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)
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.
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.
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.
Escape, simplicity, morality
The moment when the receiver finds out The Giver's name.
Can't read this without reading the other three books in the series.
Loved the voice of the narrator and the story itself.
Haven't ever listened to a Lois Lowry book. But after this experience, I would flove to hear more.
The story was good, but this voice of the narrator made this book wonderful!!
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.
futuristic, thought-provoking, reality check
It made me appreciate life the way it is now.
Jonas, of course
whenever Jonas demonstrated compassion for the Giver or the babies
I don't think people would ever really fall into this feeling "void"....
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