The Audacity of Hope

  • by Barack Obama
  • Narrated by Barack Obama
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker

I found the book to be very inspiring. It is good to hear the audio book read by the author. I found some of the book a little too party line but it sounds good when Barack talks about the seperation of church and state. However, his religious beliefs are a foundation of what he is.

Even though I am republican I found it very good to hear from a possible future presidential or VP candidate. Depending on stances Barack takes on certain issues; I could vote for this man.
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- Ronald

Left me unsatisfied...

Of his two books, I liked the previous book, "Dreams From My Father" quite a bit better than this book. That book has some personal insights and stories of self discovery. I was hoping that reading these two books would give me a clearer understanding of what Obama really believes, and what he would really do as president. After finishing these books I am left unsatisfied and with many questions. The most important turning points in his life were only superficially described. Describing the turning points well is what makes biographies powerful and interesting. How did he fall into and out of drug use? How did he come to religion? This was really not very clear to me. I really could not tell if he came to religion as a tool to reach the community and found Jesus, or just continued to find the church useful. This book was quite long in vignettes expressing "I am like you", "I love the American Dream", "I want to help", "I want to make change happen", but quite short on "I will do x" and "I believe y". Both JFK and Clinton (my two favorite presidents in my lifetime) expressed a similar positive vision, but at the same time they expressed a focused practical vision that I did not find in Obama's volumes. I very much like many of the things Obama says, and I very much like the way he says them, but I expect more. It is the things not said that leave me unsatisfied.
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio