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The Giver

Auteur(s): Lois Lowry
Narrateur(s): Ron Rifkin
Série: Giver Quartet, Livre 1
Durée: 4 h et 49 min
4,4 out of 5 stars (157 évaluations)

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Description

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

Ce que les critiques en disent

Newbery Medal Winner, 1994

"This is a compelling prospect for family listening. Initially Rifkin's voice seems too regional to portray the characters of this utopian/dystopian world, but he convincingly conveys the anticipation of the coming-of-age ceremony of Jonas and his friends. As the meaning of Jonas’ selection as “Receiver of Memory” unfolds, Rifkin’s characterizations become more powerful. Although the story drives the presentation, Rifkin’s juxtaposition of the young boy and the old Giver has tremendous effect. His voice for the Giver becomes increasingly weary and strained while Jonas' gains strength. Sharing this audiobook in a family or a classroom offers a valuable opportunity to respond to and discuss Lowry’s moving novel." (AudioFile magazine)

"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

Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Giver

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Pretty Good

The book itself was quite good. For those of you saying the ending was a let down I understand but there are three more books after The Giver that explain the rest of the story. The narrator was quite good and easy to follow but the music was unnecessary and distracting. It was my second time reading this and it really hit different.

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The musical interludes ruined the book

Love the story, but the narrator is only so-so. The worst part of this audiobook is the musical segments they randomly inserted overtop of the reading. It's so distracting and adds nothing to the story. This would be 1000 times better if the music clips were removed.

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Music

This audiobook contains small amounts of music. The music is low quality and feels out of place.

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pas bon

musique dérangeante au début de chaque chapitre , histoire plein de potentiel avec une fin bof...

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good until the end

The end was such a let down. Just felt like it ended out nowhere. The rest of the story was great though!

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Amazing story and great performance

I love how the audio book included music. It made it more compelling and kept my attention as the story went on.

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Amazing story

I love this book it ends on a cliffhanger but the question slowly get answered in the series great narrater too

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Excellent and thought provoking

I remember our class read this book back in elementary school. I remember it made a big impact on me but there was a lot I didn’t quite catch. I think I liked it even better this time through.

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Good narration, distracting surges of music.

A short, simple dystopian tale. I would consider it YA. The narration was good, but the whole story was punctuated with surges of instrumental music that were distracting.

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Such a Classic - Needs a New Narrator

This book brought back so many good memories from reading it in high school - what a great classic novel! The narrator is outdated, and it always weirds me out when grown men try and read the parts of young children. Could also do without the background music - no thank you.

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  • Taylor
  • 2012-12-27

Excellent story that unfolds before your eyes

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked Ron Rifkin as The Giver but not as Jonas, a little too whiny at times with his voice.

Any additional comments?

The book was amazing at bringing you along for the ride, the most sad part was Jonas seeing what the 'release' was. Really good character development and would recommend to anyone. As with others, the cheesy music was really bad and sometimes made it tough to hear the story.

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  • Claudia H
  • 2015-08-03

A blast from the past

I read this book when I was in elementary school and I got the audiobook to listen to with my niece. I loved this book when I was little and I was hoping that she would to.

In retrospect, I wish I had just given her the book because I felt the narration lacked something. I remember being very moved by the book and I didn't get that feeling from this. It might have been a combination of the Rifkin's narration and the weird musical interludes.

The Giver is best left to hard copy if you truly want to savor this classic story.

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  • Beth
  • 2012-09-08

Great Story but...

I had read this book as a teenager. I thought I would enjoy it on audio. However, the narration is poor. The whiny voice of Jonas was totally grating and the the narrator did not even bother to read with the inflection when the tone of voice was described with adjectives. Even more annoying, possibly, was the music. I don't even know how I got through this one...if it weren't for my nostalgia, I wouldn't have.

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  • far_to_go
  • 2013-07-18

Annoying music

Would you listen to The Giver again? Why?

I'm not planning to listen to this again. I've read the book before and like the story very much, but it was interrupted by strange music at inopportune moments. A great book, but not a very good listening experience.

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  • Nikki Cole
  • 2012-07-09

This guy's mouth makes some serious noises...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend they read the actual book and skip the audio version. The story is okay, but the quality of the audiobook is not.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rosemary. She was very brave and noble and I like the mystery behind her past.

What didn’t you like about Ron Rifkin’s performance?

Many of the sentences trailed off rather than ending strong and clear. He also made noises with his mouth. I assume this happens often with actors, but that stuff is usually edited out.

Could you see The Giver being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I guess I could see it. I am not invested enough to guess the cast though.

Any additional comments?

The background music was HORRIBLE! They blasted you out with tacky synth music for EVERY SINGLE significant moment! It took me out of the moment because I was rolling my eyes.

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  • Ethan
  • 2013-05-03

Great story but the music is very distracting!

Any additional comments?

The music kills me. It randomly comes in for a few minutes then goes away. It's it's loud and distracting. It would be a 5 out of 5 if it didn't have the music.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-12

Memories

Was my favorite book when I was 11 and now still at 26 years old

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . Wordpress. Com
  • 2017-06-24

A book that I could read unlimited times

Come and check the review at my blog! Inkish Kingdoms!

I have to say that I love this book, and all the deep interpretation that we can give it to it. Not only to what the author explains but to what she implies without saying any explicit words.

What make us individuals? Or why is individualism a threat to the government and to mind control? In a world where birthdays do not exist, where you cannot make your own decisions, where you are watched and controlled for the sake of stability and utopia. Is this living? is this life? To protect everybody from all the struggles of life will never work out. They protect the people from making mistakes. They don't have the option to choose, everything is giving and ...

The narration, the story, the author, the symbolism, the critic, the political discourse, all on this book is perfect!

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  • Andrea
  • 2004-03-25

Listen as a family

The Giver is a great introduction to utopian novels. It was very interesting listening to the book with my 10 and 11 year olds. Their innocence saw the ending in a completly different way then I did. We had some wonderful family discussions about what a perfect world is or should be. As a family we highly recommend this book for its entertainment value and the discussions it will prompt.

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  • Alires
  • 2004-01-03

Going to extremes

This is a great book about going to extremes on many different levels. Like Ender's game and Snow Crash, the youth of today have much to teach us about how to live. This book is simply written with observations about society and the implications of our choices and desires for a perfection. Any age will love this book. My 5th grade little sister recommeded this to me, and I have completed graduate school. I have recommeded this book to my friends of all ages.

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