This book is better than a novel and WAY better than a science book. I'm both a better human and more sensitive, intelligent person for having listened to it. Thank you to the author, narrator, and of course, the Lacks family.
A very important work on so many crucial issues of humanity and science. A brilliant listening experience. I hadn't expected this book to enthrall me as it did
Congratulations and thanks to Rebecca Skloot
Although I found the story heart drenching hearing of all this families turmoil, I think the HELA project may have been one of the greatest contributions to humanity. Despite the fact that the family was robbed of the riches that came with the scientific development, the royalty that comes with being an ancestor of Henrietta Lacks is simply priceless. This most definitely a must read for all.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Overall a very good book. Rambles on a bit and is a bit preachy in spots. Still, one of those books everybody should read.
Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....
It 's rare that I write a review, especially so since it's a true story. Also, I listen or read to so many books that I get harder and harder to impress.
I started the story of Henrietta Lacks this morning and could not turn it off. By the time I finished I'd used more than a few tissues.
No question that this family was taken advantage of.
No question that a price could ever be placed on the contributions that Henrietta Lacks made to science and medicine and, no question that this book was worth every second or worth every dime.
This is not a story about how Black people were used and taken advantage of...It's about so much more. It's a story about a family, any family who might have been used and taken advantage of. It's about a daughter's love, it's about truth, it's about perseverance and yes it's about science.
Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin brought Ms Skloot words to life, making the characters seem so real and alive that I cried with them and cheered for them. I look forward to listening to more by this author and these narrators .
HeLa is a scientific phenomenon wrapped in the human character story of a young black woman named Henrietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer. She left behind five children and cancer cells that would become immortal as they continue to be THE most powerful tool scientific research has known. The strength of her cells and the wonders that science has worked through and with them are only part of the story. Henrietta's life story and the lives of her children as they struggle to live without her & to learn 20 years later that their mother's cancer cells have become immortal. Meticulously researched and chronicled. yet rich with conversation. Choice of audiobook narrators was a wonderful addition to the story. Thank you Rebecca Skloot for your perseverance to share the truth and honor Henrietta
One of the best!
It has some of the heart and technique of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
Rebecca Skloot draws you in to care deeply about Henrietta and Deborah as she does.