An insightful and respectful review of the roots of a man who would continue to inspire millions to become the best they can be, read with the emotion, voices and intonation that only the author could muster. Engaging and totaly entertaining.
This was the first book I listened to, and what an amazing choice. I had read the book, so I was already familiar with the wonderful story, but hearing Barack Obama narrate it was an entirely different experience. I was moved to laughter and tears many times throughout the book; hearing it told in Obama's voice really was affecting. I can't recommend the book enough - it's such a moving and personal introduction to our 44th President!
I only gave it 3 stars because it's an abridged version and it sounded like it was edited at the wrong places. I may have given it 5 stars if it was unabridged.
Having heard Barack Obama's life story, I think that he can master anything that he sets his mind to master. Every American voter should listen to this book.
I read the book four years ago. It's one of those books that you think about long after finishing, then pick up and read again. Except, this time I'm listening to it. Having it read to me by the author is even more riveting, and I'm picking up parts that I couldn't fully recall when I first read it. I'd give it six stars if I could.
Hearing the life story of this man, written before he became President is fascinating. Obama reads it extremely well. It gives insight in the forces that shape the man and will shape our times.
I just finished Barack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance this week. It is only a 35-40 minute drive, so it took the whole week.
Firstly, I think one of things that made this book any good was the fact that he read it himself. His personality and expression comes out so well in his voice. And something I found very interesting was his different voices/ impressionations of the people in his life, mother, grandmother, sisters, cousins, friends. They really came to life with their accents and tone.
Second, I felt the book was a very good insight into how our new President became the man he is today. It is a very down to earth account of his life growing up, from Hawaii to Indonesia and back. It covers his early schooling, college and onto his first job and then his life as a community organizer.
In some areas there are lots of details and you can really see what happened in his life to motivate him to where he has risen. And oddly in some ways, because the count is so open and real, he seems no different than you or I. Of course, as I would expect Obama provides a very self-aware account of his life as a black man with a Kenyan father and Kansas mother.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about our new President, Barack Obama.
Great listen if you want an honest of account of our President Elect's history. Slow moving in the beginning but it picks up and continues til the end.