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The Audacity of Hope (excerpt) Audiobook

The Audacity of Hope (excerpt)

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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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    Deborah Highland, NY, USA 06-06-09
    Deborah Highland, NY, USA 06-06-09
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    "I am glad I voted for Obama"

    After listening to Obama narrate his book I now understand how he has reached the place where he is...what a pleasure it was to hear him speak about so many different subjects with his unique, holistic approach. I can relate to his mother's philosophy of life and have a deeper appreciation of his sincere intention for being a global citizen. His Mother and Grandmother, I am sure, are proudly watching him from afar. Here Here to them, and to him for his courage to follow his heart and honor the women in his life. Keep it up President Barack Obama, and make all of the Mothers of the World proud of you. Thank you, Deborah in Woodstock, NY

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-21-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-21-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "Free Sample of a Great Book"

    I'll always remember this as the first political book I ever read and was actually inspired by. I read it in 2008 in paperback, while deciding who to vote for for President, and it was so good and so memorable that I started giving copies away to friends. Though it's more than a little bit heartbreaking to read/listen now because of the partisan (and, many of us would say, racist) obstructionism that prevented most of the author's hopes for American progress from being realized, I was still delighted to find it in Audible format and will likely use a credit now on the full version. We never before had so intelligent, articulate, dignified and classy a President in my conscious lifetime, and heaven knows we likely won't see his equal again for many, many years, if ever. Thank you so much for your service; you will be sorely missed, sir. And thanks to Audible, for making this free sample available!

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    lynda NASHVILLE, TN, United States 02-16-11
    lynda NASHVILLE, TN, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "go barack"

    i enjoyed listening to the excerpt and will probably listen to the book in its entirity--i hope he shows everyone that he is up to the job

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    Shubber 03-16-17
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    "I love whatever Obama does.."

    I love whatever Obama does...and this book is just like his speeches...great and inspiring
    his story is inspiring also...wish I have time to watch and see whatever​ he writes

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    craig thomas 01-30-17
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    Quick but good. I would recommend this to anyone. Everyone starts from the bottom.

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    Freddie 01-14-17
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    "4 Rio Tho!"

    Standard shared by all never spoken since the 64 era felt necessary for the individual to be equally fulfilled without remorse and conviction that it is immoral or wrong to desire for one's self esteem and family values!

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    Krystal 01-03-17
    Krystal 01-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thank you"

    I really enjoyed the excerpt. I plan to get the whole book. I hope it is just as interesting as the excerpt.

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    Robert 06-17-16
    Robert 06-17-16
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    "Can't wait to listen to the rest!"

    Amazing! This was inspiring and sounded great. I will listen to the rest soon. A great introduction to the book.

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    Peter 02-21-15
    Peter 02-21-15
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    "Hmmmm"

    Mr. Obama does a great job of explaining behind-the-scenes things that happen.No instructions for writing this review are extremely frustrated.

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    Ginny Seattle, WA, USA 08-16-09
    Ginny Seattle, WA, USA 08-16-09
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    "'The Audacity of Hope'"

    you only sent me 4 minutes. since when is that a book??

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful

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