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A Spark of Light

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The masterful new novel from the number one best-selling author of Small Great Things.

The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice.

Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.

Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.

Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people - the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment - to this point.

And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose. 

©2018 Jodi Picoult (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Well researched.

Excellsng book. Well written with great character depth. Empathetic points of view from all angles about a controversial subject that affects us all. No judgements, just stories and more questions. You are left to make your own decisions on where you stand.

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Awful as an Audiobook.

I have listened to 100’s of Audiobooks and this one simple doesn’t work. The story is fine but it has Avery very confusing timeline that is hard to follow.
Best get a hard copy!

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not the best

I really struggled to finish this book. I found it very repetitive. it would not put me off purchasing another book by this author though.

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I read it for book club

I had to read this for book club. It’s nicely written however I personally don’t enjoy these kind of books as I find them boring. This one has some confronting issues that are tackled in a creative way, however I just didn’t like the style it was written.

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It didn't finish....

I felt that there was still to many questions at the end.

To many questions about pivotal characters... What happened to Elizabeth, Izzy and Joy? Did the clinic reopen?

The story will make you angry, sad and amazed at times. There was some parts that lingered just a little too much. Not one of my favourites from Jodi Picoult.

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Not her usual style

A different style and I am not a fan.
I dont like short stories and this is basically a collection of short stories about the same topic. The usual gritty storyline that you can get your teeth into just wasnt there I'm afraid. Not one of her better books.

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Nice concept...but I didn't enjoy it

I have previously loved all Picolt's novels, but I felt the backwards timeline didn't work. Already knowing the outcome for some characters made several 'twists' very predictable.

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Fantastic

Loved the book. It highlights the thoughts processes behind each side of the story brilliantly. Brings to light some very important messages. My only criticism is Bahni's performance, most of the time she is very good but I feel she transitions between characters too swiftly and it can be confusing sometimes.

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I tried to love this book

Love Jodi’s book but this book was disappointing. It jumped around too much and too factual.
Can’t wait to read your next book Jodi.

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  • Jacqui
  • 30-12-2018

Not as good as others

The moral dilemma was a good and topical one but I hated the way it started at the end and worked it's way backwards. Whilst this was an interesting literary technique I'd advise against doing it again!

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  • Mrs
  • 29-11-2018

Started good but lost its way

The swearing throughout was so unnecessary. I gave up half way through as the story line became so far fetched.

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  • Courtney
  • 16-11-2018

Audio production could be better

As this story is told in differing perspectives I feel that more attention could have been paid to ensuring that it was clear when the perspectives changed. I felt that the narration seemed to rush from one paragraph to the next and, combined with often-repeated descriptions of other characters, I found it quite hard to track who’s perspective was being followed.

I am no veteran of Jodi Picoult’s writing, but have read a couple of other books by the author and I have to admit I enjoyed this one the least so far.

I felt that the backwards timeline of the book added very little to the story, and ultimately felt like an unnecessary gimmick.

The subject matter was interesting, and I was impressed by Picoult’s ability to sympathetically write from extremely different perspectives on the abortion debate in the USA.

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  • Nai Scott
  • 10-01-2019

Hard work

First time I've listened to a Jodi picoult on audiobook but have read most of her collection. as other reviewers have said it was hard to tell when the prospective changed, but I don't know if this is a product of the style of book. it was quite an effort to make it to the end and lacked the impact ending normally associated with this author.

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  • michelle hardy
  • 31-12-2018

she's done it again

Another insightful masterpiece. Your heart will break but your mind will open. Not my favourite Picoult book but far from my least. She addresses an issue that effects so many women but which is very rarely talked about even in this modern age. You can tell throughout that the author is pro choice however I doubt there would be a story if she wasn't.

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  • Ellie S.
  • 29-12-2018

A tough listen!

As always, Jodi Picoult:s books are challenging and thought provoking. This book is right up there. One person;s beliefs and convictions, if forced on another, can be cruel and devastating. The story of all that’s wrong in this world....... A must listen book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-2018

Not as good as Her previous books!

I’ve read/listened to every book Jodi Picoult has written over the years, and class her as one of my favourite authors. I was really excited to hear another book was out.....however, despite it being a greatly emotive topic, as is the norm for Picoult, the story doesn’t Have the impact her others do. Yes it’s tackled well, from several points of view, but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. There’s no real story and one of the characters story I feel would have actually made a great book itself! (The 17 year old who aborted her child herself and got arrested)

Great way to highlight another serious issue in America, I just wish it would have been as good as her other stories.

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  • J Walton
  • 04-12-2018

It was ok. Not one of my favourite

I normally love Jodi s books. But i was a bit disappointed. The story was ok but not deep enough and too jumpy for me.

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  • Mrs. C. Davies-Topping
  • 02-12-2018

Picoult as always tackles a tricky subject

I was gripped from the outset of this plot. You get drawn into the story as you get to know the characters and their stories. As ever, Jodi Picoult offers a rounded view on a difficult subject....abortion. Brilliance from an excellent story teller.

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  • MRS
  • 24-11-2018

A spark of light

A very interesting book about a subject I had no personal knowledge of Not easy to follow some of the time but it all made sense when I reached the end. I am in awe of the amount of research that Jodie puts into her books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2018

Yawn City

Listen to the first hour and a half of it and could not listen to it anymore.

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