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Becoming

Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (96,054 ratings)

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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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Boring

Granted, I haven’t read many biographies, but I figure that all good books have to have the same attributes regardless of their genre. This one has some cute anecdotes, glimpses into the former First Lady’s life as a kid and a black woman, but that immersive experience that you want from a book, to transport you from your everyday life into another dimension - that just doesn’t happen. I am sorry about that, I really wanted to like this book because of its protagonist but I just don’t have enough free time to wait for it to start become interesting even after listening to it for hours.

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I'm out of the majority here, but...

I liked the book, but I didn't love it. To really like a book, I need some more interesting writing or surprises that keep me riveted. To love a book, it has to change me as a person or change my way of thinking. Becoming is well-written, but not written like literature, and I enjoyed reading it, but it didn't change my life.

My book club will all disagree with me, much more likely to give the book five stars than four or three and the number of books sold suggest this is far more popular than I would have guessed. But is it popular because Michelle Obama is popular or will it stand the test of time?

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Tries too hard

Could not get past the first few chapters. The book tries too hard to read like a novel versus an autobiography or memoir. Language way too flowery, scenes way over described, too ornate.

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I wanted to LOVE it!

I wanted to love this book, but, and I know I’m definitely in the minority here, it just wasn’t that interesting. I’m sorry!! I love her, I love her voice, it was just a little boring.

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Great story - from a 54 yo white republican man

I was not a fan of President Obama's policies and views, but I did think he and Michelle we really good people.

I just like good stories with good people; Michelle's life is very different from mine, and I appreciate her experiences and contributions to make us a better, more elevated society.

I only cringed a couple times when she got political and implied only the Republican party dig in their heals and are partisan. but it was infrequently enough for me to still consider this a great book.

For you democrats, since I read this, and since Michelle and W became good friends, 41 - A Portrait of My Father By: George W. Bush. I think you will be equally surprised - regardless of your political view,

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It's so long

It's ok. It's just so long. I'm interested in her life and they way that she grew and changed through the years to become who she is today, but the book just goes on and on. I'm certain that hours could have been edited out. I loved hearing about her childhood, but then it seems to stall out when she meets Obama. I can't finish it. I wish I could, but I can't. Maybe I'll come back to finish it later.

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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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really wanted to like it, but didn't

I am an enormous fan of the Obamas. But overall I felt this book was average at best. for whatever reason, I did not enjoy Michelle Obama reading this. the most entertaining parts of the book where when she was talking about Barack and what it was like when he became president. I hate writing this review, because I really did want to like it a lot more.

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She's inspirational, but this book isn't

I'm a fan of the Obamas. However, this book has more information about entirely trivial issues than I wanted. For example: shopping for a hat for Sasha to wear, having to go to multiple stores, finally found a pink knitted hat that was too big but had to do. While there's plenty of detail that adds to her story, there are a lot of things like this that didn't. I think this is an editorial problem rather than an author problem. But by the time we got to the era of Obama's presidency, I was worn down. I couldn't finish it. Maybe it's just that the part of the book that focused on Michelle as her own person was more interesting than the part detailing how she became swallowed by her husband's career. I skipped to the end to read how she's now in a position to define her own life again. So maybe I will enjoy the sequel more.

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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.