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Becoming

Written by: Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4,538 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Okay

I always find hearing about people’s lives and backgrounds interesting. And this is was. But- that’s all it was. I was kind of hoping for a deeper message, theme etc. Some commentary on... well anything. But it’s just an “and then this happened” type of biography, listing things she did and said.

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About BECOMING

This beautiful story is told so personally by this magnificent, “ordinary” woman.
I learned so much listening to it; about Chicago, where I, too grew up...more than twenty years earlier than Michelle. I learned about the evolving city; a thousand things I never knew or understood.
I have a new appreciation for the stories we all carry and how imperative it is to tell them. Michelle describes the many ways of becoming; that we’re never finished or finite— changes weave
backward and forward in our stories to give us more choices—better choices. Spending all these hours absorbing all she offers has been the greatest privilege. I miss hearing her talking to me already. Perhaps one of the most important gifts to me in hearing this is a new respect for—a new understanding of optimism. It’s not something we stand around waiting to feel — it’s something we grow and give.
Thank you Michelle. ❤️🤸🏿‍♀️

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Brilliant First Lady, Brilliant Book

If you want to read this book to learn more about Barak Obama, don't. You will get some insights into the man's character and his story from the perspective of a loving wife, but that's anout it. This not what the book is about.

Mrs. Obama describes her journey and her family's journey eloquently and honestly. She shares enough to show you a glimpse into her life, but not so much as to endanger her family's privacy.

Throughout the book, I felt that I am listening to a brilliant mind, to a Harvard educated lawyer, to a loving wife and to "The Mother in Chief". Always compassionate, grounded, reasonable and caring.

My only gripe is that I wish the narration would have been done by a professional narrator. Mrs. Obama does great, but it could get a bit monotonous at times.

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Became

I have to admit I found the beginning of this book "unrelateable". The further I listened the more absorbed I became in the story and reflecting on the beginning of the book, I just thought I couldn't relate and I didn't give her a chance....I did relate to things like going to a certain school to appease others, taking jobs to make others proud of me etc.... Thank you so much for a sneak peak into the life of Michelle Obama...one of the most statuesque women in history.

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Amazing read

I could not stop listening! Michelle’s voice, amazing story of resilience, drive and confidence are truly admirable. This is one of my favourite all-time reads (made WAY better by listening to her tell her own story).

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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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amazing woman!!

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

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inspiring

This is the first book I finished on audible. It is so touching and inspiring that I look forward every time I have bits and pieces of time to listen to it. Michelle Obama told her story so authentically and passionately that I did not want it to end, also did not want to put it away. And I am not even American. Recommended to all.

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I tried so hard to love this book...but couldn't..

I was so excited about this book, but after listening for about 2 hours I gave up---the utopian childhood, coupled with seemingly an endless amount of perfection (school, home, life) I stopped. I am partial to finding a kin to people's greatness and flaws---the flaws make it real and demonstrate the life we all truly live. I think Michelle Obama is amazing--I think this book made me feel less than perfect in comparison and therefore made me stop listening. It may actually be her real life was that perfect and that is amazing, it just didn't hold my attention or make me hope with her and care about her....

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Wonderful for so many reasons

Much needed voice in our world today, thank you Michelle! I highly recommend this read and added bonus that it is read by the brilliant author.

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  • Jeffrey L. McCain
  • 2019-07-13

I love Michelle but....

this is a long long book. I love Michelle and I think she's led and is leading a great life and it was nice to hear about, but I couldn't finish the book.

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  • B. Lynne
  • 2019-04-05

Great person, average book

I have nothing but love, admiration and respect for both Michelle and Barack Obama. However, I have to admit, this book was a bit boring. It's just a bit pedestrian, the stories of Michelle's life and ventures in and out of the white house.

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  • Celeste Resvaloso
  • 2019-07-05

I love Michelle Obama

but this Audio book was soooooooooo boring i had to force myself to finish it ....I don't know why either any other time I see her on TV-Talkshows-late Night shows she seem Freaking interesting and awesome in everyway ....her story was good it kinda got lost in her
Ma-no-toness ...*I still have nothing but respect for her ***Carry on Mrs. Obama your the Bomb. com

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  • April
  • 2019-04-09

It's exactly what I thought it would be

The best part was the first half where she actually discussed herself and her upbringing. Then it basically turned into a replay of the Obama presidency, understandably so, I mean that consumed her life for 8+ years. It's basically exactly what I thought it would be, her regurgitating the same lines that President Obama, and the MSM force fed us for years.

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  • Vanessa Portillo
  • 2019-06-27

Boring

I was excited about listening to this book but she started loosing me very young in her childhood when she starts going into detail about her aunt, the small house and the piano. My mind kept wondering off and eventually I lost interest. She reads very slowly and I just had to return the book.

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  • bilihor
  • 2019-03-28

Was great until couple of last chapters

I liked it a lot, up until Michelle started to just telling what they accomplished. Could have posted spreadsheet with them for people to read. The end of the book was rushed to finish. I did not finish listening

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  • Mitzi
  • 2019-06-01

It Sounds like a diary

I have always loved what they Portrayed and stood for, but... really did not expect. Michelle’s poor misunderstood me version

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  • Michael
  • 2019-03-28

Review of the book, not the person

I think most of the glowing 5-star reviews are biased because of how much we all like Michelle Obama. If you bought this book, of course you like her and her husband. So the rating is an extension of that.

But let's be honest here. The performance is terrible. It's not even professorial. It's bland. I sped it up to 1.25x, and later when I let friends listen, they asked, "Where is her normal energy?" She sounds sad, bored or something. I don't blame her. I think she got bad direction or advice.

Then there's the wide-eyed, Oh My Gosh, tone of this book that just got so old. I lost track of how many times I said out loud to myself, "Oh, c'mon!" This book was clearly written by a committee of spokespeople with carefully selected anecdotes to make the author seem as close as possible to Jesus or Mother Theresa.

I love the Obamas. I miss them terribly. They brought class and dignity to the White House, and there were moments in this book that shed real insight into that journey. But for the most part, this is such a drab collection of bromides. I was so glad when it was over. If you ignore this review and listen anyway -- because, hey, it's history! it's Michelle! -- be prepared to use the skip-30-second button liberally.

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  • Niki Gee
  • 2019-01-16

Nothing new

After waiting so diligently for this book, I didn't really learn anything new. Just a rehashing of 8 years of headlines.

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  • Donna Cook
  • 2019-07-13

Couldn't finish listening to it

I couldn't finish it. After about 3/4 through it, I just gave up. It was not inspiring. I like Michelle Obama but this book could have been so much better. I get it: she's a mother; she's had some great opportunities in her life such as her elite schooling, her colleges, her work life; she wanted children so the story included a lot about them. She glossed over the white house years when I wanted more. Also, I didn't understand the title's relationship to her story.

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  • Cheerioh
  • 2019-05-04

Génial, passionnant, tellement éclairant

Je me souviens de mon plaisir à savoir qu'un homme noir avait enfin atteint les hauts sphères du pouvoir, je me souviens d'avoir apprécié le caractère exceptionnel de son épouse. C'était un vrai bonheur de la découvrir dans cette autobiographie, lue par elle qui plus est.

Le couple Obama est exceptionnel, nul doute après la lecture de ce livre audio. Je n'ose imaginer leur déception à l'arrivée putride de l'autre, l'erreur de parcours. Elle l'évoque à la fin, ça donne la nausée.

Le livre raconte son parcours à elle évidemment, petite fille de milieu très modeste, avec un père handicapé très courageux, sa rencontre avec Obama, leur vie de couple, l'éducation de leurs enfants.

J'adore son franc parler, même quand elle évoque les sacrifices consentis pour la carrière de son mari, les doutes, les frustrations. Elle évoque son engagement en tant que première dame.

Sa lecture est touchante, dynamique.

Non mais quelle bonne femme ! Un vrai modèle !

J'adore, je recommande. En plus on découvre les petits secrets d'arrière cuisine de la maison blanche, c'est très divertissant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-22

Amazing !!

I feel so empowered after this book. It made me reflect on many aspects of life and was both fun and educational. Thanks for sharing your story, Michelle!!

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  • NHobson
  • 2019-07-13

Becoming

Fascinating, powerful, moving, enlightening and enlightened. Michelle Obama is at once witty, generous, intelligent, intellectual, humble, tough and vulnerable. This book is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. What a remarkable story and so well described and told. She is informative and a raconteur, easily the equal of her famously loquacious and oratorical husband. She shares her life with unconditional love charm and warmth, and, what an extraordinary life.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-07-11

Don't judge on the beginning

inspiring book which offers a different perspective. I stopped after the first chapters, but then picked up the listening again and DO NOT REGRET at all

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  • Kat
  • 2019-06-06

A must read (listen, hear, think about)!!!

Loved every second!! what an amazing story and insite to Michelle Obama's life in and out of the White House!
Every Vote matters!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-04

Prenant

Écouté en VO avec la voix de Michelle Obama, quel charisme! On se laisse emporter par le récit.

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  • Pimpao
  • 2019-05-31

bof

raconte une vie d'abord en solo, puis à deux avec Obama.... sans aucun intérêt sauf pour des gens qui veulent savoir les petits détails

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-16

I couldn't put it down.

I couldn't put it down. It's so touching,so moving and inspiring. Her words resonated with me.I enjoyed every chapter. A big bonus is that Michelle herself read to me.

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  • Natalia
  • 2019-05-04

Inspiring

I enjoyed this book read by Michelle herself. I was amazed by her story and by the humbleness with which she tells it. While the childhood part seemed a bit boring at the beginning, I understand the reasons for the author to tell it. It is all about Becoming.
Thank you, Michelle, for inspiring others to be who they are and to never let go of a hope for change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-25

Welll done Mrs Obama!

I never thought I would like this book so much. It is well written and well read but above all it is deeply “human”. You will not regret reading or listening to it.