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Susan

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3882)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2477)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "interesting and well read"
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    Would you listen to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again because histoical facts and subject matter are such that a second listening will help understanding some of the finer details of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the balance of the two stories: the scientific advancements made with the discussion of ethical practices against the story of Henrietta Lacks and her family. Each story by themselves would not have been nearly as interesting without the other. There was a sort of yin and yang that made the book so engaging.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their narration was so spot on and easy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    1.Henrietta watching her young children play from her hospital window, and
    2. When Debra struggled through horrendous abuse (with her father's consent), her aunt provided the strength and guidance- without her aunt, how could she have survived it? I admired her greatly.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the very best audio book I have ever listened to.

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