Absolutely loved the story and have a better understanding of the man behind the book.
I really enjoyed hearing about mr obamas struggles and his rise from being a boy to his political adventures. It was just as entertaining as it was educational about the background and history of his past.
There are too many very good books to read to read this very good book over again. If someone wanted to read it alongside me, I may. This did whet my appetite for the actual book. I was very disappointed this was abridged and it seems there is no unabridged version available.
There was a part when he was a community organizer and he learned that certainty in politics and religion was power. He definitely was speaking towards the disappointment that those two go hand in hand. He was obviously acknowledging certainty is so hard, if not impossible, to achieve. Thankful that the most powerful man in the world acknowledged that at least at one point in his life.
I always love it when the author is the reader, Obama is no exception. He would be an excellent reader of other people's books, so having him narrate his own story is incredible.
Obama's life before he dreamed of presidency.
Obama! Read the whole book!
Yes, I would prefer the narration here. I could listen to Barack Obama read anything but here he adds additional color and flavor to the story that only the author could provide. You can feel the emotion behind his love for family.
The perspective he has on race in America and the struggles he has faced as a black man in politics ring true still today with recent headlines we see in the news.
Obama really made the voices of the people unique and brought a lot of color to the interactions he had with his peers growing up.
His message of perseverance really stuck with me. To realize that a mixed-race boy with essentially an absent father who faced prejudice and a crisis of identity, who in his youth was unsure of where life may lead him ended up being President is truly inspiring. It helps inform his perspective on issues of the day to learn more where the man came from.
This is my first audiobook and the bar has been set very high.
When Obama described seeing an article in a Life magazine with a picture describing a black man trying to become physically white.
His buddy Ray in high school.
The making of a powerful but good man.
I highly recommend this to anyone.
YES! Being able to hear the Presidents voice and hear him tell his own story was AMAZING!
The President said curse words! He's genuine, he has drives, motivations and emotions that we can relate to.
I just am thankful this book was out there and that he narrated it himself. It also clarified many of the falsehoods that have been spread about him in the media, especially the ones during his last presidential campaign.
Amazing to hear in Barack Obama's own voice
Ready by author
Written before Obama became Senator although his keynote address to Democratic Convention was included after book was written. Incredibly honest attempt to discuss the complex issue of race in America.
Insightful; introspective; amazing
The moment when Pres. Obama's white grandmother did not want to drive in a particular neighborhood and the reason she finally told him was because she was afraid of the black boys who lived there. At that moment, he saw himself caught between the white and black worlds in a way he had not experienced them before.
His life; his voice; authentic.
I giggled every time he went into a dialect be it Kenyan of his father's family or the black street talk of the black kids he hung out with, or the black leaders and politicians of Chicago.
I believe that I know something about our President that I didn't know before and it explains much of who he is as the man he has become.