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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giver Quartet Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780449014479
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“They called her Water Claire.”
 
When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen.
Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began.
But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger. As tempted as she is by the warmth of more human kindness than she has ever known, she cannot stay. Her son is out there; a young boy by now. Claire will stop at nothing to find her child . . . even if it means trading her own life.
With Son, the two-time Newbery Medal–winning Lois Lowry has spun another mesmerizing tale in this thrilling and long-awaited conclusion to The Giver.
 
“Claire’s story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A consummate stylist, Lowry handles it all magnificently: the leaps in time, the shifts in perspective, the moments of extreme emotion—fear, joy, sadness—all conveyed in unadorned prose that seizes the heart. Give this book to your child, your grandmother, your senator, your neighbor: It’s a bipartisan tale for our times.”

    Washington Post

  • “A gripping end to the Giver series.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Lowry is one of those rare writers who can craft stories as meaningful as they are enticing.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Written with powerful, moving simplicity, Claire’s story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children
  • Selected for the Fall 2012 Kids' Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/22/2014

    " As good as The Giver but not for elementary. May be on the awards list. Middle and high school will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Spotten | 1/10/2014

    " My first audio-book read. It was nice to be entertained on my work commute and I enjoyed listening to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/5/2014

    " Writing the culminating book in a series that is wildly popular and destined to be a classic is a daunting task, but one that Lowry handled well. It's been so long since I read the first three that I read this and viewed it as a free-standing story. On that basis I found it to be a solid success. When considered as a means of weaving all the threads of the series together it was equally successful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/27/2013

    " This is a compelling ending to the Giver series. All four stories are interwoven to a satisfying conclusion in this futuristic dystopian society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 12/26/2013

    " I really liked the way that the book, 'Son', the last book of the Giver Quartet, tied in all of the stories from the previous books. I really enjoyed finding out out how the lives of the characters in the previous books turned out. It was interesting to see how different each gift was- Kira's came through her hands while other gifts worked differently. It was sad to see that Matty(from 'Messenger') had died and had not defeated Trademaster. I had to remind myself that he had restored Village and its people. I wonder if after Gabe defeated Trademaster, Lame/Fierce Einar's feet repaired themselves since they were injured by Trademaster himself(or itself since Trademaster was really pure evil). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/24/2013

    " Good continuation of story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 12/5/2013

    " Really enjoyed this series...highly recommend for a 5th grade student. Adults will enjoy it as well.As I was reading this, the teacher in me was already planning out a novel study unit on these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tess | 11/1/2013

    " Son tied up all the loose ends. Nothing matches The Giver, one of the best young adult novels I've ever read, but this is worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marna Saunders | 10/24/2013

    " I didn't really like this one as much as the rest of the series. It did tie everything together but just seemed to be missing something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 10/20/2013

    " Lowry has such a way with words and story telling. It was emotional and interesting at the same time. I love her writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 9/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but you should not read it. It completely ruins The Giver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassca55 | 9/12/2013

    " I like this whole series, because I think Lowry is doing some interesting things with the questions of how human society is organized, and also her writing is both vivid and accessible. I really loved the Giver as a kid, so it's been a treat to go back to that world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 8/16/2013

    " I've read many of Lowry's books and she is an amazing author. This book did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyceliv | 8/5/2013

    " Really good. A really good end to the four books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 8/3/2013

    " This was a very thought provoking set of books. I liked the time i spent reading them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Bach | 7/16/2013

    " Thank you Lois Lowry for telling Gabe's story. Thank you for concluding this story that began in The Giver. And thank you for Gabe's gift--which if we all had or used could save the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia Johnson | 6/14/2013

    " I am happy the author continued the Giver saga even though I was fine with the ambiguous ending. It was quite a page turner as I wondered what was going to happen all the way to the end. Just as in the Giver, there is much food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Louise | 4/1/2013

    " The story was wrapped up ver well :D awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 3/25/2013

    " good closure to the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brinda Bair | 3/17/2013

    " A great ending to the series! Now I'd like to go back and read through them all again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TheJLin17 | 12/3/2012

    " It was sych a good book! Had so much suspense, Lois Lowry has greatly impressed me once again with a breath taking novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara Reder | 11/12/2012

    " Intersting to see how the series comes together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 10/12/2012

    " If you enjoyed The Giver, you'll love this book. It is told (mostly) from the perspective of the woman who is the birth mother of the baby in The Giver. "

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About the Author
Author Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her bestselling novel The Giver, her books have garnered dozens of national, international, and state honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.