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Dreams from My Father Audiobook

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Publisher's Summary

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey; first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

©1995, 2004 Barack Obama; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2005

"Provocative....Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race." (Washington Post Book World)

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    gabe c Philly Burbs, Holla 01-13-17
    gabe c Philly Burbs, Holla 01-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting!"

    I loved to hear Obama tell his story in his own words, with his own voice.

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    Tricia Merritt 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book."

    I'll be honest, I didn't vote for him in 2008, but I did in 2012. I wish I had read this book when he first published it. I learned so much about him as a person. It ends with his keynote speech in 2004. It has definitely left me inspired for my day. I needed to hear this book and be reminded of the America I believe in after the election of 2016. Barack Obama's story gave me just that.

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    Marisa 12-29-16
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    "So cool to listen to president Obama's story"

    This book was great. I enjoyed the story telling and narration by Mr. Obama. Really interesting life story that provides great insight into life as a biracial person living in the United States and abroad.

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    patentlawman 12-29-16

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    "Should Be Required Reading"
    What did you love best about Dreams from My Father?

    I love to learn about the presidents, and doing so from their own autobiographies is my favorite way to do so. Reading this book in the last few weeks of Obama's presidency, my only regret is not getting to it sooner. President Obama has a powerful story that deserves to be listened to, regardless of your political beliefs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, I'm reading this in the last few weeks of his presidency, and the book was written long before he was elected in 2008. With that perspective, a lot of the story was moving to me, but the most moving part was at the end, when his speech as Senator is played. Hearing his words and seeing now who he would become as a president moved me to tears.


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    "Liked it but nothing about his career"

    The book was a fascinating autobiographical narrative, but I wanted more. he focused predominantly on this time in Indonesia, and Africa and his early career as an organizer. nothing about his life in politics, or about raising a family.

    I look forward to the post presidency memoirs.

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    Raime 12-12-16
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    "awesome narrating by POTUS"

    great reading of America's 1st black presidents roots. to hear it in his own words made it even better. I hear no partisanship, no race baiting, nothing but history. great job

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-30-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-30-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "I listened to this autobiographical book..."

    ...when I purchased it in mid-2008 while Barack Obama was running for president. In doing so I violated my own rule against reading autobiographies written by those younger than age 65 because writing such books is audacious. Dreams From My Father is beautifully narrated by the author, but the story is light on substance. It is better than President Obama's earlier book The Audacity of Hope, but only barely. It still seems odd to me that Barack Obama wrote two autobiographical books while he was in his mid-40's.

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    Barbara 10-23-16
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    "Wonderful to hear it read by Obama!"

    Excellent. Great story teller. Filled with explanation of life struggles. Eye opening. You must listen!

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    JJ Astenre 10-08-16
    JJ Astenre 10-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    amazing book- amazing story!

    was a little too short, wish it was longer, it does not cover big parts of the book, but can't complain when it's President Obama narrating :-)

    definitely worth listening!

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    Adriana 09-21-16
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    "Barry O."

    I'm glad Mr. Obama shared more of his personal life, and what it meant/means for him to grow up as a biracial man in Amerikkka.

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