I really enjoyed this book, not only to learn more about Barack Obama but it made me think of my own origins and what makes me who I am today. The speech in the end is great! I can listen to it over and over again. Enjoy.
I was challenged by an anti-Obama person to read this. I am sure this person never read the book for themselves, but probably read right-winged agenda groups recap of the book. It was supposed to convince me that Obama is anti-America. It's a far stretched claim, in my opinion. I am so glad I read it. If anything this book shows how much Obama values education and being a united nation. He lived a fascinating life.
I have purchased a couple or so books here at Audible critical of President Barack Obama, Ed Klein's "The Amateur" among them.
Now we are in the midst of the campaign for 2016. The past week, Dr. Ben Carson has come under intense scrutiny by the mainstream media for things he wrote about his past that are "allegedly" not accurate. In his defense Dr. Carson stands by the veracity of his claims.
Yesterday it was reported Dr. Carson got 'pretty steamed and denounced the “witch hunt,” saying, “I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama.” '
Last year I bought the audio version of "Dreams From My Father," narrated by Mr. Obama himself. This morning in my reading over at National Review I was shocked to learn (guess I should not be shocked), Mr. Obama purged every single reference to his Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis - who in his 1995 book he called "Frank" - from the 2005 audio version of his book.
Barack Obama wrote the "Dreams from My Father" before entering politics. As a result, he writes a lot more about his early personal life than he would have had he known that every word would be used against him in mass media.
I've read "Dreams from My Father" several times, often to refresh my memory before teaching a college class on Effective Speaking. I mine the memoir for examples of the power of narrative. His stories help me show my students how to craft their own stories, which they then tell to prospective employers, friends, or dates.
Listening to President Obama read his memoir, though, has given me a new perspective on him. In the Audible book, he reveals his acting talents. He gives every person that passes through his life a unique voice, but without ever overplaying his characterizations or falling into campiness. Instead, just by slightly adjusting his pitch and accent, he quickly changes from a white, Jewish union organizer to an old Kenyan auntie to a 15-year-old African American male to his Midwestern grandmother. It's so much fun to listen to!