I don't have the superlatives to describe this audiobook. Sonia Sotomayor's story is interesting and inspiring, and her memoir is beautifully written. As an American, it makes me proud to know she's on the Supreme Court. The narration by Rita Moreno is flawless. The words on the page are brought to loving life by a rhythmic narration, and the Spanish inflections are soft and lovely to listen to.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks of all kinds - this is one of the best I've ever listened to and I expect to listen to it over and over
Rita Moreno did a great job.
Sotomayor really captures growing up in the Bronx in the '60s. Attending Catholic School and being first generation American in an extended Puerto Rican family.
Of course, the author Sonia Sotomayor.
It would be a better listening experience to listen to chapters from beginning to end.
Bookman Old Style
I don't see how anyone could not like Sonia Sotomayor's book. She comes through as a compassionate, brave, brilliant, empathic, diplomatic, and so great a role model for girls, women, and the disenfranchised of any kind. And the performance by Rita Moreno, with its lovely Spanish pronunciations, is a pleasure to hear. Buy it, give it as a gift, and be glad we've got her on the Court.
I felt the narrator's inflections treated this story as a child's fable instead of emphasizing the serious nature of the formative years of a supreme court justice. Perhaps the narrator could not have read this story in any other way because of the way the story was written.
Ms. Sotomayor overcame many economic and personal difficulties to rise to her position. It troubles me that the foundations set early in her childhood reflect on her interpretation of the law. I have no doubt that she is intellectually capable of interpreting the law. I question her tendency to look on the world in a way that acknowledges social condition as mostly negative and something that most be overcome in this country.
Lifelong voracious reader/listener. British humor: Austen, EF Benson, Wodehouse, Gaiman, Holt, Pratchett. Courtroom crime and chick lit.
Wish I had borrowed this from the library so I could have skipped some parts. I wouldn't expect very many people to include much unflattering material in an autobiography, but Sotomayor's portrait of herself leans towards photoshopped saintliness. I'm glad I know more about her personal history, but would rather have saved my money for something more fun, honest, or surprising.
Probably not from the judge as hers is a lifetime appointment and she probably won't dish the good stuff while in that job.
The book helped me get to know the judge a bit. My taste is more toward the "edgy" and there were no inside scoops here about wheeling and dealing or conflict in the world of judicial dog eat dog. That being said, it was a pleasant enough read. I give it a C+.
Retired RN. Avid reader. Love the audible.
Listening really brought the story to life. Having lived in El Barrio (NYC) for many years I was able to relate to many of her experiences.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She did it against all odds. She really made it to the top.
All of it. Her ability to capture the nuiances of the speech was fabulous.
Parts of it made me laugh and parts made me cry. When she spoke of her cousin and his lost talent both intellecually and musically it was very sad.
I will listen to this book over and over again. It is so inspirational. Will also recommend it to all.
I appreciated the easy listening aspect of it. The story flowed flawlessly and Rita Moreno brought it to life.
Rita Moreno's voice added the sense of a storyteller. Her pauses and inflection were perfect.
What I love is that we get to know about her life story before the bench. It says a lot about her humility. She is a wonderful storyteller and I'm so glad that she allowed us to get to know her in this way.
I loved that she talked about real life issues that impact many families. She covered alcoholism, juvenile diabetes, poverty and the myriad of obstacles that many young latinos face along the road to higher education from not knowing how to study to not knowing they system.
She brings flavor and sounds a bit like the Justice given their backgrounds so at times I felt like it was the Justice herself reading it.
Yes. When she gives advice to women about neglecting their partners. It's so true and yet so frustrating to create that balance.
Every young latina with aspirations to enter the legal world must read this story.
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.