Obama is a very good writer and obviously a great speaker. It's nice to hear him read this book, which was written back before he had to be so politically cautious. It gives a great look into where he came from and what formed his personality and beliefs.
My only complaint (and I'm new to audio books, so this may be how they all are) is that it's all one giant chapter. I'd like to be able to pick up where I left off at chapter breaks rather than have to skim through on my ipod.
Barak Obama is dazzlingly honest and real. I was almost embarrassed to be looking so closely into his young life.
It was amazing to hear how the way that PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA was raised has shaped the man he has become. I enjoyed this book very much and it was a bonus that it was read (very well!)by the author.
I enjoyed the book. I am not a fan of Obama's political views but I admire his tenaciousness.
This audiobook read by Obama is about a journey through some challenging times. Interesting to note that this book was written in 95, Well before he even thought about running for President. His story is rich with details and vivid characters. If one listens to it (and doesn't just write a phony review to keep him from getting elected) one will find that the term elitist couldn't be further from the truth. He also does a fine job of narrating the material. Bravo!
anyone who desires to understand Obama & his policies now, would have a blast reading this book. He constantly talks about his sperm donor whom he calls father. A sperm donor who spent only about one month with him & grandparents and did not contribute anything to his life. he is great with his verbal skill and only talks. even now, as president, he thinks talking is making policies or governing. he is a smart nonsense talker, that's all.
Very interesting and I wish I'd read it before I voted, but I don't think I would have changed my mind (voted for him). His reading is rather flat, but he's not an actor. He shows himself to be a thoughtful person who has had to do a lot of processing, unlike his far less thoughtful predecessor.
Some may find this book interesting, but we found it rather more like a campaign biography...that is to say, not for anyone but press sycophants and party hacks.