I love the fact the Mr. Obama narrated his own book. He is really talented, doing voices and everything. He was terrific. But better than that, is the story itself. When I was finished listening I thought, "We're really not so different." I would love to have "Barry" for a friend and I can easily imagine long philosophical discussions about life and America and families and even God. I certainly hope he is our next President and I endorse him 100%!!!
exactly what I think of the book. I am almost compelled to get the unabridged hard copy to see what was taken out for the audio. He definitely comes off as a philosophical thinker (or maybe just writer). I still hit several parts in the book where I would think "what did he say?". I would have to say that it was fiction based on fact. No one could remember the details so vividly and verbatim as the book would lead you to believe unless he kept a journal, which may have. It did give some insight into the person, or at least what person he wants to be. I can see from where his political ideas on the world originate. It kept my attention, which after listening to it amazed me because it is about a life that is not much different than most....just more traveling. His recent reaction to the arrest of his professor friend was not what I thought would have happened based on this writing. But then we all put our foot in our mouth at times. Worth the read.
Barak Obama is dazzlingly honest and real. I was almost embarrassed to be looking so closely into his young life.
There clearly cannot be an easy way to express your thoughts on the complexities of experiencing life and in particular youth as a black man in the U.S. and still Barack Obama has mastered the carpentry of words to the extent that the events he recounts are even relatable to somebody like myself who grew up with all the privileges of being a white male growing up in the Western world. Exceptional read.
He has such a condescending attitude towards everyone. He was born in Hawaii, raised in Hawaii mostly though a couple of childhood years were spent with his mother and step-father in Jakarta, but then returned to Hawaii for high school and lived with his maternal grandparents. Barack is clueless about the Black American plight. Condaleezza Rice writes extremely well and candidly about the Black plight because she lived it in Birmingham during George Wallace, MLK and Bull Connor. Barack knows nothing of it, as well as being mostly White himself, with an absent father he never knew from Kenya.
Had he been honest and transparent he would have sold me
Good to know the facts about his childhood. He was very troubled and it is very unfortunate what he endured because of his mother's mental instability. She chose poor men to father her children and it shows in her son, Barack. I am glad to become familiar with the facts