This book is a fascinating exploration of medical science and one that everyone should read. We take advances in medicine for granted and this book will make you look at that in a new way. Unbelievable and well told!
I loved this book! It is by turns an autobiography, a biography of a family, a history of medical science... tackling issues of identity, consent, medicine, race, class...
The performances by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin are both superb in this book as well!
In particular, Deborah (though she frustrated me at times), and Rebecca, for being persistent and determined enough not to be put off by a (reasonably) suspicious family.
There were many. Putting them down would do a disservice to the author...
READ THIS BOOK! I seriously don't know what took me so long to read it, but now that I have, I am SO glad I did! Well-written, with shining performances by Cassandra Campbell (who, at one point, sounds close to tears herself) and Bahni Turpin.
I'm a teacher, I should read more than I sew.
Liked the BEST- Wow, what an incredible story of a woman who has changed medical science and it's research! Thank you, Henrietta.
Liked the LEAST- TOO much time dedicated to her daughter and the relationship built with the author.
I thought Campbell did a wonderful job reading and I especially enjoyed Turpin's accent.
My family was also involved in something that had a major impact on how we live today; my family also received zero recognition for the effort of my grandparents, until recently. Many members of my family are also very bitter over the subject. I grew very tired of hearing about how "we deserve compensation" in some way over the course of the audio book. For chapters upon chapters, the author reported Henrietta's family's mistrust of white people, the medical system, and irrational fear of science- I heard my own family members voices in my head, and I was ready to switch off the book so many times.
Like I stated in my title, I may be biased. I loved the story of Henrietta during her life, her cancer story was moving, the research and what came of it was AMAZING, but I think the author could have left out a lot about Henrietta's daughter and son.
I learned so much about our evolution of history, science, medicine, culture, ethics and morality while being completely enveloped in this engrossing story of Henrietta and her immortal cells. I laughed and cried, was furious and filled with joy as I listened. The story was masterfully told, unfolding in such a way as to keep the reader (listener) absolutely captivated from the first paragraph to the last. I love this book!!! It's probably my all time favorite. The narrators were fantastic.
One of the most important books I've read in a very long time. Thank you Rebecca Smoot!!! I can't believe I have never heard this story. I plan to share it with everyone I know. Especially young people. Again Thank You
I believed this book would be more about science than anything else......boy was I wrong! The author was able to tell both the scientific story and the story of the family seamlessly. #Bravo!