Inspirational interesting, humble
Ms. Sotomayor is grounded. She attributes her success to hard work and the support and love of others.
For the whole of Moreno's performance I felt as if I were listening to Sotomayor herself.
Absolutely. This is a compelling listen. Sonia Sotomayor tells her story with such honesty and candor.
When Sonia Sotomayor described her initial lengthy stay in the hospital (after her diagnosis of diabetes) and it culminated in her outburst into tears, at which moment, her usually occupied-with-work mother deftly intervenes with a definitive and commanding "Alright, that's enough!" to the hospital staff. I saw that moment as pivotal. It told me, "Yes, my mother is here for me and yes, she loves me."
I liked the quality of her voice and her diction. I liked that she didn't overemphasize the Spanish words with a heavy Latin accent. She pronounced each word, English and Spanish, with equal precision, authenticity, and clarity.
It made me laugh and cry, but most notably, it made me feel warm inside and it made me feel connected to the author; so in that way, I found it to be tremendously inspiring. I am taking the inspiration that no matter the circumstances into which you are born, you can climb out of it. Yes, it's possible!
I loved that Sonia Sotomayor opened the book with her own voice! That was a like icing on a cake.
Inspiring and reflective. Family is who we are.
When she admits her upbringing left her lacking understanding of certain situations, it was moving.
Sometimes when she changed voice volume, I could not understand her.
If the right doors are opened for you, unlimited potential is yours if you work,work,work.
I have new appreciation for having a voice and perspective as hers on the Supreme Court.
Sonia's over coming a rough childhood.
Sonia of course, the honest way she told her story.
this was a great reading.
That would be great.
Sonia show kids from humble beginning can still become great people of the world.
Sotomayor is a horrible writer, and Moreno's voice is more irritating than Rachel Maddow.
No. I would prefer a root canal without novocaine.
She has a very irritating voice and she reads like we were 6th graders who barely understood English.
Disappointment. Sotomayor is literally a Horatio Alger success story, yet she whined through the whole book about how tough she had it...grew up poor, father died young, women are victims, blah, blah, blah. The fact is that the world has been her oyster...free ride to Princeton, free ride to Yale Law, appointment to the Federal bench specifically because she was Hispanic. But was she thankful, and encouraging others to use her as an example? Nope, she just kept on whining. Anyone. With an IQ greater than 55 think she would be a Supreme Court justice if she were NOT Hispanic?
How can anyone graduate a prestigious law school like Yale and NOT know what voire dire is?
Absolutely loved this book. I actually clapped when the audio was over. Not a political book at all, this is the ultimate Bronx / legal version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "The Glass Castle." I want to read more books like this. Thank you Judge for writing it. I hope that men will also read it, I've asked my husband to - no pressure there, babe! Also, the narration was so perfect, and comforting, just love Rita Moreno, very fitting that she read this.
I was an english major who went on to a masters in Social Work and a Ph.D in Psychology. Learned literary criticism in univ. prep. classes.
Yes, Rita Morena (the reader) understands the Puerto Rican experience having lived it herself and Sonia Sotomayor is a great writer. Who knew! It's a miracle that she rose to being a Supreme Court judge from such humble beginnings fraught with a myriad obstacles.
Overcoming the Diabetes diagnosis.
I loved the scenes with her grandmother (reading poetry, seances, matriarchal duties).
Rita Moreno plays the older Sotomayor with the flair of experience
This is a must read for everyone who cares about women.
She is so real....good, bad, scared, overly confident and her ability, I felt, to show us who she is and why....it is all there.
Sandra Day O Connor's memoir (Lazy B) was similar and though I enjoyed it, it did not hold my attention in the same way.
I loved the Spanish language, the intonations, the beauty of hearing the language used in the way I am sure the author approves totally. I do not speak Spanish but I could listen to Ms. Moreno speaking anytime.
No. I often listen as I am walking in the morning so tend to listen in 45 minute segments and that has worked well. There is just so much detail, I have enjoyed not rushing through.
I recommend this with no reservations and I do not believe I would have enjoyed "just" reading it as much.
Having Rita Moreno narrate was an inspired selection. Ms Sotomayor's early life isn't exactly riveting but it was a welcomed peek into what compels and propels a person to reach for the stars - and get there. It was an easy listen and Ms Moreno kept the pace and the emotional balance perfect.
It doesn't examine her current life (ends just as she is being chosen for Supreme Court) but it certainly gives a good example of her basic values and beliefs that guide her.
Highly recommend it - especially to young women.