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.
This is definitely something I will read again and refer to often. Thanks to Barack for sharing with us in his own words and voice.
I recommend it.
I like the fact that Obama did his own narration. And I really liked the inclusion of his 2000 DNC speech at the end. A bit slow in places; I might not have gotten through the printed version.
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.