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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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    Amber Pratley 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you for helping active child sit still in cr"

    My son has adhd. Car rides are the worst. He starts to actually break pieces of the car. When I have a story going he sits perfectly still and hangs on every word. Big thank you from a happy momma!

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    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 08-29-16
    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 08-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting "

    It is a good read. I like the story overall, the ending was not what I expected. I did not love the music that went along with this part of the book. it was thought-provoking and I am glad that I read it (listened to it)

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    Patrick McMahon Manhattan Beach, CA USA 08-24-16
    Patrick McMahon Manhattan Beach, CA USA 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    Like the story and narration but the chapters are not consistent with the book. The book has 23 chapters but the audio book only has 6 chapters. Would be hard if you want to listen and read together.

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    Meredith 08-16-16
    Meredith 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, annoying narrator"

    I got through it, but I would recommend searching for a different narrator. This one was highly annoying in certain parts, especially panicking Jonas. It was difficult to take the story as seriously as when I had read it in the past.

    Also, there was music all the time that I felt distracted a little from the story. I got used to it eventually, but I never got used to the narrator. I liked him less by the time I finished the book than when I had started.

    Regarding the story, it is one of my favorites, albeit a little odd. It reminds us of what is truly important and valuable. As other wise people have pointed out, some things have no survival value, but they give value to survival. That's what this story is about. Completely worth the credit, but select a different narrator. The writing style is young adult.

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    Drewmonster 08-05-16
    Drewmonster 08-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than Expected"

    A truly great story. I know high schoolers have been forced to read this book for years but unlike many other book with the same claim to fame this story lives up to its enforced publicity.
    The performance does not do it harm either.

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    Amazon Customer 08-02-16
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    "loved this story"

    I listened to this with my 11 year old daughter. we loved it. Can't wait to watch the movie.

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    mdenny 08-01-16
    mdenny 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous the Giver keeps Giving"
    What made the experience of listening to The Giver the most enjoyable?

    It was an amazing story very well told and narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is gave a great description on what everything seemed to be so you could almost feel like you were there.


    Have you listened to any of Ron Rifkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO its awesome


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

    When the baby was released. It was just so emotional for me.... They had no knowledge of what they were doing.


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    Amy 07-30-16
    Amy 07-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Left wanting . . ."

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it many, many times. So my expectations were probably too high.

    Firat and foremost, I hate when music is interjected into these audiobooks - sometimes it might add a little, but most of the time it just competes with the narrator and makes it more difficult to get into the story. And with a book this great, if you can not improve it, do not add it in to begin with!

    The narrator was fine - he was not bad, but he did not make it better. And his added nuances, such as laughing or such, was not in tone with the description of the text, in my opinion.

    If you've never read this book prior, perhaps none of what I mentioned will bother you. But I just do not think as much can be taken away from this novel by listening to this rendition. The music seems to cheapen the emotional tenor and the narrator just doesn't resonate or bring out enough to satisfy me.

    This book has so much to offer the reader - it moves me every time I read it. I hope this book is released again with someone like Jeff Bridges narrating. The movie was not at all what I would have hoped, but Jeff Bridges was close to what I would expect, except perhaps a bit older.

    I never write reviews, but this is one I took the time to reflect my thoughts. I hope it is helpful to someone. Either way, read this book - whether you listen to it or read it. It is very thought provoking and has always stuck with me, since it was firat read to me in grade school about 25 years ago.

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    Angela 07-23-16
    Angela 07-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for family with older children"

    Listened to this on a family road trip at the urging of my 14 year old. She was so excited to share this story. It keeps your interest and is well performed. Definatley gave us all something to talk about.

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    Terri A. Jones 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    I loved it I just don't like the ending its kinda sad anyway this was a 4.5 star book

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