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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Eye Opener - wow!!

I would have been much poorer in my development as a human being if I had not listened to this book. The perspective and context from both sides of the coin gives this book the edge. Great narration as well.

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loved the book. I live in South Africa. Thought provoking and close to the bone as I am white and grew up in the apartheid era. Your narrator was excellent.

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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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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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A must read book

A mesmerizing book, could not stop reading, I cried and smiled and learned so much! every one should read it.

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Fantastic

It's been a long time since a book has moved me so much. Thank you!!!!

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Amazing thought provoked!

If you want to reflect your values and are willing to to see through your own beliefs you will enjoy this book so much. "Be willing to give up what you are to become what you could be" 😊

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This book changed my perspective forever

I could not put it down. The characters became alive. And living under Ruth's skin for a few weeks changed my perspective forever.

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thought provoking very well written

Took me on a roller coaster of narrative and reflection on self and the world and the way in which we connect with others. Well worth the read.

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  • TinaàRaven
  • 01-12-17

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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  • Ellie S.
  • 01-15-17

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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  • 01-14-17

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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  • Carol
  • 01-17-17

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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  • Isabel
  • 03-28-17

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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  • Elizabeth Stinchcombe
  • 01-14-17

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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  • EmmaH
  • 01-12-17

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.

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

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  • MISS
  • 01-15-17

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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  • Lis C
  • 01-13-17

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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  • Mr N A Bartholomew
  • 01-12-17

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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  • Etta
  • 11-06-17

One of my best audiobooks yet

I absolutely loved this. It was beautifully written and excellently narrated. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Trudy
  • 12-02-16

A very thought provoking story. <br />

Has made me examine and reevaluate my own beliefs and behaviors. Very enlightening read. A little frightening as well.

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  • Sandra
  • 05-06-22

loved this book

loved it,written very well on a topic pertinent to the world.thankyou for enjoyable yet thought provoking entertainment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-22

Loved it!

I loved this story. It encourages the listener to reflect on their own experiences and opinions. A well crafted story with a soothing narration.

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  • L-Ka
  • 01-19-22

Good read

I love Jodi Picoult. Her stories are always very well formed, with a lot of background to the characters. I feel like the characters in the book were real and you got to know them. I appreciated Picoult’s note at the end of the book and her journey into doing the research. Very good read. Can recommend.

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  • Heather
  • 06-09-21

Wonderful

I’ve listened to this book twice, Jodi is just the best writer out there. Very thought provoking and insightful.

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  • Kath
  • 03-31-21

Powerful

This woman can do no wrong!
- Well written
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- Powerful

Really enjoyed this book. Made me reflect on what it must be like for people of colour living in America every day.

The audio performances from all three characters were superb.

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  • Mr Russell G Mitchell
  • 11-30-20

Own life successes and failures.

Caused me to reflect on my own life successes and failures. Anything that causes me to reflect on my life, to reflect on truth, brings me closer to Christ.

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  • Marie Kenendy
  • 09-12-20

Small Great Things.

Another great book by Jodi Picoult. An amazing writer and storyteller. Enjoyed narration by Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding and Jennifer Woodward. Clear and concise. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-20

Terrible

This is one of the worst books I’ve ever tried to listen to - terrible narration, boring language, horrible story and characters