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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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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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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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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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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

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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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awesome

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

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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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.

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I was enthralled

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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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.

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