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Summary

Exploring the complexities of race relations in modern times, Jodi Picoult challenges us with ideas about justice, empathy and free will. Written with a raw honesty, this audiobook delves into deeply emotional issues about birth and death with an emotional fix that will stay with you long after the last words are spoken.

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility.

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." ( Financial Times)

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First but not last

My first Jodi Picoult & I want more absolutely loved this book. The story was so gripping I usually reserve listening for bedtime but this one had me listening while ironing or on the bath couldn't stop but didnt want it to end. Courtroom chapters were really intense. The narrators were perfectly suited to their characters and the subject matter was thought provoking brilliant

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Challenging - one of the best!

Challenging with all the Jodi Picoult twists and turns. I struggled initially because I felt uncomfortable. "I'm not racist, I'm not!" I think that should read, "I'm not intentionally racist." But it's about so much more in the range of human emotions that JP draws for us so skilfully. A true 10 out of 10.

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  • 14-01-17

Enlightening and emotional

I had no idea there was so much racism in present day America. it makes me wonder if there is the same amount in Britain that I don't see.
The novel involves the difficulties of parenthood, the system of law as well as race. There were parts that made me openly weep, some with joy and some with sadness.
A brilliant book that inspired me to write my first book review.

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brilliant book.

This book made me reassess my reaction to racism. I thought it was well researched and, of course, extremely well written by Ms Picoult. My Mum and I always exchanged Jodi Picoult's books and discussed them. Mum passed away last year and it's my first book without her but she would have loved it.

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Brilliant one of her best novels !!

Absolutely loved it couldn't stop listening. Really excellent narrators bring the story to life for you.

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Thought provoking and engaging.

Would you listen to Small Great Things again? Why?

I really enjoyed this book and have already recommended it to friends and family. It covers some difficult topics and raises important questions about discrimination.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was great to hear from each character in turn so you get a thorough insight into their point of view, whether you agree or not. Each character goes on a journey and has changed significantly by the end of the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book makes you re-evaluate your own perspective on racial prejudice. It is brilliantly written and wonderfully told. It makes you feel uncomfortable at times and certainly made me think about my own behaviour.

Any additional comments?

The best Jodie Picoult book I've read to date.

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Great story let down by one voice

I thoroughly enjoyed the story but almost gave up because of the voice of Ruth. You can hear her every swallow and her saliva every time she pauses and takes a moment to breathe. I have listened to many audible books now and this is the first time I've heard this. I really do not know how this was accepted.

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Gripped

I absolutely loved this book. I was gripped from start to finish and felt lost once I'd finished listening to it and found I missed the characters when I started on my next book. It taught me so much that I wasn't expecting either. Jody has done herself very proud here! Best book I've listened to in quite a while!

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Excellent in every way!

This book is totally awesome! Beautifully written and read, eye opening and gripping subject matter. The fabulous story has made me view the world and all the mix of people in it in a different and much more informed way. I wish I'd read it years ago!

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Excellent story with a life lesson

I loved the voices in this audio book .The story was excellent and I had to carry it around with me until it was finished .
Ruth was a strong and honest character. I loved that the story followed through to the future for the main protagonists .
I'm missing my friends now the story is complete

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  • Karin
  • 17-08-17

Spectacular!

Difficult topic, but so effective in addressing the white elephant in the corner. Well done Jodi! It is a book that changed me, my thoughts.

Change start with you! Do small great things to change the view of others !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-17

Go on and read this book

As a South African, this American scene story unashamedly raw and relevant. A must read

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  • Debbie Simms
  • 26-11-18

Riveting

I cannot express strongly enough how much I loved listening to this book. It was supremely entertaining, the narrators all brilliant - it was challenging and has had a profound effect on my perspectives. Living in SA means racism is a daily part of our national discourse as we navigate a post-apartheid era where scars run deep and it’s dissected with regularity - so I often avoid choosing books that deal with it. This book is different and I encourage you to dive in, learn and grow.

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  • Amanda
  • 29-10-18

Thought provoking story

As with all Jodi Picoult novels the story was well thought our and researched. Narration was wonderful. I immensely enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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  • Jessica Wowk
  • 14-08-18

Challenging topic exposed for the right reasons.

I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult! Her stories always challenge the way you think and provoke emotions in a way that is both unnerving and invigorating at the same time. This story forces you to feel uncomfortable, confronted, and offended... but you walk away feeling like you’ve learnt something about yourself. And hopefully changes how you view the topic of racism at the same time.

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  • Jenna
  • 18-07-17

Jodi Picoult amazes

once again Jodi has managed to make me feel so many emotions and thoughts. she is amazing

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  • Pankaj
  • 03-05-17

not bad ... but she has done much better

Was Small Great Things worth the listening time?

Yes..

Any additional comments?

expected better based on past books. Jodi has set her standards much higher, so call lower rating for this book a victim of her own successes.

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  • Kelley Miedema
  • 16-04-17

Essential for all of us

A remarkable story.
I grew in myself through the words of this talented writer.
Thank you Jodi Picoult, for being brave enough to write this book.

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  • Judith
  • 27-11-16

RESPECT JODI!

This book resulted in much soul searching! She once again made me examine my "traditional" beliefs. I have so much admiration for Jodi's different approach to sensitive subjects and the depth and integrity of her research.