fascinating, horrifying, long.
I can't say this was likable story. The medical/scientific history was the most interesting. The human story was very disturbing.
I don't think i have heard other performances by these people, but i would be happy to. they were very good.
Several moments, especially those about Henrietta's incarcerated daughter.
I'm very glad to have listened to this book. Tho it was awfully long, and at times terribly painful to read about, it was full of history and human interest.
I am a chaplain at a local hospital. I belong to a book club. When I'm not at work I play handbells and sew.
This book should be required reading in high school. In it, Skloot covers biology, history, family dynamics, socio-economic problems and ethics. I enjoyed this story and the way it's told. I had to put it down often to absorb the story and deal with my feelings. I experienced, shame, anger, pride and pity among others. The narrator is sensitive to the flow and energy of the book. She's relating a story, a true story.
What an incredible story. As another reviewer said, it is easy to forget that this is a true story and not fictional.
Haven't read the print version. This narration is spot on.
The Doctor showing Deborah, Zachariah, and Rebecca HeLa cells. Also loved when Deborah gave Zachariah the photograph of the stained cells.
This is a story about discoveries in science leaking through the social fabric of America in the 1950's. This is a social science and science book all rapped into one great story that has effected the whole world.
The best aspect of the book was the story itself. The rest is now science, but you will no longer be able to separate the two!
The fear that Ms Rebecca rejected in return for her social science education. Ms Rebecca will never be the same, for the rest of her life, child. Amen!
I will listen again in the future and study the friendship and emotions exchanged in this journey for Debra and Rebecca.
Rebecca Skloot wrote a fascinating account of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who developed cervical cancer and died, but her cells live on to this day contributing to amazine scientific advances that are saving millions of lives! I'd rank this as one of my most interesting "reads."
If the story only dealt with Henrietta's HeLa cells, it would be a compelling scientific tale, but Rebecca didn't stop there. She became acquainted with Henrietta's family and wove them into the story sharing how all this impacted their lives which changed the focus to include racial issues and social-economic factors that came into play.
At the end of the book, she raised the issue of bio-ethics toward the end of the book to encourage readers to think about scientists use of bodily cells and tissues. This book would be an excellent book group read!
Yes, it is a book for all.
I love a book that can make me laugh and cry, and sometimes at the same time. I really had no idea what this book was about and chose it because of the high number of good reviews. Glad I did!
Interesting story about the woman and her family behind the HeLa cells. The main character, Henrietta's daughter Deborah, is clearly motivated by the emptiness in her life, created by losing her mother when she was 1 year old. It is important when listening to this book to view the story through the societal lens of 1951, not through the lens of 2012.
This is the only book I have downloaded from Audible that has had sound issues. The quality and volume of the recording varied significantly from section to section which meant frequent adjustments to the volume. This was surprising given that it is a newer book.
Is it more important to advance science or protect people's rights? Who should profit from scientific research, the person who donated the cells or the person who did the science? How do we deal with the unethical ways we've treated people in the past, if those events helped to make life better today?
These are the sorts of questions that went through my head as I listened to the book. Skloot doesn't answer those questions, she's more concerned with making sure you are asking those questions and considering the implications and future legislation. This book isn't just a wonderful biography, it's an ethics and history lesson. There are no easy answers but the path to asking those questions is an amazing and compelling and heart wrenching story.
Sometimes I felt a little racist listening to the narrators attempt at sounding like a poor black person. It was very well done, but I'm not sure if it SHOULD have been done...