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My Beloved World | [Sonia Sotomayor]

My Beloved World

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.
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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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    L. Petralis Rochester, NY 02-05-14
    L. Petralis Rochester, NY 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprise! I like this title"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Compared to the section by the author herself,I felt Moreno's reading was just like Sotomayor would read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonia herself


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

    Accent. Knowledge of subject.


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

    I was cheering for Sonia when she succeeded because of her assertiveness.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read if you are interested in successful and personable women. The author was honest with her feelings, but there was a lot of redundancy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beach Lover San Diego, CA United States 01-15-14
    Beach Lover San Diego, CA United States 01-15-14 Listener Since 2007
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Beloved World?

    It hit me several times, that this book gives me great comfort knowing that Sonia Sotomayor's sits on our nation's highest court. I wasn't expecting to have such a clear picture of what she brings each day to her work. She alone represents several minority groups that are rarely represented at the highest levels of government. I trust that her decisions are properly influenced by her personal and professional experiences.


    Have you listened to any of Rita Moreno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was seamless. I had to remind myself that it wasn't the voice of the author!


    Any additional comments?

    The story goes into great detail about Sonia's personal life. It is one of the most intelligent and sophisticated discussions I have encountered about family dynamics and personality traits. The level of detail may be off-putting to people who want "just the facts", but as a psychotherapist I very much appreciated learning about how Ms. Sotomayor has navigated the ups and downs of her personal life.

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    Carmen 01-05-14
    Carmen 01-05-14
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    "Awesome Autobiography!"
    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. Judge Sotomayor has provided very helpful tips for anyone on how she overcame many obstacles in her life & on how she persevered in spite of the nay-sayers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was her mother as the amazing inspirational person in her life in spite of her own challenges & shortcomings. She was definitely Ms. Sotomayor's greatest champion!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the heartwarming description of her grandmother's death & how the entire family came together in support of each other's loss & grief. To me it speaks of the power of family's unconditional love.


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

    This book is near & dear to my heart because being of like-cultural background as Ms Sotomayor & understanding the culture, language, & underlying innuendos in the idioms, I appreciate the full flavor of this success story. I identified with her early upbringing & environment having been raised in Brooklyn, NY at the same time period as this autobiography. I vividly understood the nuances of the neighborhoods, the people, the culture, & the time. It was as if the book was about my own life up to the time I left home for college. The book made me laugh & cry all at the same time. It made me angry too when old memories were brought to surface.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, especially if you understand the culture. Very inspiring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Inanda, South Africa 11-14-13
    Jim Inanda, South Africa 11-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Story, Wonderfully read"
    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    Honest
    Funny
    Rational


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very revealing book about the mind and life of our newest Supreme Court Justice. Fantastic performance by Moreno .


    Any additional comments?

    A real winner

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    Susan Windsor, CT, United States 05-24-13
    Susan Windsor, CT, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2002
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    "One Of The Best Audiobooks Ever"

    I don't have the superlatives to describe this audiobook. Sonia Sotomayor's story is interesting and inspiring, and her memoir is beautifully written. As an American, it makes me proud to know she's on the Supreme Court. The narration by Rita Moreno is flawless. The words on the page are brought to loving life by a rhythmic narration, and the Spanish inflections are soft and lovely to listen to.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks of all kinds - this is one of the best I've ever listened to and I expect to listen to it over and over

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Metuchen, NJ, United States 05-22-13
    Teresa Metuchen, NJ, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

    Rita Moreno did a great job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Beloved World?

    Sotomayor really captures growing up in the Bronx in the '60s. Attending Catholic School and being first generation American in an extended Puerto Rican family.


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

    Of course, the author Sonia Sotomayor.


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

    It would be a better listening experience to listen to chapters from beginning to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 03-04-13
    Rachel 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Lifelong voracious reader/listener. British humor: Austen, EF Benson, Wodehouse, Gaiman, Holt, Pratchett. Courtroom crime and chick lit.

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    "Glad I listened, but wouldn't buy it"

    Wish I had borrowed this from the library so I could have skipped some parts. I wouldn't expect very many people to include much unflattering material in an autobiography, but Sotomayor's portrait of herself leans towards photoshopped saintliness. I'm glad I know more about her personal history, but would rather have saved my money for something more fun, honest, or surprising.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    richard stravinsky San Diego 02-25-13
    richard stravinsky San Diego 02-25-13

    Rick S.

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    "Disappointed but not surprised"
    Would you try another book from Sonia Sotomayor and/or Rita Moreno?

    Probably not from the judge as hers is a lifetime appointment and she probably won't dish the good stuff while in that job.


    Has My Beloved World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book helped me get to know the judge a bit. My taste is more toward the "edgy" and there were no inside scoops here about wheeling and dealing or conflict in the world of judicial dog eat dog. That being said, it was a pleasant enough read. I give it a C+.

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    Patricia Brooklyn, New York, United States 02-21-13
    Patricia Brooklyn, New York, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired RN. Avid reader. Love the audible.

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    "Incredible."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    Listening really brought the story to life. Having lived in El Barrio (NYC) for many years I was able to relate to many of her experiences.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She did it against all odds. She really made it to the top.


    What about Rita Moreno’s performance did you like?

    All of it. Her ability to capture the nuiances of the speech was fabulous.


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

    Parts of it made me laugh and parts made me cry. When she spoke of her cousin and his lost talent both intellecually and musically it was very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book over and over again. It is so inspirational. Will also recommend it to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosa CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD, United States 02-20-13
    Rosa CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD, United States 02-20-13
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    "I absolutely loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    I appreciated the easy listening aspect of it. The story flowed flawlessly and Rita Moreno brought it to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Authenticity


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

    Rita Moreno's voice added the sense of a storyteller. Her pauses and inflection were perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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