I began this book thinking I would just get a glimpse into the story and put it down to get the work I needed to do done. Having it on audio however made me not want to stop listening. The story was heart wrenching and I was so angry about how the Lacks family lives turned out after the death of their mother. I listened to the entire book in two days! Needless to say, I didn't get nearly as much of my work done as I had hoped!
The voice acting came off as racist at times with a white female doing terrible impersonations of black people, it was bearable though. The story overall seemed to go off on tangents that were not necessary. I agree Debra was a major character, but I'm not sure why her childhood was a necessary addition.
I live in Baltimore and just recently became informed of this book and Henrietta lacks. I couldn't stop listening. my 10 & 14 yr old sons were equally engrossed & one is inspired to do his science fair project on HE LA cells. the portrayal of the impact this matter had on the Lacks family, as they struggled with misconceptions and the feelings of being mislead and violated was done with such integrity, I wept. the narrator delivered a brilliant performance that made the story all the more intimate. the underlying issue of unauthorized tissue harvesting is one we all need to be informed on, so we can make a determination as a society on how we will move forward.
Must Read. Very informative and brings up valid concerns. I Southside recommend to anyone I see.
I already have. Because it is so interesting, informative and well written.
When the family learned what had happened to the cells.
You don't have to be a science geek to enjoy this book.
Well researched insight into the fascinating world of tissue culture and the research that depends on them with a timely reminder of the human face behind all such research. Good review of the problems associated with the ethics of such research. Beautifully read. An excellent listen.
Sound mix of a family's story, medical research and who Henrietta Lacks actually was. I read this book one week before I participated in the Climb for Cancer in Phoenix. Sad that I didn't know who Henrietta was before this. I am a cervical cancer survivor and I owe my life to her. I am glad Rebecca took the proper time and research to produce this book. To the Lacks family thank you for your patience in understanding the contribution Henrietta made. So sorry you had to endure the ignorance and uncivil times in American history.
It should have been much, much shorter.
Personally, if I have any tissue removed, I don't care what the doctors do with it. I think everyone is better off if it is all just anonymous.The author says, "someone is taking part of you and some people have a strong sense of ownership..."
If you have a strong sense of ownership over your tissue, then maybe this book is for you.
They read well.
Everyone, but Henrietta. That would have made it a more enjoyable newspaper article.
Never stop learning!
I liked this book because it is very well researched. It is well written although it did not follow a linear chronological account of the events--that's impossible unless one focuses on only one aspect of this very complicated and thorny history.
The author brought about the human element of the HeLa cells. This is the story if a woman, her family, and an expose on the evolution of ethics is medical research.
Thank you for a great account and a wonderful narration!