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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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My Fellow Conservatives, Give This A Listen

If you could sum up The Audacity of Hope in three words, what would they be?

Shared American Values.

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Yeah, i know, it's written by Obama so this book is taboo, right? Well, on a whim, i purchased this title and i am truly happy that i did. I don't agree with everything he says in the book but he does a good job admitting his biases in the intro which i found admirable. This book is more about finding commonality in shared American values than in agreement upon particular agendas. In that regard, i feel like i understand Obama's and the liberal point of view better now. We live in a country paralyzed politically. The way forward won't be through demonizing anyone or any party, red, blue, or green. I invite You, my fellow reds, to listen to this with a bit of patience and a willingness to hear his thoughts. I think we will all benefit from it.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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The only thing wrong with it...

... was it is abridged. I would have liked to have heard everything, after having enjoyed this abridged version so much.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Somone
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 11-29-10

Excellent

One of my favorite audiobooks- so uplifting and mature. Obama offers up a spirit of excellence, cooperation, and intelligence as he talks about his political journey, ambitions, and family. It's difficult not to like him especially when contrasted with Palin's audiobooks that are tinged with lost-election-bitterness and inappropriate combativeness. If purchasing, be ready to pay attention- if your attention wanders for a second, you can get lost.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Dallas, TX, USA
  • 03-19-07

amazing

I consider myself a moderate republican, but I wanted to read this book to find out what Obama was about. In the book he presents a refreshingly honest account of how politics works and lays out a centrist vision for the relationship between government and its citizens. Far from demonstrating youthful inexperience, he shows that he has a firm grasp of both sides of the major issues facing the nation as well as a keen understanding of American history and government. While most of the book is about a domestic agenda with little emphasis on foreign policy, I found myself agreeing with the majority of his ideas. I have no doubt that if everybody read this book, Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ronald
  • APO AE, 0, Germany
  • 11-08-06

Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker

I found the book to be very inspiring. It is good to hear the audio book read by the author. I found some of the book a little too party line but it sounds good when Barack talks about the seperation of church and state. However, his religious beliefs are a foundation of what he is.

Even though I am republican I found it very good to hear from a possible future presidential or VP candidate. Depending on stances Barack takes on certain issues; I could vote for this man.

25 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Incredible!

I wasn't sure I would enjoy this - I thought it would be a repeat of his speeches and what he's said on the news the past few years. I was wrong. I was engrossed and listened every chance I got until I had listened to it twice, and I rarely read or listen to something twice within a few years! This is one of those books made for an audio format - hearing his words, in his own voice, really helped me connect and become more engaged.

It gives me hope that our next President (assuming it's him) will understand how normal people live. After listening to this book, I began volunteering for his campaign - and I'm an EX-Republican! The more I learn about this man (and I've done my research), the more determined I am that he has to be our next POTUS.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Alisa
  • Ofallon, Macau
  • 05-20-10

Good Book!

Well written. Thought provoking. What a smart guy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carlos
  • Columbia, IL, USA
  • 02-11-08

his values

I find Mr. Obama very interesting. He seems open and understanding of the problems of this country. He expresses himself well. I have never voted for a democrate in a national election, but I would consider voting for him. He has my respect.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephan
  • West Linn, OR, USA
  • 03-18-07

The next Lincoln?

I found this book to be very exciting. Obama deals clearly and eloquently with many of the major issues affecting our sad country: health care, education, the economy, religion, values, the tragic state of black youth, the war in Iraq, etc. One thing that I admire about him is his humility and his honesty. He doesn't pretend to have all the answers and doesn't gloss over some of his own inner conflicts about the complexities of certain issues, e.g., free trade. He also seems to be a very down-to-earth person with practical rather than ideological views on the issues affecting our country. He is clearly a Democrat, but sees some of the good points made by conservatives and the the impractical thinking in some liberal ideas.

It was wonderful to hear him reading the book; while not an actor, he seems to believe in what he has written and I found the book consistently interesting, never boring.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverly
  • springfield, VA, United States
  • 03-15-07

Much Better than Expected

I really expected more of a political polemic, but I found this very thoughtful. Not a campaign book, but more of a book to rally the liberal cause. the policy sections are different from the normal bipolar positions, the discussion of the way politics works is very thoughtful (as though Obama were an observer, not a participant), and the biographical sketches are interesting. I listened to this twice.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Duncan
  • 04-10-08

Much better than its title.

I suppose I was ready for anything when I start to read a book with a title like 'The Audacity of Hope' and I am happy to say that if there was a mention of the title in the book then it was pretty indirect. You might expect a sermon with a title like that. What there is - a pretty smart guy who communicates well on topics like: the media, political opposition, religion and state, work and family-life and so on. I wasn't sure if I liked him before I listened to this book - I knew little of him at all. I think this is the most intelligent and straight-up, optimistic (I guess the title is in there somewhere) and fair-dealing book by a politician that I have read.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Natasha
  • 12-01-08

American politics made easy

This was a fantastic download - one that provided a lot of clarity around the politics and values of America's new president (before he was even campaigning for the role). For people like me who get tired of reading the opinions of the press, it was refreshing to hear from Obama himself, what he thinks he stands for and he provides interesting examples to back up his politics and opinions. This very personal and frank account of his beliefs has certainly given me confidence in his ability to bring real changes to America and the rest of the world. He comes across as a down-to-earth and likeable man who genuinely knows what he is talking about and what he has to do to make his country a better place. All I can say is, after listening to the Audacity of Hope, I wished Obama could run our country too!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • bubbles1
  • 11-27-08

Great Man, Great Read

What an intelligent man. Even though I am not from USA I still think having listened to this that the right man in in charge.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Garethman
  • 01-17-09

Cracking good stuff

This was a revelation. It illustrated elegantly the infighting and internecine wars between the reds and blues in American politics over the last 30 years. It was riveting to listen to, I regreted the end of a boring drive for once. I hope his presidency is as good as his writing!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • jonathan jordan-july
  • 01-13-09

Politician's are scary....

It is unfortunate that our world is in the state that it's in because I genuinely fear for this lovely man as he braves the world stage.

I (like most people) knew little about him before buying this book and now after listening to it along with a few speeches I found on I-tunes; I'm a genuine fan. Politics is a dirty business and here is a decent, educated, likeable guy that will do his best to change that crappy deal that too many people worldwide are in. Like it or not; the USA lead the "free" world and what he says and does will affect almost everyone in one way or another.

After listening I have genuine hope that he can do as he'd like to do and is not singled out for martyrdom by the evil that lurks generally in our world and in America in particular.

I thrilled at his stories of the students he teaches and the voters he has learned from. I am warmly comforted by the fact that his rise has been rapid enough that he has not (yet) been tainted. This book is lovely and I look forward to hearing more about and from him.

Martin Luther King, Huey Newton, Johnnie Cochran, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and many others would not believe what he has already done so swiftly. I sincerely hope that he continues to accomplish the "impossible."

God knows we could all use a few more miracles.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Happy Harry
  • 09-22-17

Brilliant

Everyone needs to read this book; mostly though, Donald Trump and his entire ignorant entourage.

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  • Fletcher Bango (PMP)
  • 05-17-17

A great narrative!

This in an awesome narrative and a great story. I enjoyed the openness and humanity of the President.

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  • Stefan
  • 03-09-17

Superb

Fantastic book. A must read for any fan of Obama's, and also for those wanting a reminder of how American politics, while always contentious, was not always insane.

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  • Christoph Fischer
  • 01-15-17

Inspiring

As his presidency draws to a close it's heartbreaking to hear this great and classy man speak about hope and ideals
Informative and insightful and inspiring

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  • Bramwell
  • 01-13-17

More about policy and vision than about his life

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This was primarily about his vision and policies. Not as much about his personal experience as with his first book, Dreams of my Father. I was hoping to know more about the personal experience of Obama once he became a senator. Then again, this was written right before he ran for president, so his position on various issues was I suppose paramount to express. Perhaps because the audio book was abridged, I missed knowing that the more personal stories of the next section of Obama's life were indeed in the print version of this book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More personal stories, as noted above.

What does Barack Obama bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As he is a master orator, he is also a fine reader. Though again, I feel the reading of his first book was better.

Was The Audacity of Hope worth the listening time?

Yes, for the most part.

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  • Oti Mesz
  • 12-13-17

Awesome. A good read for a capitalist conservative

A very clear and inspiring look at solving problems from another perspective. There's quite a few ironies in it seeing he wrote it before he was president and before the right wing Trump movement that followed him.

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  • J. Stevenson
  • 08-21-17

Interesting

It is mostly about his policies and the why behind them. I nearly gave up towards the beginning but persevered, and I am glad that I did. I learned to see lots of things from both sides, a valuable lesson.

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  • Kai1
  • 03-08-17

More important now than it's ever been..

What made the experience of listening to The Audacity of Hope the most enjoyable?

Six hours of Barack Obama's voice! Hello! Honestly that man could read a microwave manual have me weeping with emotion by the end.

Any additional comments?

This made me respect the 44th president of the United States even more than it did before. He touches on subjects that are as relevant as they've ever been like;- Democrats and Republican politicians choosing polarizing opinions on social issues to get cut through rather than giving coherent intelligent dialogue about bigger issues and action plans- Talks about the importance of the press in keeping politicians honest- About religion and politics, and inclusion - And most touchingly, he talks about how he got to where he is, the strength he finds in his wife and the love he has for his family.They'll never make another one like him. If you haven't listened or read this yet, this book doesn't disappoint.

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  • Emmanuel
  • 02-09-17

An insightful look into a unique world

What I crave more, after having read this book is for the next one which will follow his 8 years as president. Should he choose to write one, I shall attain a copy.

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  • Sally
  • 01-30-17

A most enjoyable book

It is worthwhile understanding Obama's journey to the White House. Impressive man. Interesting, engaging, educational.

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  • Mr. SN Attwood
  • 01-17-17

Audacity Of Hope

Have read this book before but ro hear Obamas words read by the man himself put a honest thoughtful spin on his telling

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  • Jason Pettett
  • 07-23-16

Very enjoyable

Great insight into what Baracks life. Also, he has an excellent voice as most people know.