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
I listened to "My Beloved World" on a long road trip and back. This book totally captivated my attention. I loved hearing about Sonia Sotomayor's childhood in New York and they way she overcame many obstacles in her life. Also diabetic, I found her story of how she learned to give herself insulin shots at age eight inspiring. Her matter-of-fact attitude has helped me overcome much of the guilt associated with the disease. I also appreciated her attitude that she could learn anything once she put her mind to it. I heard Sonia Sotomayor on an interview about the book and was called to find it to read it. Rita Moreno's reading is really clear and invigorating. I loved the book and was sorry when it ended.
Sonia's character as the main character was the best. Rita Moreno spoke with a clear and effortless voice. I felt that Sonia's writing was truthful and without guile.
No, it's a long book, but it will hold your attention in a long drive.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone interested not only in legal subjects, but also for anyone interested in current affairs. In it Justice Sotomayor candidly and with an appropriate balance of humility and deference to those who helped her along the way, gives an excellent picture of how a Supreme Court justice is "formed" by their experience (life and legal) and their training. She has engagingly demonstrated how her own hard work, the work ethic with which she was raised, and the extraordinary opportunities she was offered along the way (including many she didn't even know existed before they were offered to her) has made her the person who is now fit to judge significant issues of policy and law. She gratefully acknowledges the assistance she received from affirmative action and similar kinds of thinking by those with the ability to hire and help her, and demonstrates clearly and cogently why that was a good thing (rather than running from it as if it were an insult like one of her fellow Justices). Rita Moreno is an excellent narrator, and not surprisingly, seems to have the Justice's voice as she reads. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Yes, to review the details of a "rags to riches" type story that will warm the heart and encourage perseverance in any endeavor over and over again.
"Papi". A possibly sad and forlorn figure, who, though self-destructing, supported and enabled confidence and huge success in his daughter through the constancy of his love.
I liked her correct and comfortable pronunciation of Spanish words.
Yes!! Couldn't put it down!
This book should be required reading at all high school campuses, especially those with high numbers of Latino students.
I love that this was narrated by Rita Moreno. A Latina badass reading the life story of another Latina badass is a blissful combination. To the producers inspired to make this combination of talents come together, I salute you.
Despite being a self admitted workaholic and overachiever, Ms Sotomayor's candor and warmth remain constant throughout. It gives me comfort to know that there are real, relatable people in positions of power in this country. I was pleasantly surprised by the mini Puerto Rican history lessons peppered throughout as the island has a special place in my heart.
My only complaint is that Ms Moreno, who it pains me to even hint a criticizing, seemed a little out of her league when reading some of the more intensive legalese passages. My preference would have been for the author to handle the entire narration (rather than just the forward), but appreciate that she has more important work to do :-)
A reader with an ear for historical biographies and autobiographies that seeks inspiration and consciousness from the reading experience.
I would recommend this book, especially for Americans and Hispanics, in particular Puerto Ricans. Once you complete this book, you will feel as if you personally know the U.S. Supreme Court Judge. Sonia Sotomayor displays a pleasant easy to like personality that will win over a majority of her readers.
Yes! Because she is brillant, personable and she has a fascinating perspective which is pragmatic and positive at the same time. The biggest reason, is she still needs to complete her life story. I will be interested in reading a future second part to this autobiography.
Since this is an autobiography, her primary role was narrating the author and she did an amazing job. Yet she also performed above average in other characters that played a role in this book.
Yes! This would make an excellent movie. The star of the movie of course would be the Supreme Court Justice of course!
I was extremely disappointed in learning after I purchased the book that the conclusion of the book took place 20 years before the book was published. This means all modern day accomplishments are not included in this book. The book is well written and the narrator was a perfect fit for this role with an amazing ability to capture the culture and language that impacted the authors life.
Yes. Justice Sotomayor represents determination and strength. I will go to this work when I need to be reminded and inspired.
Oddly I would compare it to Eat Pray Live because both works inspired me to live my life with integrity.
She's perfect. No other narrator could better represent the Justice's voice.
Not applicable. Used audio only. Rita Moreno is so good, Her Spanish accent adds to the enjoyment of the book.
When she explains and defends affirmative action.
Lots of the dialog made me smile.
Yes, I probably will. The narrator spoke very good Spanish.
I, too, grew up in similar circumstances. With great dedication I obtained my M.D. Truly inspiring to note the results of continuing to follow her dream. I did not give marriage first place, as she did.
Ms Moreno speaks flawless Spanish and English. This was a perfect match for the author.
The section that dealt with her feelings and experiences associated with enrolling in an Ivy League School.
Wholesome, real. Her zest for life is contagious. Created near perfect ambience.
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