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.
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.
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.
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?
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.