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.
Shared American Values.
Yeah, i know, it's written by Obama so this book is taboo, right? Well, on a whim, i purchased this title and i am truly happy that i did. I don't agree with everything he says in the book but he does a good job admitting his biases in the intro which i found admirable. This book is more about finding commonality in shared American values than in agreement upon particular agendas. In that regard, i feel like i understand Obama's and the liberal point of view better now. We live in a country paralyzed politically. The way forward won't be through demonizing anyone or any party, red, blue, or green. I invite You, my fellow reds, to listen to this with a bit of patience and a willingness to hear his thoughts. I think we will all benefit from it.
... was it is abridged. I would have liked to have heard everything, after having enjoyed this abridged version so much.
One of my favorite audiobooks- so uplifting and mature. Obama offers up a spirit of excellence, cooperation, and intelligence as he talks about his political journey, ambitions, and family. It's difficult not to like him especially when contrasted with Palin's audiobooks that are tinged with lost-election-bitterness and inappropriate combativeness. If purchasing, be ready to pay attention- if your attention wanders for a second, you can get lost.
I found the book to be very inspiring. It is good to hear the audio book read by the author. I found some of the book a little too party line but it sounds good when Barack talks about the seperation of church and state. However, his religious beliefs are a foundation of what he is.
Even though I am republican I found it very good to hear from a possible future presidential or VP candidate. Depending on stances Barack takes on certain issues; I could vote for this man.
I consider myself a moderate republican, but I wanted to read this book to find out what Obama was about. In the book he presents a refreshingly honest account of how politics works and lays out a centrist vision for the relationship between government and its citizens. Far from demonstrating youthful inexperience, he shows that he has a firm grasp of both sides of the major issues facing the nation as well as a keen understanding of American history and government. While most of the book is about a domestic agenda with little emphasis on foreign policy, I found myself agreeing with the majority of his ideas. I have no doubt that if everybody read this book, Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States.
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this - I thought it would be a repeat of his speeches and what he's said on the news the past few years. I was wrong. I was engrossed and listened every chance I got until I had listened to it twice, and I rarely read or listen to something twice within a few years! This is one of those books made for an audio format - hearing his words, in his own voice, really helped me connect and become more engaged.
It gives me hope that our next President (assuming it's him) will understand how normal people live. After listening to this book, I began volunteering for his campaign - and I'm an EX-Republican! The more I learn about this man (and I've done my research), the more determined I am that he has to be our next POTUS.
I find Mr. Obama very interesting. He seems open and understanding of the problems of this country. He expresses himself well. I have never voted for a democrate in a national election, but I would consider voting for him. He has my respect.
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.
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.
"Much better than its title."
I suppose I was ready for anything when I start to read a book with a title like 'The Audacity of Hope' and I am happy to say that if there was a mention of the title in the book then it was pretty indirect. You might expect a sermon with a title like that. What there is - a pretty smart guy who communicates well on topics like: the media, political opposition, religion and state, work and family-life and so on. I wasn't sure if I liked him before I listened to this book - I knew little of him at all. I think this is the most intelligent and straight-up, optimistic (I guess the title is in there somewhere) and fair-dealing book by a politician that I have read.
"American politics made easy"
This was a fantastic download - one that provided a lot of clarity around the politics and values of America's new president (before he was even campaigning for the role). For people like me who get tired of reading the opinions of the press, it was refreshing to hear from Obama himself, what he thinks he stands for and he provides interesting examples to back up his politics and opinions. This very personal and frank account of his beliefs has certainly given me confidence in his ability to bring real changes to America and the rest of the world. He comes across as a down-to-earth and likeable man who genuinely knows what he is talking about and what he has to do to make his country a better place. All I can say is, after listening to the Audacity of Hope, I wished Obama could run our country too!
"Great Man, Great Read"
What an intelligent man. Even though I am not from USA I still think having listened to this that the right man in in charge.
"Cracking good stuff"
This was a revelation. It illustrated elegantly the infighting and internecine wars between the reds and blues in American politics over the last 30 years. It was riveting to listen to, I regreted the end of a boring drive for once. I hope his presidency is as good as his writing!
"Politician's are scary...."
It is unfortunate that our world is in the state that it's in because I genuinely fear for this lovely man as he braves the world stage.
I (like most people) knew little about him before buying this book and now after listening to it along with a few speeches I found on I-tunes; I'm a genuine fan. Politics is a dirty business and here is a decent, educated, likeable guy that will do his best to change that crappy deal that too many people worldwide are in. Like it or not; the USA lead the "free" world and what he says and does will affect almost everyone in one way or another.
After listening I have genuine hope that he can do as he'd like to do and is not singled out for martyrdom by the evil that lurks generally in our world and in America in particular.
I thrilled at his stories of the students he teaches and the voters he has learned from. I am warmly comforted by the fact that his rise has been rapid enough that he has not (yet) been tainted. This book is lovely and I look forward to hearing more about and from him.
Martin Luther King, Huey Newton, Johnnie Cochran, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and many others would not believe what he has already done so swiftly. I sincerely hope that he continues to accomplish the "impossible."
God knows we could all use a few more miracles.
Fantastic book. A must read for any fan of Obama's, and also for those wanting a reminder of how American politics, while always contentious, was not always insane.
As his presidency draws to a close it's heartbreaking to hear this great and classy man speak about hope and ideals
Informative and insightful and inspiring
"More about policy and vision than about his life"
This was primarily about his vision and policies. Not as much about his personal experience as with his first book, Dreams of my Father. I was hoping to know more about the personal experience of Obama once he became a senator. Then again, this was written right before he ran for president, so his position on various issues was I suppose paramount to express. Perhaps because the audio book was abridged, I missed knowing that the more personal stories of the next section of Obama's life were indeed in the print version of this book.
More personal stories, as noted above.
As he is a master orator, he is also a fine reader. Though again, I feel the reading of his first book was better.
Yes, for the most part.
"BARAK OBAMA: A Great Statesman"
This book was quintessentially written and its practicality is admirable. It is an encouragement to Humanity and those who believe in it. Greatness is not only by words but also through actions, and I think Barak Obama is exceedingly, a great man.
"The Audacity of False Idealism"
Not in top 10
His losing of an election, and his belief that he can try again.
Listening to how bills are made.
I last listened to this book in 2008, when Obama was running for office the first time and was only a candidate - I don't remember much of it, which should signify u what impact it had on me. It did inspire me to get Dreams from my Father (read and listened to) and other Obama biographies.
All politicians feel obliged to write a book when running for office, whether its Clinton who wrote Living History (in my garage, never read it), and more recently she wrote another which I did not even bother to buy. My theory is that, it allows many of the educated elite in media etc to be introduced to these politicians many ideas and their personality. It allows those people see their vision, and gain their support. Even Obama's personal assistant wrote his own book, to kickstart his own political career: Power Forward: My Presidential Education by Reggie Love (available on Amazon) - more about the author than Obama.
The problem is that u get many convoluted and non-controversial ideas put forward, coupled with fake idealism, in order to appeal to the maximum audience. Secondly, they paint a false image of who they really are, and unless one keeps a magnifying glass by their side while reading this, they may absorb and accept these ideas. Obama talks about how his main lobby of support was from "nurses who change bedpans" as opposed to the Wall Street bankers who did indeed bankroll him.
Perhaps one should read this book to do an analyst on the Obama regime and its failings.
This book won a Grammy, but if a book wins an award, one should be more wary of that book. Much of these award organisations have an agenda, Its like winning a Nobel(inventor of dynamite) peace prize when no major peace was actually achieved.
Obama had a rock star start, and may even a rock start finish, however the way he played the political game led to one of the most disastrous results for the Democratic party, the election of Trump. If one wants to understand how Obama became a rock star, this is essential listening.
That being said it is read by the author himself, and makes for a enjoyable easy listening. If u r interested in Obama ideas than read it, although it is largely defunct now.
Books on Obama I have read/listen:
Dreams from my Father: Obama autobiography - note large amounts have been changed from reality to create dramatic effect, good listen. Read by the author.
Obama by David Mendell: Excellent listen about Obama upbringing and his rise as a Senator by a Chicago reporter
Barack Obama the Story: The best bio out there - u can get the Audio CDs from Amazon- the book are read by the author - clarifies many truths/falsehood to Dreams from My Father, but only goes from Obama grandfather to just before he enters Harvard. Audible needs to get this book.
Power Forward by Reggie Love (Amazon) - written by the PA of Obama - mostly about Love rather than Obama - there are some articles on it - read this instead of shelling out from this book
Renegade - still listening, will let u know in time.
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