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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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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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Intelligent & heartfelt behind the scene stories

Loved it. Brilliant, funny and full hearted. Loved listening on audible...felt like was having coffee in my home with her.

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Everything I expected

Initial thought when I started this book was it seemed to be a little slow to get into the meat of the book. In hindsight, that may be an observation unique to me because I was just so anxious to get to the parts where the Obamas were gearing up to be in the White House that I was wanting the story to jump ahead. Now that I'm done the book, I can see the context of the early chapters, how they fit in to the later chapters, and why the information was relevant and important.

When I was considering downloading this book I was a little put off by reviews saying it involved a lot of political content. I found all the political content relevant and pretty much what I would have expected - given who Michelle Obama was married to and the public moments we outsiders saw them share.

Loved the book. So sad I'm done now and have to find another book!

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Becoming inspired

read beautifully by Michelle Obama, this book both inspires and informs readers about who this amazing woman is, her fierce love for her family and her quick adaptation to the not so pretty world of american politics. loved it.

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Beautifully written

Michelle reading the Audible was the best. I love how honest her words were, and her story is exactly that, her story.

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Empowering in the most authentic way

Listening to Michelle’s book makes me feel as if I was talking to a wise and caring friend, who had already went through gracefully the questions and the struggles that I myself is experiencing in my own journey. Not only once, but so many times, I feel empowered by her. What an inspiring book! I already got my young cousin who’s graduating from school and my mother who’s just retired both hooked on the book.

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Fantastic narrator. The story was well written.

Fantastic narrator. The story was well written. Easy to listen to and as absolutely no dull moments. Simply an Awesome book.

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Best ever!

Her voice telling her story = pure beauty.

I laughed, I ugly cried, I felt inspired & I feel certain that this woman is a a gift to this earth.

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wow

just wow - honest true and full of hope - what a
spectacular human being

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  • 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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  • 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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  • H. Franke
  • Utah
  • 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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  • 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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  • PATTY HARRIS-PERKINS
  • 2018-12-10

The Most Awesome Story; phenomenal narration

Michelle Obama’s story is inspiring & greatly appreciated. It was like I was actually living in the White House; a part of her story. In a way, I was. She made me feel that way. I was able to relate to her story like no other book I have ever read. As an African American female Lt Col, I had to always do it better, work harder & maintain composure when obvious biases were commonplace in many leadership circles. After serving 24 years in the USAF, it was an honor to have President Obama’s signature on my retirement certificate in 2014. I am deeply proud to have served during his presidency. May God bless you, President Obama, Malia, Sasha & all who are connected to you always.
Patty H-P😘🙏🏽

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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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  • 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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  • Sammymayfl
  • 2018-12-15

Awesome!!! Inspiring!!!

Everyone should read this book!!! Young and old women and men. Becoming was Eloquently written

9 of 13 people found this review helpful