Shine Shine Shine

  • by Lydia Netzer
  • Narrated by Joshilyn Jackson
  • 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and 18 days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the Earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together.
Now, 20 years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be “normal”. She’s got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other: a wondrous, strange relationship formed from urgent desire for connection. But now they’re parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital. Their marriage is on the brink of imploding, and they’re at each other’s throats with blame and fear. What exactly has gone wrong?
Sunny wishes Maxon would turn the rocket around and come straight-the-hell home. When an accident in space puts the mission in peril, everything Sunny and Maxon have built hangs in the balance. Dark secrets, long-forgotten murders, and a blond wig all come tumbling to the light. And nothing will ever be the same.
A debut of singular power and intelligence, Shine Shine Shine is a unique love story, an adventure between worlds, and a stunning novel of love, death, and what it means to be human.

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What the Critics Say

"Netzer deftly illuminates the bonds that transcend shortcomings and tragedy. Characterized by finely textured emotions and dramatic storytelling, Netzer’s world will draw readers happily into its orbit." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Nothing happens. Absolutely nothing.

Is it possible to give a zero rating? I would if it were. Flat affect, no plot, no story worth mentioning, no suspense. Just nothing. One is never really drawn in by the characters, and always feels twice removed. Its a high-pitched boring, empty narration in the third person, of a period in Sunny's life which should have been interesting, but isnt. She's bald. Her son is autistic. And she's bald. Her husband seems sweet and clever, but also autistic. Did I mention that she's bald? She does, on average every 10 minutes. I think the book is there to tell us that she's bald. They all try to fit in with social norms. So she wears a wig. So what.

Big events (like murders) which happen to characters who are close to her (like parents), are simply mentioned and dropped. You never hear anything more about them. But inane, boring and petty details are given huge and lengthy prominence. A case of small things amusing small minds?

There are two good points to this book: Firstly, you can doze off, and when you wake up you'll still be where you were before, and she'll still be bald. Secondly, it ends. Later rather than sooner, which is a pity. I sometimes wonder how some books manage to get published, but am glad Audible took it off the website's main banner.
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- Vira

A Delightful Surprise

I'm a voracious reader, not normally a big fan of audio books. My attention tends to wander easily. I can't sing along, so the radio beckons.

When I first saw the amazing reviews for this novel, I downloaded the sample text pages to my Kindle. Truth is, although I really wanted to like it, I just didn't feel compelled to keep reading. There's so many fantastic novels out there competing for my attention, more books than I could possibly read in my lifetime, so I gave up on this one...much too prematurely, as it turns out.

Two things happened: (1) my commute to work suddenly increased substantially with many of my favorite radio stations out of range for part of the trip, & (2) I learned that one of my most favoritest authors in the whole world performed the audio version of the novel and she posted a link to listen to the first chapter.

Wow! What a difference! Most of the subtle tones and nuances that I missed when reading the first pages suddenly came alive. What was going on with this slightly Stepford Sonny person? I had to know more...immediately! So I signed up for membership and used my first credit on Shine, Shine, Shine. This audio book took me prisoner and wouldn't release me until I learned the fate of the whole crazy, bizarre, dysfunctional-in-a-good-way family of misfits. Not only did I listen on my commute, I spent a few evenings with my earbuds plugged into the Kindle, totally ignoring all my favorite TV shows (much to the joy of my fiancé who got to watch the science shows that I normally hate and refuse to watch).

Speaking of which, this book is better than relationship therapy if you are a woman lucky enough to be coupled with a partner who resembles Maxon more than Mr. Darcy.

Highly, highly, highly recommended. Now I'm going to have to go back and purchase the actual novel.
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- Slay the Writer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-17-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio