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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
    (4226)
    Performance
    (2757)
    Story
    (2786)

    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"
    "Perhaps my expectations were too high....."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a scientist and work with HeLa cells every day. Some parts of this book were fascinating to me, but I think the author made her point quickly and much of the book was a rehashing of the injustice of obtaining and using Henrietta's cells without acknowledgement or financial benefit to her family.

    An important story and an important issue re the use of human samples in science.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (708)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Memories vs Reality"
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    Where does The Sense of an Ending rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent. There were times I was moved to tears with the stark reality and honesty of the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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