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The Giver Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Giver (Unabridged), by Lois Lowry
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: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: 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.

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.

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  • 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.