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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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    Beth Martin 12-20-15
    Beth Martin 12-20-15
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    "A lovely memoir"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    I have both the Kindle and Audible version so I can say that I greatly preferred the audio version. Having someone flawlessly pronounce Spanish names and poetry definitely helped make it feel more real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not really an applicable question for an autobiographical work. I chose this book because I admired Justice Sotomayor; this book made me feel like, if we met, I would have a lot of fun with her.


    What does Rita Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Spanish pronunciations and recitations definitely helped. I studied a bit of Spanish but my accent has always been terrible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was definitely hard to put down once I got started. I found myself almost looking forward to my daily commute.


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    Ann 10-30-15
    Ann 10-30-15
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    "How Sonia Sotomayor Came to be Judge"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This was a remarkable story of a woman who grew up in the Bronx projects and through a loving family and hard work made it to Princeton, to law school, and eventually to the Supreme Court. While the memoir does not deal with her life on the Supreme Court, which is totally appropriate, it gives a textured view of her personal life and some glimpses into her professional life. Justice Sotomayor was surprisingly revealing about her personal life. Rita Moreno did a wonderful job of narrating, including bringing authenticity to the Spanish language passages


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    Nick 10-26-15
    Nick 10-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pulling Teeth"

    While I am encapsulated by Justice Sotomayor's story, I was disappointed by how slowly some parts of this book go.

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    Matthew 10-09-15
    Matthew 10-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Text That Can Be Used For Mentoring"

    This book is a forthright memorial to the heart and soul of a human spirit of a brilliant non-pretentious Supreme Court Justice.

    As a HISPANIC who is a retired attorney, I'm comfortable & confident that Justice Sotomayor will be one of the most grounded & intelligent Justices in the history of the Supreme Court. I think she has the potential, based in part on the my listening to My Beloved World, with her own style, to become as revered a Justice as Homes, Cardozo, John Marshall & Thurgood Marshall.

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    CindyWalks 10-01-15
    CindyWalks 10-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story, brought to life by Rita Moreno"
    Where does My Beloved World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to many audiobooks, so this is hard to answer, but I'd have to put it in the top 10.


    Any additional comments?

    Her story made me smile, laugh and cry. Rita Moreno's reading was brilliant.

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    ANGEL BONILLA HAVERSTRAW, NY, US 08-14-15
    ANGEL BONILLA HAVERSTRAW, NY, US 08-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great woman"

    Proud to have her representing our Puerto Rican culture. And insuring that our rights are not trampled on

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    Mildred 07-15-15
    Mildred 07-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved it!"

    Anyone raised in the Bronx in the 60's, 70's can relate to Sonia. We have so many similarities, even to liking Bucky Dent from the Yankees. We have so much in common, it's refreshing.
    I'm grateful a friend of mine ask me to read/listen to this book!
    I told my friend thank you for my gift! I love it and I'm grateful!
    I will share this gift with my four young adult daughters. I'm positive they will appreciate it as much as I do!
    One day I hope to meet Sonia. I would love to give her the most loving and tightest hug!
    But for now xoxoxo Sonia! My darling cousin regardless of blood! Que Dois te bendiga !!!!
    Mildred Cox (Vazquez)

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    Jacqueline McLemore 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Candid, well told story"

    Associate Justice Sotomayor shares a rich story about her family, the village that supported her & the unlikely footpath that led to her position on the Supreme Court. Her big personality comes through in this memoir. It held my attention though at the end the story gives way to a bit of a professorial tone.

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    omar nunez 07-09-15
    omar nunez 07-09-15
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    "love it!"

    I cried will i live her story! love this book #everyone needs this book !

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    Betty J. Cabral 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall excellent."

    Excellent. What a phenomenal woman. So thankful to have read this book even though I'm a conservative Republican.

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    "A great telling of the early years of this judge"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Beloved World?

    Great insights into what it means to be a scholar. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the woman behind the robe. Definitely someone that would make a good dinner companion!


    What about Rita Moreno’s performance did you like?

    Captivating narrator who did not over dramatize


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend

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