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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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    jeanjie Jupiter, FL United States 01-10-17
    jeanjie Jupiter, FL United States 01-10-17

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    "Empathy provoking!"

    A lovely story of coping in a environment designed for others. How unfair and cruel children (and adults!) can be to those who are different! The narrator did an excellent job. I was sad that the story was ended.

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    L. Abernathy 10-24-16 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 900 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!!

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    Heather 05-05-17
    Heather 05-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I wanted more."

    I wish the went on and on. I love this story premise. Great job Jodi!!

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    Amazon Customer 04-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    I really enjoyed this prequel to Small Great Things. I was looking for a book with depth and strong characters; one that was inspiring and hopeful. I absolutely found it in Shine.

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    Theresa COLUMBUS, OH, US 03-03-17
    Theresa COLUMBUS, OH, US 03-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good reading, it was history with common sense. Protecting her family amiust prejudice I this world is fundamental right."

    I really enjoyed this book. Prejudice is so outrageous in America. This book address the history and challenges that continues.

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    Ray Stewart 01-24-17
    Ray Stewart 01-24-17
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    "A Short Beginning"

    An hour long precursor to Jodi Picoult's excellent book, "Small great things." Gives a small preview into the life of the protagonist.

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    A User 01-24-17
    A User 01-24-17 Member Since 2016

    Mother of three, grand-ma to my sweet baby.

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    "Wow!"

    Beautifully written, and heart wrenching.
    When will we learn to love one another for who we are.

    Jodi Picoult always makes you think and look inside.

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    Jared Graham 01-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Even shorter than I had anticipated."

    This story left me wanting more not because it was short necessarily but because there seemed to be a lack of plot line. A nice short story for those who enjoyed the characters from the larger novel but could have been more.

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    Lawana Walker 12-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "love the author....not the narrator"

    I really struggled with this. I'm glad I got this before buying Small Great Things since it's narrated by the same person. I'll just read this book myself because I can't stand this narrator for some reason.

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