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Janice

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  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (432)
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    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.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "An Authentic "American Dream" Story"
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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Lipsenthal
    • Narrated By Lee Lipsenthal, Dean Ornish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
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    As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day. The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning....

    Janice says: "Loved the book...LOVE the Audiobook, too!"
    "Loved the book...LOVE the Audiobook, too!"
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    This is a compelling book. A good, albeit ultimately sad, story is told along with many lessons for living a meaningful life. The fact that it's read by the author, Lee Lipsenthal, made it even a more powerful experience for me - especially knowing he died before the book was published. This book is a gift to anyone who reads it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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