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 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+.
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.
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.
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