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The Giver (Unabridged)
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Narrator: Ron Rifkin
Format: Unabridged
Release Date: November 2003
Audio Length: 4.75 hours
Rating: 44 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (527058 ratings)
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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.

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Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. Jonas's 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 12 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. There is no turning back.

About the Author: Lois Lowry

Though you may know Lois Lowry from the popular audiobooks The Giver, Number the Stars and Gathering Blue, Lowry is actually one of the most renowned Kids & Young Adults, Kids and Teens authors in our catalog. In total, we carry 16 audiobooks from Lowry on, with the latest Teens title being: Son. The Giver was added to our catalog in 2003, making it the author's oldest audiobook available on our website, while The Giver is the most popular and bestselling audiobook from Lowry. Enjoy over 42 hours of audiobook listening from Lowry, among the 16 audiobooks we have available. With such a wide variety of audiobooks, we know you're sure to enjoy Kids & Young Adults books from Lois Lowry. Lowry was born on March 20, 1937 in Oahu, Hawaii. For more audiobooks and information on Lois Lowry, please visit her page on Lois Lowry audiobooks.

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