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My Beloved World Audiobook

My Beloved World

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014

Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014

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.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of 40. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.

©2013 Sonia Sotomayor (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Greenlake DD Seattle, WA, United States 01-23-13
    Greenlake DD Seattle, WA, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm really glad she's on the bench!"

    I really liked getting to know Justice Sotomayor a little. Her life is, and has been, very interesting. She managed to overcome a lot of obstacles a lesser person might have collapsed under. She is tremendously hard working and learned early to recognize her shortcomings and limitations and figure out a way to overcome them. Unlike many very successful people, she doesn't seem invested in being right all the time and therefore she sees what needs to be fixed and usually finds out a way to fix it.

    The only reason I gave the performance a four star review instead of five is because I really liked hearing Justice Sotomayor's New York accent when she read the prologue. It sounded so earthy and real. Rita Moreno was good, but I wish she had used that New York accent instead of a neutral American accent.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. D. Portnoy Sarasota, FL USA 03-27-13
    J. D. Portnoy Sarasota, FL USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Warm, fuzzy, and bright, too!"

    I don't see how anyone could not like Sonia Sotomayor's book. She comes through as a compassionate, brave, brilliant, empathic, diplomatic, and so great a role model for girls, women, and the disenfranchised of any kind. And the performance by Rita Moreno, with its lovely Spanish pronunciations, is a pleasure to hear. Buy it, give it as a gift, and be glad we've got her on the Court.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Palmetto, FL, United States 02-11-13
    Jeanne Palmetto, FL, United States 02-11-13
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    "Don't miss this!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    It's told so candidly that I feel I am right there living the events with everyone involved.


    What other book might you compare My Beloved World to and why?

    Maya Angelous' books. Native Son. Black Like Me. Other books that give an intimate portrait of a person from a different culture & background from my own.


    Which character – as performed by Rita Moreno – was your favorite?

    Sonia Sotomayor


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me laugh & cry, as I vicariously experienced the life events of Sotomayor and her family & friends.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    maria carmona Maryland 09-02-16
    maria carmona Maryland 09-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A must read for pretty much everyone"

    This is a remarkable story about a remarkable woman. It is equally compelling for what it says about the human spirit, the importance of human connections, and the promise of being American.

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    Porgie 08-05-16
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    Absolutely wonderful! So many things that I can relate to in this audiobook.
    Very well worth the listen!y

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely beautiful!"

    As a teacher of high achool English language learners, I'm thrilled for the opportunity to suggest this book to American immigrants. ¡Todo es posible!

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    Kristine California 05-13-16
    Kristine California 05-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    Inspiring story, beautifully written and read. I hope she writes another book. I learned much of value.

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    lwiza b 05-03-16
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    "Cried several times!"

    Rita Moreno did an amazing job telling the story! I cried because of how closely it relates to me as a New Yorker and the resiliency that she has demonstrated throughout! I can only hope for such single minded purpose in my life and career as well.

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    Planet Leslie 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book and reading!"

    What a heartwarming telling of a life blessed as Sotomayor says herself. It brought tears to my eyes.

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    "Above and beyond Type 1"

    My daughter was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and as I grieved about losing the normalcy

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