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Summary

The number-one international best seller - and the Grammy-award winner for best spoken album in 2006.

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.

©2004 Barack Obama (P)2008 Barack Obama

Critic reviews

"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)

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DREAMS OF MY FATHER

BARRACK OBAMA READS THIS STORY WITH STRENGTH AND TRUE BELIEF. ONCE STARTED I ONLY STOPPED THIS STORY WHEN I WAS TRULY TIRED AND READY FOR BED !!

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Inspiring

I will recommend this work and I have done so several times because it gives a totally enlightening background to a man that I already hold in high esteem. Read by the author and man himself in a clear and entertaining way this book is a pleasure to have in my Audible library. Bringing to the fore lots about Barack that I previously did not know (probably due to being a Brit rather than a USAnian) and making me want to know more still. A soothing voice, an inspiring man and a stirring story make this one of my favourite Non Fiction Audible works.

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A superb listen

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.

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Insperational

Loved it sorry when it came to an end.
Very interesting, possibly a bit sentimental but still very enjoyable

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  • Rachael
  • Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 20-11-09

Obama in the Car

I listened through my GPS in the car and I loved the fact that Obama narrated. Accents and all. Great work!

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great book which leaves the reader utterly charged

brimming with optimism while taking a clear eyed look at family relationships. the bonus speech at the end is great too.

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  • Kirsty
  • Perth, United Kingdom
  • 19-09-18

Worth every moment

I loved the fact that this was read by Barack.
It gave me a clear insight into the man and his childhood, and how they came to shape the person that he is today.
I loved this book, I cannot recommend it enough.

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A rich and reflective early autobiography

A remarkable story, surprisingly subtle and undoubtedly benefiting from the fact it was written in the days before his political fame.

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Remarkable

A great story, and beautifully told. Truly inspiring. I hope President Obama will write more, I'm sure he has more to say.

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  • Lino
  • London, UK
  • 22-08-18

Loved to get to know a bit more about Barak Obama

Loved the story. Didn't like the fact they cut a lot from the original book. I usually buy a physical version to accompany or read when I can't listen, to my surprise this audio is missing a lot the book I have.
Other than that, the book is awesome, I didn't know Obama was such a good actor. The accent he imitates is something else, so well done!
Great listening

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  • Sara
  • 24-08-11

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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