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    Brought to you by Penguin.

    The number one Sunday Times and Audible best seller.

    A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making - from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

    In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency - a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

    Obama takes listeners on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4th 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

    Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of US partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings listeners inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about US strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout and authorises Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

    A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective - the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organiser tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of 'hope and change', and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

    This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

    Winner of best narration by the author – Audie Awards 2022.

    ©2020 Barack Obama (P)2020 Penguin Audio

    Commentaires

    "What is unexpected in A Promised Land is the former president's candour." (David Olusoga, Observer)

    "Gorgeously written, humorous, compelling, life affirming." (Justin Webb, Mail on Sunday)

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    What a lot to think about!

    The nature of an audio book is such that the listener's life often intrudes and it is not always easy to pause play, or return to something clearly missed. I have listened to this now three times, and will enjoy doing so possibly many times. Obama's voice is pleasant and comfortable, although sometimes too fast, and I slowed the reading speed slightly. Altogether a fine presentation, which has helped me to understand how the US political system grinds along, the relationships between the two parties influence so much that that we don't hear about, and the role of the media. With the introduction to Trump right at the end, I look forward to the story of how he positioned himself to become President. I have previously read Michelle's book, and They are without doubt a formidable couple, with a future which will give readers plenty more pages of real life which sounds more like a draft Hollywood screenplay.

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    Not so bad yet not that good !

    Firstly, the book of a former president of the US has to be read ; especially if it's this one who reads it for you.

    So you'll find that "Promised land" is far too long (a 2nd volume is planned for edition) for its content.
    However, you'll discover in this long chat a kind of friend because Barack seems very close to you.
    His devotion for his family, his deep love for his wife, his personal quest are a good point of this contribution where Barack is very human. This is what you'll learn because on the other hand, there is not a lot of revelations concerning public life or politic facts we didn't know yet.
    Anyway, despite its relative quality, being hooked on you should follow on the next volume...

    The diction of the author is perfect at the very right pace.

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    average

    it was difficult to finish, interesting at some extent but I am not passionate about politics. I felt the chapter telling about his election against Hilary was very long. it's still interesting to feel what's happening in his head as a president

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    A better title would have probably been: “Let me explain” by Barrack Obama

    A better title would have probably been: “Let me explain” by Barrack Obama

    Overall pretty great!

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    • Sean Rodrigues
    • 17/11/2020

    Sean R in Tokyo

    Only a few chapters in.
    Feels like a return to almost mythical times. Thoughtful, intelligent, respectful and...sane.

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    • Avasmum
    • 29/11/2020

    Brilliant autobiography

    I am not usually a fan of autobiographies but this one is excellent. I wasn't sure what 'tone' to expect but Obama sets a peaceful, considerate, and slightly humorous voice. I usually listen to books at 1.5x to 1.8x and I thought I'd have to run Obama's book at 2x because he talks so slowly but 1x has been just right.

    I think anyone with an open mind would enjoy this book.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 24/11/2020

    Can you ever choke in listening to a politician?

    I am amazed by the balance of thoughts he has . Neither Left nor the Right sway him. His painful acknowledgment of compromises without ever having to justify his decisions is more striking . An awesome listening experience after a long time

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    • Karl
    • 01/12/2020

    Modern History

    Informative, insightful, funny and at the very least he could earn a living as an audio narrator.

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    • Mark Bennett
    • 20/07/2021

    Great storyteller

    Listening to Obama become president was great, but once in office some of the day to day events are a little difficult to push through. Great man and brilliant story teller.

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    • Tamuka Makotore
    • 27/01/2021

    Can Volume 2 be released already!?

    Well written, and well read. Touched on so mamy topics from the time he ran for president, to the time Bin Laden was killed. Although some topics were a bit cumbersome, it really helped that Obizy was the one reading the book. Key lesson i learnt is about surrounding yourself with the right people. We saw saw this from when he ran for office, and to the time he was president, how instrumental his team was.

    Looking forward to Volume 2. Can i pre-order!?

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    • Sridhar
    • 26/11/2020

    Masterpiece of a memoir. What a treat!

    Amazing ring-side view of the major events that shaped the world during first term of President Obama. Gives a glimpse of the mind and heart of one of the greatest Presidents of the USA. It's even a bigger treat to listen to him read the book himself. Can't wait for the second volume to come out!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 14/08/2022

    Inspiring Listen

    Authentic, inspiring, touching & superbly narrated! Initially worried about length but hung onto every word & exceeded my expectations Highly recommended!

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    • Gurkeerat Gill
    • 06/02/2022

    Review of The Promised Land - From a Far Off Land

    Today evening walk was a bit special. today I finished listening to this book. it started late in 2020, hoping to finish in the early weeks of 2021. but the go-stop-go approach lingered and the finishing line extended to this 6th February 2022 evening. The book by a black American president, is a story of incredible intellect, deep understanding of political affairs and incisive analysis of complex situations. From a hesitant entrant into politics, Mr Barrack Obama reached the pinnacle without any Godfather in high places. his writing in word and voice in audible really makes it a great listen. It is a book to be read/listened at one's pace, absorbing the deep insights and relating them to one's own experiences, particularly if the Reader/Listener share the vocation to some extent with the Author. tells a lot about how to conduct public affairs with practicable hints. the story rightly ends with the most important action of President Obama in his first Presidency. told with precise words the story comes alive - almost the purring of helicopter wings audible in one's ears. congratulations to the Author, The Penguins and Audible to bring it up - so that it is in reach of many. I will now start with the Print Edition.

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    • Oluwakorede Asuni
    • 31/01/2022

    A great read

    Obama allowed a window for us to peel into the inner workings of his first term in office and the lead up to that.

    This helped tie up some of the loose strings of information one had as an outsider.

    Additionally, for a more than passive supporter and observer of Obama and Obama's first term in office, it was quite exhilarating to relive some of the memorable moments and to learn the back stories to some of those.

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    • Jan
    • 11/08/2021

    Voice 10/10, content 9/10 then 2/10

    The best chapters come early in the book and are very inspiring. Obama has a great voice. The later two thirds of a book were neither insightful concerning his personal thoughts, neither were they interesting from a political or military perspective. If it wasn't for the author or the first part of the book, I wouldn't recommend reading it.

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    • KS&Jones
    • 05/02/2021

    Eindrucksvoller Einblick in Zeitgeschichte

    Spannend, lehrreich und humorvoll. Vom Autor selbst gelesen, ist es ein Hochgenuss dieser Lektion in amerikanischer Geschichte zu lauschen. Was für eine Wohltat, dass ein amerikanischer Präsident auch ein aufrichtiger und anständiger Mensch sein kann, der anständig und abwechsungsteich Englisch spricht. Ich könnte seiner warmen Stimme ewig zuhören.

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    • Georg
    • 30/06/2022

    Bewegend und Spannend

    Ich war selbst erstaunt, wie schnell die Zeit verging, diesen Ritt durch die Geschichte zu erleben

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    • Bastian H.
    • 23/01/2022

    Eindrucksvolles Stück Zeitgeschichte

    Das Hörbuch ist sehr lang, da Obama wirklich alle Teile seines Aufstiegs, aber auch des täglichen Lebens eines Präsidenten im Detail beschreibt. Dadurch entstehen zeitweise Längen da zumindest mich einige Bereiche mehr Interessenten als andere. Insgesamt aber durchaus fesselnd und auch als nicht native speaker uneingeschränkt auf Englisch empfehlenswert. Bei Bedarf kann man das Wiedergabetempo um ein paar Prozent herabsetzen.

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    • Beat Kistler
    • 23/11/2021

    So much insights

    Yes, Barack loves to talk and talks a lot. However, very well written and with so many valuable insights. It explains a lot why we are where we are at the moment.

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    • Mioka
    • 02/11/2021

    Absolut faszinierend. Ich bin begeistert.

    Ein Einblick in das Amt des US Präsidenten in einer schwierigen Zeit. Dazu lernt man Barack Obama wirklich kennen. was ist er für ein Typ? was treibt bzw. bewegt ihn? faszinierend. Ich fand ihn immer sympathisch, habe aber zu wenig persönliches über ihn gelesen bzw. gehört. Jetzt bin ich begeistert. Die USA konnten sich glücklich schätzen.

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    • Amit Kohli
    • 31/10/2021

    Quite boring and narcissistic

    Very boring with no real story. It’s just Obama teeing about his life in a very narcissistic way

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    • Monika Girr
    • 23/04/2021

    Definitiv empfehlenswert

    Sehr detailliert und subjektiv, aber dennoch hoch spannend die Geschichte aus den Augen von Obama zu zu sehen!