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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.

©2006 Barack Obama (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Dallas D. Lobdell
  • 12/02/2015

My Fellow Conservatives, Give This A Listen

If you could sum up The Audacity of Hope in three words, what would they be?

Shared American Values.

Any additional comments?

Yeah, i know, it's written by Obama so this book is taboo, right? Well, on a whim, i purchased this title and i am truly happy that i did. I don't agree with everything he says in the book but he does a good job admitting his biases in the intro which i found admirable. This book is more about finding commonality in shared American values than in agreement upon particular agendas. In that regard, i feel like i understand Obama's and the liberal point of view better now. We live in a country paralyzed politically. The way forward won't be through demonizing anyone or any party, red, blue, or green. I invite You, my fellow reds, to listen to this with a bit of patience and a willingness to hear his thoughts. I think we will all benefit from it.

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  • Global
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  • Pat Furrie
  • 07/03/2007

The only thing wrong with it...

... was it is abridged. I would have liked to have heard everything, after having enjoyed this abridged version so much.

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  • Ronald
  • 08/11/2006

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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  • David
  • 19/03/2007

amazing

I consider myself a moderate republican, but I wanted to read this book to find out what Obama was about. In the book he presents a refreshingly honest account of how politics works and lays out a centrist vision for the relationship between government and its citizens. Far from demonstrating youthful inexperience, he shows that he has a firm grasp of both sides of the major issues facing the nation as well as a keen understanding of American history and government. While most of the book is about a domestic agenda with little emphasis on foreign policy, I found myself agreeing with the majority of his ideas. I have no doubt that if everybody read this book, Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States.

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  • Somone
  • 29/11/2010

Excellent

One of my favorite audiobooks- so uplifting and mature. Obama offers up a spirit of excellence, cooperation, and intelligence as he talks about his political journey, ambitions, and family. It's difficult not to like him especially when contrasted with Palin's audiobooks that are tinged with lost-election-bitterness and inappropriate combativeness. If purchasing, be ready to pay attention- if your attention wanders for a second, you can get lost.

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  • Clyde
  • 30/01/2010

Very Insightful

This book is an excellent reference for understanding the inner workings of politics and also President Obama's character and his political vision.

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  • Donald
  • 14/06/2009

An Excellant Read

This is packed full of information about what makes this man tick. I will refer to it often.

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  • Global
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  • StephSchiff
  • 09/04/2008

Incredible!

I wasn't sure I would enjoy this - I thought it would be a repeat of his speeches and what he's said on the news the past few years. I was wrong. I was engrossed and listened every chance I got until I had listened to it twice, and I rarely read or listen to something twice within a few years! This is one of those books made for an audio format - hearing his words, in his own voice, really helped me connect and become more engaged.

It gives me hope that our next President (assuming it's him) will understand how normal people live. After listening to this book, I began volunteering for his campaign - and I'm an EX-Republican! The more I learn about this man (and I've done my research), the more determined I am that he has to be our next POTUS.

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  • Eric V
  • 05/03/2009

Engaging and Thoughtful

Not unlike his first book the author uses wit and humor woven skillfully with autobiography to engage the reader in challenges to think and to present his view of the world. A true success in a world where everything is often reduced to mass media 30 second sound bites. I can hardly wait for the next book but suppose he is a bit busy with other things right now.

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  • Carlos
  • 11/02/2008

his values

I find Mr. Obama very interesting. He seems open and understanding of the problems of this country. He expresses himself well. I have never voted for a democrate in a national election, but I would consider voting for him. He has my respect.

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  • Holger Wahl
  • 02/05/2009

Yes he can...

Ich habe das Hörbuch gekauft, um einen Eindruck von dem Mann zu bekommen, jenseits der Fassade, wie sie die Medien präsentieren, vor allem auf Grund der Tatsache, dass er das Buch selber liest und seine Intentionen so viel besser vermittelt, als es ein Vorleser könnte.Mein Eindruck ist sehr einfach: das Buch ist schlicht beeindruckend. Und es gibt nicht nur ein Bild wieder, man nimmt nicht nur passiv eine Ideen- und Meinungssammlung auf, sondern Barack Obama vermittelt grundlegende Ideen und Denkansätze, aber auch grundlegende humanitäre Prinzipien. Das Buch regt zum Nachdenken an, es ist nicht nur eine Biographie, sondern ein Konzept. Und es ist glaubwürdig: nicht, weil es von Barack Obama kommt. Sondern weil die Gedanken in einen Werdegang eingebunden sind, nicht abgehobene Ideen eines weltfremden Philosophen, sondern handfeste Übereugungen, die sich nicht nur in Barack Obamas Leben, sondern in jedem seiner Leser zu Prinzipien des eigenen Handelns und der eigenen Verantwortung machen lassen.Ich kann dieses Buch uneingeschränkt empfehlen, zur Unterhaltung, weil es wirklich gut aufgebaut und vorgelesen wird, aber auch zur Information, und nicht zuletzt zum Nachdenken.

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  • pinkmascha99
  • 15/02/2007

Brilliant!

Pers?nlich, ehrlich, vision?r und glaubw?rdig! Ich w?rde Obama w?hlen!

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  • Jorge Nuno Mayer
  • 05/02/2011

Wirklich gut

Ein sehr klares Englisch, schöne klare Stimme und vom Inhalt her zeigt es einen sehr menschlichen und mit seinem Land engagierten Menschen und Politiker. Er will uns nichts verkaufen, sondern erklärt seine Stellungnahmen selbstkritisch. Empfehlenswert.

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