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Small Great Things Audiobook

Small Great Things: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in number one New York Times best seller Jodi Picoult's latest.

'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.' Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of 20 years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide.

Ruth is shattered and bewildered as she tries to come to terms with her situation. She finds different kinds of support from her sister, a fiery radical, and her teenage son, but it is to Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her case - and her future.

As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear. For the privileged to prosper, they come to realise, others have to suffer. Racism takes many forms and is reinforced by the structures of our society.

In gripping dramas like Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper and The Pact, Jodi Picoult has explored the big issues of our time through characters whose lives resonate with us. Here we see once again her unrivalled ability to immerse us in a story whose issues will linger with us long after the story has finished.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Penguin Random House LLC

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    Shakya 09/12/2016
    Shakya 09/12/2016

    Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.

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    "A Wakeup Call"

    This was an important story well told. As an open minded person who was raised to love and respect everyone iI was surprised by my reaction to this book. We can have underlying prejudices due to ignorance of the truth. I happy to say this book made me rethink some ideas I had about what it is like to be the subject of prejudice. I know nothing but I am willing to learn.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    may o'connell 05/11/2016
    may o'connell 05/11/2016
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    "brilliant"

    loved the whole thing well read wonderful writing great listening highly recommended for everyone. Love

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    Cathie grainger 26/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    I thought this would be formulaic book. It was not. It tackles big issues in a way that is accurate and understandable. Good read

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    Darren 15/01/2017
    Darren 15/01/2017
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    "Brilliant."

    This is without doubt the best book I have listened to on Audible. The characters are powerful and believable and the story line thought provoking and intriguing. The sort of book schools should have their students read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaylah 12/01/2017
    Kaylah 12/01/2017
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    "Excellent and thought provoking!!"

    I thought this was extremely well written and the audio pieces in each person made it all the more realistic. it was like watching a movie in my mind.
    As a young white female I have been made aware to so many things I had never thought of before and it has just provoked such emotions in me that I just want to tell everyone to read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 11/01/2017
    Tanya 11/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great performance of a wonderful story"

    Loved this book and the performances of the narrators. Especially loved the heart wrenching story for the truths it revealed relevant to my life today. The book contained important discussions around race and racism particularly meaningful in the current climate! Well done Jodi Picoult

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    David 15/12/2016
    David 15/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "YES!!!"

    Thank you. Thank you for opening my eyes. Thank you for teaching me what racism really is. Thank you for showing me just how racist I am when I truly believed I wasn't. Thank you.

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    Amazon Customer 13/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth the listen"

    Great story line, good characters and overall great audiobook. Best one I've listened to in a while. In depth story that makes you think. Modern day to kill a mockingbird 👍🏻

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    Kate 14/07/2017
    Kate 14/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Small ok things"

    I usually really get caught up in Jodi Picoults stories and don't put them down and actually picked this one after listening to a pod cast saying it was her favourite.

    It wasn't bad but I just didn't get caught up in it like I normally do and it took a while to get engaged.

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    Ozifarmer 18/06/2017
    Ozifarmer 18/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Not her greatest book"
    What did you like best about Small Great Things? What did you like least?

    I like most of this authors books but this wasn't as good as the others. I like that she writes the story from the aspect of different people but some of the people in this book were truly unlikeable and others came across as weak.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    Definitely. I've read most of hers and have only been disappointed by two or three. Even those are better than many other books I've read.


    Do you think Small Great Things needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't think it really left anywhere for it to be followed up. It raised a few issues and all were addressed, to one degree or another, in this book.


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    "Timely"

    Being a fan of her style of writing I may be a little biased. I enjoyed the book even though the accusation thrown against the main character was a bit far fetched and incredulous.
    Putting that aside, there was a lot in this book that helped me understand the racial currents and prejudice that continues to exist in our societies. This can be easily translated to other nations with religious or racial discrimination.
    I thought the female characters were engaging and their narrative was what held me in the book. The acharacter of Turk, the skinhead supremacist was a bit drawn out and did not quite ring true. I found my mind drifting away at those points. I guess, it was somehow important to show the intensity of the hate that these people can harbour for whatever reason. I still thought that it took too long to depict it in the book. The remarkable turnaround was somehow too good to be true.
    Overall, quite a good read. Definitely wakes you up to full appreciation of the racial tensions and motivation behind people's actions and reactions.
    The narrators were excellent.

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  • Roo B
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    "WOW! A must read."

    Jodie Picoult has done it again. This book is amazing, thought provoking and challenging. Recommended.

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