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The Audacity of Hope (excerpt) Audiobook

The Audacity of Hope (excerpt)

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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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    Deborah Highland, NY, USA 06-06-09
    Deborah Highland, NY, USA 06-06-09
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    "I am glad I voted for Obama"

    After listening to Obama narrate his book I now understand how he has reached the place where he is...what a pleasure it was to hear him speak about so many different subjects with his unique, holistic approach. I can relate to his mother's philosophy of life and have a deeper appreciation of his sincere intention for being a global citizen. His Mother and Grandmother, I am sure, are proudly watching him from afar. Here Here to them, and to him for his courage to follow his heart and honor the women in his life. Keep it up President Barack Obama, and make all of the Mothers of the World proud of you. Thank you, Deborah in Woodstock, NY

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    lynda NASHVILLE, TN, United States 02-16-11
    lynda NASHVILLE, TN, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "go barack"

    i enjoyed listening to the excerpt and will probably listen to the book in its entirity--i hope he shows everyone that he is up to the job

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-21-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-21-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    "Free Sample of a Great Book"

    I'll always remember this as the first political book I ever read and was actually inspired by. I read it in 2008 in paperback, while deciding who to vote for for President, and it was so good and so memorable that I started giving copies away to friends. Though it's more than a little bit heartbreaking to read/listen now because of the partisan (and, many of us would say, racist) obstructionism that prevented most of the author's hopes for American progress from being realized, I was still delighted to find it in Audible format and will likely use a credit now on the full version. We never before had so intelligent, articulate, dignified and classy a President in my conscious lifetime, and heaven knows we likely won't see his equal again for many, many years, if ever. Thank you so much for your service; you will be sorely missed, sir. And thanks to Audible, for making this free sample available!

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    Robert 06-17-16
    Robert 06-17-16
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    "Can't wait to listen to the rest!"

    Amazing! This was inspiring and sounded great. I will listen to the rest soon. A great introduction to the book.

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    Peter 02-21-15
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    "Hmmmm"

    Mr. Obama does a great job of explaining behind-the-scenes things that happen.No instructions for writing this review are extremely frustrated.

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    Ginny Seattle, WA, USA 08-16-09
    Ginny Seattle, WA, USA 08-16-09
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    "'The Audacity of Hope'"

    you only sent me 4 minutes. since when is that a book??

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    Emory United States 01-13-12
    Emory United States 01-13-12
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    "Can't stand to listen to his voice and his lies."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So...there you have it. I won't give him a cent of my money. If he isn't sent packing in 2012, I might need that cent.


    Any additional comments?

    God help us!!!

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    Dorothy Jersey Ciy, NJ, United States 10-09-10
    Dorothy Jersey Ciy, NJ, United States 10-09-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Biased Opinion"

    This short excerpt shows me why I can still safely hate Obama.
    I would not personally enrich his pockets with my money by buying this book.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful

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