One of the best. I found myself going back to listen to parts of it again since I listened on my commute and I would catch part of something and wanted to be sure that I had not missed something
Although the story is true, at times it seemed to be hard to believe that Mrs. Lacks was treated so casually by the Doctors for research
the dialects and speech patterns brought the characters to life for me.
I was moved by the piece of the book where the woman following the trail of the immortal cells finally was able to meet with and talk to the daughter of Mrs. Lacks..
If medical stories and plot shifts are your thing, I think you will like this book.
As a medical person, I was still doubtful that this story would be interesting, and I feared that the jargon would lose me. However, the author did an excellent job making this story about not just a black family, but A FAMILY, and what they suffered. She could have been writing about anyone. It was beautifully done, and I ended up feeling as if personally knew the Lackses. I was SO moved, that I plan to put up a bulletin board about Henrietta Lacks for my students during Black History month. There are no words to define the magnitude of the contribution this woman has made to the advancement of science! This is definitely a MUST READ.
A True Story, often so better than Fiction. How the story was woven from historical to modern day, allowing the family views to the scientiest. It was a wonderful read who I would recommend everyone read. Why? It shows no matter how small, one person can change the world for the better!
Imagine never Knowing your mother. I had that experaince but at least at 18 I had a chance to meet her before she died shortly after. Deborah never had this, was shuffed to a horrible home, beaten and abused. As she emerged in Adult life, this haunted her.
This story allower to get to know her past, her future and bonded a family in one purpose, the get the credit due to one amazing Mother.
The ugly truth behind the Black Communities medical testing. Cruel, Horrible to Heroic at times.
The reader was just fantastic, one of my favorite so far.
The Death of Deborah, especially as explained in the post script. It hits home.
Every Human Matters, have empathy for all. This was a story about a Mother a Daughter new had a chance to know, a Sister that was lost to hear. Had not this book been written, a most wonderful family line would have never been shown the light.
Yes. I believe all medical professionals should read/hear this story. Wonderful job by the author and narrator. Often we learn of the scientific background of research and discovery. It is so much more powerful to gain understanding of the human element that makes medical advances possible. I am sure I will listen to this one again.
The scientific history well complimented by the human story behind it.
Yes, always a very nice job narrating.
If you have any interest in learning more about medical history and or advances in medical research, read/listen to this book. I trust you will be pleased that you did.
a good book makes me laugh, makes me learn, or makes me sad because it's over.
Something. For. Everyone.
This book is truly a work of art. It seamlessly integrates history, science, ethics, and a tale of an unlikely friendship. The narrators are clear, authentic, and enjoyable to listen to. I have never been much a fan of history or science books as I find them both a bit dry, but Skloot really brings these subjects to an elevated place. I didn't want the story to end!
Not possible-- it's too long.
You won't regret it.
Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators. She does an amazing job.
There are honestly too many to recount. I got goosebumps at several points. This book really makes you think. I did not want to stop listening. I feel like I know the Lacks family now. Great book.
Same answer as above.
Take the chance on this book. There was definitely some medical jargon that I'd have to listen to a few times, and probably could go back and listen to again to fully grasp it, but the author does a pretty good job of making it understandable for the person that has very little understanding of science. Just an incredible book and amazing story.
That Henrietta Lacks has been credited (finally) with the proper contribution that she has made toward humankind.
How badly her family was treated over the decades.
Wish they left out the accents. They did not sound authentic.
Yes; very compelling story.
Science facts and human factor involved.
Not sure who they are.
The discovery of HeLa's daughter's photo from the insane asylum.
Enjoyed it very much
I loved the educational/entertaining aspect of this book. The author was able to explain the details where it was not confusing and made it easy to follow along. I finished reading this book with so much insight. I am a simple person. I am easily entertained by most books but, this one in particular left me feeling like I took a college course all while meeting a family and teaching myself about the scientific facts of the human body. What a great book!
I loved the family. The realness, the rawness, the trueness.
their dialect made it easy to despiser between characters
An ordinary life behind history changing medicine.
The performance was well-done. She can talk about cell culture and keep it thrilling. The story is a beautiful mix of human interest, social justice, and science