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Becoming

Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (108,808 ratings)

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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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Not interested

This book is just not as interesting as I’d expected. I cannot stay interested and can’t finish; I’m not even sure where I left off.

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Love Michelle. Did not enjoy this book.

First: I am a big fan of Michelle. She is a model human, American, and woman. She is educated, elegant, disciplined, and poised.

However, to me this book came across as self righteous and too perfect. I felt she played the victim Card too much. She played the race card too much. And the woman card. I was shocked she asked for a higher salary than others when she worked for a non-profit and defended her ask due to her cushy lifestyle. Many of us had no help from family and tons of student debt.

I was offended by disrespect of law enforcement. Black or white, we must obey laws and respect those who risk their lives for the greater good. I am troubled and saddened about bad cops but I still respect the law and the profession.

I did enjoy learning about the personal lives of the Obamas. I’m proud of the Obamas. I’d vote for Michelle in a heartbeat. I just wouldn’t read another of her books.

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Had different expectations.

It's not a bad book. I just had different expectations. Being an Obama family fan and with an expectation that this book comes from Mrs Obama, I wanted to read her journey, her contribution to the presidentship. We do get that but in patches.
"I was not bossy, I was just confident." This line automatically set an expectation that we are going to get an overhaulish account from the ex-FLOTUS. But the book losses the track and then what we get in almost half the book is Mr Obama - the President's journey. By the time, we get back to Michelle Obama's experiences again, the book is more than 3/4th done. Maybe, the expectations were set accordingly through various post book tours that this is more about a family journey - a political change that came across with Obama presidency. But with a title like Becoming, a reader actually feels misled that what he ended up with was not what the book tried to deliver.

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Boring

I struggled to finish it. I did learn a few interesting things but mostly it was about the Obama's being black & overcoming things. I'm happy for them but found the book boring.

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I'm a Divorced Dad

Enough said. So disappointing. Get off your high horse. And the book is way too long.

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Not worth the time.

So slow and boring. Very repetitive in vocabulary. I should have picked a different book to listen for all those hours. I had hope it would get interesting but it never did.

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Big diappointment, darn

Michelle tries to make it seem like she had such a rough childhood. Made me feel bad about my own childhood. I thought she would impart some sage advise, but she just comes across as privileged, and clueless about how others struggle.

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Struggled to get ANY value from the book.

Michelle really missed the mark with this one. Heart warming story but that about it.

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Huge fan of the Obama's but...

First, I think Michelle and Barack Obama are really great people. But I have mixed feelings about this book. I really did not enjoy the first 8 chapters. Hearing about Michelle's upbringing sounded a bit self-serving. There were too many references to Harvard and Princeton. Having gone to an Ivy League myself for undergrad, I could feel myself cringe whenever she referred to her world class education. It sounded a little elitist, to be honest. When the book changes gear and she meets Barack, I became excited again. It's very obvious that he is the exceptional half to that pair. She is unimaginative. She admits that her success is all about setting goals and checking the boxes. But Barack is a renaissance man and a big ideas guy. I enjoyed hearing about her struggles during his rise to political fame and her focus on her kids. I could relate to this. But it was hard at times, to feel sorry for her as she describes the struggles associated with moving to the White House. It sounds like she wants sympathy and is trying hard to get it and yet describes all of its opulence, as if she is a princess moving into her castle. I was hoping for more depth from this book. I think it's probably too hard to do, given how much ground needs to be covered. Michelle Obama is in an impossible position. As my review is an example, people will critique her to the end of time. I'm glad she was my first lady for 8 years. But I think I need to read more about Barack, as he is really the uber unique individual that I admire so much.

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Book didn't grasp my attention

For some reason found the book boring. I am a big Obama fan so, this surprised me

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  • 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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  • 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.