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Lady Q

The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen
Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Offering a rarely seen female perspective on gang life, this raw and powerful memoir tells not only of one woman's struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new Mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own.

At age five Sonia Rodriguez's stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him; and by 13 her home had become a hangout for the Latin Kings and Queens who were friends with her older sister. Threatened by rival gang members at school, Sonia turned away from her education and extracurricular activities in favor of a world of drugs and violence.

The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became her refuge, but its violence cost her friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly her life. As a Latin Queen, she experienced the exhilarating highs and unbelievable lows of gang life. From being shot at by her own gang and kicked out at age 18 with an infant daughter to rejoining the gang and distinguishing herself as a leader, her legacy as Lady Q was cemented both for her willingness to commit violence and for her role as a drug mule.

©2008 Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-2017

terrible

compared to his other 2 books this was terrible and the narrator was almost unbearable.

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  • Raache R
  • 07-09-2017

Really good read

If you could sum up Lady Q in three words, what would they be?

Informative
Interesting
Sad

Any additional comments?

She has been through a lot and seeing things through eyes gave me a new perspective
on life as to why people join gangs.

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  • frances ruelas
  • 04-01-2019

Epologue

The Epologue was best part of book. Same old story about growing up in poverty and not being strong enough mentally to pull yourself out of it. Lady Q was not smart enough to stash away money for future and not enough sense treat the streets as a business. Same old crap. I was not impressed with her story not the narrator who does not speak spanish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2018

From horrible childhood to gang activity

Well told, step by step, with details of all emotional transitions. From dutiful schoolgirl to a gang member.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-2018

I love the books by Reymundo Sanchez, great book.

This book was a rollercoaster ride, sad, exciting, motivational, sympathetic. I love audible and this book.

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  • Crystal Acosta
  • 26-09-2018

A must read

Absolutely loved this book. Gives you a better understanding of how lack of love and support from family can push away children into gangs. This book was a sad reality of what many young girls in inner city neighborhoods deal with & the chain reaction that follows. Educating ourselves & our society, to be more compassionate towards others & work towards making a difference in communities such as Sonia’s, can help stop this cycle. Please read this book if you care to make a difference in the lives of our youth.

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  • Sofia
  • 16-07-2018

horrible reader

Poorly written, but reader was terrible. Rule of thunb: If you can't speak Spanish, then don't. All phrases in Spanish were unintelligible bc of this gringa.

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  • Michael Y.
  • 07-02-2018

Horribly narrated! But good book

The narration of this book was horrendous to say the least . To put it blunt the woman who narrates this book sounds CORNY! It Literally sounds like a robot is reading to you .. but overall the book itself was great, truly a sad story to listen to.. I wouldn’t say don’t listen to the book, you will eventually get used to the robot voice as I did ..

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  • Anthony Smith
  • 13-01-2018

Good book

Good book, but the narration could have been better the voice that narrated this book almost seemed computerized at times

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  • Elizabeth Torres
  • 31-12-2017

Enjoyed listening

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I really enjoy listening to this book and wish you the best in your future endeavors. I remembered reading "My Bloody life" and wondered what happened to the girls on the Oprah show. I tried to YouTube that episode but couldn't find it. :/

I recommend this book to anyone that's read and enjoyed "My Bloody Life" and "Once a King Always a King."