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  • Summary

  • 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.

    ©2020 Audible, Ltd. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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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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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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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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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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Insight

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

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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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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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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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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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Loved this !!!

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

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  • 20-11-20

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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  • Genevieve
  • 26-11-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-20

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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  • Susan M. Scott
  • 04-04-21

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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  • Sharon Taylor
  • 06-12-20

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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  • ashley
  • 09-12-20

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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  • Wonder Woman
  • 27-12-20

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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  • Cam S
  • 03-12-20

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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  • Myra L.D.L.
  • 10-12-21

An African American searching for my motherland

I knew my parents and grandparents et cetera. However to be an African American is quite vague. Africa is not a country Africa is a continent the largest continent in the world. I did the DNA test because I wanted to know what country I was from. What country was my homeland. To be African American means to be of any shade of skin tone. The DNA results Indicate my ancestors are from Togo, Benign, Congo and a scattering of European countries. I do have some satisfaction knowing my ancestors are from West Africa. Which I knew knowing the history of how our people were enslaved and brought here. I do have my degree in Panafican studies and and have learned to speak kiSwahili. I've traveled to West Africa More specifically Egypt. I plan to visit the west coast on my search for my motherland, my people. Myra Ibiyonun La Motte

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  • Dana Deason
  • 26-05-21

Powerful writing

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