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Dreams from My Father Audiobook

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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.
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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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    Desiree KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 09-16-12
    Desiree KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 09-16-12

    Love to read memoirs and tales of life's many journeys. Words have the power to transform our lives!

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    "Story of acceptance andd change"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obama's mother was my favorite character. She was a strong culturally aware woman who could adapt to anything. The pure nature of her love and wisdom was passed to her son with eloquence.


    Have you listened to any of Barack Obama’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved this book, more so than the Audacity of Hope. You get to see where it all began.


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    colin 09-08-12
    colin 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Authentic vulnerability"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreams from My Father the most enjoyable?

    As a fellow bi-racial man whose father was absent from my life I really enjoyed hearing President Obama reading this highly personal memoir. It was like having him with me as I drove, ran, and walked. I read the book several years ago and found it inspiring, but to hear it from the author enriches the already moving experience. Though the memoir was written before he became a public figure, we all know that he was harboring thoughts of a future run at the time. And for someone considering a life in the public eye to write so honestly and openly about his struggles for identity and purpose, is not only refreshing, but unique. I applaud his courage. On a side note, the reading is expertly done and pleasant to listen to.


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    Nat 06-18-12
    Nat 06-18-12
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    "Great Narration! Great Story."
    If you could sum up Dreams from My Father in three words, what would they be?

    I think many will be able to identify with Obama's struggle to determine his identity and his struggles/questions while growing up. His story is the story of many Americans, sons and daughters of immigrants. His narration was superb.


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    Richard COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 06-02-12
    Richard COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 06-02-12
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    "Great story about ones up bringing and father"
    Where does Dreams from My Father rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there at the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His cousin who stood by hiim


    What does Barack Obama bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and conviction


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

    Father time!


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

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    Art Grrrl milwaukee, wi 04-09-12
    Art Grrrl milwaukee, wi 04-09-12 Member Since 2010

    art grrrl

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    "Obama is a wonderful writer & narrator!"

    I had just listened to the book Game Change, and I was a little unclear about Obama's biographical timeline. So I decided it was time to listen to this book. Not only did I have a better understanding of what the President did before he ran for office, but I discovered that he is a wonderful writer. His narration was even better. He is a top-notch story teller.

    My only criticism is that this audiobook is only available in the abridged version. I was extremely disappointed with that. In my opinion, the overall rating should be only 3 stars for that reason only, but I didn't want to discourage anyone from listening.

    It's a good story, wonderfully narrated that every American -- Blue and Red -- should know.

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    Nasim FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 01-09-12
    Nasim FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of the most inspiring books I've ever found!"
    If you could sum up Dreams from My Father in three words, what would they be?

    A story of race in the US...a story of a strong man who started as a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barak Obama!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I believe people MUST read/listen to Obama's book before they decide who they want to vote for in the next presidential election! He understands people, from all backgrounds, ethnicity, and economic situations...he lived both worlds of middle class white and black and understands people's challenges in everyday life...he even understands immigrants' challenges who made this great country of the United States of America! You can get to know him unless you read/listen to his life story!

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    Paul Brooklyn Park, MN, United States 12-10-11
    Paul Brooklyn Park, MN, United States 12-10-11
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    "Informative and Forbiddenly Entertaining"

    I have to admit I got this book purely to understand more about Obama's background...it did get me a good understanding of what formed the man I admire.

    ...I probably enjoyed the portions of the book where Obama (seemed to take great pride in masterful mimicry while he) voiced persons and situations from his past. I gotta say, there is nothing more enjoyable on audio books so far than to hear the Commander-in-Chief, most power man on earth, say: "You ain't my bitch, n****. Buy your own damn fries!" and “S***’s gettin’ way too complicated for me.” I laughed over the top of the story many times.

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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 07-19-11
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 07-19-11 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Care to hear about me?"

    Seems he was given an advance to write about a broader topic, and decided to instead write about himself. I can think of a few others who have done the same, and the world soon learned to wish they had never heard of them. A little too narcissistic for my taste.

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    Ira Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-26-11
    Ira Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-26-11
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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.

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    Chad Newton, NC, United States 06-25-09
    Chad Newton, NC, United States 06-25-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Just great!"

    Barack Obama is a wonderful writer and a simply fantastic speaker. Very well written and very insightful. A must read for everyone regardless of how you feel politically.

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