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Publisher's Summary

The number-one international best seller - and the Grammy-award winner for best spoken album in 2006.

Before Barack Obama became a politician, he was, among other things, a writer. Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.

The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

©2004 Barack Obama (P)2008 Barack Obama

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable story, beautifully told." ( Observer)
"This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician." (Joe Klein, Time magazine)
"Extraordinary . . . truly moving . . . Obama is a born narrator, with a mastery of colour, scene and personality." (Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times)

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  • Sara
  • De Pere, WI, United States
  • 08-24-11

Characters brought to life

I read the book, and then for a college course I was assigned the book again. This time I choose to listen to the audio version and I was not disappointed. This story comes to life in Barack's voice and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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  • ANNIE60
  • 04-25-11

DREAMS OF MY FATHER

BARRACK OBAMA READS THIS STORY WITH STRENGTH AND TRUE BELIEF. ONCE STARTED I ONLY STOPPED THIS STORY WHEN I WAS TRULY TIRED AND READY FOR BED !!

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  • Mr. Elbow
  • 10-04-16

Inspiring

I will recommend this work and I have done so several times because it gives a totally enlightening background to a man that I already hold in high esteem. Read by the author and man himself in a clear and entertaining way this book is a pleasure to have in my Audible library. Bringing to the fore lots about Barack that I previously did not know (probably due to being a Brit rather than a USAnian) and making me want to know more still. A soothing voice, an inspiring man and a stirring story make this one of my favourite Non Fiction Audible works.

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  • Drillbit
  • 07-10-12

A superb listen

Not a book I would have usually chosen, but I am so pleased I did. I loved the narration by Barack and found his story inspiring. It gives Barack a human side I had never known.

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  • garry menzies
  • 01-22-18

Insperational

Loved it sorry when it came to an end.
Very interesting, possibly a bit sentimental but still very enjoyable

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  • Rachael
  • 11-20-09

Obama in the Car

I listened through my GPS in the car and I loved the fact that Obama narrated. Accents and all. Great work!

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  • Jessica Currie
  • 08-03-18

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I really loved this book, Barack Obama is an incredible story teller, thinker and leader. I can't believe we used to live in a world where this man was the president.

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  • DAS
  • 08-02-18

There is hope

What a life! So uplifting to learn about the journey of Obama's life. Enjoyed this book because it did not come across as if he was reading a book, he was simply telling the story. I was hooked.

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  • Hads
  • 07-20-18

Really intresting

good insight into the man himself, worth a read / listen good as done by Obama.

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  • Mrs Lucy M Norris-Hill
  • 07-17-18

brilliant

there is something magical that makes a memoir move moving and real when it is read by the actual person

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  • Patricia C Palmer
  • 06-30-18

So informative

A great reflective on a family journey, their mistakes dreams and learnings. I love it)