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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 Member Since 2017

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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 2017

    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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    Shaneese 09-17-17
    Shaneese 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awful"

    I have physically read many of this author's books and I've enjoyed most of them. This one however, was not enjoyable . As a young black woman who has thrived because of intellect and not social status I felt like I should have identified more but I didn't.... Stick to what you know...

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    S. Punty Ashford, CT USA 09-15-17
    S. Punty Ashford, CT USA 09-15-17
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    "Racial Bias For Thought"

    This story reminds us of how inequitable life can be. Often people are unfairly defined by their race or other physical characteristics.

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    Barbara Koch Harrisburg, PA United States 08-24-17
    Barbara Koch Harrisburg, PA United States 08-24-17

    GREAT AUNT BABS

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    "Very moving modern tale"
    What did you love best about Shine?

    I love Audra McDonald's voice, which sounds like velvet, and how it made me be in the room.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story as a look into the life experience of different cultures, but especially how Ms Thomas as a shining example of the way teachers and people in general should be towards everyone.


    Which character – as performed by Audra McDonald – was your favorite?

    Ruth of course


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

    When Momma took Ruth to the store


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should listen to this story as part of history that should be changed for the better.

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    Lynne Charles 08-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ruth!"

    This gives additional insight on how Ruth's struggle began....been a long road for her. Ongoing.

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    Michelle Holden 08-16-17 Member Since 2017

    Wife,Mother 2 a amazing Daughter,& 4 legged furbabies,Retired Nurse,fighting aterminal illness called pulmonary hypertension!Fight 2 the end

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    "Terrible read"
    What would have made Shine better?

    Worse book I have ever read, there was nothing!


    Has Shine turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Audra McDonald’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None at all


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste the few hours this takes to read, it's time you can never get back!!!

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    Annette Kazmerski Los Angeles, CA USA 07-24-17
    Annette Kazmerski Los Angeles, CA USA 07-24-17 Member Since 2010
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    "wonderful"

    Audra McDonald is a wonderful narrator. This prequel to Small Great Things gave me chills. Wonderful accompaniment to the novel.

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    Lonnie Gruneich 07-17-17
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    "Loved this short story"
    What made the experience of listening to Shine the most enjoyable?

    The reader was the perfect voice!!!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The little pieces of comedy added in


    What about Audra McDonald’s performance did you like?

    Her fluctuation of her voice and how she told the story!!!!!


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

    All of it!!!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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