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.
President Obama's book is intelligent and inspiring. Yeah, I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. I feel better than ever about his being our president since listening to this. And his voice: fabulous! I listen on my long commute home and no matter what he's saying, the soundof his voice soothed away the day's stress :)
This book read like a masters thesis in political science, political ideology and political theory. I was hoping to read more about Barack Obama's struggles as a youth and examples stories of situations that occurred that helped build his character.
All in all, this books was interesting but not very entertaining.
I found the audiobook not particularly exciting: I consider it a series of political speeches, sometimes fine and insightful, but sometimes preachy, sometimes boring. Most interesting was the description of political reality of a senate office.
I do not remember any discussion of the audacity of hope.
The book is not completely without merit, therefore I give it 3 stars. With most of my audiobooks, I listen to them more than once. With this one, I do not feel like I would get much benefit from re-listening to it again.
As a political libertarian I was quite skeptical about this book and what it would contain. But given that Obama was just elected president, I felt that I should read the book written by the soon to be leader of the free world and give the man a chance. While it did have a lot of things I didn't agree with from a political standpoint, I found that I was entertained by the book. It is not all about his viewpoints and talks about his background, about his past campaigns, and about his life as a Senator. While I still think that Obama is wrong on many issues and is a statist, I am convinced that he is also pragmatic and is not a left wing nut job. Time will tell if he turns out to be a pretty good president or totally goes off the deep end.
I liked the idea of listening to the author reading this book to me instead of reading it on my own. It was interesting to see which pieces Obama really got heated about, based on the tone and pace of what he was reading. I managed to finish this in two afternoons, via the audiobook, which was nice since it would have taken me much longer to read. At some points my mind differed, but in general it kept my interest. My friends chose this as our book club item for the month, which triggered some interesting conversations about Obama the politican and Obama the presidential candidate. Sometimes you can't get a good perspective on these guys through media sound bites. This is a good alternative.
OK. This is the most inspiring political writing in decades. Obama is pretty amazing. Unfortunately I am reviewing the book and not the abridged version. I dislike abridged audiobooks a great deal.
But in the print version, Obama comes across as a man who has the kind of vision that could make him a transformational president. A president who could help mature the country. A president with a legacy to rank with the few best ever. He is a man who can talk to both the right and the left.
A one word review can summarize Obama's thought: WOW.
A book that is well-written and inspiring. I was able to confirm what I already felt in my heart about this amazing man. If only the majority of politicians had a resemblance to his principles, priorities and perspective, we would not be in the mess we found ourselves in. The lecture of this book is a must for most Americans. I recommend it highly.
Well written, interesting read of who this Senator is and what he believes. I will continue to read his works and stay tune into his podcast. He may be a future President.
I read so I can write
I read this before he was elected president and again now, and saw a sad failure of many of the promises he made. I wonder if Mr Obama has read this book recently. He has beene a better president then some, but not as good as was hoped.
I like the fact that the President is unashamed in what he believes even when I often disagree. However, I dislike the fact that it feels like he just keeps telling the same story over and over again...he meets a voter, he hears their needs, and he says, "why can't it be right". It feels so oversimplified to me.
Definitely a non-political book.
It's read with clear emotion and emphasis on what he wanted to communicate in the book.
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