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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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    N. Hru Khuenaten 10-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    I believe this audio book is one of the best I have listened to in a very long time. I enjoyed this book very much.

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    Ann Brandon 09-25-15
    Ann Brandon 09-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen to Obama Before He Was Obama"

    Barack Obama wrote the "Dreams from My Father" before entering politics. As a result, he writes a lot more about his early personal life than he would have had he known that every word would be used against him in mass media.

    I've read "Dreams from My Father" several times, often to refresh my memory before teaching a college class on Effective Speaking. I mine the memoir for examples of the power of narrative. His stories help me show my students how to craft their own stories, which they then tell to prospective employers, friends, or dates.

    Listening to President Obama read his memoir, though, has given me a new perspective on him. In the Audible book, he reveals his acting talents. He gives every person that passes through his life a unique voice, but without ever overplaying his characterizations or falling into campiness. Instead, just by slightly adjusting his pitch and accent, he quickly changes from a white, Jewish union organizer to an old Kenyan auntie to a 15-year-old African American male to his Midwestern grandmother. It's so much fun to listen to!

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    Billie Standford 09-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Well done. Never give up on hope. Life is challenging. You might not get the dream you want, but you will get the dream you need.

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    "Great read for those who hope"

    Inspirational to anyone who desires or seeks to understand their own roots. Never disown your past because it is a significant contributor to your present and future. I recommend the book to international students, immigrants, and refugees who are making America their new home. I have enjoyed the book. It made me laugh as the story is similar many I have heard from many immigrants and minorities in America.

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    Aisha Jones 07-27-15
    Aisha Jones 07-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story"

    Good book if you want to have more insight about President Obama's history and upbringing. It's interesting hearing about his struggles with family, racial identity, and career.

    This is not an autobiography, if that is what you are looking for.

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    Mastiff Enthusiast Colorado Springs, CO United States 07-17-15
    Mastiff Enthusiast Colorado Springs, CO United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Lyrical and moving. A great insight into begings"

    This is an insightful lyrikkal look into the beginnings of rock beginnings. An analysis of his childhood in an attempt to understand what frame to is today. As usual his voice is melodious easy to listen to. You don't have to be a liberal in order to enjoy this. I think it is an interesting look at an interesting man.

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    kyle 07-12-15
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    "Amazing read!"

    Great, honest, and candid. Really enjoyed. I would highly recommend. I also like the fact that Barack narrates it himself.

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    Dr. S. Aggar 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed. Insightful and moving. A remarkable insight into the mind of one of the greatest leaders of our time.

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    carlos 05-06-15
    carlos 05-06-15
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    "Inspiration "

    The story behind the great man with the Audacity to Hope for a united States of America not a culturally divided one.. This book and that speech may change the way to see the world and your life as a part of it.

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    Dan 03-14-15
    Dan 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "BREATHTAKING"

    Loved the story of a great man. It opens the reader's eyes to their own inheritance in a magical way.The author is truly an inspiration.

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