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The Audacity of Hope Audiobook

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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Publisher's Summary

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy". He also speaks, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.

At the heart of this audiobook is Senator Obama's vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, and even the president is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written a book of transforming power.

©2006 Barack Obama; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Carl Smith 03-16-08
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    "Remarkable book"

    A blend of policy, politics, and personal story that I totally enjoyed. Funny and moving. Refreshed my hope that a leader might actually try to reason with us as an electorate, help us work things out rather than just keep either winning or losing.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Louis San Marcos, CA, USA 02-16-08
    Louis San Marcos, CA, USA 02-16-08
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    "Yes we can!"

    An amazing book that had me laughing out loud at certain points, especially since I can relate to his family situation have 2 kids of my own. Here is a man with a plan to evolve America into a the great power and moral beacon it once used to be. I look forward to the Obama presidency and this book gives you the foundation and knowledge for what's in store!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-18-08
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-18-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "The book that won my vote"

    I was having a hard time choosing in the 2008 election, this book was the tipping point. Obama broke out a lot of his beliefs and topics that I was concerned about as well as proved to me he has the passion and intelligence to be a great leader if only he believed in half of what he says in this book. The fact that it was read by him as well so I could hear his voice and inflections in my earbuds also helped tremendously.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 05-12-10
    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 05-12-10 Member Since 2013
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    "educational, inspiring; great narration"

    From the descriptions of empty senate sessions, to policy and politics, to the burdens of a career mom (Michelle), this book is sincere, interesting, enlightening, and always respectful and fair.
    A great insight into the brilliant mind of 44 before he even thought that 44 was a possibility.
    Great narration, as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Saint Petersburg, FL, USA 01-30-10
    Clyde Saint Petersburg, FL, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Insightful"

    This book is an excellent reference for understanding the inner workings of politics and also President Obama's character and his political vision.

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    Donald Martinsburg, WV, USA 06-14-09
    Donald Martinsburg, WV, USA 06-14-09
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    "An Excellant Read"

    This is packed full of information about what makes this man tick. I will refer to it often.

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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 2012
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    "Engaging and Thoughtful"

    Not unlike his first book the author uses wit and humor woven skillfully with autobiography to engage the reader in challenges to think and to present his view of the world. A true success in a world where everything is often reduced to mass media 30 second sound bites. I can hardly wait for the next book but suppose he is a bit busy with other things right now.

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    Kayley Jamestown, ND, USA 12-11-08
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    "yes we can!"

    admittedly, i'm a bit biased here, but none the less, i feel confident in recommending this book to nearly anyone. president obama has a voice that is all at once soothing and energizing, calming and rousing. his ideas and anecdotes are presented in a interesting mix of seriousness and humor. there's humorous scarcasm used in presenting some of the stranger happenings in the political process and the people involved in it. there's hope, sadness and laughter all put together to not only let you know more about the man himself, but also about his plans, for himself, the nation he loves and the world at large. never stuffy, i found that this audiobook is suitable for nearly any audience, whether well aquainted with the man already or not. thoroughly enjoyable, even for those listeners without much political interest in the author. i found myself at the end wanting hours more of this man, his voice and his story.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Hambsch 09-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Who Knew How Great This Book Would Be?"

    this book should be required reading for elementary students and reinforce in in Middle School. Such a fabulous history!!! And to be a part of it; how magnificent!! Thank You, Barack Obama!!

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    Crispin Haskins 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent."

    An informative and touching book. A fascinating look at the goings on of Washington by a then new senator and a touching look at family life from a working parent.

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    "An interesting insight."

    While the book has a slight democratic bias, the author does his best to deliver both a personal insight of his time working in the senate and his opinions into how the whole system of government can be improved in a educational, if slightly dry package.

    The narration was delivered solidly and with the author's usual brand of charisma.

    Overall, the audiobook is recommended for pleasant listening even if you aren't a big fan of politics like myself.

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  • Monica D. Brown
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    "Master orator"

    Loved the honest expose of politics ugly underbelly. More importantly I have been personally challenged to serve in the public / political sphere. The clarity with which the author expresses his faith weaknesses and hope for the future is provocative. I will re-read again and again as the narrative is current.

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  • Jeff Anderson
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    "A Masterclass for The Everyday Person"

    Beautifully written. Offers outstanding insight into the challenges of public office and the need to balance the needs of all people, rich, poor and less able, with the individual home pressures of family - partnership and parenthood. Not easy at first, but finds a tone that quickly becomes informative and inspirational.

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  • Christopher
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    "A Man of Great Thought"

    As you'd expect, this deals with many American issues, although many of those are actually our issues now too. It was fascinating to read of the American political system through his own eyes. A great story, and read, as you'd expect, in a manner that kept your attention.
    Will read again in the future.

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  • Shirley
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    "The Audacity of Hope"

    found it boring

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  • Anna
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    12/10/08
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    "Well prepared"

    This is a highly ghostwritten and plastic melange of all the wisdom of others. President Obama lifts his philosophy from many others of which i am familiar. Nice guy and well meaning but for those of us who have studied the people who have changed our world for the better, i find this a little insipid and oversimplistic. I liked him before i heard this. Now i think hes just saying what you want to hear. It would be nice if he could come up with ideas of his own.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful

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