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The Audacity of Hope Audiobook

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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".
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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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    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.

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    Carleton M. Badger 11-14-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Good picture of Senator"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 12-20-15
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    "An amazing story of the man who became president."

    I read this book several years ago but couldn't resist the opportunity to hear it read by the author. Well written and well read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-02-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as impressive after a term in office"

    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.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 12-10-12
    Photo and Music Guy Colorado USA 12-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Starts to feel repetitious very quickly."
    What did you like best about The Audacity of Hope? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely a non-political book.


    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    It's read with clear emotion and emphasis on what he wanted to communicate in the book.


    Could you see The Audacity of Hope being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


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    Tracy Ogden, UT, United States 03-26-12
    Tracy Ogden, UT, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good idea about reclaiming Amwrica"

    Too bad he went back on every single campaign promise.
    Didn't filibuster FISA. Didn't vero the ahC bill without a PO in in.
    Worked behind the scenes to make sure it wasn't in there. Said NO mandate, but yet there is. Opened up more areas to off shore drilling, and ANWR.
    Took us in to more wars. Kills innocent people.
    Would have been better to let Bush have a 3rd term since that is what we got.

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    Akida Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-27-08
    Akida Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-27-08 Member Since 2015
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    "O BA MA!"

    Senator Obama is not only easy to look at, he is easy to listen to! I am very proud of this work. It outlines his platform and how he as fashioned his life as a family man and stateman.
    Excellent and informative

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    Margaret Santa Fe, NM, USA 04-02-09
    Margaret Santa Fe, NM, USA 04-02-09
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    "The Audacity of Hope"

    Well worth it!

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    Rick BEAVERTON, OR, USA 06-03-08
    Rick BEAVERTON, OR, USA 06-03-08
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    "The Future!"

    Great book.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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