Shine : Ruth Jefferson

  • by Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by Audra McDonald
  • Series: Ruth Jefferson
  • 1 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- jeanjie

Not necessary as a stand alone

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? 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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- L. Abernathy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio