• Her Hidden Genius

  • A Novel
  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (372 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Fans of historical fiction will devour this complex portrait of a brilliant and trailblazing genius and the price she paid to advance the frontiers of science." (Beatriz Williams, New York Times best-selling author of Our Woman in Moscow)

The new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie!

She changed the world with her discovery. Three men took the credit.

Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider - brilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is assigned to work on DNA, she believes she can unearth its secrets.

Rosalind knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture - one more after thousands - she can unlock the building blocks of life. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins, who'd rather conspire about genetics with James Watson and Francis Crick than work alongside her.

Then it finally happens - the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what unfolds next, Rosalind could have never predicted.

Marie Benedict's powerful new novel shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.

Also by Marie Benedict:

  • The Other Einstein
  • Carnegie's Maid
  • The Only Woman in the Room
  • Lady Clementine
  • The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
©2022 Marie Benedict (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Loved this!

What an excellent telling of the amazing female genius behind the discovery of DNA’s structure. As a young scientist and physician, all I ever heard were “Watson and Crick”. How refreshing to see a different aspect of others working on this important discovery. And well, done, Benedict! Her panache for bringing the personal side of important historical people and events makes reading about them pure pleasure.

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Crying as it ends.

I’m a big fan of Marie Benedicts work. I like the fact that her heroines are intelligent, self-sufficient, and it combines real life history with fiction. This book had me rooting for Dr. Franklin the entire time. Her life and her career has been hidden from history which is a real shame

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Fantastic

With so much to learn about this absolutely amazing woman and her accomplishments as a lover of history- 5 stars. Character had depth and gave me a emotional attachment, historical facts and time periods well researched and I learned so many new things. Fantastic

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Wonderful!

What a moving, captivating, important and timely story. So glad to know the story of Rosalind Franklin. Great listen!

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Her Hidden Genius

Beautifully written historical fiction book.
Rosiland Franklin was a fascinating women, she did much to further women in the field of science.
I highly recommend this book.

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Very unique

I had the pleasure of having this book and audio in to read it was amazing both ways. It definitely kept my Attention and not many books can. It was definitely unique I would recommend it

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Marie never lets us down.

I love everything Marie Benedict has written. This book touched me greatly and it’s conclusion left me in tears. It is a huge accomplishment! Thank you Marie!❤️❤️

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Good Book

Very interesting story about a real woman who contributed through scientific research. Nice character development. Only criticism is that It felt like some of the story line wasn’t entirely developed in places.

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A woman of genius for certain

Another extraordinary novel of an extraordinary woman written by an extraordinary author. I eagerly look forward to Marie Benedict’s next Historic novel of another historic extraordinary woman

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Wonderful

Loved the book. Fascinating subject. What a loss to the world. Goes beyond any genre.

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