meant for younger readers, I really enjoyed where the author took me with this book. Creepy to think of a world like this but at the same time it makes you appreciate the choices we do have and that we can make them on our own. Was a little disappointed in the quick ( to me) ending, but still worth the read for me.

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    trudy bellevue, michigan, United States 03-04-13
    trudy bellevue, michigan, United States 03-04-13
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    "different"
    If you could sum up The Giver in three words, what would they be?

    futuristic, thought-provoking, reality check


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me appreciate life the way it is now.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Rifkin – was your favorite?

    Jonas, of course


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

    whenever Jonas demonstrated compassion for the Giver or the babies


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think people would ever really fall into this feeling "void"....

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