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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America - the first African American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.

©2018 Michelle Obama (P)2018 Random House Audio

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amazing woman!!

everyone young woman should read this book, it is powerful and could change your future.

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A wonderful journey

An amazing life. It was a wonderful 19 hour walk along with one of the most amazing woman of our times. Her story resonates with all of those from humble beginnings that the world is what you make of it and not to let someone else’s expectations become yours. Thank you Michelle for all that you and your family have done for women and children globally.

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Ordinary into Extraordinary

2 ordinary lives doing extraordinary things. Life is not always easy and defiantly not fair. You showed us what it means to rise above the criticizing and hurtful remarks of spiteful people. We thoroughly enjoyed listening as we traveled.

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Well Done Michelle Obama!

Becoming is an incredible, heartfelt journey into Michelle Obama's life. Filled with moments of laughter, moments of sorrow, moments of success and failure. I could not stop listening from the moment I pressed play.

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Real and profoundly honest.

I have always wondered how it must be to live and breath being the first family, living in the White house, under such an intense magnifying glass. Now I know, I felt every emotion along with the First Lady. She is a great story teller, her voice was soothing, honest and her strength came through with every described situation. Her hopes, journey and optimism were relatable and resonates in many of us. The Obama legacy will live on, in their decency, high morals and integrety. Well done, and when the current situation goes low, they went high! From your northern neighbour in Canada, thank you for sharing your journey.

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Intimate and inspiring

Michelle Obama invites us through an honest, candid tour of her life, proving that she is a remarkable person, yet very human. I will look for more to come from this woman as she still has so much to share. Thank you for sharing your story so far.

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  • jm
  • 2018-12-16

Classy & enlightening

It really makes you miss the days when the Obamas were in the White House. It gives a glimpse of all they endured to make the US a better place. Classy, truthful & enlightening.

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love it!

this book is real, raw and inspiring. I appreciate the vulnerability and the openness that Michelle Obama has in her writing. I'm convinced that this book is even better being read by its author.

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michell hits it out of the park

i loved her before i heard this but now i am spell bound. it is written so well done!

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wish I could afford her live tickets ...

I love what audiobooks bring to my life, and to have hear this in her voice was all the more touching. she's a wonderful reader. it felt honest and intimate.

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  • J. James-Long
  • 2018-11-15

Thank you, Michelle. That was some speech!

I've been a member of Audible since 2002. I have 670 titles in my library and have listened to all but a handful. They cover almost every genre and I have to say that, while every biography has a unique angle with worthwhile message, Michelle Obama's story is exceptional.

How often are the words in an audiobook actually written by the subject, and not just written in first person by a ghostwriter? How often does an author read more than the first chapter, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his book? A few. And mostly by actors or comedians who are used to the work.

I loved this book, not only for what Michelle had to say, but because SHE recorded her words in her own voice. This has an effect like no other. The only other book I can think of that stepped out of the audiobook formula was Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story, with its interjection of the actual recordings of events in her life. In Michelle's book you feel like she is sitting next to you, being her true self and telling you her sincerest thoughts over a cup of tea. It is like being in a room with doilies on the coffee table and her aunt playing piano downstairs.

On finishing "Becoming" I have to remind myself that she doesn't know me. If I see her on the street I can't just say "Hi Michelle!" But in this review I can at least say "thank you." Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your story so far. You still have so much good to offer the world, and this story is a great beginning. You are reaching a network of people through this book who are poised on the balls of their toes, ready for something. You are still young (yes!) and positioned to harness all the love and goodness to create something good. You show through example that the world can become a better place through one hand holding another, one mind inspiring empowerment in another. Now go build your own personal life work! Follow up on the plans you made to build your own career. Here is a hug for you!

Now I have to go find you on Twitter or wherever you are.

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  • deb
  • 2018-12-09

First Class

Michelle Obama is the classiest woman! Her story is so inspiring and real. The peek behind closed doors of the life of the first family and the challenges it brings is so incredible. Her compassion and dedication to the family and the country is deep in her being! I was sad to finish the book I wanted to keep listening! I feel like I have a new friend.

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  • H. Franke
  • 2018-12-06

Are You Who You Appear To Be

I am into a few chapters and I keep feeling I am discovering a precious gem. The story telling is like fiction but this is fact. Michelle's voice works so well in her reading. I feel comforted by her steady telling. It's an historical book. This is not dry and un-telling. It is rich. You will be a better person for reading this. Whether that's your intention or not.

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  • kamesha
  • 2018-12-10

Always my FLOTUS

Beautifully written. I thank Mrs. Obama for sharing her journey the good and the bad. I also thank the Obama's for the sacrifice they made as the first family inspiring hope that change would come and we all can have a life beyond our wildest dreams.

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  • Mom40
  • 2018-12-10

The best book I have read this year! A must read!

just right! inspiring and engaging ar every stage. i highly suggest to pick it up.

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  • lkm
  • 2018-11-13

Can't stop listening!

I could not wait for this to drop into my account - probably more than any other that I have had. I have had many books here, that the author has read, and it really does not turn out well...I was a little worried. I know Mrs. Obama is amazing, very sophisticated (as well as down to earth) but still - narrating is a real skill, as it is really like acting, but she nailed it.

As I started Becoming, I was absolutely drawn in. I was blown away by her writing and her narrative style. I had so much to do, yet could not stop listening! She has the kind of style that reaches down into your soul, like you are friends. I knew some about her early life, but it was nice to hear more. Mrs. Obama's descriptive style is really amazing; when she was talking about her life after and the freedom, I felt like I was there with there.

I absolutely loved this one - this is a don't miss!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-10

A Must Read!!

I loved this book! it made my chuckle and shed a tear. Most of all, it gave me the opportunity to learn alot about Mrs. Michelle Obama.

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  • Ginger
  • 2018-12-10

I am Michelle Obama!

As a military spouse of 27 years to an ambitious, loving and dedicated husband and a mother of two daughters, Michelle Obama and her book has inspired me to finish writing my own memoir. Not for fame or fortune but for someone else who may be encouraged by my story. Michelle has taught me that I have a story/voice and someone needs to hear it. I am even more encouraged and uplifted after hearing Michelle’s life and her story. From day one I felt as if I’ve known her, a connection that many women of all races felt and feel. Even before knowing her full story or background, everything about Michelle Obama resonated with me. Over the years, journaling has been my source of outlet and a means of staying sane and a reminder to myself that everything will work together for our good...there has to be a bigger reason behind the madness. After finishing the book, Michelle has given me the courage and inspiration to let my voice be heard and tell my own story. I am so proud of my life with my husband and family; as we have overcome so many obstacles. By God’s grace we have been able to touch so many lives in a positive way while serving in the chaplaincy ministry in the Navy. Neither my husband or I can believe the life that we now live. I am writing this review minutes after finishing listening to it in Michelle’s voice. Later I will read my hard copy and take notes in the margins and highlight the parts that really inspired me; which may be the whole book. I am totally grateful for all that the Obamas have accomplished for our country and the world! Thank you First Lady for all the sacrifices that you and your family endured and for being open and letting us see and feel your heart! I will always be a Michelle Obama forever fan! 💗

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-09

I am becoming...

This book made me fall more in love with my forever First Lady. Candid and beautiful!

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  • Stephanie Mack
  • 2018-12-09

LOVED IT!!!

Her telling the story is the BEST way to absorb this book! I LOVED IT!!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful