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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance | [Barack Obama]

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)

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    Kathryn Orland Park, IL, USA 06-20-05
    Kathryn Orland Park, IL, USA 06-20-05
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    "A wonderful, insightful, non-political story"

    I read this in print and was captivated. I did not know too much about Mr. Obama but thought it looked interesting. It brings to light how human he is and how difficult it is to negotiate the world being bi-racial. The most interesting portion is the last third. It is the story of his journey to learn of his family in Africa. It is told almost completely in story format from his family's perspective. The writing is wonderful too. I was sad to finish it.

    38 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Marcelaine Honolulu, HI, USA 08-16-07
    Marcelaine Honolulu, HI, USA 08-16-07
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    "I laughed and cried, what a great listen!"

    Thank you to Mr. Obama for sharing his very interesting life. His descriptions of Hawaii, Indonesia, Chicago and Kenya put you right there. His descriptions of his family make you feel as if you have known them all your life. This audio book was my walking companion for 1 week, I was sad for it to end. I laughed out loud and cried, often on the same walk. Mr. Obama's voice is very charismatic, and I think I could listen to him read my grocery list!

    As a bi-racial woman, born just 2 years before him, it was very affirming to hear about the doubts and questions of "who am I?" I am giving this book to all of my family members as gifts this year (they too have had these questions). Great listen, highly recommend it!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Redmond, WA, USA 03-15-09
    Kristin Redmond, WA, USA 03-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazingly true story about Obama told by Obama"

    Explains how he became the man we know today as President Obama. Amazing well read by the author himself. It is enjoyable and startling at times ot hear his voice tells you about so many intimate details about his life. It is a story any self-made person can all relate to even though we may not have such exotic life experiences. It is also a lesson in tolerance and race.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R Riverside, CA, USA 06-24-05
    R Riverside, CA, USA 06-24-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Inside perspective from an outsider"

    Biracial Obama was first raised by the Anglo part of his family then entered and lived African-American in early adulthood. He is able to view social dynamics from many perspectives. By revealing his journey in such a compelling manner, he helps the listener consider our American society from its good and its bad sides. This is a great listen.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Eric V White Rock, British Columbia, Canada 03-05-09
    Eric V White Rock, British Columbia, Canada 03-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "An Amazing Storyteller"

    An insightful and respectful review of the roots of a man who would continue to inspire millions to become the best they can be, read with the emotion, voices and intonation that only the author could muster. Engaging and totaly entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen USA 11-10-08
    Eileen USA 11-10-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Just Beautiful"

    This was the first book I listened to, and what an amazing choice. I had read the book, so I was already familiar with the wonderful story, but hearing Barack Obama narrate it was an entirely different experience. I was moved to laughter and tears many times throughout the book; hearing it told in Obama's voice really was affecting. I can't recommend the book enough - it's such a moving and personal introduction to our 44th President!

    8 of 10 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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Susan New York, NY, USA 03-02-08
    Susan New York, NY, USA 03-02-08
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    "well-written, inspirational"

    Having heard Barack Obama's life story, I think that he can master anything that he sets his mind to master. Every American voter should listen to this book.

    2 of 2 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 2005

    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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    K. Aydin Washington, DC 11-07-05
    K. Aydin Washington, DC 11-07-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "Refreshing and down to earth..."

    Wonderful book and story. Enlightening take on life and how we can make our lives happen by taking responsibility for ourselves. I wish there were more with the ability to think this way. What a positive place we could live in!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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