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.
I enjoyed this book. it is well written and I feel like I learned some history and science in the process. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in bioethics, civil rights
and science. Family is everything.
Yes. There was a lot of info. Just like with good movies, you always catch something you missed the first time.
The entire book was awesome, and the way the story was laid out was excellent. It was an easy book to get into.
Yes. This book packs a real emotional punch. I am a very fast reader and I think that I might have missed the full impact if I had been reading the book.
The death of Henrietta Lacks, finding out the fate of her daughter Elsie and the end of the book almost took my breath away. I also really enjoyed the interview with the author, Rebecca Skloot.
The narrators brought the Lacks' family to life in a way that I think I would have been unable to if I had been reading the book.
Yes. I couldn't stop listening to this book. Everytime I was forced to stop listening (I can't listen at work) this book was all I could think about. I listened in the car to and from work, at home, whilst cleaning the house, walking. Everywhere.
The reason I was bought this book is that during a college lecture, the lecturer talked about the HeLa cell line and mentioned - in passing - that the cells were taken from a women Henrietta Lacks in the 1950s. My interest was piqued - who was she? Why were her cells immortal? Where are her family? How did she live her life? The lecturer moved on and college assignments piled up. During my college summer holidays, Audible recommended this book this book to me. Some might say it was fate! All my questions have been answered and as a scientist, there is a lot that I need to remember, bioethics is not just a word. As a society there is a discussion we need to have.
Author rambled at times. Highly interesting for those with scientific interests, but it was w repetitive and too long.
A good read
The Story is about the history of a poor black women that makes an unexpected contribution to humanity that changes medical research in a astronomical way.
Causing her family to deal with the consequences of their mother remarkable cells.
Debra is able to get closure for the death of her mother through the author of this book