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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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    S'pha Ndawonde 07-23-15
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    "A special read"

    Barack is a phenomenal man and leader. His honesty, transparency and excellent oratory reveals who he is in an authentic way. Simply brilliant.

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    Sew Disappointed 07-18-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Love story"

    On a lark, I downloaded this title because I needed a nonfiction to round out my reading and I am immensely glad I did. I am keenly interested in politics and public service and I am not a member of either major party. I didn't agree with all of Pres. Obama's statements. I did appreciate what I interpreted as his love for our country, our constitution, our political history, the average American, and his family. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted more of his conversation.

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    Tanner Ouimette 05-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well articulated & highly relevant"

    Always impressive author and orator. He illuminates the roots of the problems many Americans face today (and their respective solutions).

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    Solomon's Understudy 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "AWESOME!!"

    He is HUMAN!!! It's awesome to hear of the humanity of the President. He is just like an uncle! Awesome Listen!

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    Jane 02-20-13
    Jane 02-20-13
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    "Read by author."
    If you could sum up The Audacity of Hope in three words, what would they be?

    Good to hear author reading literary work.


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

    Clear and succinct orator.


    Any additional comments?

    Rather brief, thought I had gotten the unabridged version but apparently did not.

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    Dylan Salem, OR, United States 09-24-12
    Dylan Salem, OR, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great hearing it from the President himself."
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    It was written during his time as a congressmen, and it is done incredibly well. I disagree with him on certain things, but he is so well spoken, and well versed, not only Iowa, but American culture, than he completely owns me when he speaks. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

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    Chanse ROCHESTER, NY, United States 09-17-12
    Chanse ROCHESTER, NY, United States 09-17-12
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    "Decent book with good ideas"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked hearing about why and how Obama started doing what he does. The I liked hearing about his plans for once he got into office, I agreed with a lot of his ideas so that probably helps.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like that last quarter of the book. This is when he starts talking about family and religion. While these things are important, these chapters felt out of place. He was talking about policy for a while then he decided that he wanted to try and relate to the common american. So the end of the book turned into a political advertisement stating "I'm like you" instead of being about what needs to change in America.

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    Nat 09-10-12
    Nat 09-10-12
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    "Decent"

    In this book, Obama describes his world view - which I think has somewhat changed since he became president and learned about DC gridlock. If you are hoping for the same type of book as his first book - Dreams from My Father - this is not it. But we shouldn't compare. Both are good books, individually.

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    Richard Levin, New Zealand 06-17-12
    Richard Levin, New Zealand 06-17-12
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    "Obama has empowerd the world to Hope"
    Where does The Audacity of Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listen to a few. This was the best to date.


    Would you recommend The Audacity of Hope to your friends? Why or why not?

    Good narrative about the realities of the Political System in USA


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

    Its obvious that he is speaking to me as I listen


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    Kyle WANTAGH, NY, United States 05-20-12
    Kyle WANTAGH, NY, United States 05-20-12
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    "Surprisingly relatable, even for me, a Republican"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Audacity of Hope to be better than the print version?

    Yes; it is interesting to hear the story told by the one who worte it. It makes even more of an impact now that he is president.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His reference to his children really makes his story a human one, not just the story of some far off politician you can't relate to.


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