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The Audacity of Hope Audiobook
The Audacity of Hope
Written by: 
Barack Obama
Narrated by: 
Barack Obama
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The Audacity of Hope Audiobook

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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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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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan West Linn, OR, USA 03-18-07
    Stephan West Linn, OR, USA 03-18-07 Member Since 2015
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    "The next Lincoln?"

    I found this book to be very exciting. Obama deals clearly and eloquently with many of the major issues affecting our sad country: health care, education, the economy, religion, values, the tragic state of black youth, the war in Iraq, etc. One thing that I admire about him is his humility and his honesty. He doesn't pretend to have all the answers and doesn't gloss over some of his own inner conflicts about the complexities of certain issues, e.g., free trade. He also seems to be a very down-to-earth person with practical rather than ideological views on the issues affecting our country. He is clearly a Democrat, but sees some of the good points made by conservatives and the the impractical thinking in some liberal ideas.

    It was wonderful to hear him reading the book; while not an actor, he seems to believe in what he has written and I found the book consistently interesting, never boring.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly springfield, VA, United States 03-15-07
    Beverly springfield, VA, United States 03-15-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Much Better than Expected"

    I really expected more of a political polemic, but I found this very thoughtful. Not a campaign book, but more of a book to rally the liberal cause. the policy sections are different from the normal bipolar positions, the discussion of the way politics works is very thoughtful (as though Obama were an observer, not a participant), and the biographical sketches are interesting. I listened to this twice.

    4 of 5 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.

    6 of 8 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 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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kayley Jamestown, ND, USA 12-11-08
    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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    Ashley USA 12-05-08
    Ashley USA 12-05-08 Member Since 2010
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    "In his own words"

    Obama's words and ideals are impressive even on paper, but are felt so much more because it came directly from him. He has a commanding voice that begs you to listen. A great listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bbossladye 11-15-08
    bbossladye 11-15-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!!!!"

    President Elect Obama really touched on issues that I think are very important. It also gave me a sense of where he is coming from. I also liked the fact that he narrated it himself. I'm looking forward to more books from him in the future, if he has time with all of the new responsibilites he will have in the next four years!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 11 people found this review helpful

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