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In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy". He also speaks, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.

At the heart of this audiobook is Senator Obama's vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, and even the president is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written a book of transforming power.

©2006 Barack Obama; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Remarkable book

A blend of policy, politics, and personal story that I totally enjoyed. Funny and moving. Refreshed my hope that a leader might actually try to reason with us as an electorate, help us work things out rather than just keep either winning or losing.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Louis
  • San Marcos, CA, USA
  • 02-16-08

Yes we can!

An amazing book that had me laughing out loud at certain points, especially since I can relate to his family situation have 2 kids of my own. Here is a man with a plan to evolve America into a the great power and moral beacon it once used to be. I look forward to the Obama presidency and this book gives you the foundation and knowledge for what's in store!

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  • V.D.
  • BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States
  • 05-12-10

educational, inspiring; great narration

From the descriptions of empty senate sessions, to policy and politics, to the burdens of a career mom (Michelle), this book is sincere, interesting, enlightening, and always respectful and fair.
A great insight into the brilliant mind of 44 before he even thought that 44 was a possibility.
Great narration, as well.

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  • Clyde
  • Saint Petersburg, FL, USA
  • 01-30-10

Very Insightful

This book is an excellent reference for understanding the inner workings of politics and also President Obama's character and his political vision.

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  • Donald
  • Martinsburg, WV, USA
  • 06-14-09

An Excellant Read

This is packed full of information about what makes this man tick. I will refer to it often.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric V
  • White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
  • 03-05-09

Engaging and Thoughtful

Not unlike his first book the author uses wit and humor woven skillfully with autobiography to engage the reader in challenges to think and to present his view of the world. A true success in a world where everything is often reduced to mass media 30 second sound bites. I can hardly wait for the next book but suppose he is a bit busy with other things right now.

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  • Kayley
  • Jamestown, ND, USA
  • 12-11-08

yes we can!

admittedly, i'm a bit biased here, but none the less, i feel confident in recommending this book to nearly anyone. president obama has a voice that is all at once soothing and energizing, calming and rousing. his ideas and anecdotes are presented in a interesting mix of seriousness and humor. there's humorous scarcasm used in presenting some of the stranger happenings in the political process and the people involved in it. there's hope, sadness and laughter all put together to not only let you know more about the man himself, but also about his plans, for himself, the nation he loves and the world at large. never stuffy, i found that this audiobook is suitable for nearly any audience, whether well aquainted with the man already or not. thoroughly enjoyable, even for those listeners without much political interest in the author. i found myself at the end wanting hours more of this man, his voice and his story.

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I found the book to be a window into this man. Regardless of my politics or partialalities, it is an important read given the upcoming election.

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  • Heather
  • far rockaway, NY, USA
  • 06-12-07

Better then any Stump Speach

This book is a well written, well crafted message for a presidential candidate. Obama utilized the space on these pages and the time granted by the audience to lay out the framework for his political platform. He does so in an unassuming yet fervent manner that is only intensified by the fact that he reads the work himself. Though there is no question that this book was meant to launch his presidential bid, it comes across as honest and more genuine than any stump speech. For those who are interested in learning more about Obama as a potential candidate, this is an excellent choice... For those who may lean to the right politically, but know that a strong leader with moral principles to guide the nation is more important then party affiliation, this is an excellent choice. And finally, even those who have no interest in the other party's candidates will find Obama's message and direction as outlined in this book, speak beyond party, beyond alliances, beyond politics, and to the heart of every American.

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Who Knew How Great This Book Would Be?

this book should be required reading for elementary students and reinforce in in Middle School. Such a fabulous history!!! And to be a part of it; how magnificent!! Thank You, Barack Obama!!

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  • 11-30-16

BARAK OBAMA: A Great Statesman

This book was quintessentially written and its practicality is admirable. It is an encouragement to Humanity and those who believe in it. Greatness is not only by words but also through actions, and I think Barak Obama is exceedingly, a great man.

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  • Lance Johnson
  • 11-29-16

The Audacity of False Idealism

Where does The Audacity of Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not in top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Audacity of Hope?

His losing of an election, and his belief that he can try again.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Listening to how bills are made.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I last listened to this book in 2008, when Obama was running for office the first time and was only a candidate - I don't remember much of it, which should signify u what impact it had on me. It did inspire me to get Dreams from my Father (read and listened to) and other Obama biographies.<br/><br/>All politicians feel obliged to write a book when running for office, whether its Clinton who wrote Living History (in my garage, never read it), and more recently she wrote another which I did not even bother to buy. My theory is that, it allows many of the educated elite in media etc to be introduced to these politicians many ideas and their personality. It allows those people see their vision, and gain their support. Even Obama's personal assistant wrote his own book, to kickstart his own political career: Power Forward: My Presidential Education by Reggie Love (available on Amazon) - more about the author than Obama.<br/><br/>The problem is that u get many convoluted and non-controversial ideas put forward, coupled with fake idealism, in order to appeal to the maximum audience. Secondly, they paint a false image of who they really are, and unless one keeps a magnifying glass by their side while reading this, they may absorb and accept these ideas. Obama talks about how his main lobby of support was from "nurses who change bedpans" as opposed to the Wall Street bankers who did indeed bankroll him. <br/><br/>Perhaps one should read this book to do an analyst on the Obama regime and its failings. <br/><br/>This book won a Grammy, but if a book wins an award, one should be more wary of that book. Much of these award organisations have an agenda, Its like winning a Nobel(inventor of dynamite) peace prize when no major peace was actually achieved.<br/><br/>Obama had a rock star start, and may even a rock start finish, however the way he played the political game led to one of the most disastrous results for the Democratic party, the election of Trump. If one wants to understand how Obama became a rock star, this is essential listening.<br/><br/>That being said it is read by the author himself, and makes for a enjoyable easy listening. If u r interested in Obama ideas than read it, although it is largely defunct now. <br/><br/>Books on Obama I have read/listen:<br/><br/>Dreams from my Father: Obama autobiography - note large amounts have been changed from reality to create dramatic effect, good listen. Read by the author.<br/><br/>Obama by David Mendell: Excellent listen about Obama upbringing and his rise as a Senator by a Chicago reporter<br/><br/>Barack Obama the Story: The best bio out there - u can get the Audio CDs from Amazon- the book are read by the author - clarifies many truths/falsehood to Dreams from My Father, but only goes from Obama grandfather to just before he enters Harvard. Audible needs to get this book.<br/><br/>Power Forward by Reggie Love (Amazon) - written by the PA of Obama - mostly about Love rather than Obama - there are some articles on it - read this instead of shelling out from this book<br/><br/>Renegade - still listening, will let u know in time.

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  • Tayo
  • 07-29-16

Nice and clear audio presentation by Barack Obama

This is the first audible book I have listened to and I must admit it that the production was first class. It was a nice and clear presentation.

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  • Onery
  • 04-07-16

An interesting insight.

While the book has a slight democratic bias, the author does his best to deliver both a personal insight of his time working in the senate and his opinions into how the whole system of government can be improved in a educational, if slightly dry package.

The narration was delivered solidly and with the author's usual brand of charisma.

Overall, the audiobook is recommended for pleasant listening even if you aren't a big fan of politics like myself.

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  • Monica D. Brown
  • 04-07-16

Master orator

Loved the honest expose of politics ugly underbelly. More importantly I have been personally challenged to serve in the public / political sphere. The clarity with which the author expresses his faith weaknesses and hope for the future is provocative. I will re-read again and again as the narrative is current.

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  • Jeff Anderson
  • 04-22-15

A Masterclass for The Everyday Person

Beautifully written. Offers outstanding insight into the challenges of public office and the need to balance the needs of all people, rich, poor and less able, with the individual home pressures of family - partnership and parenthood. Not easy at first, but finds a tone that quickly becomes informative and inspirational.

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  • Christopher
  • 03-15-12

A Man of Great Thought

As you'd expect, this deals with many American issues, although many of those are actually our issues now too. It was fascinating to read of the American political system through his own eyes. A great story, and read, as you'd expect, in a manner that kept your attention.
Will read again in the future.

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  • Shirley
  • 05-05-09

The Audacity of Hope

found it boring

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  • Anna
  • 12-10-08

Well prepared

This is a highly ghostwritten and plastic melange of all the wisdom of others. President Obama lifts his philosophy from many others of which i am familiar. Nice guy and well meaning but for those of us who have studied the people who have changed our world for the better, i find this a little insipid and oversimplistic. I liked him before i heard this. Now i think hes just saying what you want to hear. It would be nice if he could come up with ideas of his own.

0 of 12 people found this review helpful