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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

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Didn't know what I was getting into

I highly recommend the audio format as it is read by the author.

I spent most of their eight years in office rebelling against anything the Obama's sought to accomplish. Sadly, I let the political pundits and partisan politics have too much influence on my thinking.

I was excited that we had our first African-American president, but I couldn't fully embrace all of the policies, and therefore was unwilling to embrace this presidency.

My last several years I have invested time and effort to connect with others. The greater the perceived difference, the better the conversation. I always learn more, appreciate others in new ways, and my life is richer as a result.

For those who are fans of the Obama's, this will be an enjoyable read to encounter the experience from Michelle's perspective.

It is more important for those like me to read. I am amazed at how the political machine works to divide and demonize people. It is difficult to witness and does nothing to build up our country.

I see how I have been complicit due to my silence or unwillingness to question what is being broadcast across the various media platforms.

Politics and religion should be talked about at the dinner table, because that is where we meet the humanity of others, and it's harder to hate those up close.

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Michelle Obama is the classiest woman! Her story is so inspiring and real. The peek behind closed doors of the life of the first family and the challenges it brings is so incredible. Her compassion and dedication to the family and the country is deep in her being! I was sad to finish the book I wanted to keep listening! I feel like I have a new friend.

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Absolutely beautiful

I have listened to many books over the years but no book compares the the powerful story that michelle tells regarding life struggle happiness and dignity. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your story

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Are You Who You Appear To Be

I am into a few chapters and I keep feeling I am discovering a precious gem. The story telling is like fiction but this is fact. Michelle's voice works so well in her reading. I feel comforted by her steady telling. It's an historical book. This is not dry and un-telling. It is rich. You will be a better person for reading this. Whether that's your intention or not.

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it was like she was right here speaking to me!

I knew that this book would be great, just because of who wrote it but when I say this was probably the best book I have ever read in a long time, it brings me such Joy. this book inspired me to remember that I am not stuck in what ever I'm dealing with now but I will continue to grow! Thank you Michelle for continuing to encourage others like myself through your writing!

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It was insightful and delicious. A must read

Not a political book, truly feel like I know her. It was like sitting around a kitchen table with the person you wish was your best friend

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SO MOVING AND HONEST

It's sooo moving to hear her story through her own eyes. It's honest, sobering, funny, and inspiring.

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Thank you, Michelle. That was some speech!

I've been a member of Audible since 2002. I have 670 titles in my library and have listened to all but a handful. They cover almost every genre and I have to say that, while every biography has a unique angle with worthwhile message, Michelle Obama's story is exceptional.

How often are the words in an audiobook actually written by the subject, and not just written in first person by a ghostwriter? How often does an author read more than the first chapter, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his book? A few. And mostly by actors or comedians who are used to the work.

I loved this book, not only for what Michelle had to say, but because SHE recorded her words in her own voice. This has an effect like no other. The only other book I can think of that stepped out of the audiobook formula was Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story, with its interjection of the actual recordings of events in her life. In Michelle's book you feel like she is sitting next to you, being her true self and telling you her sincerest thoughts over a cup of tea. It is like being in a room with doilies on the coffee table and her aunt playing piano downstairs.

On finishing "Becoming" I have to remind myself that she doesn't know me. If I see her on the street I can't just say "Hi Michelle!" But in this review I can at least say "thank you." Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your story so far. You still have so much good to offer the world, and this story is a great beginning. You are reaching a network of people through this book who are poised on the balls of their toes, ready for something. You are still young (yes!) and positioned to harness all the love and goodness to create something good. You show through example that the world can become a better place through one hand holding another, one mind inspiring empowerment in another. Now go build your own personal life work! Follow up on the plans you made to build your own career. Here is a hug for you!

Now I have to go find you on Twitter or wherever you are.

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I am Michelle Obama!

As a military spouse of 27 years to an ambitious, loving and dedicated husband and a mother of two daughters, Michelle Obama and her book has inspired me to finish writing my own memoir. Not for fame or fortune but for someone else who may be encouraged by my story. Michelle has taught me that I have a story/voice and someone needs to hear it. I am even more encouraged and uplifted after hearing Michelle’s life and her story. From day one I felt as if I’ve known her, a connection that many women of all races felt and feel. Even before knowing her full story or background, everything about Michelle Obama resonated with me. Over the years, journaling has been my source of outlet and a means of staying sane and a reminder to myself that everything will work together for our good...there has to be a bigger reason behind the madness. After finishing the book, Michelle has given me the courage and inspiration to let my voice be heard and tell my own story. I am so proud of my life with my husband and family; as we have overcome so many obstacles. By God’s grace we have been able to touch so many lives in a positive way while serving in the chaplaincy ministry in the Navy. Neither my husband or I can believe the life that we now live. I am writing this review minutes after finishing listening to it in Michelle’s voice. Later I will read my hard copy and take notes in the margins and highlight the parts that really inspired me; which may be the whole book. I am totally grateful for all that the Obamas have accomplished for our country and the world! Thank you First Lady for all the sacrifices that you and your family endured and for being open and letting us see and feel your heart! I will always be a Michelle Obama forever fan! 💗

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Several ah ha moments

As I listened I learned what a remarkable woman she is. I'm actually looking forward to what happens next. After a life derailed or maybe detoured, does she finally get her happily ever after the way she envisioned it when they first got together? Sounds like another book is needed.

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  • 12-10-18

Beautifully written

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

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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
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A wonderful book

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