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The Audacity of Hope Audiobook

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Nathaniel Harris-El 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hope is good"

    I enjoyed this book very much. I can relate to the thoughts, concerns thoughts and feelings of this great man.

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    Nicole 11-05-16
    Nicole 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "what audacity"

    love that POTUS read his own story. what a prolific writer. I enjoyed the family stories entwined with political narrative. what an extraordinary man.

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    Melissa 10-04-16
    Melissa 10-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Such an amazing perception of politics!"

    He gave an amazing account of his development to Senate and intertwined his own beliefs, morals and ideas of politics beautifully!

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    pst 08-23-16
    pst 08-23-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Obama is amazing"

    Truly grateful for this man. He is beautiful in every way and has helped our country immensely. He sets an example of feminism and decency for men and his policies are brilliant and open minded. His book reflects it!!

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    L. Harris Indianapolis, IN United States 08-04-16
    L. Harris Indianapolis, IN United States 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Audacity of Hope audio - abridged"

    Very good, loved hearing Mr.President narrating. I was disappointed only because at the end did I realized I bought the abridged version.

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    jayandrewthe3rd Detroit, MI 08-04-16
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    "Obama Politics 101"

    Excellently written. This introduces the reader to the President's political thought foundation. He wrote this as a US senator and the reader can trace many of his policies and speeches to this work. My only criticism is that he never concluded the issue with the gift bags. I guess when he took Michelle's suggestion, it was supposed to put the matter at rest, but I was left wondering if he'd successfully prepared them or not.

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    "surprisingly blanced view of USA politics"

    provides considerations of both sides of the politcial spectrum....i assume it most offend the more commotted members of both the republicans and democrats.

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    "Interesting and Hopeful "

    I love books read by the author, and I also love Barack Obama, despite disagreeing with some of his policies. Hearing about his life before his presidential campaign was interesting, and hearing his reasoning on many issues has given me some new political insight.

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    Cody THOMASTON, GA, United States 06-14-16
    Cody THOMASTON, GA, United States 06-14-16
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    "Inspirational!! A must read for everyone!"

    This is an excellent read. President Obama is a genuine and caring man who has changed the world. He writes candidly and with a heartfelt honesty about his childhood, finding himself, finding Michelle, raising his beautiful daughters, all while finding his way as an up and coming young Senator. This is Obama, long before the presidency, but just as much the honorable and gracious man who would become our 44th, and perhaps one of our greatest presidents. It is difficult to read this book and not admire a man who, from such humble beginnings, would reshape the face of American politics and the presidency all while remaining impeccably human. As you read, it becomes apparent that Mr. Obama's love for this country and for the greater good of humanity is surpassed only by his love of family.

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    Angeila 06-06-16
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    "The best"

    I loved the book and enjoyed the peek he allowed me into his life. I loved the humor. He made me laugh out loud.

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