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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
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    (3996)
    Performance
    (2554)
    Story
    (2583)

    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"
    "Informative, detailed, eye opening"
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    Would you listen to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks again? Why?

    This book offered a variety of concepts to paint the entire picture of the discovery of the HELA cells, both personal and industrial/medical. Delivering the complete personal story of Henrietta Lacks and her descendants, their struggles, challenges, and continued participation of their own discoveries, as well as the medical industrial side of the development and distribution of HELA cells and all competing interests. Great book, good narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the diversity and variety it offered. Instead of just telling the family's personal story, it included details of the medical and industrial side of the cells and how they came about along with competition in the field. It really gave the story a complete feel.


    What about Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    It felt sincere and original. As if they were both the characters from the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I wanted the entire story. When I paused it, I still continued to ponder the story!


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