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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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    (4067)
    Performance
    (2613)
    Story
    (2640)

    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"
    "Amazing Story. Outstanding Audio."
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    What did you love best about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    The brilliant way that Rebecca Skloot wove together a journalistic (detached) narration of the story with her own coming of age (as a professional) story, the story of cancer research and treatment, description of racial tensions and poverty in Baltimore and in medicine...and the story of the resilient Lacks family. How did she do that?!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Debra. Passionate, determined, resilient, funny, careful...


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Perfect accents. Consistency within characters that made it easy to navigate the book & stay focused on the amazing story. It was like hearing a play.


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

    Yes, Debra's rape & the scene where the Austrian doctor shows Henrietta's cells to her grown children.


    Any additional comments?

    "Read" this!

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