• Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Obama reads his own story, in this abridged edition of his number one best seller. The unabridged edition, newly recorded by Barack Obama, will be available from fifth October 2021 only on Audible. 

An international best seller which has sold over a million copies in the UK, Dreams from My Father is a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking big questions about identity and belonging. 

The son of a Black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, he receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father's life and reconcile his divided inheritance.

Written at the age of 33, nearly 15 years before becoming president, Dreams from My Father is an unforgettable listen. It illuminates not only Obama's journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history and what makes us who we are.

©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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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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Brilliant Listen

The real and rawness of this book brought me to tears excellent read!!! Such a real story nothing like one could have imagined or expected.

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  • Yassin Musa
  • 10-03-18

heart touching!

president Obama is great author and narrator too it's story anyone with challenging life upbringing will relate as well as offer comfort and hope provide that one is willing to strive!

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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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  • David W.
  • 09-19-18

great book which leaves the reader utterly charged

brimming with optimism while taking a clear eyed look at family relationships. the bonus speech at the end is great too.

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  • Jacob (London)
  • 09-11-18

A rich and reflective early autobiography

A remarkable story, surprisingly subtle and undoubtedly benefiting from the fact it was written in the days before his political fame.

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  • P Uk
  • 08-05-19

Fills in some of POTUS backstory

Wanted to hear this after Michele’s book because she discusses how it came to be written. A tad fast reading style for me but a good story about POTUS family outside of USA. So sad what happened next when Barack stepped down so it was therapeutic to hear his melodic voice again.

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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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  • Kirsty
  • 09-19-18

Worth every moment

I loved the fact that this was read by Barack.
It gave me a clear insight into the man and his childhood, and how they came to shape the person that he is today.
I loved this book, I cannot recommend it enough.

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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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  • Martin
  • 09-03-18

Remarkable

A great story, and beautifully told. Truly inspiring. I hope President Obama will write more, I'm sure he has more to say.

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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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