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Dreams from My Father Audiobook
Dreams from My Father
Written by: 
Barack Obama
Narrated by: 
Barack Obama
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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    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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    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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    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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    "I'm so happy I finally took the time to read it..."

    Absolutely loved the story and have a better understanding of the man behind the book.

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    "loved it"

    loved hearing the speech at the end! very cool that it's his voice as well. such a powerful story.

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    "Very worthwhile listen! Powerful story!"

    I really enjoyed hearing about mr obamas struggles and his rise from being a boy to his political adventures. It was just as entertaining as it was educational about the background and history of his past.

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    "Incredibly, detail oriented; a true eye-opener!"

    The narrative of the experience in Kenya was fantastic. How the 'audacity of hope' could work miracles.

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    taylor storey California/China 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Obama Pre-presidency!"
    Would you listen to Dreams from My Father again? Why?

    There are too many very good books to read to read this very good book over again. If someone wanted to read it alongside me, I may. This did whet my appetite for the actual book. I was very disappointed this was abridged and it seems there is no unabridged version available.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreams from My Father?

    There was a part when he was a community organizer and he learned that certainty in politics and religion was power. He definitely was speaking towards the disappointment that those two go hand in hand. He was obviously acknowledging certainty is so hard, if not impossible, to achieve. Thankful that the most powerful man in the world acknowledged that at least at one point in his life.


    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    I always love it when the author is the reader, Obama is no exception. He would be an excellent reader of other people's books, so having him narrate his own story is incredible.


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

    Obama's life before he dreamed of presidency.


    Any additional comments?

    Obama! Read the whole book!

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