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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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  • SMM
  • 2019-01-04

Excellent Story

Love every word in your story. U make your experience so relatable. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. I have been waiting for your truth.

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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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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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amazing story by a fabulous storyteller

couldn't do anything for 3 days while I took a deep dive into this book. Brilliant.

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Interesting & Entertaining Story

As a non-US citizen, and really not that into US politics, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book
I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Obama’s life including childhood, marriage, family and political career. It almost mad me sad that they weren’t still in the White House given the political environment that the US currently lives in.
Very entertaining and a good glimpse into what life as the First Family would be like.
I also really liked Mrs Obama’s constant message of empowering women/girls and being positive.
She is at excellent narrator. A very enjoyable choice.

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Incredible, honest account of Michelle Obama’s life!

I loved the account of where Michelle and Barack Obama came from. They were ordinary kids, growing up in tough lives as black children. I loved how Michelle told of the excitement of moving in to the White House and the things they changed for the better. I loved how Michelle stood up for her principles and affected change for children in such a positive way! I also felt bad for the outgoing President Obama and Michelle, to see what the country had elected to take over. Overall, such a wonderfully read and content of a book!!

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listen to this book!

loved this book. was sad when it ended! this is a must read for sure.

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Even more inspiring than I expect. Now one of my favourite books of all time. EVERYONE should read it however they can.

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  • Kenneth Woodward
  • 2018-12-05

Didn't know what I was getting into

I highly recommend the audio format as it is read by the author.

I spent most of their eight years in office rebelling against anything the Obama's sought to accomplish. Sadly, I let the political pundits and partisan politics have too much influence on my thinking.

I was excited that we had our first African-American president, but I couldn't fully embrace all of the policies, and therefore was unwilling to embrace this presidency.

My last several years I have invested time and effort to connect with others. The greater the perceived difference, the better the conversation. I always learn more, appreciate others in new ways, and my life is richer as a result.

For those who are fans of the Obama's, this will be an enjoyable read to encounter the experience from Michelle's perspective.

It is more important for those like me to read. I am amazed at how the political machine works to divide and demonize people. It is difficult to witness and does nothing to build up our country.

I see how I have been complicit due to my silence or unwillingness to question what is being broadcast across the various media platforms.

Politics and religion should be talked about at the dinner table, because that is where we meet the humanity of others, and it's harder to hate those up close.

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  • J. James-Long
  • Portland, OR United States
  • 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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  • Shantaviae
  • 2018-12-28

I thought I knew her, but I was sorely mistaken

I always approach the task of getting to know someone beyond their public facade with a bit of apprehension. Even though I pre-ordered Becoming without a moments hesitation, it took me sometime to get started and even to complete reading her story. In my mind, Michelle Obama has always been a porcelain figure held up by the black community as someone to admire and aspire to be like. I think that I was afraid to dig-in because I didn't want to learn whether or not my superwoman had a kryptonite. In the end, I came to the breathtaking realization that she and I had more in common than not. We share the same fears and doubts, and with our grit and the support of our loved ones we have been empowered to overcome them. I take the blame for holding her so far away from me all this time. Now I can truly embrace her as not only our FLOTUS, but as another little brown girl from the South side. Thank you Michelle for sharing your story with such grace and I'm looking forward to cheering you on from the sideline along the rest of your journey!

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  • Lori
  • 2018-12-07

A comforting voice of reason.

This is an engrossing story of perseverance and humility. It satisfied my curiosity and provided a coherence to the “optics” presented by Michelle Obama during her husband’s presidency. Her voice is a soothing, strengthening reminder of the milestones reached during the Obama administration. Her overall optimism, during this frightening political time in our government, renews the sense that we all have a great deal of work ahead of us as a nation. When the daily news gives me despair, I will return to this book again and again to simply hear her voice of courage.

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  • Amy Daniel
  • 2018-12-15

One of the Best Biographies I have "read"

I loved this book! Michelle Obama is so honest with her story. I love learning about her childhood, her college years, meeting Barack Obama, and living in the White House. I related so much to Michelle Obama's need to please others, to be the best in school, and to check boxes in her life. I related to her deciding to pick a job that everybody says is great like ' oh you're going to be a doctor' or 'you're going to be a lawyer' and then to become a lawyer and realize it is not the job for you. I also love the story of how she fell in love with a guy who who she thought would do one kind of job and then ended up a politician. So in the end, she became a politician's wife, not something she ever wanted to be. I also love her strive to improve her community and in the end to improve our country, as well.

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  • H. Franke
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  • 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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  • lkm
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  • 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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  • Sarah
  • 2018-12-18

Authentic, moving and hopeful.

Eloquently written & read. Genuine & authentic.

This book left me feeling hopeful even while facing reality that doesn't always appear so. In so many small ways, she has changed the world. It was interesting to follow her book along her life path from childhood to today. It felt like peaking into a very foreign world as she spoke of her journey through her education, marriage, and politics with her husband. So very different from my own life, yet much the same in terms of her "becoming".

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  • Jo S
  • 2018-12-16

Smart & thought provoking

Michelle Obama’s narration only adds to this interesting & thought provoking bio. Her smart yet relatable story telling made me admire her & her family even more! If only we all thought & acted for a better world!

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  • 2018-12-15

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The book was very informative from the author's point of view of her this in the white house. It was also hopeful that America will look out for all of the people here and with hard work and a good education you can succeed in America.

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