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Claire

St. Petersburg, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (501)

    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"
    "Justice Sotomayor is a masterful storyteller."
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    An American Classic


    What did you like best about this story?

    It inspires the reader that if you work hard and play nice, your dreams are attainable, no matter how improbable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (706)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Grisham shows again he is a terrific story teller."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Calico Joe the most enjoyable?

    Great plot, terrific baseball setting.


    What other book might you compare Calico Joe to and why?

    I usually prefer non-fiction. This story is so real it could be a true story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Joe Castle tells Warren Tracy he is still batting a thousand against him!


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

    Paul Tracy's recounting of how he knew Warren was going to bean Joe Castle...after the two fast balls outside the plate...just as his father told him to cruelly do after his 11 year old All Star game.


    Any additional comments?

    It is sometimes difficult to get into an audio book at first - not this book - I walked miles over the weekend to finish it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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