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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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This is a four minute audio

It peters out half way through a sentence after approx 4 minutes and then audible comes on very loud and says WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS AUDIBLE. No I didn't the majority of it is missing.

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  • Deborah
  • 06-06-2009

I am glad I voted for Obama

After listening to Obama narrate his book I now understand how he has reached the place where he is...what a pleasure it was to hear him speak about so many different subjects with his unique, holistic approach. I can relate to his mother's philosophy of life and have a deeper appreciation of his sincere intention for being a global citizen. His Mother and Grandmother, I am sure, are proudly watching him from afar. Here Here to them, and to him for his courage to follow his heart and honor the women in his life. Keep it up President Barack Obama, and make all of the Mothers of the World proud of you. Thank you, Deborah in Woodstock, NY

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 21-11-2016

Free Sample of a Great Book

I'll always remember this as the first political book I ever read and was actually inspired by. I read it in 2008 in paperback, while deciding who to vote for for President, and it was so good and so memorable that I started giving copies away to friends. Though it's more than a little bit heartbreaking to read/listen now because of the partisan (and, many of us would say, racist) obstructionism that prevented most of the author's hopes for American progress from being realized, I was still delighted to find it in Audible format and will likely use a credit now on the full version. We never before had so intelligent, articulate, dignified and classy a President in my conscious lifetime, and heaven knows we likely won't see his equal again for many, many years, if ever. Thank you so much for your service; you will be sorely missed, sir. And thanks to Audible, for making this free sample available!

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  • Annie Burton
  • 07-06-2018

I cant wait to get the full book

I love how he talks and this books sounds so interesting, I cant wait to get the full version

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  • lynda
  • 16-02-2011

go barack

i enjoyed listening to the excerpt and will probably listen to the book in its entirity--i hope he shows everyone that he is up to the job

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  • EmilyK
  • 29-03-2018

great excerpt

This was a wonderful excerpt. It made me want to hear the whole book. He has a wonderful voice for narration unlike some authors and it was very comforting.

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  • elinore kasnetz
  • 18-02-2018

I wanted too order the full book. May I now

Please do so if possible and charge as usual
Thank you and please arise

Elinore kasnetz

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  • ZonaSweets
  • 06-02-2018

Great except!

I loved this short except! I miss hearing President Obama speak. It is always so calming.

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  • Alexander colo
  • 30-11-2017

great book

this is a great book I really enjoyed reading it opened my eyes and I know that my dreams can be reached

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  • rory c.
  • 07-05-2018

Untruth, injustice and transformed american way.

Exactly what I expected from the community organizer in-chief. His claims that he has the beleagued common man in his heart had many many good people fooled. Twice. Time for him to slither away. But he'll linger as long as it's profitable.

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  • Shubber
  • 16-03-2017

I love whatever Obama does..

I love whatever Obama does...and this book is just like his speeches...great and inspiring
his story is inspiring also...wish I have time to watch and see whatever​ he writes

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