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This was an opportunity to better understand his way of thinking, his rationale for changes he hopes to effect. At this point, this is not really new, though it's nice to hear him explain it all fully in his own words. The history of how he and Michelle met was interesting and, well, cute. In terms of getting a better idea of, not who he is now and what he thinks now, but where he came from and more of why he became who he is, I would recommend his other book.
Good narration, weak and unrealistic viewpoints, idealistic in concept with narcissistic flare, self-serving and false projection of empathy....good voice and easy to uderstand...
I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice insight into President Obama, what he believes in and what his priorities are. Some parts were a little dry - the parts that were deep into the procedures of politics. Most of the book was very interesting. His recounting of his life with Michelle was touching.
An interesting insight into politics, crucial to anyone who aspires to a career as a politician. Less insightful as a biography as it still comes across as a guarded and intentional message...somewhat of a campaign.
It was great to listen to Obama's voice as I heard the book read...made it more real for me. Although I may not agree with all his political information, I liked understanding him better as a person and gaining a better understanding on where he stood on the different topics discussed. This is NOT aboring political book! Easy listening.
This book is both well written and well read by Barack. It is quite interesting and moves along at a good pace. I even listened to some passages several times. In this text Obama outlines of his views and solutions to our domestic and foreign issues. He emphasizes the importance of putting yourself in the other person's shoes, supporting the family unit and presents himself in an intelligent and humble manner. He talks about his own background, his challenges and joys of being a husband and father, and his love for his wife and children. While he does give an outline of how he would resolve current issues, he doesn't include detailed solutions and he explains in the beginning of the book that these details are not included in this text. This book is definitely worth listening to and those who view it negatively most likely never listened/read the book or weren't paying attention.
Check sources. Misleading and lots of "facetime". He gives a good speech but has not backed up any of his words in the past. Book was slow.
Certainly penned and published with the 2008 presidential campaign in mind, Obama's second book strikes the perfect blend of personal and political revelations. Narrated by the presedential hopeful himself, his tone strikes a comforting balance between modest folksiness and smooth self assuredness. What a surprise--it kinda makes ya want to vote for the guy. The chapters detailing Obama's insights on alleviating America's domestic ills are predictably inspiring. On the other hand, the lack of ideas and information about his international and foreign affairs views is disturbing.
If you read this you must read McCains books also to provide a contrast in how the two individuals feel about people and how problems can be solved in the world. Barak does a half hearted attempt to provide balance in the examples he discusses but picks weak examples to reinforce an opinion other than his. I walked away knowing his mindset and how he feels the world should run and the approach he takes to situations, i.e. it is always the same. Read it and see if you agree.
This book reads like a 6 hour Constitutional Law lecture. I couldn't even listen to a complete disc without hitting fast forward and hoping for something to capture my interest.
BARACK OBAMA is the junior U.S. senator from Illinois and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Malia and Sasha.