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Becoming

Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America - the first African American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.

©2018 Michelle Obama (P)2018 Random House Audio

Editorial Review

The memoir we're Becoming eager to hear

Her dance moves. Her vegetable garden. Her advocacy for girls everywhere. Her humility despite being one of the best-known names in the world. There are so many things to love about Michelle Obama that even those who might disagree with her husband’s politics admit to being fans. So much anticipation surrounds this, her official memoir, and specifics about what it will ultimately contain are few, but we can safely bet on it to be inspiring. No matter which boxes you check on your ballot, it’s hard not to be in awe of what this remarkable woman achieved in her path from the South Side of Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and beyond. When she revealed the book cover, the author tweeted: “As I prepare to share Becoming this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be.” Can you imagine what it’ll sound like in her own words, via her own strong, familiar voice? I, for one, can hardly wait. —Courtney R., Audible Editor

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A little too repetitive

The back story of Michelle’s life and rise to the White House is very interesting and worth knowing. She has a main political point that she presents throughout the book, but in my opinion she oversells her point and by the time one is through three quarters of the book one does not want to hear it anymore. Her editors did her no favors by allowing the book to be so long because of the repetition.

Having said that it is worth perhaps reading the book so one can skim over parts - this is more difficult in an audiobook.

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Long, interesting, but boring

I wanted to love this and feel a deep understanding of what it would be like to be the wife of a former president, but I was super bored. 6 hours in, I felt a responsibility to finish it, but not a desire. Just really boring...that’s the only word I can think to use.

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Boring.

I like Michelle Obama. A lot. I know this is a hit book. I think it might be a far better read than a listen. I quit after the first two chapters of her monotone rendering of the normal thoughts of most children, read as if they were almost poetic and special.

Sure wouldn’t discourage reading the book. It’s just that the audible version didn’t please me a bit, after the preface made me excited to hear the rest.

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Gives insight but not worth the hype

If you are seeking over the top this book is not for you. Her words give great insight on who she is and who she has become in our generation, but her story (most of the book) is so many other black American women's story, her life changed based on one decision that just worked out in their favor. It's disturbing,of some of the things she had to face especially this being the fine when we should have evolved as people but it's not surprising.

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Michelle Obama

I wish I could get my money back on this book. I did not enjoy it. Lack of excitement. If I was to compare it to a song writers song or album. My words would be lacking in rhythm. Pitch, notes and mostly the correct words. I would add pitch wash off. The whole song/album ( if this was a album/song) totally was lacking. How would I go about getting my money back. To put it bluntly. I love Michelle but her book on Audio was horrible. Maybe it’s a better read then listen. I hated listening to her. I feel bad because I love Michelle. I can’t take no more not one full chapter and I’m over it. Sorry First Lady

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Gotta love Michelle, but this is boring.

I listend to the whole book and was drawn in but after I finished it I realized there was no amusing or funny or playful passage in the whole book. It felt like she was just telling day to day experiences but not really sharing any excitement or wider view of life with Barack or in the White House. She is such an excellent, inspirational speaker, I don't know why this was such a mundane story and narration.

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Pure drudgery

Horribly boring and disappointing. From childhood to leaving the White House, there was little that was very interesting with the exception of a dream. Michelle is a terrible narrator, making every minute almost impossible to go on. I'm so thankful to be through with it.

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started great then got political

I loved the first part however had to cut it short due to her getting into political views. I feel she was trying to incite racism towards the end - there is a way to tell her amazing story without that part. I did not support most of her husbands views however the story of her and her husband was pretty cool. Worth the read up to chapter 20.

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Slow and Boring

Sorry Michelle, I like your husband as president and you as a first lady, but oh holy hell was your book boring.

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Just okay

This book was not bad. However, I never leave a book unfinished and I actually didn’t finish this one. Something bothered me about her vagueness and the “no big deal” attitude of winning the election and moving into the White House. At that point it did not seem realistic or truthful anymore.

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  • Listener
  • 01-01-19

We still don’t deserve Michelle Obama

This was a great way to spend twenty hours. I didn’t think I could long for The Obamas any more than I already did, but this book reminds you how we had smart, gracious people in the White House.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-18

Beautifully written

Intimate, insightful, moving and well worth the listen. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you Michelle.

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  • ParisMP
  • 01-19-19

Heartwarming, inspiring and just wonderful.

I loved every moment of this book. She doesn't try to sugarcoat her struggles and really shared in a way that she hasn't before. I feel privileged to have read about our FFL's extraordinary and inspiring journey. I also feel empowered to make my own journey, my own.

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  • Daniel Olivieri
  • 11-30-18

Just so good

I feel like I really know Michelle Obama (and the world) a little bit better than I did before. So good.

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  • Hanne
  • 11-18-18

A wonderful book

A really great book. So interesting and beautifully told. And also so well read by Michelle Obama herself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-19

A thank you

I cried and I laughed through the soft and jovial listening. A great mix of feelings and stories. 😍🤩❤️

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  • Angelica
  • 04-10-19

Thank you Michelle, this is a heart-opening piece!

I am from Venezuela living in the diaspora, and this book made me feel I belong! Very sensible en empowering conclusions. thanks for sharing this piece of you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-19

loved it...especially listen to her voice

Loved it!
Her way of story telling just keeps you hooked. A must read for sure

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  • JJ
  • 03-19-19

Wonderful

I had high hopes, and at first I thought the story moved a bit slow - but there was a reason for every little story told. The book ties her stories wonderfully together, and I have a much better undertaking of who Michelle Obama is and what drives her. I am left so very impressed and utterly inspired.

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  • Edel Mahony
  • 02-25-19

Fascinating & Encouraging

Endearing and enthralling to hear the very ordinary but incredible story of Michelle and her family. Such figures of hope.