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  • What happens when your family tells you one thing, but a DNA test tells you another?

    Georgina Lawton grew up in a loving family but she didn’t look like anyone else. She has dark eyes, curly hair and brown skin. Both her parents were white.

    Georgina took a DNA test. The results changed her life forever.

    With millions around the world using 'do-it-yourself' DNA testing kits, Georgina follows the stories of those learning to live with the results.

    A Loftus Media production for Audible Originals.

    This original podcast is 5 episodes in total, please begin with "Ep. 1: 0% Match".

    ©2020 Audible, Ltd. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd.
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  • Ep. 1: 0% Match

    Nov 19 2020

    Georgina Lawton grew up in a white family but something didn’t add up. At 23, a DNA test revealed the truth. The results would change her life forever....

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    32 mins
  • Ep. 2: What's My Mix?

    Nov 19 2020

    Georgina arranges to meet her first black relative. But how are they related? And can their shared DNA help determine Georgina's racial identity?

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    41 mins
  • Ep. 3: Not Parent Expected

    Nov 19 2020

    Georgina takes matters into her own hands and looks for support among the NPE community. Will going to the place her genetic father was last seen really provide her with answers?

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    42 mins

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Very Interesting

I enjoyed how Georgina weaved in various issues related to now widely available DNA testing as well as how she included experts and others' stories. I highly recommend this series.

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Do Listen

A good listen, with numerous intertwining themes. In addition to sharing her story, Ms. Lawton also updates us on aspects of DNA and of genealogy searches.

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Worth the time

Her story is already naturally intriguing and she could have let that be enough but she did the work of talking to others and including their stories as well. I listened straight through. Very interesting.

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Find Answered at All Costs

A well-loved, well educated, well adjusted girl badgers her mother into disclosing her single, secret indiscretion. Her search for "answers" for her selfish need to find out why she doesn't look like the rest of her family leads her mother to admit to a one night stand. The mother is badgered into revealing what happened as the relationship with her selfish daughter was the only reason she tells what happened. The daughter then cashes in on her mother's shame by making the whole story public and obviously making money on the story. She had a loving father, mother and brother who had to suffer for this girl's selfish "need" for answers.
The narrative is well done and held my interest, but when it is all said and done I wonder if the sojourn was worth bringing her mother down like that after she had already suffered the loss of her husband. The daughter seemed to make it clear that there would be no relationship with her mother unless she had the truth and that seems heartless and manipulative of the daughter.
Why couldn't she let it go and make the best of the good friends and family that she had. So many people would be thrilled with what she had to start off with. But she demanded more, and at what cost?

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new to audible!

Georgina made me realize we are all one race and everyone is a mix of each other.
I especially identified with her mother holding the one night a secret . at least she didn't abort which is a nother topic.
enjoyed the guys from the pup. want to hear more. Georgina is a person I would like very much.

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awesome listen

really well done. I don't personally relate to the narrative but feel I've learned a lot while also being very well entertained

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Well Done!

Ms. Lawton presents an informative and illuminating podcast. She openly shares her personal journey, extensive interviews, and some really good information on the types and implications of genetic testing. I came away from this with greater compassion for the struggles of being human and admiration for the power of Love.


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Edge of your seat

Georgina has done a great job narrating and interviewing others on a topic that is not only personal to her but so personal and an almost unknown commonality to so many others out there. When listening to her journey, she really brings the audience in such a way that goes beyond realism and is educating others to how society is evolving from something that started decades ago and how it has evolved and changed so many lives out there.

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Powerful writing

What an amazing writer. It isn't easy to speak so eloquently about your own experience. Her story has stayed with me.

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The Truth Heals

Georgina has always suspected she may not be the biological child of her father. After he passes, she investigates the truth about her biological differences using DNA analysis. Her empathy towards her mother is evident as the secret is revealed. The story offers insights on the power of parental love and Georgina show grace and courage as she uncovers her true self. I hope she continues this podcast to weave in her biological father's story as she discovers it. It is a fascinating story captivating me as it unfolded.

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  • A twisted crown of thorns!
  • 11-26-20

Captivating and candid!

I loved this audio book as I drove to and from work. I am from a black African background and have a blended family. Our differences only bind us closer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-20

Very interesting

I can't say I have thought about this topic before but this makes being honest with your children crystal clear. Very concise and easy to understand. Also being from South London it almost seemed to be told by a friend.

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  • pixie225
  • 11-25-20

Interesting and enjoyable

Another really interesting podcast I listened to in one sitting! Audible original has been commissioning some fantastic content this year.

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  • Hannah Kaye
  • 12-08-20

Brilliant!

I was absolutely hooked. It's really hard to embed vulnerability into your life when you know it's going to hurt others but Georgina has shown that pushing through all of that really does pay off, better relationships not only with the people around her but with herself too. Really moving snd informative.

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  • Mel
  • 12-06-20

Insight

Loved it, great insight to Georgia journey to find her biological father. Would recommend, great

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  • Sophia S
  • 04-14-21

Insightful listen

I really enjoyed this! Great narration & insight into a whole hidden community of lost children. the narration was a brilliant mix of facts and documentary style conversation. Thank you for your honesty Georgina, you will inspire many with this book.

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  • Jackie
  • 04-12-21

Touching...

...a brave family who show that love endures when authentic....keep us posted on the search and keep the family dialigue going!! 🙏

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  • Mr. P. G. Harris
  • 03-21-21

The revealing side of DNA

I couldn't stop listening to this wonderfully revealing explanation for the reasons and drive to find out about her genetic origins and unknown father. A well researched and responsible piece of detective work with DNA at it's centre. If your interested in family history and/or knowing about your ethnic identity then this is a must listen.

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  • Handbagshoes
  • 03-19-21

Wasn't expecting this story so thought provoking

Stumbled on this and thought I would listen.
Family life and its predicaments comes in many forms,and this is told in a real honest way.
Georgina's story is fascinating, I couldn't stop listening.
I will proceed to reading her book called "Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-21

Loved this !!!

Engaging from strat to finish.
what a journey.
Emotional.Georgina was likw a detective finding her truth

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  • Denise
  • 12-30-20

big tug on the heartstrings

fascinating, thought provoking, tear jerking. thank you Georgina for sharing your story with the world. I guess it's inheritant that we all want to know where we've come from, so we can understand ourselves better.

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  • Kathryn
  • 11-29-20

Incredible story

loved this podcast - a real deep delve into the personal questions of belonging, identity and family ties. Recommend.

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  • Ella
  • 11-29-20

Wonderful

Although I am white and never need it to question my heritage this audio book is well worth it to listen to. It's full of knowledge and emotions gracefully put together.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-21

fascinating

captivating story well presented. it provided a good insight into what individuals in non biological environments can experience

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-21

Good listen.

An interesting revelation of the unexpected consequences of having your DNA tested. 0% match with Dad? WTF.?
Poor Irish Catholic guilt ridden mother eventually confesses to a one night stand with a unknown black man.. One minute of lust creats a lifetime of confusion, anger and mistrust which eventually resolves itself but oh so painfully for the poor poor mother. I get it. I'm Irish too and the mother really had no choice but to hide the truth and eventually be convinced that her own lie was the truth. Catholic guilt and shame abounds here.
The fact was that her mum and dad loved her. And her black sperm doner simply produced the single sperm required one drunken night. I really doubt he'd have any thing to offer which remotely matches what the non biological but nevertheless real Dad gave to this self obsessed millenial.
Sorry Georgina. Get a life. Be grateful you're here. Your sperm provider is Nigerian. Embrace that culture for sure but quit looking for another father. You had a real one for 20+ years. Honour his love and memory.

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  • Sarah Boer
  • 05-28-21

Knowing your heritage

Knowing your heritage is so much more important than we know. Both my sons did not grow up with their biological father and have so many traits that seem only to be linked by biology.
I loved this exploration of how our genetics shape us, especially the conversation about donor conceived children and the impact of knowing/not knowing their donor parent.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and I hope this will benefit many generations.

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  • melissa r.
  • 05-20-21

Fascinating

Fascinating,personal look into complex, often overlooked, issues around DNA testing and how it can impact people in myriad ways

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  • Mary Comino
  • 04-14-21

helped me understand her "secret"

once I started listening to this book I wanted to keep going as I was reeled in from the beginning. Sometimes it's a bit drawn out but on reflection this is the experience of the author. It helped me understand the issue.