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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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    J. Y. 04-07-15
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    "Keep a pen beside you as you listen"

    This was a beautiful story and a joy to listen to. I only wish I had been taking notes – there were some incredible quotes I would like to remember. I am so thankful that a woman like Sonya Sotomayor is on our Supreme Court.

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    Debbie Babson Park, FL, United States 03-24-15
    Debbie Babson Park, FL, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I love to read and listen to books.

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    Awesome book, would love the honor of meeting this amazing woman. she is very driven and down to earth at the same time. Read it, you'll be glad you did.

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    Jorge 01-22-15
    Jorge 01-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring story"

    I love the story, the richness of details and the well produce audio. I fully recommend to others and specially for young people to believes dreams could come true with hard work and solid values.

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    Nora J. Baladerian Los Angeles, CA USA 01-05-15
    Nora J. Baladerian Los Angeles, CA USA 01-05-15
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    "Brilliant,captivating,Thoughtful"

    Thought provoking, this is a wonderful insight into the thinking & feelings of a brilliant & courageous woman. It caused me to recall special moments of awareness, my own agency, individual course of life. I learned much from Sotomayor's exploration & description of her complex life so far.

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    Mamabetz Cranbury, NJ USA 12-12-14
    Mamabetz Cranbury, NJ USA 12-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This memoir does not read like an autobiography"
    What did you like best about My Beloved World? What did you like least?

    Her story is an inspiring one if you happen to be growing up poor or hispanic and aspire to the legal profession.


    Would you recommend My Beloved World to your friends? Why or why not?

    I can think of a few who would like it, but it is not particularly well written.


    What three words best describe Rita Moreno’s performance?

    Dry. Dutiful.


    Was My Beloved World worth the listening time?

    It was okay.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Rita Moreno as an actress, and it was a definite advantage to have her pronounce the Spanish words correctly -- something I could not have done in my head had I been reading it for myself. But because of the way this book was written, there was no room to display her usual fiery personality. Despite Sotomayor's incredible accomplishments, the telling of them was rather dull, a bit like a legal brief.

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    LMcL 07-18-14
    LMcL 07-18-14

    Tiggi Lit Lee

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    "Open and honest autobiography"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    Oh yes, it comes to life in audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sonia's utter honesty and remarkable memory about her life.


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

    Sonia.


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

    This book is one to savor and think over.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book. You will get a glimpse of a life you will most likely never have. It's inspirational. Makes you want to do your best and try hard at whatever you do.

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    PrincessK 07-12-14
    PrincessK 07-12-14
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    "Inspiring"
    Where does My Beloved World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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

    When Sonia decided at age 8 she had to learn to give herself the her own Insulin shots


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

    Rita Moreno brought credibility to the Puerto Rican culture. She did an amazing job!


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

    I made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me happy it made me excited.


    Any additional comments?

    Sonia Sotomayor, you are in inspiration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Gegna CA 06-09-14
    Suzanne Gegna CA 06-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very engrossing and personal memoir"
    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    Personal, intelligent, powerful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonia, of course. Her courage and determination to achieve and yet remain grounded in her own humanity. Her objective memories of her family and background. Her loving memory of her family while still being honest about their flaws.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many scenes I was very moved by. Very much enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother.


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

    Yes, but I also wanted it keep it going as long as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Rita Moreno did an exceptional job narrating and sometimes I forgot it was not Sonia.

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    Dootise Sharon pa 04-02-14
    Dootise Sharon pa 04-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about My Beloved World?

    This book represented a brilliant women's ability to succeed in an environment where women were not always welcome. She also overcame prejudice. This was a unique story and one I very much enjoyed.


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

    When she talked of her father and her mothers success as a nurse


    What about Rita Moreno’s performance did you like?

    excellent. very soothing voice


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

    no


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    Jami Atlanta, GA, United States 02-18-14
    Jami Atlanta, GA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly Inspiring!"

    I do not read a lot of biographies or autobiographies. I could not pass up a chance to learn more about our newest Supreme Court Justice however. I am so glad that I did. All at once, this audio book is educational, inspiring, entertaining and extremely human.

    I completely relate to her journey of coming from humble beginnings to becoming a well-educated woman. I highly recommend this book.

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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