Before Barack Obama became a politician, he was, among other things, a writer. Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.
The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
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"A remarkable story, beautifully told." (Observer)
"This may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician." (Joe Klein, Time magazine)
"Extraordinary . . . truly moving . . . Obama is a born narrator, with a mastery of colour, scene and personality." (Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times)
I listened through my GPS in the car and I loved the fact that Obama narrated. Accents and all. Great work!
Not a book I would have usually chosen, but I am so pleased I did. I loved the narration by Barack and found his story inspiring. It gives Barack a human side I had never known.
This is a brilliant book and masterfully read by Obama himself. His story is both powerful and uplifting. You get a real insight into the makings of this young man before his life took a turn that would set his man into history forever.
very interesting & inspiring.
well narrated by Obama.
in depth and insightful
well done Obama...You more than deserve your success.
Obama is telling his family story from his heart and you are able to feel, how he felt when everything happened. His voice is wonderful, you can hear him all day. O
Read by himself, this account of Obama'a life opened up issues which you don't realise when you see him in his official capacity e.g. the huge importance of racism in his life. It was a bit long winded in places but his trip to Kenya to find his Dad's birthplace and relatives was memorable.
I'm not one for writing reviews, or for reading (listening) to non-fiction, but since I had just voted for this man for the second time, I thought I'd have a listen. I'm so pleased I did. When Barack Obama ran for president, in 2008, I'd never heard of him. I'd been in the UK 8 years by then and didn't realise he was pricking up ears politically. When I heard him speak, he was impassioned,sincere, and he spoke of things that made sense to me. He spoke as a citizen of the world and it impressed me. This book tells me how he became that worldly man. Why he speaks to us with so many points of view and why I believe in him as a President. This audiobook, won a Grammy and I can certainly understand why. Enjoy it! The time will zoom by.
"Characters brought to life"
I read the book, and then for a college course I was assigned the book again. This time I choose to listen to the audio version and I was not disappointed. This story comes to life in Barack's voice and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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