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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)

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    A must read for all political Americans and anyone else wishing to understand better the best parts of the USA.

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    Muhammad Aslam 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly compelling"

    The narration from Obama was amazing. It is really something else to hear the story from the person who actually experienced it.

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    Nancy 04-21-16
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    "Obama does a great job performing ."

    Obama reads and performs this book putting voice to the characters and personalities of his life. Hearing his voice performing and LA street kid ,Chicago Southside Church ladies and his African family is truly a treat.

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    MM 04-18-16
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    "Powerful, yet beautiful."

    One of the best non-fiction books ever. beautifully written and very powerful. I highly recommend this to anyone.

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    Desi 04-06-16
    Desi 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "INSPIRING!!"

    I couldn't stop listening. I feel closer to my President now and I'm glad he was willing to open up to his people long before he was President. His struggles, his triumphs and his path I can identify will as a biracial woman. Even if you're critical of him, it's still a good book and perhaps a good idea to get to know the person that holds the highest office in the land. Now I'm interested to learn the autobiographies of Presidents past whether I liked them or not. They are just people after all.

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    SRahmahM 03-17-16
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    "awesome storyteller"

    The story warmed my heart, I felt present at every moment & place. loved it.

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    Interesting because he happens to be the president, but not the most compelling story in my opinion.

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    "only an open heart can catch a dream "

    very well written, true to Chicago, global family...a must read. a round to circle in

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    Jurgis 02-22-16
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    "A good listen for the daily comute"

    Good. Not impressive tho. I really liked that it is read by obama himself. His voice makes it worth it.

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    "Great book to learn more about Barack Obama"

    I really enjoyed this book, not only to learn more about Barack Obama but it made me think of my own origins and what makes me who I am today. The speech in the end is great! I can listen to it over and over again. Enjoy.

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