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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52,771 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:
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The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politics, a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. Lucid in his vision of America’s place in the world, refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate, Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going 

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  • [Barack Obama] is that rare politician who can actually write- and write movingly and genuinely about himself...In these pages he often speaks to the reader as if he were an old friend from back in the day, salting policy recommendations with colorful asides about the absurdities of political life...[He] strives in these pages to ground his policy thinking in simple common sense...while articulating these venomous pre-election days, but also in these increasingly polarized and polarizing times. Michiko Katutani, New York Times
  • [Few] on the partisan landscape can discuss the word 'hope' in a political context and be regarded as the least bit sincere. Obama is such a man, and he proves it by employing a fresh and buoyant vocabulary to scrub away some of the toxins from contemporary political debate. Those polling categories that presume to define the vast chasm between us do not, Obama reminds us, add up to the sum of our concerns or hint at where our hearts otherwise intersect...Obama advances ordinary words like 'empathy', 'humility', 'grace' and 'balance' into the extraordinary context of 2006's hyper-agitated partisan politics. The effect is not only refreshing but also hopeful...As you might anticipate from a former civil lawyer and a university lecturer on constitutional law, Obama writes convincingly about race as well as the lofty place the Constitution holds in American life...He writes tenderly about family and knowingly about faith. Readers, no matter what their party affiliation, may experience the oddly uplifting sensation of comparing the everyday contemptuous view of politics that circulates so widely in our civic conversations with the practical idealism set down by this slender, smiling, 45-year-old former sate legislator who is included on virtually every credible list of future presidential contenders. Los Angeles Times
  • "What's impressive about Obama is an intelligence that his new books diplays in aubundance. Washington Post Book World
  • An upbeat view of the country's potential and a political biography that concentrates on the senator's core values. Chicago Tribune
  • “The self-portrait is appealing. It presents a man of relative youth yet maturity, a wise observer of the human condition, a figure who possesses perseverance and writing skills that have flashes of grandeur. Obama also demonstrates a wry sense of humor…His particular upbringing gives him special insights into the transition of American politics in the 1960s and ’70s from debates over economic principles to a focus on culture and morality, and into the divisiveness, polarization and incivility that accompanied this transition. Gary Hart, The New York Times Book Review
  • America’s founders set a high standard for political writing, and most contemporary efforts fall woefully short. How nice, then, to have a politician who can write as well as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. … The Audacity of Hope … is fascinating in its revelation of Obama as someone who considers and questions, rather than asserts and declares. In nine focused chapters, Obama shows himself an agile thinker. This is an idea book, not a public-policy primer. Elizabeth Taylor, Philadelphia Daily News
  • Not only is Obama a good writer, his mind is top-shelf, his heart tender. Les Payne, Newsday
  • A thoughtful, careful analysis of what needs to be done to preserve our freedoms in a time of terror. Newton N. Minow, Chicago Tribune
  • He is one of the best writers to enter modern politics. Jonathan Alter, Newsweek.com
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " Disclaimer: I am a conservative and this book did not change my mind. President Obama is the king of distracting run-on sentences. Audacity of Hope contains more ramblings and political history according to Obama, with some personal history thrown in the mix, than I was expecting. The book contains very little explanation of Obama's solutions to our nation's problems or how he would vote/run the country (obviously written before he became President). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben LaMothe | 2/7/2014

    " I read when Obama was running for President. I wanted to learn more about him and this did the job. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donell Thompson | 2/3/2014

    " If you are interested in our presidents mind and the way it works, this is the book for you. It really leaves an impression and an understanding of what makes him tick. You may need a dictionary near by in case you don't understand what some of his words mean, but other than that it's a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Luthye | 2/2/2014

    " I'm not a Democrat but it was an interesting read. Sometimes it felt more like a campaign speech than a political biography. "

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