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Becoming

Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (108,275 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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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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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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I love Michelle Obama

but this Audio book was soooooooooo boring i had to force myself to finish it ....I don't know why either any other time I see her on TV-Talkshows-late Night shows she seem Freaking interesting and awesome in everyway ....her story was good it kinda got lost in her
Ma-no-toness ...*I still have nothing but respect for her ***Carry on Mrs. Obama your the Bomb. com

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Good moments but was expecting more

Great insights of childhood in Southside Chicago needed to hear more about motherhood now- then.

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It Sounds like a diary

I have always loved what they Portrayed and stood for, but... really did not expect. Michelle’s poor misunderstood me version

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I expected more

As I was reading through the book I always wanted more, more story or something interesting it is a good book overall.

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I don't see what the hype is about

I really wanted to like this. I love Michelle Obama and think that she's such a role model for women. Plus everyone is obsessed with this book so it must have something going for it. But unfortunately--it is painfully boring. I mean, I appreciate that the Obama's were boring, don't get me wrong, there's something to be said for that. Boring is what you kind of want for your leaders. I would much prefer boring leaders right now. But in order to get through this book, I had to play it on triple speed to try to get to a point where she says anything. I did not want to give up on it. She droned on and on about the most banal things like her father's car--why does anyone care what car her father drove when she was growing up and why did that have to take up space in a book? Then on and on with other things equally as boring as cars. Then you hear her talk about how she was Barack's supervisor and to me that's just a reminder of how she should have been president instead of him so that was mildly annoying. Anyway there's not enough substance in the first third of this to keep my interest so after making a really concerted effort I'm putting in the towel now.

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Behind every successful man is the woman who stands behind him. Sort of…

To me, there is no more important of a job than for a woman to be a good mother.

I came from a background in education. I taught high school. Often times, parents of my students were too busy in their work and dating life, they neglected their kids. In some situations, there were single mom who worked a lot just to stay afloat. The kids would ultimately be affected since no one watched them. Students whose parents were active in Parent-Teacher associations were always most successful! Parents who showed up to everything! I didn’t see Michelle be involved enough with her kids’ lives. If she is supposed to be a role-model for us to follow, she came across as too self-centered and looked like she put her career first before anything!

Also, I felt Michelle and Obama had two parallel lives. They didn’t act enough like a team for the majority of the story. It wasn’t until President Obama was deep into his political career that she started helping him out. “Behind every successful man is the woman who stands behind him” didn’t really apply in this case. She didn’t even support his decision to be in politics! She came across as rather selfish!

I actually like President Obama less now that I went through this. He’s less “black” in culture than I thought. I didn’t know he lived in Indonesia, or was raised in Hawaii, or by a Caucasian mom. I still appreciate the diversity he brought to the White House, but I would’ve preferred to see some one who grew up in a black neighborhood with the associated struggles.

I like that nowadays in Hollywood, the geniuses in movies are often women or black (like in Hunger Games, or Snowden). We owe that to African Americans since we portrayed them as sub-human and dangerous for decades! This book could’ve mentioned more notable African-Americans!

‘Identity politics’ needs to stop. It creates sheep. I know Republicans who blindly vote red on every issues without even thinking things through (and some who are way too poor to benefit from Republican policies). On the flip side, I know Hispanics and African-Americans who own businesses and are way too rich to benefit from Democratic policies. Many don’t even know what they’re voting for, but feel they should be loyal to the Democratic Party because they associate it with their race or ethnicity. Choosing one political party and voting every way that one party votes is for people who don’t want to think for themselves!

Would’ve been nice if this book mentioned a little of basic African-American economics. If you have a group and give it the crappiest education (Jim Crow laws), resources, nutrition, and also a bad image on the media for decades, the group will be severely affected and will likely take a long time to catch up to other groups. I wish this book discussed these economics a little.

I am glad Michelle put together this book because it brought us into her world and I’m happy I went through it. However, I don’t think I’ll make it a part of my permanent library and I don’t think it lives up to the hype! However, I have recommended it to some friends.

It would’ve been nice to have a foreword by President Obama (again, they’re not enough of a team and are living two parallel, independent lives)

The epilogue was excellent.

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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.