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Becoming

Written by: Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
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Number one New York Times best seller

Oprah’s Book Club Pick

NAACP Image Award Winner

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 US 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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Such an amazing human being.

Lovingly written and narrated. Smart and funny. Such a fierce and focused woman. Refreshingly candid. Everything I hoped for. Not only a good role model, but love the resilience and strength in the face of adversity.

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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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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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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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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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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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Boring book with unnecessary details

Bought the book to learn about the life of Michael Obama but didn't know she would give such tiny details which are not even important such as her 3rd grade classmate full name. She goes on to tell her story with such details the entire time which gets really boring. Struggled to finish it. Not worth listening to if you want to know her inspiring story.

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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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  • fred Kidd
  • 2019-01-09

Book didn't grasp my attention

For some reason found the book boring. I am a big Obama fan so, this surprised me

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  • Elizabeth W
  • 2019-02-23

She's inspirational, but this book isn't

I'm a fan of the Obamas. However, this book has more information about entirely trivial issues than I wanted. For example: shopping for a hat for Sasha to wear, having to go to multiple stores, finally found a pink knitted hat that was too big but had to do. While there's plenty of detail that adds to her story, there are a lot of things like this that didn't. I think this is an editorial problem rather than an author problem. But by the time we got to the era of Obama's presidency, I was worn down. I couldn't finish it. Maybe it's just that the part of the book that focused on Michelle as her own person was more interesting than the part detailing how she became swallowed by her husband's career. I skipped to the end to read how she's now in a position to define her own life again. So maybe I will enjoy the sequel more.

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  • Jessica Banks
  • 2019-02-22

Meh

I was a lil underwhelmed. Not as good as I thought, VERY Barack heavy, I was like he has a book. But good I guess so that I can be in the convos about it.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-14

Impersonal

Becoming Flotus would've been a better title. The book explains political decisions and gives only a glimpse into the actual person. Must have a political agenda. I enjoyed learning a little Chicago history since I've only been a resident for 3 years.

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  • Pen Name
  • 2019-04-25

It's so long

It's ok. It's just so long. I'm interested in her life and they way that she grew and changed through the years to become who she is today, but the book just goes on and on. I'm certain that hours could have been edited out. I loved hearing about her childhood, but then it seems to stall out when she meets Obama. I can't finish it. I wish I could, but I can't. Maybe I'll come back to finish it later.

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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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  • Product Junkie
  • 2019-05-08

Love Michelle, but I was a little bored

This was certainly interesting in parts, and Michelle is brilliant. But I found the story boring and slow. I only got about halfway through.

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  • justin stevenson
  • 2019-02-11

started great then got political

I loved the first part however had to cut it short due to her getting into political views. I feel she was trying to incite racism towards the end - there is a way to tell her amazing story without that part. I did not support most of her husbands views however the story of her and her husband was pretty cool. Worth the read up to chapter 20.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Arnaud CHRETIEN
  • 2019-12-26

Merci Mme OBAMA, j'ai beaucoup aimé !

très bon livre sur la vie personnelle Michelle OBAMA - quelle femme exceptionnelle.
j'attends le prochain avec impatience !

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  • amarino23
  • 2019-12-16

Personal, intimate and powerful

I approched this book with little expectations and finished it feeling touched, moved and maybe, just maybe, with a bit of hope for the world. Here is a person that had a completely different life story than mine, was the first lady of a foreign country and lives a life I cannot even imagine. However, through her words, I managed to identify with her emotions, thoughts and even fears. This book is about personal stories, it's about politics, about the history of the United States, but above all is about strong and real women everywhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-01

Le livre de l'année selon moi

Le livre est fascinant. Plus qu'une simple biographie, c'est un roman. Michelle Obama est excellente en narratrice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-24

Quite an adventure

Strong and encouraging.
Down to earth in political world.
Michelle mother wife and true to herself

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  • VR
  • 2019-08-17

A great memoir

A great memoir by a lady, a woman with a humble upbringing that managed, through education and great role models, to achieve a great deal of things. Very good.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-08-13

Thanks

Thank you for your honesty Michelle Obama. Thank you for helping many believe, and understand.