I first read the print edition of this book when it was first released in paperback, but when I saw that Cassandra Campbell narrated the audible version I decided to purchase and listen (again).The story is fascinating, though troubling. I'm glad the Lacks family has finally been given some input into how her cell lines are used going forward after they came to an agreement with the NIH this past summer.The book is both a fascinating chronicle of scientific research but explores the issues of health care access and attitudes toward individual privacy, an issue of increasing import in today's world.I absolutely adore Campbell's narration and found listening to the book a second time around an equally satisfying experience.
I wouldn't really call this book a "story" as it's a much more complex narrative than such a term implies. It's both an exploration of a woman's difficult personal history and the intersection of that history with an ongoing evolution in genetic research. It's the juxtaposition of the two elements that makes it a particularly powerful work of non-fiction that's both heartbreaking and compelling.
For me, Campbell's narration is wonderful in terms of both range and nuance. Turpin was fine.
Henrietta's story made me sad....she had a tough life and died a very sad and painful death.
Thought it would be somewhat boring since it is a biography of sorts. However, it was, not only thoroughly entertaining, but highly thought provoking.
The debate of ownership and the rights to one's own parts.
Added a nice does of reality while not bringing any attention to a race issue.
Pure wonder at the contribution to science from Henrietta's cells.
I've read a lot of fiction. This real piece of history is far more amazing!
Catirina Bonet Designs
I'm listening to this book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. I've had numerous friends the past few years dealing with a variety of forms of cancer and I found it while searching book titles on the subject. I'm not sure I recommend it as reading if you are dealing with the issue or are close friend or family but it is a true story of monumental historic value for scientific research, ethics, and human consequence. The breadth, depth, and scope of the story of the events, of the life an ordinary woman who has left an extraordinary impression on science is truly monumental. I'm only half way through it and I'm not certain if I think it's more triumph or tragedy but I do think it's highly recommended reading material.
I am a huge fan of the writing of Dava Sobel because she tells the historic stories of science from a truly human perspective and tells them in the form of biography that reads like a well written novel. Rebecca Skloot is equally gifted. It's a thoughtfully written and researched account. If you are interested in science or if you are not. If you believe in Western medicine, or if you don't. It is a thought provoking tale. I think it would be great reading for middle and high school students as well, with the exception of a couple of chapters that are sexually explicit and parents may want to censor.
Absolutely. This will have you feeling every emotion you could possible imagine and it is all fact.
I remember all of it, it was so amazing.
Debra fighting off the boys who tried to rape her.
A truly remarkable and compelling history that took place under our noses . This should have been written a very long time ago and should be incorporated into both elementary and high school science curriculum. It ties life together with science. That aside it is one of the most relevant modern books I have ever read. Thank you to Rebecca for her persistence and thank you to the Lacks family for their candor and participation in getting this story on paper. There are so many aspects to this book. A sad human drama , a global mystery and maybe conspiracy is the word. It is a masterful blend of science, history and individual human crisis. Anyone reading this book will be left with an unexpected personal education that just might reset ones basic beliefs as they pertain to life, the social contract , fairness, honesty in how we treat each other and facing the lies we accept as fundamental truths. I think I would be a lesser person if I had never read this book.
Debra meeting her mothers cells in the lab
The authors first visit with the family and with Zachariah were touching and sometimes humorous. The saddest parts were Henrietta's ordeal before her death, Debra and Zachariah's upbringing; discovering Elsie's history and Debra dying
I would like to know more about Da's silence...why?
The remarkable true story told with such concern for each individual in Henrietta's family and community.
Each character has such a personal identity, which makes the listener/reader so much more involved.
Words spoken in season is like a fresh rain.
Absolutely. The broad spectrum of knowledge (i.e., science, life, relationship, culture and history) is inspiring and strengthening.
How the entire writer and the Lacks family came together; and all of the history surrounding one woman's life.
They were incredible. I believe Ms. Campbell and Ms. Turpin's voices were the great added value.
The Life and Times of Henrietta Lacks
This was by far the BEST book I've read in the past three years (and I've read many). So much information in one place. God bless Rebecca Skloot for her perseverance. This book will at the top of many lists for many, many years.
Skloot's telling of the history behind HeLa--both the cells and the woman--is perfectly portrayed. It will catch and hold the attention of readers from all walks of life. I've already recommended it to several of my friends and colleagues.
Not from Skloot. Her writing was biased and not even good at being biased as she tried her best to make people feel sorry for the Lacks family. It only made me not care about them. They come off a little self-pitying and whiny.
The narration was pretty good.
The bit about the cells is interesting. The Lacks family is not.
I rate the book fairly low. Not my favorite non-fiction.