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Editorial Reviews

"Narrator Andi Arndt's bright, authoritative voice fits the book's reverent tone. She uses a conversational style to humanize Ginsburg and moves the story along efficiently. Arndt adds excellent diction and comfortable pacing to make this audiobook a satisfying experience." (AudioFile)
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Irin Carmon: I heard you can do 20 push-ups.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Yes, but we do 10 at a time. And then I breathe for a bit and do the second set.
Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute. In a class of its own, and much to Ginsburg's own amusement, is the Notorious RBG Tumblr, which juxtaposes the diminutive but fierce Jewish grandmother with the 350-pound rapper featuring original artwork submitted from around the world.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg's refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation's highest court - with the fierce dissents to match - get to know RBG as never before. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.
©2015 Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Jessica on 12-10-15

Great story about a fascinating person, however...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, if only for the story about a fascinating woman who championed women's rights and has experienced so many of the challenges women faced in a time where they lacked the same standing as men. However, I would give them the caveat that they have to PAY ATTENTION. The story jumps around so much that it's difficult to put together the timeline in your head. In one chapter, RBG is coping with her husband's death and in the next she is in a fight with him over some issue. It's also difficult to get a true feel for her opinions based on someone's reading of them.

If you’ve listened to books by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik before, how does this one compare?

I haven't listed to books by Irin Carmon nor Shana Knizhnik so I have no comparison.

What about Andi Arndt’s performance did you like?

Andi Arndt's performance was ok; it kept me interested. However, this may not have been the best showcase of a reader's potential talent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One moment I found particularly moving was the description of Sotomayor trying to get RBG to salsa dance shortly after her husband died, despite RBG's reluctance. It really shows the support the women of the SCOTUS give one another.

Any additional comments?

Definitely the kind of woman you want to read about and should read about.

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By serine on 01-23-16

Fall in love with RBG! I did.

Oh how I loved this book! I have loved the Notorious RBG for a while now, but after reading this book, I love her all the more.

During my grad work, we learned not only about the justice system, what it entails, how it works, what the major challenges are to making it a just and fair system, etc, but we also learned quite a bit about the history of those who were major players in constructing the system, keeping the system going, as well as those who were the target of the system. Often, in fact very often, when individuals in a minority are allowed to finally attain a position of authority, they must reject the rest of the minority to prove their worth. A few examples:

-A woman in business must prove she is one of the boys.Helping women get a foothold in business would have damaged the careers of these women.
-Women in the military and policing must show they can be just like men, not only in strength, but often in attitude as well. If they complained about poor treatment or discrimination, it was proof they couldn't hack it like men. So it was difficult to pave the way for other women.
-Black prisoners in the time of Jim Crow were elevated to trustee status in which they held a gun on other black inmates and policed their actions, shooting them if they didn't behave.
-Black prisoners in Jim Crow had to convince white men they were not like the other black degenerates. They had to get a letter stating they were "not like the other Negros."
- Black male police officers were expected to be harder on black citizens to prove they were not trying to help their own kind.

Considering that Harvard would not even allow a woman to get a law degree -- despite the fact that Ruth had done much better academically than her fellow Harvard classmate and husband Marty, and despite the fact that she was top in her class at Columbia-- Ruth was undoubtedly the trailblazer who broke the barriers for so many women to follow. It was not an easy road and she often had to become "deaf" to the injustices women faced. It was essential to not make a fuss all the time if she wanted to be taken seriously and fit in. However, even though she had to fit in and ignore injustices in oder to keep advancing her own career, she never turned her back on those who still had yet to make it. She worked damned hard to gain and maintain her position as the supreme court justice. She could have easily thought, "Well I worked hard to get here. Screw anyone who didn't work as hard as I did." That is not who RBG is. She realized that the reason she had to work so hard was because far too many obstacles stood in the way of women's success. She was and is determined to break down every one of these obstacles.

If there is a type of person that I most love and admire, it's people who are so passionate about something, they cannot stop themselves from tirelessly pursuing it. RBG has, without question, changed the world. This book should be required reading for every girl in school and every boy too.

Short read, great writing, must read, entertaining, educational, and (I usually hate the word but ...)INSPIRING!

Love, Love, LOVE the Notorious RBG.

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