Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014
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.
Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of 40. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.
©2013 Sonia Sotomayor (P)2013 Random House Audio
I do not read a lot of biographies or autobiographies. I could not pass up a chance to learn more about our newest Supreme Court Justice however. I am so glad that I did. All at once, this audio book is educational, inspiring, entertaining and extremely human.
I completely relate to her journey of coming from humble beginnings to becoming a well-educated woman. I highly recommend this book.
Yes. Compared to the section by the author herself,I felt Moreno's reading was just like Sotomayor would read it.
Accent. Knowledge of subject.
I was cheering for Sonia when she succeeded because of her assertiveness.
A good read if you are interested in successful and personable women. The author was honest with her feelings, but there was a lot of redundancy.
It hit me several times, that this book gives me great comfort knowing that Sonia Sotomayor's sits on our nation's highest court. I wasn't expecting to have such a clear picture of what she brings each day to her work. She alone represents several minority groups that are rarely represented at the highest levels of government. I trust that her decisions are properly influenced by her personal and professional experiences.
The performance was seamless. I had to remind myself that it wasn't the voice of the author!
The story goes into great detail about Sonia's personal life. It is one of the most intelligent and sophisticated discussions I have encountered about family dynamics and personality traits. The level of detail may be off-putting to people who want "just the facts", but as a psychotherapist I very much appreciated learning about how Ms. Sotomayor has navigated the ups and downs of her personal life.
I would definitely listen to this book again. Judge Sotomayor has provided very helpful tips for anyone on how she overcame many obstacles in her life & on how she persevered in spite of the nay-sayers.
My favorite character was her mother as the amazing inspirational person in her life in spite of her own challenges & shortcomings. She was definitely Ms. Sotomayor's greatest champion!
My favorite scene was the heartwarming description of her grandmother's death & how the entire family came together in support of each other's loss & grief. To me it speaks of the power of family's unconditional love.
This book is near & dear to my heart because being of like-cultural background as Ms Sotomayor & understanding the culture, language, & underlying innuendos in the idioms, I appreciate the full flavor of this success story. I identified with her early upbringing & environment having been raised in Brooklyn, NY at the same time period as this autobiography. I vividly understood the nuances of the neighborhoods, the people, the culture, & the time. It was as if the book was about my own life up to the time I left home for college. The book made me laugh & cry all at the same time. It made me angry too when old memories were brought to surface.
A great read, especially if you understand the culture. Very inspiring!
Very revealing book about the mind and life of our newest Supreme Court Justice. Fantastic performance by Moreno .
A real winner
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.
Very personal, articulate, interesting memoir that is forthright and filled with personal insights. Only occasionally I felt that if Ms. Sotomayor had been narrating the emphasis might have been on different words / that Ms. Moreno's emphasis might communicate something slightly different from what Ms. Sotomayor intended, but mostly it didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. Such an interesting woman is Ms. Sotomayor and what a journey her life has been.
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+.
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