This was a book recommended by a friend that turned out to be very captivating. It was the story of struggle, hardship, and purpose. A very easy, yet quite thought provoking, listen.
I liked how the author intertwined the personal lives of Henrietta and her family into the story while explaining about HELA cells and also exploring the ethics of medical science practices in a very easy to understand way.
This book was shocking and a real eyeopener for me. Not something I typically would have chosen for myself to read, but I read it because it was required for my book club. I am glad that had a chance to read this book and take away some important knowledge that I otherwise would not have had.
I didn't read the book I have only listened to the audio book and it was fantastic. Well worth the money. You get the book all afterwords and post scripts and an interview with the author.
I enjoy science based non-fiction but this wasn't like most science books I have read in the past. There is a personal story being told which made it more interesting. It also gave you a very balanced view of tissue harvesting and both the pros and cons of it's use in science.
I haven't listened to these readers before but they did an excellent job of bringing this book to life for me.
I couldn't listen to it it on one sitting because it was just too long. The story was very interesting but each chapter tells it's own small story so it was easy to listen in the car where I was getting in and out alot.
Say something about yourself!
This story is fascinating. If you've ever done any studying in the medical field, you've probably heard of HeLa cells. However, I'm sure you've never heard the true story behind the donator of those cells. Not only is it a story of Henrietta Lacks, but of her family, and ethics in science.
I do not know that the printed version to compare it. I so immensely enjoyed the audio book during gym workout and drives to / from work. The story was riveting, the pace was perfect.
When Rebecca told Deb to "f*ck off". Finally showing her anger made me trust Rebecca more.
Movement. Synchronized movement. Hearing their voices caused me to recall where I was in the story easily.
Moments when Rebecca confessed that she had not eaten meat in over a decade (I think) but upon being offered it with the Lacks family, she did. Moments when Rebecca confessed that she had never held nor read from the Bible. Moments when Rebecca is frozen in time as she witness Ministry of the Holy Spirit minister to Deb and falls upon her to bear the bearden. Each of these times when Rebecca opened hershelf up ot the unususl.
This is a story of humanity as much as it is a story about science. You get to know both the author and the family of Henrietta Lacks - their fears, joys, and watching their relationship build over time. You get a glimpse into the lives of the physicians and the institutions they are part of, and seeing how all these players interact and the story of the family behind these great advances. You'll feel their pain, and wonder how such things could have happened. And I know I came away with a better appreciation for the science that helps to keep me healthy today. This is thoroughly enjoyable, and a book I had a hard time putting down.
I stumbled onto this story while researching something else, and I can't describe the amazement that her story is not widely known in the mainstream society. I shake my head and wonder why not even during Black History Month there is never any real effort to spotlight her story and contributions. The narrating was great and the writing was awesome. The only draw back is it seems to me Rebecca skloot profited monetarily while handing crumbs to Henrietta's family I would like more follow up of them today
A little angry...thought provoking
One of the best books i listened to.
their voices were so authentic, it made listening more interesting and more informative.
Can't tell because it would spoil the listen.
It is unbelievable that in a world where property owners get royalty rights for oil recovered on their land, a family has no rights to compensation for the millions made off their mother's cells.
This was a deeply engrossing audio. The personal history of Henrietta Lacks, the era, and the scientific background were woven together so well I could see the interaction. The narration was real; not over-played. I could feel and see the characters. Like any really good book, I was a bit sad when I knew I was getting close to the end.
I drive about 90 minutes a day and found myself volunteering to go out so I could get just a bit more. The science, politics and history of medical research has opened my eyes to an issue that effects everyone who has ever gone through a medical procedure or test.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Listen to this! You must! It is a true story that will amaze, inspire, aggravate and infuriate you all at once. Just an amazing true story of one woman, her family and her contributions to medical science, although without informed consent. Loved the story, the writing and the narration. Just well done through and through.