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The Giver Audiobook

The Giver

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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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    Trevor Johnson 04-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book, bad performance"

    I really struggled with this reading of The Giver. The performer made this feel like a very childish book based on the voices that he created for each character. I had to try to constantly ignore the reading to actually appreciate the book.

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    Anonymous 04-23-17
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    "niiiiicceee book a little boring at first though"

    The book was very good but it was a little bit dragging at the beginning. The narrator was very good at narrating and portaying the characters

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    Gary Martinez 04-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story & narration"

    Well done and Ron Rifkin is amazing.

    Heartbreaking at times, and always a thrill throughout the entire story

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    Erika C. LeonGuerrero 04-20-17
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    "Good writing. Not good music."

    This book is fantastic and the reader has a wonderful way. His voice is gentle and clean, very appropriate to the writing and style of the book.

    But, there are random excerpts of music. Aside from the offputting nature of the random music, the audio levels of the music is at the same level of the narration, making the book difficult to hear.

    I buy the book for the writing. Not for the random music. 😒

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    Harry San Jose, Costa Rica 04-18-17
    Harry San Jose, Costa Rica 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A bit odd for a non'native English speaker perhaps"

    Overall a bit of an odd story. I heard great things about the book but I guess it was from a bioethics/future studies standpoint (from scholars)

    not sure about the music/melody at the end of chapters... found it to be annoying if anything.

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    Taylor 04-02-17
    Taylor 04-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic book, well read"

    This book is a classic. It is truly a treat, worthwhile for young and old alike. Jonas is endearing, the Giver is such a lovely character, and the story itself is intriguing and stimulating. Definitely worth a revisit for anyone who read it in school. The narrator really brings it to life. Would recommend.

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    Lisa Edmonton, AB 03-30-17
    Lisa Edmonton, AB 03-30-17
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    "Stop the random musical interludes."

    The story was okay. The random musical interludes were annoying. The narrator's attempt at making different and childish voices was annoying. I wish narrators would stop doing voices.

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    Osayame Gaius-Obaseki 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great performance"

    Great story overall! However it was a little sad😌 but very touching and moving!!!! The ending was cruel!

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    Sydnie 03-29-17
    Sydnie 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book, music was bad"

    It would have been much better without the music. At times the music made it hard to hear the words. The mood of the music did not really fit the story.

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    papa k 03-27-17
    papa k 03-27-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Dinner Table Material"

    There is a very good chance your teenagers will read this book (or watch the movie). The content is of the highest maturity in the very best sense of that word: insightful, spiritually-stirring, evoking evaluation of our shared humanity. This story offers opportunities for rich discussion between generations. This is the type of story that lingers as memories should.

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