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Lois Lowry , Ron Rifkin
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Book Description

Feb 2001
Read by Ron Rifkin
4 hours, 48 minutes
4 CD's

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.

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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080726203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807262030
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Giver, a powerful and provocative novel, is sure to keep older children reading and thinking." New York Times

“Lowry is once again in top form – raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers."
Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Featuring "More than a Story" section, with extra information for the reader about the story, its author and themes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A seemly perfect world... ?! 1 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The science fiction novel "The Giver" by Lois Lowry which was first published in 1993 is about life in a seemly perfect world.
Jonas, the twelve-year-old protagonist of the story lives in a place called Sameness that has eliminated poverty, war, crimes, individuality and all kinds of feelings. Moreover there are no colours and everything is perfectly organized, so that the inhabitants don't have to make any decisions on their own. They don't even have memories but in order toavoid making the mistakes of the past there is one person in Sameness called the Receiver who must keep them all in his mind and can be asked for advice if necessary.
During the annual ceremonies in December when all the children are announced one year older and are given new rights as well as responsibilities, Jonas is selected to be the new Receiver. After having discovered more and more dark secrets of Sameness, he has to make a momentous decision...
Althoug normally we don't like fantasy or science fiction novels at all, we must confess that "The Giver" is a very exciting and interesting book which shows us that an easier and more comfortable life that everyone would like to have sometimes is not automatically more advantageous. Besindes it asks us to take action if we don't agree with social structures so we think that it concerns readers of all ages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:Paperback
The Giver by Lois Lowry a children's SF for 8-12 year olds written in 1993 is part of a loose set trilogy set in the same imagined world but not necessarily with the same characters. It deals with a world where your life is one of conformity and happiness. The short novel honestly faces why a society such as this would arise with its benefits and essential failure explored. The core of that failure is that...grief is the price you pay for love. Without sadness, can love and laughter really exist?

We discover a community of unlimited happiness and good manners set in a green and pleasant paradise of high but largely hidden technology. In this world, only 50 children per community are born from genetically approved placements in birth mothers. Regulations define your clothes, toys and your role in society from your first year. From eight you have to volunteer for a range of community duties so that your life long occupation from twelve can start. We join Jonas as the ceremony for 12's is near for the allotment of his calling. Much to his and the communities shock he is not allotted a job but is selected to be the Receiver. In learning what this is, he discovers the hidden pain and dark side of unlimited happiness. This sets off a chain of events as Jonas discovers what being released really means. He faces what growing up means, and consequences whose meaning you have to decide.

The book has over 3000 ratings on Amazon.com alone so we are talking popular and critical success (it won the Newbury Medal- the USA children's literature award). Even so, it is banned in several USA State's School and Library systems because of the dark emotional issues dealt with. Surprisingly doesn't to have attracted the same attention in the UK. If you or your children have not read it then you have missed a classic. But if you have read it then you know why it's enjoyable and highly recommended!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this book! 4 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Can you imagine a world where everything is the same? No colour, no music, no hills, no history. This is Jonas' world - where no-one knows when exactly their birthday is, and when children are assigned careers at twelve, without any choice in the matter. Do you think it would be safer? That's what Jonas thought, until... If you want to expand your horizons from our own world, and see how Sameness could rule, then read The Giver. It'll be worth it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian young adults novel 26 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Recommended probably for 12 and over, some thought provoking ideas, give it a try if you enjoyed The Hunger Games
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 17 Jun 2004
By Tina
Format:Hardcover
This book is really worth reading. I liked it very much, because of it's fictive and strange world, which is difficult to understand. "The Giver" is about a boy, called Jonas, who lives in a community without strong emotions like love or hate. The life of these citizens is ordained by rules and everything is subordinated to "Sameness". Everything is strictly organized, the people have no freedom. Jonas is elected to be the new "Receiver of Memory". That means he is the only one who has memories of the past, the only one who knows that there was a world full of good and bad emotions before. Because of this knowledge Jonas feels alone, he wants to get out of this world and go to an "Elsewhere".
Lois Lowry has a great writingstyle, she is abled to express difficult subjects with a simple language. You feel like yourself being in the story. While reading you go deeply into this world and you understand Jonas`s feelings and his distress to change it.
Many readers disliked the sudden and short ending, but I also liked it. Because of this open end you can interpret so much and create your own ending as you like.
From: Christina Löw
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The boy and the Giver 11 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the best i've ever read,and even though i've read it 100's of times since it was given to me 7 years ago it still holds me in a trance. It contains more knowledge than Harry Potter and deaper bravery than The Lord of the Rings. This book is about breaking boundries and overcomeing ostacles. Jonas is in a bleak world of no feelings, colour or choices, when he is chosen to become the new Reciver he is scared of what he will become and what will be come of him, but he strikes up a remarkable friendship and love for an old tired man, The Giver. As the Giver transmitts to the young boy memorys of before sameness, then together they relise things must change, for better or for worse. Anyone who goes through life having not read this book will never realise how wonderful this world is and even 1 person however young, with determination can change the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children
I read this book in anticipation of the film. Whilst it was a short read and not particularly challenging it was certainly thought provoking and I found myself drawn to the... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Lucie.R
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted potential
I read this book, front to book in a day, and really enjoyed it. However, I was thoroughly disappointed by the ending and felt I had a lot of questions which were never answered. Read more
Published 1 day ago by C.T
5.0 out of 5 stars makes you think
Gives an amazing awareness of life's simple pleasures taken for granted by so many and the down side of living in a totally controlled society.
Published 2 days ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age in a dystopian world
Step by step Lois Lowry draws you into Jonas' world that of his family who live somewhere in the world, simply referred to as the community, sometime in the (distant?) future. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Adam Frankenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful
A beautifully written book examining some of mankind's most important issues. An important piece of fiction for anyone to read.
Published 7 days ago by Mrs R
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Overall a good book
Published 10 days ago by Mrs L Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I thought that this book was a pleasant surprise to start with. It was an interesting topic and premise and I was quickly hooked. However, I was disappointed with the ending. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Groovychick
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
very symbolic book. the ending is surprising. interesting c.f. concepts of a futuristic way of life for humanity or what s left of it. hope or despair I am not sure. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and entertaining
The story of Jonas and how he grows from knowledge is enthralling. The descriptions of life are detailed loved it
Published 16 days ago by Flojo
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Fab book thought provocing
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