Fascinating story. I hope Obama becomes president but, if he does not, he should record more books.
He has a terrific reading voice.
It would have been better if he talked about his early life growing up from a historical perspective instead of how his experiences with his father, mother, and step-father led (molded) him into the man with the life goals and political views (Marxism) he now endeavors to pursue.
Yes, so I can have a better insight into the man that is our President.
It is a very insightful book. It explains why he pursues a large government with a "socialist" agenda.
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.
It took me a couple of weeks to read the paper back leisurely. Not so with the 7 hr audio book. Although I had read the book, I was rivetted to the audio book.
If I was to use one word to describe the experience, it would be "profound". The narrative clearly brought out the emotions. I could feel the mood as Obama intended it to convey.
The only downside, it was abridged. Skipped on some parts that I would have liked to go through again.
Two thumbs up.
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.
I'm really glad I read this book. I enjoyed it. Just goes to show you that you can make it far in this world, even from humble beginnings. I think the book gives us great insight to this man. This is a great man, very inspiring. I need to read his other book now.