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Shine Audiobook

Shine: A Short Story

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Publisher's Summary

Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things.

In "Shine", the master storyteller and New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time and My Sister's Keeper introduces listeners to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers see only her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herself - in hopes that someday someone will see her for who she really is.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Random House Audio

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    L. Abernathy 10-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not necessary as a stand alone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes...it gives a bit more about the main character as a child


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    ...BUT for the small amount of time, that really could have been incorporated into the main book... OR since its a back story, delved more into each of the main characters and their relationship to each other back then. I would loved to have known the perspective from Christina and the Moms (both) even though they are not pivotal to the main story.


    Have you listened to any of Audra McDonald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No matter what she says, sings or acts, she is the best.


    Any additional comments?

    certainly not worth a credit but worth the $1.88 I spent. You can forgo it and still get a descent character understanding in the main title.

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    Marsha Brown-Reale 12-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative but too short"

    I enjoyed reading the beginning of Ruth going to school but it was too short; just as I got into the story it ended. 😞
    In all honesty I already completed the book I should've read this first.
    I gave the story a rating of four stars only because I wanted more!

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    JB Mobile, AL 12-04-16
    JB Mobile, AL 12-04-16 Member Since 2014

    Turned Up 4 God

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    "Perfect!"

    Perfect introduction for the next book, "Small Great Things". Gives a background for Ruth the main character as a little girl.

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    Shelley Costantini 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story! we need more like it."

    I read small great things first and was awed and learned so much. This snippet of a young girls life is profound and makes you go back in time remembering situations. If only, if only...it's never too late to make small great differences every day.

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    Amazon Customer 11-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning"

    I found myself audibly gasping and almost in tears during this short story. it is incredible.

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    Dee South MS 11-10-16
    Dee South MS 11-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A Great Intro to Small Great Things"
    Where does Shine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ruth, of course.


    What does Audra McDonald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just hearing the voice of Ruth makes the story more appealing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she realizes that even though she has been accepted into the white world, she is still black.


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    Melissa J. Evans 11-06-16 Member Since 2014

    OHANA MAMA

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    "great intro to the novel"

    great intro to the novel very enticing makes you want to read more, love Jodi Picoult

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    olivia HOUSTON, TX, US 10-16-16
    olivia HOUSTON, TX, US 10-16-16 Member Since 2014

    I love audible I have over 400 books in my library, I'm also addicted to Netflix my husband calls me glamma! My g/daughter calls me/gamma!

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    "Outstanding!"

    This story takes me back years ago when I was a third grader... I wanted a yellow ponytail. I thought - "myself if I could only have a yellow ponytail that swung when I walked, I would be just as good". Well, I'm 70 now and I still have short black hair and I know I am "just as good"! Bravo Jodi!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 09-26-16
    Kristin 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I wanted more!"
    What about Audra McDonald’s performance did you like?

    She has a great voice and I could feel her emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was slow to start, but I ended up listening to it in just one sitting (it's really short). Can't wait to read Small Great Things!

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