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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-17

Phenomenal

Phenomenally told & a true and pure story of the American Dream. A man who is truly in touch with his roots and in creating a bigger world than himself.

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  • Graham
  • 10-21-17

Inspiring and educating.

Only increased my respect for this man. Martin Luther King of our time. Great insight into what no doubt history will realise to be a truly great man.

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  • R. Vartiainen
  • 10-02-17

excellent narration

just listening to Barack's voice is wonderful enough. hearing his story was entertaining and insightful

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  • Andrew
  • 09-30-17

Best Book I Read in 2017

If you love him or hate him. He deserves respect for the life he lived and the inspiration he has given millions.

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  • Daimyo
  • 09-06-17

Reasonably unexpected perspective

Never particularly a fan of Barack, per say, but the sincerity with which he recalls his past and the perspective captured herein speaks to the authenticity of his struggle before the earnest priming to prepare him to take on the leadership battle. It compels digestion of his next title (the audacity of hope), from which vivid comparison can be drawn. Great listen.