Having Rita Moreno narrate was an inspired selection. Ms Sotomayor's early life isn't exactly riveting but it was a welcomed peek into what compels and propels a person to reach for the stars - and get there. It was an easy listen and Ms Moreno kept the pace and the emotional balance perfect.
It doesn't examine her current life (ends just as she is being chosen for Supreme Court) but it certainly gives a good example of her basic values and beliefs that guide her.
Highly recommend it - especially to young women.
I listen to books to make my commute more enjoyable.
Sonia Sotomayor's story is amazing. Her memoir maps her path from the projects in Brooklyn to nomination to the Supreme Court. It would be easy for story like this to seem like bragging but she lets us see how hard she worked and acknowledges that luck has played a role in her success. I found myself inspired.
Memoirs can be tricky - it is hard to write something that is both interesting but avoids being self-absorbed. Sonia Sotomayor has achieved that delicate balance.
Rita Moreno was truly able to bring this book to life. Her narration felt natural; she made you feel like you were hearing the author tell the story.
Wonderful book. I looked forward to listening to the next chapter.
I would listen to this book again. So well read by Rita Moreno and full of life lessons and inspiration.
There isn't a comparison here. Her life story is not unique but uniquely presented.
Sotomayor's stories of her family were always moving
This book is so full of life lessons, business lessons, advice to others and a personal journey told with such openness that it begs to be read by a very wide audience.
The similarities in voice of the narrator and author! Extremely soothing. The memoirs are enjoyable, sad and sometimes funny!
It's an inspirational book! Love the encouragement the author transmits to the reader.
Familiarity, passion and hope.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Sonia Sotomayor won me over with her book. Not that I didn’t like her previously, but I just didn’t care about her before I read this. Although one can imagine that a Supreme Court justice is a hard worker and an extremely accomplished person, Sonia really does have an interesting story about her hard work and her accomplishments.
I was struck by her integrity. She’s the type of person who always did the right thing and her strength to follow the right and the difficult path as she did was so admirable. She did admit that somewhere along the line she might have gone over the speed limit or committed some other minor or meaningless infraction. Mainly, she seems squeaky clean! Not only did she not inhale, she never even picked it up ☺
Her intelligence was also very obvious. One of the things that stood out the most about her training and education was the importance of her being on the debate team in high school (I don’t remember the details of when it was, actually.) She mentioned it many times as a factor that influenced her education: her ability to look at both sides before making decisions, to organize her thinking, and then to write a paper in college. It was one of the methods by which Sonia moved from rote learning to critical thinking. That convinced me that debating is an important skill that more students ought to learn in school. The Great Debaters was a movie about an African American debate team in 1935 starring Denzel Washington. I came to the same conclusion then after watching that movie. Debating is great training!
Most of all I was impressed by Sonia’s determination! She was a hard worker who never gave up. She set her goals when she was young and never stopped working for them. I found it interesting that one of the influences on her desire to be a judge from an early age was watching Perry Mason shows. They were my favorites, too. Oh well, we had quite different outcomes!
I knew that the trip from the housing projects of New York to the Supreme Court would be made by an interesting person. Ms. Sotomayor did not disappoint in that regard. What I did not anticipate was how charming and inspiring her family and her story turned out to be. Years of hard work by a smart, grounded and rational person pushed her to the summit of a legal career. What Sonia Sotomayor did was not flashy or even fun. It took focus and a willingness to defer gratification. This is the quintessential American story. Among the things that I take from this book are that we must find a way to engage our best and brightest people and if we do that our best days, as a country, are yet to come.
An American Classic
It inspires the reader that if you work hard and play nice, your dreams are attainable, no matter how improbable.
At the end of the book as she is sworn in as a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, she also presides over her mother's second marriage. It wraps up her dream of becoming a judge and her childhood story that starts and ends with her mother.
When she won the Pine prize - the highest academic honor at Princeton University. Even if her ethnicity played a part in her getting admitted to Princeton, she worked harder than every other student to win that top honor.
Justice Sotomayor is a masterful story teller. This book wiill make you laugh, cry and inspire you. I encourage women and men of all ages to read this book
This is the type of book that gave me withdrawal symptoms when it was over. I wanted to know more about Justice Sotomayor's life and thoroughly enjoyed Rita Moreno's reading (Justice Sotomayor also reads certain parts of the memoir). I'm now waiting for Part II, which I hope she is forced to write by popular acclaim!
I wish all of my high school students would read this amazing story of a young girl who saw something better for herself, set high goals for herself and managed through hard work, great mentors and her own intelligence to achieve them.
The themes in this book are echoed in Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.
I was especially moved by the family support Sonya had.
I haven't had a great deal of hope for our country's future in a long time because of the uncompromising polarity and uncivil discourse that currently exist in government. But I just finished reading My Beloved World and, at least for the moment, I'm hopeful. I'm honored to be a citizen of the same country that produced the remarkable, yet humble, Justice Sotomayor.
This was one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. (Others high on my list are: The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw and the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography.) The story is compelling, it was beautifully written, and Rita Moreno's performance is stunning. I frequently had to remind myself that I was not listening to the author.
As I often do with books I listen to and love, I will now have to either purchase the book-book or Kindle version. I want to be able to read and re-read the Epilogue when I find hope waning.
This book - and Justice Sotomayor - will stay with me for a long, long time.