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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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    "The Giver emotionally explained"

    It was at first just an innocent community with rules and regulations. But those rules and regulations began to seem more and more odd to me. I had a hunch that being "released" meant you were killed. My hunch was correct. I tested up as I listened to the part of the death of the twin. I was even more shocked when I heard that Jonas's father was going to kill Gabriel. As Jonas and Gabe escaped I kept thinking about what had happened to the Giver. But the most heartbreaking was at the end... it was like a little cliff hanger. Did they make it to their destination? Or did they both die? I believe they both died. But overall it was an amazing novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-03-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A blast from the past"

    I read this book when I was in elementary school and I got the audiobook to listen to with my niece. I loved this book when I was little and I was hoping that she would to.

    In retrospect, I wish I had just given her the book because I felt the narration lacked something. I remember being very moved by the book and I didn't get that feeling from this. It might have been a combination of the Rifkin's narration and the weird musical interludes.

    The Giver is best left to hard copy if you truly want to savor this classic story.

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    Anne 06-07-13
    Anne 06-07-13
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    "Oh my."

    I liked this a great deal. It's a book I will definitely listen to again so that I can gather in more stunning detail. I have also purchased the "read it" version for the experience of ... well ... actually reading it.

    The book explores coming-of-age themes in an entirely new way, such that it's actually somewhat hard to convey. Jonas is 11, almost twelve, and lives in a "perfect" utopian community where everyone is always content and safe and healthy and does their part and fulfills their roles in perfect harmony and peace.

    The children all have their perfect places to fill in their perfect families and eventually come to their 12th year when the community comes together to celebrate the assignment of each child's role in the community. They are each assigned their professions on this special day and it's an exciting time for everyone. And in a very rare event, Jonah is given the assignment of "Receiver of Memories." As he begins his training, he meets the now very old man who, as the current memory keeper, now becomes "The Giver" who begins to give Jonah memories that the community doesn't want to know and doesn't want to share, but doesn't want to lose.

    So, as Jonah begins to understand the true cost of a "perfect" life he is faced with some terrible decisions.

    I am haunted by this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan ROCHESTER, NY, United States 05-03-13
    Ethan ROCHESTER, NY, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm a big audible fan.

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    "Great story but the music is very distracting!"
    Any additional comments?

    The music kills me. It randomly comes in for a few minutes then goes away. It's it's loud and distracting. It would be a 5 out of 5 if it didn't have the music.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luanne Central Florida 04-20-13
    Luanne Central Florida 04-20-13

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    "Skip the audiobook and read the print version!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is a great beginning to the series. I read it 20 years ago and loved it then and love it now. The audiobook, though, leaves a lot to be desired.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron Rifkin?

    Someone who would have personified Jonas with a less annoying and whiny personality. This isn't Jonas!


    Any additional comments?

    What's up with the crazy music in this audiobook? Instead of enhancing the production, it was distracting and annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thornton, CO, United States 12-27-12
    Donna Thornton, CO, United States 12-27-12
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    "Excellent story that unfolds before your eyes"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked Ron Rifkin as The Giver but not as Jonas, a little too whiny at times with his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was amazing at bringing you along for the ride, the most sad part was Jonas seeing what the 'release' was. Really good character development and would recommend to anyone. As with others, the cheesy music was really bad and sometimes made it tough to hear the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria USAF Academy, CO, United States 11-27-12
    Maria USAF Academy, CO, United States 11-27-12
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    "Good Book - O.K. Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it is a very original plot with thought-provoking ideas. It's a book that you would want to read over again and despite the parts I didn't enjoy about the audiobook, it was overall still a good performance.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There is music that is added to reading of the book that can be detracting and it seems very out of place. For me this was the most annoying part of the audiobook. Another minor thing is that there are sometimes pauses longer than normal between chapters that could have been easily cut out.I wasn't a fan of the narrators voice- it was a bit whiny and the different character voices were irritating at times.


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    Scott Austin, TX, USA 03-22-09
    Scott Austin, TX, USA 03-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful theme, hard to swallow resolution"

    I love this book. From it, we can better understand why it is so important that we know and remember even the simplest things in life.

    Characters: Jonas, the main character, is wonderfully developed. His mother was probably the least interesting. Good cast overall.

    Scene: Lowry creates a seemingly normal scene that gets more intriguing and more central to the story as the story unfolds. As the story continues, the scene becomes anything but normal.

    Plot: A bit unsteady throughout the first half of the book, the plot strengthens in the second half. Still, the plots climax and ultimate resolution are just a little too ideal. For a book that goes to such great lengths to expose such an important lesson, I wanted to see the incarnation and resolution of that lesson be much, much more.

    Theme: The theme single-handedly carries this book. The lesson to be learned from Lowry is the basis of this story's renown, and I am sure this book will be used for this lesson many more times to come.

    Overall: The weakness of the plot is carries by every other aspect of this book. Unless you need books with incredibly strong plots, I'd highly recommend this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Hector Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 06-16-07
    Hector Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 06-16-07
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    "The Best Book I Ever Read"

    Nobel Prize winner "The Giver", was like that book they make you read in high school that you dread to actually read. It was my english class read. I flipped through it and did my homework trying to skip as much as could and still pass the class; but towards the end of the class I got hooked into it. There are ideas, questions, and answers in this book that just fascinated me as a teenager. Things I sorta flew by trying to do my homework that made me think everytime.

    Now, I am a pretty intuitive, highly artistic mind, and once I discovered the real heart behind "The Giver" I swear it was like a door opened to me. I loved every second of it. I remember finishing a chapter and walking around school looking at the other students, teachers, and their responsibilites in a total different light. It was almost as if I was part of a society much like the one in this book where we all wait to know what we are supposed to do, and if you don't keep up you're "released" ... But as the book suggests, and I found out as I grew, being released from the machine might not be all that terrible in the end.

    I alarmingly recommend this amazing read for kids and adults alike. I have wondered for ages why are there film versions of "Spiderman", "Jerry Springer", and "The Devil Wears Prada" and not one of this book... Makes one wonder where priorities and film industry goals lie. Anyhow! Listen to this! Will make feel free!

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    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 11-16-16
    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 11-16-16 Member Since 2011

    Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.

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    "A sheepish admission"

    I'd never been exposed to this book as a kid, but our ten year old is fortunate enough to have a gifted an inspirational librarian in charge of his school's library and "extensions" group (read:gifted or whatever term you prefer). Anyway, it sounded interesting & they're being assigned interesting projects based on the book, so I figured I'd give it a listen. Very happy I did so; only wish we'd had similar projects when I was his age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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