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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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    "Give it a try"

    I love this book. I love the trio of books ... but...I didn't like the mostly annoying background music. The music would rise up at odd times and compete with the words. I also didn't interpret the emotion of the story in the same way as the reader. I've always felt the emotion at the end was more of a desperate unknown cliff hanger. Still, by the end of the third book,I'll be crying.

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    Delsheree D. Gladden 11-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "loved the added depth in the book"

    big differences from book to movie, but i really enjoyed the added depth of story you get from the book. I can't believe I haven't read this before now. beautiful story to get you thinking. I didn't love the narration at times, particularly how whiney Jonas sounded, and the random bits of music was an odd choice that sometimes overpowered the speaker, but a decent performance overall.

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    Rae 10-30-16
    Rae 10-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I prefer a concrete "happy ending""

    Very engaging & thought provoking. The end is left to each reader's disgretion, "Perhaps it was just an echo" doesn't do the otherwise engrossing - enchanted story justice. Still worth the read!

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    kandysdandylickerisquicker 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    Is a must read. Has been a favorite of mine for probably twenty years. Read it in fifth or sixth grade it was amazing. Stayed up with the loosly bases three books that came after also hreat reads

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    Black Rabbit Queen 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "THE BEST BOOK IT MADE ME CRY😭😭😭"

    I loved this book so much I cried so hard thanks for the book =)

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    ALESHA F 10-20-16
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    "The Giver"

    it was GREAT!!!! i wish there was a series of this book almost cried at the end😢😭 I've got to look for more Lois Lowry books📖

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    Kris 10-01-16
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    "Great story! Highly recommend this book, just not this rendition of the audiobook..."

    This is a classic children's novel read in most elementary schools. The story is enjoyable for kids and thought-provoking for adults.

    This rendition includes really strange background music that takes away from the story. The reading is also rather childish in the voicings; Jonas is a twelve year-old, not a five year-old and it would have been nice to have a differentiation between the different characters.

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    Kaleb 09-11-16
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    "best book ever in the world"

    I loved this book I think this was the best book in the world -k

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    Carrying the Torch 09-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrible"

    This book was terrible! Started out OK towards the middle was just OK and then the end was the worst ending in a book I have read!

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    Andrew Sorrell 09-09-16
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    "Music is terrible!"

    The book is amazing, but the annoying music played all throughout at the worst times!

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