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  • Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • Written by: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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The Audacity of Hope

Written by: Barack Obama
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In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy". He also speaks, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.

At the heart of this audiobook is Senator Obama's vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, and even the president is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written a book of transforming power.

©2006 Barack Obama (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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I could listen to Obama talk for days

I now have a better understanding of why Trump is jealous and obsessed with this; intelligent, pragmatic , kind, knowledgeable, funny, successful, respected and extraordinary man.

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Awesome Read.

Loved it. I always great to hear from their own words and thoughts !Great read.!

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One to add to your collection.

It was nice to hear what it was like from the inside. Highly recommended listen.

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Heavy political

If you are into politics, this is your book, language and speed are at the highest. If English is your second language you may get lost quickly, however don’t get discouraged, you can listen it again until you get it. He talks about his experience while escalating towards the presidency and only talks about his personal life at the end of the 10 minutes of the book. Overall very insightful and educative but I think he was very careful showing his true self. Understandable I guess but I would’ve like him to be more open heart it. I listened to Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming” and that one talks more about their political and personal journey trough her eyes. Both books are great!

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A meaningful experience of a political Father

Barack Obama gently portrays how a highly powerful and popular President balances leadership of a Global Super Power with the Family he Treasures so deeply with Michelle and his daughters.

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Good Read if you're looking for Self-Reflection

This book was published in a day long passed, but the insights contained transcend time. Barack Obama clearly presents his side on key issues in ways that demonstrate respect to all parties, without taking a centralist stance. The diction and presentation used was a demonstration of English mastery, but is also indicitive of a strong ghostwriting.

Regardless of writer, the ability to reforge our biases and interactions to all peoples with greater dignity is a skill we could all afford to sharpen, and hearing Obama's words in his own voice may have sharpened mine.

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Superb in every way - Don't miss it.

Barak Obama is known for giving a first rate speech but this book is better than them. It's more personal, more intimate. His narrative on faith at the end of the 6th chapter is truly moving. He does a wonderful job personalizing the problems of America and them abstracting as to what could be done to fix them. It's not often I've read a political memoir that dares that. Perhaps the best of all is chapter 8. His thoughts on family will choke you up.

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interesting listen in 2021!

listening to this so many years after its release gives some interesting perspective on the progress made by our society while highlighting the areas that we have been complacent in allowing to slip into the background.

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I love Obama, but...

This entire book kind of felt like he was trying to earn my vote for his 2008 election. As I’m neither American, nor was I old enough to vote at that time, there’s a chance that it probably would have worked if I were. I was just hoping for something a little less “these are the problems with America and this is how I’ll fix it.” Still a great read, though.

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An excellent narration of Pres Obama's early days.

Loved the book. A very excellent, honest expose, opening his early family world to us.

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