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?
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.
I listen to books to make my commute more enjoyable.
Sonia Sotomayor's story is amazing. Her memoir maps her path from the projects in Brooklyn to nomination to the Supreme Court. It would be easy for story like this to seem like bragging but she lets us see how hard she worked and acknowledges that luck has played a role in her success. I found myself inspired.
Memoirs can be tricky - it is hard to write something that is both interesting but avoids being self-absorbed. Sonia Sotomayor has achieved that delicate balance.
Rita Moreno was truly able to bring this book to life. Her narration felt natural; she made you feel like you were hearing the author tell the story.
Wonderful book. I looked forward to listening to the next chapter.
I would listen to this book again. So well read by Rita Moreno and full of life lessons and inspiration.
There isn't a comparison here. Her life story is not unique but uniquely presented.
Sotomayor's stories of her family were always moving
This book is so full of life lessons, business lessons, advice to others and a personal journey told with such openness that it begs to be read by a very wide audience.
The similarities in voice of the narrator and author! Extremely soothing. The memoirs are enjoyable, sad and sometimes funny!
It's an inspirational book! Love the encouragement the author transmits to the reader.
Familiarity, passion and hope.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Sonia Sotomayor won me over with her book. Not that I didn’t like her previously, but I just didn’t care about her before I read this. Although one can imagine that a Supreme Court justice is a hard worker and an extremely accomplished person, Sonia really does have an interesting story about her hard work and her accomplishments.
I was struck by her integrity. She’s the type of person who always did the right thing and her strength to follow the right and the difficult path as she did was so admirable. She did admit that somewhere along the line she might have gone over the speed limit or committed some other minor or meaningless infraction. Mainly, she seems squeaky clean! Not only did she not inhale, she never even picked it up ☺
Her intelligence was also very obvious. One of the things that stood out the most about her training and education was the importance of her being on the debate team in high school (I don’t remember the details of when it was, actually.) She mentioned it many times as a factor that influenced her education: her ability to look at both sides before making decisions, to organize her thinking, and then to write a paper in college. It was one of the methods by which Sonia moved from rote learning to critical thinking. That convinced me that debating is an important skill that more students ought to learn in school. The Great Debaters was a movie about an African American debate team in 1935 starring Denzel Washington. I came to the same conclusion then after watching that movie. Debating is great training!
Most of all I was impressed by Sonia’s determination! She was a hard worker who never gave up. She set her goals when she was young and never stopped working for them. I found it interesting that one of the influences on her desire to be a judge from an early age was watching Perry Mason shows. They were my favorites, too. Oh well, we had quite different outcomes!