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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (527,058 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Ron Rifkin Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giver Quartet Release Date:
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Jonas has grown up in what appears to be a utopian world. His society knows nothing of unemployment, poverty, war, inequality or personal conflicts of any kind. This is achieved in part by strict control of the population and forbidding any behavior which falls outside the society's ideals.

Every year his society holds an annual ceremony in which the Elders assign each 12 year old a profession for life. When Jonas comes of age and takes part in this tradition he has no idea of the important direction his life is about to take. While his friends receive more routine and prosaic assignments, Jonas has a different destiny. Assigned to work with a mysterious man only known as the Giver, he discovers that he is to assume the role and responsibilities of the Receiver of Memory, the keeper of all ancient memories. As he works with his new mentor he slowly discovers the true nature of his world, secrets that shock him and profoundly change his life forever.

Controversial when first published and still inspiring debate to this day, The Giver is widely regarded as an insightful and thought-provoking work of dystopian fiction. The novel has received numerous literary awards including the prestigious 1994 Newbery Medal.

Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning novel The Giver is the quintessential dystopian tale, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns twelve he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it is time for Jonas to receive the truth—and there is no turning back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful and provocative novel.”

    New York Times

  • “Lowry is once again in top form…unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intriguing…This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Wrought with admirable skill—the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 1994 Regina Medal
  • A 1994 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1994
  • A 1993 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 1996 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Michelle Cordero | 2/18/2014

    " Never give up on what you feel to be right. Jonas shows intelligence well beyond eleven years old and by testing and examining what he always known to what he has just learned, he discovers a whole new sense of self and morality. Beautiful story. First read it in elementary school and has stayed with me since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Steven Garron | 2/12/2014

    " The main character Jonas lives in a very enclosed society that has some harsh rules. Jonas starts questioning some of the thing that go on in the community, like what happens to someone when they a released. Compared to my neighborhood this community is extremely strict and whats every to be in order and have no diversity. In my neighborhood I can do what ever I want I can sleep in make my own food even though I'm a kid. I wont give away the ending, but it might gives you some hints on what happens. I feel that the beginning of the end was really negative because I couldn't weather he would make it or not, but once he saw it and the book ended I felt a surge of positive feelings travel through me wanted to think maybe something good happened. This novel teaches me that when you keep people all the same and have no diversity among them a rebel is bound to break the rules or just question weather this is right like jonas did.Same thing with government if you keep people confined and not give them and freedom they're going to rebel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by August Maclauchlan | 2/8/2014

    " Having crazy nostalgia! I had no idea I read this book as a child.... It's all coming back to me now! Me thinks I doth read too many books! Finished it... The end just dropped off. Not a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Carrieann Schneider | 2/1/2014

    " One of the few books I have read in one sitting! So much more than "just" an utopian novel, Lowry leaves the readers wondering... "

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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

Ron Rifkin was born on October 31, 1939 in New York City as Saul M. Rifkin. He is an actor, known for his roles in Alias, L.A. Confidential, and The Negotiator. He has been married to Iva Rifkin since 1966.