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Becoming

Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (108,565 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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I love Michelle but....

this is a long long book. I love Michelle and I think she's led and is leading a great life and it was nice to hear about, but I couldn't finish the book.

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Great person, average book

I have nothing but love, admiration and respect for both Michelle and Barack Obama. However, I have to admit, this book was a bit boring. It's just a bit pedestrian, the stories of Michelle's life and ventures in and out of the white house.

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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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It's exactly what I thought it would be

The best part was the first half where she actually discussed herself and her upbringing. Then it basically turned into a replay of the Obama presidency, understandably so, I mean that consumed her life for 8+ years. It's basically exactly what I thought it would be, her regurgitating the same lines that President Obama, and the MSM force fed us for years.

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Boring

I was excited about listening to this book but she started loosing me very young in her childhood when she starts going into detail about her aunt, the small house and the piano. My mind kept wondering off and eventually I lost interest. She reads very slowly and I just had to return the book.

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Was great until couple of last chapters

I liked it a lot, up until Michelle started to just telling what they accomplished. Could have posted spreadsheet with them for people to read. The end of the book was rushed to finish. I did not finish listening

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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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  • Michael
  • Grapevine, TX, United States
  • 03-28-19

Review of the book, not the person

I think most of the glowing 5-star reviews are biased because of how much we all like Michelle Obama. If you bought this book, of course you like her and her husband. So the rating is an extension of that.

But let's be honest here. The performance is terrible. It's not even professorial. It's bland. I sped it up to 1.25x, and later when I let friends listen, they asked, "Where is her normal energy?" She sounds sad, bored or something. I don't blame her. I think she got bad direction or advice.

Then there's the wide-eyed, Oh My Gosh, tone of this book that just got so old. I lost track of how many times I said out loud to myself, "Oh, c'mon!" This book was clearly written by a committee of spokespeople with carefully selected anecdotes to make the author seem as close as possible to Jesus or Mother Theresa.

I love the Obamas. I miss them terribly. They brought class and dignity to the White House, and there were moments in this book that shed real insight into that journey. But for the most part, this is such a drab collection of bromides. I was so glad when it was over. If you ignore this review and listen anyway -- because, hey, it's history! it's Michelle! -- be prepared to use the skip-30-second button liberally.

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  • Niki Gee
  • CHICAGO, IL United States
  • 01-16-19

Nothing new

After waiting so diligently for this book, I didn't really learn anything new. Just a rehashing of 8 years of headlines.

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Couldn't finish listening to it

I couldn't finish it. After about 3/4 through it, I just gave up. It was not inspiring. I like Michelle Obama but this book could have been so much better. I get it: she's a mother; she's had some great opportunities in her life such as her elite schooling, her colleges, her work life; she wanted children so the story included a lot about them. She glossed over the white house years when I wanted more. Also, I didn't understand the title's relationship to her story.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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.