This multifaceted story interweaves a mini-biography of Henrietta Lacks and her family with an insider's look at the history of medical research and Skloot's journey to unlock the secrets of both. Lacks was a terminal cancer patient, and the cells doctors preserved (without her knowledge or consent) led to many medical breakthroughs. Interestingly, Caucasian Cassandra Campbell admirably portrays African-American Lacks and her associates, while only the small part of Lacks's daughter is assigned to fellow African-American Bahni Turpin. The fine narration underscores the pain and frustration her family feels after Lacks' death, the purloining of her cells, and the world's failure to recognize her role. However difficult it is to acknowledge unscrupulous medical experimentation, Campbell's star quality rivets listeners to this tribute to one whose life continues to improve health care worldwide. J.J.B. 2011 Audies Winner © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2010]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2010
CD ISBN 978-0-3077-1250-9 $35.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2010
CD ISBN 9780307712523 $100.00 Ten CDs
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