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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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Can I be Sonia Sotomayor's BFF?

Where does My Beloved World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My Beloved World is up there in my top five or six audiobooks, along with Angle of Repose; Tim Robbins's The Great Gatsby; Code Name Verity; and Crossing to Safety. I didn't want it to end.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Sonia's spirit, her perseverance in spite of all the obstacles she had as a child. I feel as if I really know her - and that's rare for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. I appreciate that.

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

Rita Moreno does a fabulous job. I have not heard any of her other readings.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I cannot imagine a better choice! Her story is so inspiring, I want every kid to read My Beloved World or listen to it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overcoming the odds

Rita Moreno does a great service to Justice Sotomayor’s story of overcoming numerous obstacles coupled with an amazing work ethic.

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Inspiring

loved it. Worth readind/listening over and over.
"a surplus of effort over comes a deficit of confidence "

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Intimate view of a remarkable life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book because it is a rare combination of engaging, informative, and truly intimate. Justice Sotomayor shares her insecurities and struggles as well her triumphs and successes in a way that makes the reader feel like a beloved friend or relative is telling the story. I am truly inspired not only by Justice Sotomayor's achievements despite her disadvantaged background but also her relentlessly positive outlook on life. Rita Moreno also does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life.

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

I loved learning about her time as a prosecutor in the New York DA's office. It was interesting to learn the ins and outs of being a prosecutor, as well as Justice Sotomayor's philosophy towards the job, balancing protecting the community with the potentially devastating effects of incarceration.

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

I have not.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought the part of the story where she learns more about her parents relationship and her mother's life was very moving. It represents not only the strengthening of Sotomayor's relationship with her mother but a growing understanding of the complexity of adult relationships.

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A Remarkable Person

What did you love best about My Beloved World?

She is a "regular" person who experienced hopes, dreams, disappointments to rise to a top position in government.

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

I appreciated her candor about her difficulty at Princeton during her first year. Affirmative Action is beneficial and Ms. Sotomayor is testament to that.

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

The main character, Sonia Sotomayor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her description of her freshman year at Princeton.

Any additional comments?

I have even more respect for Justice Sotomayor after listening to this book.

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Beyond outstanding

Where does My Beloved World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best books and audiobooks I have ever read!

What did you like best about this story?

Her vivid retelling of her childhood.

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

Color and life

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Unlikely Life of a Latina.

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awkwardnora

Inspiring autobiography that touches ones spirit to strive for more and to never give up on ones dreams!