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    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.

    ©2020 Barack Obama (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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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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    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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    • 17/11/2020

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    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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    • 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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    • Glenn Ogolah
    • 22/01/2021

    Reporting on events

    I loved that Obama read this himself and had the cadence of a practiced speaker. The attempt at accents was entertaining but I'm glad he didn't try to do Putin's. The book was very insightful at the beginning, taking readers behind the scenes in the campaign, family and various political positions. However towards the end the level of detail drops and all you get are events you already know about from the news. It would have been great to get deeper perspective on how things turned out especially considering his successor.

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    • V. Carlos
    • 17/01/2021

    Lovely to hear Obama's story in his own voice

    Always thought Obama was a great speaker. And so this book was like a compilation of all his speeches.

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    • Allison RObinson
    • 17/01/2021

    Promised Land

    Loved this book. Perfect in his own voice. Perfect for the times🤗. Very inspirational and emotional.

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    • MS Joanne Ryan
    • 13/01/2021

    Outstanding

    Both of the Obamas books have made my year this year. What lives, what authors and so wonderful to have the audible editions read by the authors. Thank you!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 11/01/2021

    Interesting and full of detail

    Really enjoyed listening to this book. Was so packed full of interesting details of his life. Such a thoughtful leader.