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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Horrible narration

If you can't do voices don't half heartedly attempt to do voices. Love this classic book that reminds us that there is no such thing as perfection.

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Why the music?

I loved the story and the narration was great. I just disliked the periodic music.

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Difficult to listen to

The reader swallowed often and made odd breathing noises and lip smacks throughout the reading. In addition there was loud music that would play randomly during the reading which was not only distracting but nearly drown out the story. Altogether a very poor production of an otherwise excellent book.

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I was hoping for more

What disappointed you about The Giver?

I was hoping it would give me each chapter of the story, so I can quickly have find the chapters that I would have my students listen to in class. It does give me sections where I can stop and create those individual chapter, or anywhere we stop while we are listening in class, but it would have been nice for each individual chapter given instead of sections.

Great story though.

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Too Weird

Couldn't finish. Discouraged, weird, wish I didn't have to star at all. Just lame and terrible.

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anti climactic

maybe because dystopian futures bore me.i was hoping this one would change my mind.read the maze runner instead

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Background music/ story

The poor production with the background music. Makes the narrator hard to hear and it distracts from the story rather than enhancing it. They should have left it out.
The story took a long time to build up and then it seemed like it was a rush to the finish; like the author needed to meet a deadline.

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Great Adventure

Downloaded this book because my son was reading it for school, but I got caught up in the story and couldn't stop listening.

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this book is awesome

I loved this book it is so awesome and great I could read this over and over again whoever the author is u are a good writer and a awesome writer keep it going

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Didn't know what to expect and loved it!

Any additional comments?

I had no idea what this was about - it was assigned to my child in school and I wanted to hear it. It is very engaging and very well narrated - thoroughly enjoyed it!