Obama reads the book himself and he turns out to be an excellent reader. His life's story is fascinating and extremely varied; he had a remarkable range of experiences, from his boyhood in Hawaii to the ethnic enclaves and streets of Chicago, to Malaysia, to Nairobi, and further into undeveloped lands in Kenya. Though at times I found the transitions disjointed or nonexistent, his observations and comparisons between all the different places he's seen are astute, instructive, and often provocative. This recording ends with some of his most memorable political speeches. I highly recommend this book as a timely and worthwhile listen.
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.
I'll be honest, I didn't vote for him in 2008, but I did in 2012. I wish I had read this book when he first published it. I learned so much about him as a person. It ends with his keynote speech in 2004. It has definitely left me inspired for my day. I needed to hear this book and be reminded of the America I believe in after the election of 2016. Barack Obama's story gave me just that.
This book was great. I enjoyed the story telling and narration by Mr. Obama. Really interesting life story that provides great insight into life as a biracial person living in the United States and abroad.