©1995, 2004 Barack Obama; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"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)
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.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
I was not one of the first to jump on the Obama wagon, automatically prejudiced by his name and unsure about his religious beliefs (not that I am religious myself), but when it was between him and McCain I started to listen and notice and believe that he would be a great leader and someone who could change the course of history. I downloaded this book around election time to see if there was anything in here to change my mind. The book itself was mediocre - the man is not. I appreciated learning his true background in a book written many years before his presidential campaign, which is quite different from what the McCain/Palin thumpers and those who fear change are trying to sell. It was honest and showed me that this is a real person who has achieved so much in his 40+ years and will go one to achieve so much more. I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about our current President Elect. What a special time we are living.
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.
This was the first book I listened to, and what an amazing choice. I had read the book, so I was already familiar with the wonderful story, but hearing Barack Obama narrate it was an entirely different experience. I was moved to laughter and tears many times throughout the book; hearing it told in Obama's voice really was affecting. I can't recommend the book enough - it's such a moving and personal introduction to our 44th President!
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.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to all my friends. It reveals a side of Barak Obama that I never would have imagined existed. His personal narration makes it so real.
I really enjoyed hearing about Barak Obama's relationship with is maternal grandparents.
The fact that the book was narrated by Barack Obama added so much depth to its overall presentation.
I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. Although not action packed, there was never a dull moment.
Interesting story that also provides great insight into the current president. He is an excellent reader and mimic. Great fun.
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.
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