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Dreams from My Father Audiobook

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Publisher's Summary

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey; first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

©1995, 2004 Barack Obama; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2005

"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)

What Members Say

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    Kenyanese Ask Waldo 10-01-10
    Kenyanese Ask Waldo 10-01-10
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    "Better than the paper back"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kk 12-18-08
    kk 12-18-08 Member Since 2005
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    "great listen"

    Great listen if you want an honest of account of our President Elect's history. Slow moving in the beginning but it picks up and continues til the end.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Nebraska 01-01-08
    John Nebraska 01-01-08

    John

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    "Compelling"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Whitby, Ontario, Canada 09-07-08
    Alan Whitby, Ontario, Canada 09-07-08
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    "Great personal story, but...."

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 11-25-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 11-25-08 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Enlightening"

    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.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Erin - Audible Jersey City, NJ 04-29-16
    Erin - Audible Jersey City, NJ 04-29-16 Member Since 2010

    Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.

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    "Just beautiful. "

    Absolutely breathtaking journey of a search for identity amidst questions of race, heritage, and finding a place in the world. Barack completely surpassed my expectations in the poetic beauty of his storytelling. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Boone, NC, United States 01-07-13
    Terri Boone, NC, United States 01-07-13
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    "This book answers so many questions about his life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed hearing about Barak Obama's relationship with is maternal grandparents.


    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    The fact that the book was narrated by Barack Obama added so much depth to its overall presentation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. Although not action packed, there was never a dull moment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CathyGrace 12-24-12
    CathyGrace 12-24-12

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    "Highly Recommend"
    What did you love best about Dreams from My Father?

    This really shows the President as a real person. I wish everyone in Congress would listen to this audiobook and be able to see the President in the context of his ordinary life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since it's nonfiction I wouldn't call anyone a "character" but it was nice to learn about Barack's siblings I had not known anything about.


    Which character – as performed by Barack Obama – was your favorite?

    Talk about performance! Barack does a really convincing Kenyan accent when quoting his relatives not to mention he works in some phrases we've never heard uttered by a president before!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Learn the truth"


    Any additional comments?

    Please consider listening to this book. It's very worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kobi Pittsburgh, PA USA 05-26-11
    Kobi Pittsburgh, PA USA 05-26-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful"

    Interesting story that also provides great insight into the current president. He is an excellent reader and mimic. Great fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Honolulu, HI, United States 04-27-11
    Charlotte Honolulu, HI, United States 04-27-11
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    "What a treat, Obama narrates excellent book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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