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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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Worth it.

This book was beautifully written, astoundingly preformed and worthy of not just one listen but multiple. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it regardless of a persons political affiliation. In its essence it’s not about a First Lady, it’s about a woman being a mother and finding herself in the world.

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  • Tom
  • Michigan, USA
  • 11-18-18

Amazing, Inspiring, Honest and, as always, Hopeful.

The book ends with Mrs. Obama imploring us to invite one another in. Her honest look at her life gives hope and inspiration. It is guided by a grounded realism but not restrained by it. I look forward to the day my daughter is old enough to read her words and find inspiration. This is a must read in a time or fear mongering. It’s a ray of light.

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Amazing from beginning to end

loved listening to the Flotus tell her story of Becoming, I will be listening to this again and again.

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COME BACK!

I laughed, I cried, I longed for the Obama Days again, and cried some more. Okay, a lot more... Michelle's inspiring and empowering story is the story we all need to remain hopeful in these trying times. Her narration is perfect and just emotional enough to take you on this magical and powerful journey.

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  • lkm
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  • 11-13-18

Can't stop listening!

I could not wait for this to drop into my account - probably more than any other that I have had. I have had many books here, that the author has read, and it really does not turn out well...I was a little worried. I know Mrs. Obama is amazing, very sophisticated (as well as down to earth) but still - narrating is a real skill, as it is really like acting, but she nailed it.

As I started Becoming, I was absolutely drawn in. I was blown away by her writing and her narrative style. I had so much to do, yet could not stop listening! She has the kind of style that reaches down into your soul, like you are friends. I knew some about her early life, but it was nice to hear more. Mrs. Obama's descriptive style is really amazing; when she was talking about her life after and the freedom, I felt like I was there with there.

I absolutely loved this one - this is a don't miss!

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-19-18

Remarkable

I was expecting the usual first lady memoir narrated by the author. Boy was I surprised when I started listening to the audiobook. Michelle Obama is an absolutely fantastic narrator. No actress could have done better. It is as if she is sitting beside me telling me about her life and her feelings. Her narration includes a full range of emotions; it actually makes the book for me. I think the audiobook is the best way to read this book.

The book is well written and researched. The book is divided into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us and Becoming More. Michelle tells about her childhood, her college years and her work. She tells about meeting Barach and the joy of her children. She talks about her personal beliefs and skills. She tells about what it was like growing up as a middle-class black from the South side of Chicago. About the lessons learned having a father with multiple sclerosis such as meticulous planning and showing up early. She tells of the importance friends were to her growing up, and I am impressed she has managed to maintain long term friendships. It appears that Michelle presents an honest memoir pointing out the mistakes as well as the successes.

My only disappointment was she failed to tell about her experiences as a law student at Harvard University. I would have liked to have learned about that experience. I must say I am very impressed with the memoir and with her. I would like to know more and wished she was my friend because of the value she places on friendship.

he book is a bit long at just over nineteen hours. Michelle Obama does an impressively splendid job narrating the book.

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Warmly intimate

Becoming is an authentic and honest look at an extraordinary life that is only half over. A peek behind the curtain that will leave you wishing for volume 2.

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Greatest First Lady ever!!!

I am so glad I purchased this book and listened to Mrs. Obama narrate it herself. I couldn't stop listening to her wonderful life and the love she has for family and friends. She is a kind soul and I'm glad to be a part of those that listened to the book, it was definitely more fulfilling.

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Very open, yet very safe

It was cool to get a peek behind the curtain of the First Family experience, especially coming from people I more closely relate to in terms of background. Michelle Obama is a powerhouse! I appreciate how this book documents the a lot about the black experience in America. It didn’t adopt a woe is me attitude, just let’s readers know she too has peeped game. Tactfully written. Great read overall!

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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.