The balance between the narrative story of the Lacks family, and the science behind their story. Excellent research and explanation for the non-science reader.
No. It accompanied me on my walks, and I looked forward to it each day. I needed time to "live" it, and took several days to listen to it. The only problem of the audio format is that I couldn't go back and revisit the scientific explanations.
I would highly recommend this book
I selected this book at random, no recommendations from anyone, just thought it would be interesting and I'll give it a try.Wow! A jackpot. The story was incredible. The performance was a masterpiece. Reading the book will rob you of the audible dialects and the emotions within. LISTENING to this particular book will sell you on joining an audio book club. I fought back tears many times listening to the words of Lacks family. The explanation of science is very, very good. The writing and attention to detail is magnificent. I even listened to every word after the book was done, in the discussions and interview with author, which I usually speed through if listen or read at all. This author, Rebecca Skloot, deserves huge recognition for this feat. My hat is off to her and my heart goes out to the Lacks family.
The progression and discovery of the science, the voices, mostly the family history-Debra at the end of the book.
No, but I will remember those names. Perfect performances.
No matter what your background is, listen to this book. I considerer it the best I have read in years, It is the truth, a story, and an education. It has questions and discussions of ethics in medicine and research; fascinating. I will listen to it again. I will never forget who Henrietta Lacks is for the rest of my life.
I would definitley listen again, it was such a wonderfully written book with so much knowledge and information packed into it.
I love how the writer really brought the past to life and gave you such a good story about Henrietta's family.
When Debra was seeing her mother's cells under the microscope for the first time she was simply enchanted by the beauty.
Foreign voices become dear friends, whispering in my ear. Some last long after the story has ended, heard, then, by all whom I touch.
A must read for any educated adult in the sciences or social sciences. Provides education in history, science, and culture
I heartily recommend it. It was well written and poignant with much humor throughout. It brings the human side of medicine into better focus for the reader. The issues brought up go far beyond one person and need to be addressed.
Incredible mix of science and ethical debate and the personal story of how cell culture started. Could not stop listening. Narration was excellent. Highly highly recommended.
It's a great book within its own right. I can't compare it to any of the books I have listen to so far.
One can consider four aspects of this book. The scientific aspects are of course very interesting, as the cancer cell line provided a tool that has led to many important advances in medicine. But the personal story of Henrietta Lacks' family is what proves to be riveting in this, especially the last third of the book. Thirdly, I came away amazed at the perseverance and talent of the author, who researched and told the story in such a neutral, nuanced, thorough and sensitive way. Finally, the reader was simply outstanding. Many people had previously told me to read this book, but on the surface it didn't sound that interesting. I'm very glad I did.
Would have liked to hear much more about the science of the cell line and all that it has been used for instead of just the drama that circulates around the family.
Pretty traumatic. Really brought things to life, but sad.
Narrator was pretty good.
Yes, I would like to have books on other cell lines or viral vectors and the history behind them. Maybe other scientific products.
The performance was excellent. I probably would have given up on the book if it had not been so well read. The story is worth knowing but the details of the author were not always what I might have wanted to know more about. I felt the book could have lost about 3-4 chapters and been a better read.