Love to read memoirs and tales of life's many journeys. Words have the power to transform our lives!
I already have!
Obama's mother was my favorite character. She was a strong culturally aware woman who could adapt to anything. The pure nature of her love and wisdom was passed to her son with eloquence.
I loved this book, more so than the Audacity of Hope. You get to see where it all began.
As a fellow bi-racial man whose father was absent from my life I really enjoyed hearing President Obama reading this highly personal memoir. It was like having him with me as I drove, ran, and walked. I read the book several years ago and found it inspiring, but to hear it from the author enriches the already moving experience. Though the memoir was written before he became a public figure, we all know that he was harboring thoughts of a future run at the time. And for someone considering a life in the public eye to write so honestly and openly about his struggles for identity and purpose, is not only refreshing, but unique. I applaud his courage. On a side note, the reading is expertly done and pleasant to listen to.
I think many will be able to identify with Obama's struggle to determine his identity and his struggles/questions while growing up. His story is the story of many Americans, sons and daughters of immigrants. His narration was superb.
Right up there at the top
His cousin who stood by hiim
His voice and conviction
I had just listened to the book Game Change, and I was a little unclear about Obama's biographical timeline. So I decided it was time to listen to this book. Not only did I have a better understanding of what the President did before he ran for office, but I discovered that he is a wonderful writer. His narration was even better. He is a top-notch story teller.
My only criticism is that this audiobook is only available in the abridged version. I was extremely disappointed with that. In my opinion, the overall rating should be only 3 stars for that reason only, but I didn't want to discourage anyone from listening.
It's a good story, wonderfully narrated that every American -- Blue and Red -- should know.
A story of race in the US...a story of a strong man who started as a
I believe people MUST read/listen to Obama's book before they decide who they want to vote for in the next presidential election! He understands people, from all backgrounds, ethnicity, and economic situations...he lived both worlds of middle class white and black and understands people's challenges in everyday life...he even understands immigrants' challenges who made this great country of the United States of America! You can get to know him unless you read/listen to his life story!
I have to admit I got this book purely to understand more about Obama's background...it did get me a good understanding of what formed the man I admire.
...I probably enjoyed the portions of the book where Obama (seemed to take great pride in masterful mimicry while he) voiced persons and situations from his past. I gotta say, there is nothing more enjoyable on audio books so far than to hear the Commander-in-Chief, most power man on earth, say: "You ain't my bitch, n****. Buy your own damn fries!" and “S***’s gettin’ way too complicated for me.” I laughed over the top of the story many times.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Seems he was given an advance to write about a broader topic, and decided to instead write about himself. I can think of a few others who have done the same, and the world soon learned to wish they had never heard of them. A little too narcissistic for my taste.
Interesting story that also provides great insight into the current president. He is an excellent reader and mimic. Great fun.
Barack Obama is a wonderful writer and a simply fantastic speaker. Very well written and very insightful. A must read for everyone regardless of how you feel politically.