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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barack Obama Narrator: Barack Obama Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739321010
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Includes the senator's speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention!

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Provocative . . . Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither. New York Times Book Review
  • Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Obama guides us straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class, and race. Washington Post Book World
  • Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . this book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride’s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams’s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America’s racial categories. Scott Turow
  • Obama’s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring. Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/20/2014

    " Unabridged audiobook, read by the author, was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 2/19/2014

    " He writes as beautifully as he speaks...and this was written long before he was a candidate, while in law school. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heavenlyharpstringsgmail.com | 2/9/2014

    " Sorry.... Didn't care abt finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/5/2014

    " It was really interesting to read this book written by the president more than 10 years before he was elected. He had an unusual childhood and a lot to come to terms with as a young man. Good stories of family, and an enlightening view of Obama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 1/29/2014

    " Amazing story about a man I truly admire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana Rusness-petersen | 1/18/2014

    " Really awesome book...the whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking, "if only we could have a President who's had these experiences!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancyjd | 1/16/2014

    " I read this a long time ago and loved it, but last year, I happened to listen to the audio book, which was even better. Obama won a Grammy for his recording and he did do a superb job reading his own memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Gaudet | 1/15/2014

    " This is a great book written by a great man. I would recommend anyone to read it to have a clearer insight into the man who became president. I fervently hope he wins the upcoming election! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/9/2014

    " Wow! Lots of insight on Obama's heritage...very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolineschreiber | 1/1/2014

    " He is a great writer, I was riveted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priyanka | 12/19/2013

    " Amazing narrative that spans continents and gives an introspective answer to questions of identity that plague us all at some point in our lives. Must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 12/9/2013

    " Ja, best interessant levensverhaal. But let's face it, moest het niet over Obama gaan, zou ik het niet uitgelezen hebben. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil Munday | 12/8/2013

    " this man cannot be the president??????? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/4/2013

    " You can't know the President without reading this book. In his words, he describes his personal thoughts and challenges as he became of age. How often have we had the opportunity to know our leaders in such a thoughtful and intimate way? A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 3/3/2013

    " I was partial to this book from the beginning, but it is an excellent story of the American Dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/1/2012

    " Very well-written and not overly sentimental, despite the subject matter. Liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 11/2/2012

    " Honest, easy to read. Pleasant surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/3/2012

    " Very interesting background for our 2nd term president. He is in an amazingly strong position to be aware and more understanding of different walks of life. I'm keen on reading his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/9/2012

    " I really enjoyed this memoir. Obama is a great writer, and he had an interesting upbringing. I already had so much respect for him, but I gained more reading this book. I would highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/24/2012

    " One of the most inspirational books I have ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan Sands | 3/23/2012

    " I have enjoyed reading the President's biography and I've gained a greater understanding on how he formulates his policy and his politics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy L. | 3/18/2012

    " Touching and memorable book........... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/21/2011

    " A memoir laden with beautiful prose and a memorable tale of reconciliation with oneself and one's past. I read this just before Obama became president. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/20/2011

    " This was a really good biography. I thought it might end up being a snooze fest, but it really kept me hooked all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/20/2011

    " I read this book in 2004 and told my dad this man would be our first black president. No one believed me! Wonderful story into the mind of our president. It's nice to read these books that were written before they became celebrities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simranjit Randhawa | 6/19/2011

    " The quest for self discovery is life long and agonizingly painstaking, and more so if one is different from others. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 6/15/2011

    " are my politics showing? I read this book for a class and I was excited to read it because I thought it would give me insight into our President. I liked the beginning but I got bogged down in the middle section and had a hard time finishing the section on Kenya. I found the book to be wordy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/11/2011

    " This was a somewhat entertaining read, but I wanted more from him. The only message that I got was that black men are generally screwed up. What a strange message! Is this Obama's heritage? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 6/9/2011

    " The book was a very good autobiography and seemed to be very open and honest. It just wasn't as good as many of the fiction books I enjoy so I only rated it a 3. If you want to learn more about Barack Obama, I would highly suggest reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 6/8/2011

    " Really good insight into how Pres. Obama's personality societal viewed were formed. His story is an example of what hard work and a search for destiny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/8/2011

    " A very informative and interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 6/6/2011

    " It was OK...nothing special. IT was nice to read about how our current president grew up, what his family was like, etc. But I found it to be a slow read.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 6/5/2011

    " Started off so well and then my ADD kicked after the 1st third of the book. Last third seemed to pick up again. I will say if Obama wrote another book, I'd read it. He definitely has a way with words. "

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About the Author
Author Barack ObamaBarack Obama is the junior U.S. senator from Illinois. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters