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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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    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 02-17-12
    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to The Audacity of Hope again? Why?

    YES!!! It is just that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author


    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    The way he constantly change his tone, made it seems as if you were in the room.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Scepter Columbia, MD, USA 05-02-09
    Scepter Columbia, MD, USA 05-02-09 Member Since 2016
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    "A MUST READ"

    I enjoyed it from start to finish. I learned so much about the person I thought I knew. It really helped me to appreciate him more than ever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Spokane Valley, WA, United States 02-22-09
    Richard Spokane Valley, WA, United States 02-22-09 Member Since 2008

    Entrepreneurship drives my passion - with hundreds of miles to travel each week I love listening to others that have made it happen!

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    "Quiet Surprised"

    It was amazing that this man had enough focus that foresaw the next two years. This book was published in 2006. He had his finger on the pulse of America then. It's not surprising that he was elected to the Presidency in 2008. I was very happy with this book. I enjoyed it throughout, however it almost seemed to end to soon. There seemed to be missing a chapter. Overall I recommend it highly, just wished it had been a little longer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Indiana, PA, USA 01-26-09
    Elizabeth Indiana, PA, USA 01-26-09 Member Since 2016
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    "His voice alone is worth it"

    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 :)

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Hackensack, NJ, USA 01-24-09
    Eric Hackensack, NJ, USA 01-24-09
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    "Read like a Masters Thesis"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel 12-27-08
    Pavel 12-27-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Political manifesto"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun 12-01-08
    Shaun 12-01-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Holly EVANSTON, IL, USA 03-11-07
    Holly EVANSTON, IL, USA 03-11-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Get the audio if you're in a rush"

    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.

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    Lee Kingsburg,, CA, United States 01-21-07
    Lee Kingsburg,, CA, United States 01-21-07
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    "Obama for Prez"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julio A Miami Lakes, FL, USA 11-18-06
    Julio A Miami Lakes, FL, USA 11-18-06
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    "A Future President"

    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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