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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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    Cyndi Broadhead 03-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    I didn't like the ending of the book. But I really enjoyed the body of the story.

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    Amber Edwards Elko Nevada 03-02-16
    Amber Edwards Elko Nevada 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Book, Annoying Reader"

    The book for the most part was good. The ending was a little disappointing, but still a good story. The reader though had an annoying voice at times and he smacked his lips a lot. Like he was driving in the middle of it. (It was very annoying to me as lip smacking us a pet peeve of mine.)

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    NWReader 02-23-16
    NWReader 02-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Avid reader. Car listener. My daughter is the avid listener. Reviews for young adult fiction are from her.

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    "Interesting and Provocative"

    This was a good narration of a great book. I found the occasional background music distracting. Overall a pleasant listen.

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    Dani 02-22-16
    Dani 02-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful music throughout the book"

    Loved the story but the narration wasn't great and this awful cheesy music played throughout really taking away from the story and the listening experience.

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    janina 02-20-16
    janina 02-20-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Movie may be better than book."

    It does not happen very often, but I think the movie is just as good if not better than book.

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    kathleen stein 02-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting look at how far people can take an ide"

    interesting look into a future of oneness and twist it into some thing awful. very good

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    Stacy 02-17-16
    Stacy 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "AWESOME BOOK!!!"

    I liked when the giver said, and this really supprised me, that Rosemary was his daugter.

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    katheryn alley 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Listen"

    I listened to this book to help my niece with a character study for school. Really enjoyed it! Amazing the differences a 13 year old and a 42 year old pick up. A good book to read and discuss with a 13-16 year old.

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    bluebunnylala 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"

    i enjoyed the story amd the narration. i found it difficult to put down.

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    Cullen Moorhead 01-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Please read this book."

    Please read this book. It started out slow but then it got intense fast. All I can say without spoiling it is read it for your self!

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