Prompted to listen after watching series on Netflix. Needless to say they bear only slight resemblance to one another but both excellent. What I took away most from this memoir was the humanity of those incarcerated and the utter failure that is the U.S. prison system.
Well worth listening to. Campbell's narration adds another layer of nuance and empathy as the prisoners' stories unfold. Overall a moving and thought-provoking experience.
Plot was predictable and not particularly engaging. Lucy's relationship was a non-starter and should have been left out. It added nothing to the story.
ditch the relationship
didn't have a favorite
I was drawn to listen after enjoying the television series. I wasn't disappointed. The story is well-crafted and I found the narrator to be a delight. I'm sorry that there aren't more to choose from in this series...at least not in the U.S. (yet). I hope to hear more from both this author (and narrator) in the near future.
She is wonderfully with the various characters...she truly brings the story to life with memorable accents, intonations, and expression. I really think the narration helps make this book the wonderful "read" that it is.
An actual plot. This book feels like it was written merely in order to cash in on the success of The Hunger Games. It's plot is disjointed, the characters lose their soul(s) and purpose and the writing is dull and listless.
A well-written crime novel.
Well the narrator didn't have much to work with but she was far too "old" sounding for this book. She also seemed to be trying a tad too hard...
Frustration that it was so poorly written
I first read the print edition of this book when it was first released in paperback, but when I saw that Cassandra Campbell narrated the audible version I decided to purchase and listen (again).The story is fascinating, though troubling. I'm glad the Lacks family has finally been given some input into how her cell lines are used going forward after they came to an agreement with the NIH this past summer.The book is both a fascinating chronicle of scientific research but explores the issues of health care access and attitudes toward individual privacy, an issue of increasing import in today's world.I absolutely adore Campbell's narration and found listening to the book a second time around an equally satisfying experience.
I wouldn't really call this book a "story" as it's a much more complex narrative than such a term implies. It's both an exploration of a woman's difficult personal history and the intersection of that history with an ongoing evolution in genetic research. It's the juxtaposition of the two elements that makes it a particularly powerful work of non-fiction that's both heartbreaking and compelling.
For me, Campbell's narration is wonderful in terms of both range and nuance. Turpin was fine.
Henrietta's story made me sad....she had a tough life and died a very sad and painful death.
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