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"Provocative....Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race." (Washington Post Book World)
Hearing the life story of this man, written before he became President is fascinating. Obama reads it extremely well. It gives insight in the forces that shape the man and will shape our times.
This is a compelling literary effort written long before Obama’s current run to become President of the United States. It is an impressive work having a surprising candor. Well worth a listen.
I only gave it 3 stars because it's an abridged version and it sounded like it was edited at the wrong places. I may have given it 5 stars if it was unabridged.
It would have been better if he talked about his early life growing up from a historical perspective instead of how his experiences with his father, mother, and step-father led (molded) him into the man with the life goals and political views (Marxism) he now endeavors to pursue.
Yes, so I can have a better insight into the man that is our President.
It is a very insightful book. It explains why he pursues a large government with a "socialist" agenda.
okay so i was listeing to this while reading the book and it does not match up he skips over things and it is impossible to read with it. It does not give you the entire book to be honest kind of bs
I read the book four years ago. It's one of those books that you think about long after finishing, then pick up and read again. Except, this time I'm listening to it. Having it read to me by the author is even more riveting, and I'm picking up parts that I couldn't fully recall when I first read it. I'd give it six stars if I could.
It took me a couple of weeks to read the paper back leisurely. Not so with the 7 hr audio book. Although I had read the book, I was rivetted to the audio book.
If I was to use one word to describe the experience, it would be "profound". The narrative clearly brought out the emotions. I could feel the mood as Obama intended it to convey.
The only downside, it was abridged. Skipped on some parts that I would have liked to go through again.
Two thumbs up.
Clearly this book defines who Barack Obama is. I liked the man anyway, but after reading this book I see where he gets his "swagger." I give KUDOS to his mother, for raising her son to be the best he can be. I wished every person living in America as an American citizen could read this book or hear it in the voice of President Obama. It allows us to peek into what makes Barack Obama, "Barack Obama". He developed his passion of leadership as a kid. His natural abilities allowed him to step out of his comfort zone to seek out opportunity thus pushing him to his purpose, becoming our 44th President of these United States. Awesome book. This audio version puts you the listener right in front of President Obama as he reads to us his words. Thanks Audible and thank you Barack Obama for sharing a large piece of you to many of us!
I just finished Barack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance this week. It is only a 35-40 minute drive, so it took the whole week.
Firstly, I think one of things that made this book any good was the fact that he read it himself. His personality and expression comes out so well in his voice. And something I found very interesting was his different voices/ impressionations of the people in his life, mother, grandmother, sisters, cousins, friends. They really came to life with their accents and tone.
Second, I felt the book was a very good insight into how our new President became the man he is today. It is a very down to earth account of his life growing up, from Hawaii to Indonesia and back. It covers his early schooling, college and onto his first job and then his life as a community organizer.
In some areas there are lots of details and you can really see what happened in his life to motivate him to where he has risen. And oddly in some ways, because the count is so open and real, he seems no different than you or I. Of course, as I would expect Obama provides a very self-aware account of his life as a black man with a Kenyan father and Kansas mother.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about our new President, Barack Obama.
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