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Kevin

Collinsville, OK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (463)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "How a Supreme Court Justice is formed"
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    Performance
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    I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone interested not only in legal subjects, but also for anyone interested in current affairs. In it Justice Sotomayor candidly and with an appropriate balance of humility and deference to those who helped her along the way, gives an excellent picture of how a Supreme Court justice is "formed" by their experience (life and legal) and their training. She has engagingly demonstrated how her own hard work, the work ethic with which she was raised, and the extraordinary opportunities she was offered along the way (including many she didn't even know existed before they were offered to her) has made her the person who is now fit to judge significant issues of policy and law. She gratefully acknowledges the assistance she received from affirmative action and similar kinds of thinking by those with the ability to hire and help her, and demonstrates clearly and cogently why that was a good thing (rather than running from it as if it were an insult like one of her fellow Justices). Rita Moreno is an excellent narrator, and not surprisingly, seems to have the Justice's voice as she reads. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (417)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much on a long car trip. I didn't have any of the troubles that other reviewers had with the reader's diction and style. Other than a few "again's" pronounced with a long "a" he read very well, particularly the vocal changes for the various characters. The plot is complex and engaging without being difficult to follow. It was a good companion for the trip.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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