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.
Yes, especially the African American lingo gains from its reader's voice.
When they found the long lost patient file of one of Henrietta's daughters.
More or less, the emotional parts or the ones about the physical pains due to her illness were rather tense sections though.
A great read for anyone interested in the history of medicine and research ethics.
This audible wasn't even the whole book! I am so mad that I waisted a chance to download a free audible book on this audio version.
It only went to part two and didn't even go to chapter twenty! WHAT A WAIT OF TIME!
One of the best. I found myself going back to listen to parts of it again since I listened on my commute and I would catch part of something and wanted to be sure that I had not missed something
Although the story is true, at times it seemed to be hard to believe that Mrs. Lacks was treated so casually by the Doctors for research
the dialects and speech patterns brought the characters to life for me.
I was moved by the piece of the book where the woman following the trail of the immortal cells finally was able to meet with and talk to the daughter of Mrs. Lacks..
If medical stories and plot shifts are your thing, I think you will like this book.
As a medical person, I was still doubtful that this story would be interesting, and I feared that the jargon would lose me. However, the author did an excellent job making this story about not just a black family, but A FAMILY, and what they suffered. She could have been writing about anyone. It was beautifully done, and I ended up feeling as if personally knew the Lackses. I was SO moved, that I plan to put up a bulletin board about Henrietta Lacks for my students during Black History month. There are no words to define the magnitude of the contribution this woman has made to the advancement of science! This is definitely a MUST READ.
A True Story, often so better than Fiction. How the story was woven from historical to modern day, allowing the family views to the scientiest. It was a wonderful read who I would recommend everyone read. Why? It shows no matter how small, one person can change the world for the better!
Imagine never Knowing your mother. I had that experaince but at least at 18 I had a chance to meet her before she died shortly after. Deborah never had this, was shuffed to a horrible home, beaten and abused. As she emerged in Adult life, this haunted her.
This story allower to get to know her past, her future and bonded a family in one purpose, the get the credit due to one amazing Mother.
The ugly truth behind the Black Communities medical testing. Cruel, Horrible to Heroic at times.
The reader was just fantastic, one of my favorite so far.
The Death of Deborah, especially as explained in the post script. It hits home.
Every Human Matters, have empathy for all. This was a story about a Mother a Daughter new had a chance to know, a Sister that was lost to hear. Had not this book been written, a most wonderful family line would have never been shown the light.
Yes. I believe all medical professionals should read/hear this story. Wonderful job by the author and narrator. Often we learn of the scientific background of research and discovery. It is so much more powerful to gain understanding of the human element that makes medical advances possible. I am sure I will listen to this one again.
The scientific history well complimented by the human story behind it.
Yes, always a very nice job narrating.
If you have any interest in learning more about medical history and or advances in medical research, read/listen to this book. I trust you will be pleased that you did.