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Becoming: The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

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Michelle Obama

19 Hours 3 Minutes

Penguin Books LTD

November 2018

Audio Book Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Winner of the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Autobiography/Memoir

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir; 15 million copies sold worldwide





'A polished pearl of a memoir' New York Times

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.

'A genuine page-turner, full of intimacies and reflections' Evening Standard

'A rich, entertaining and candid memoir. And overall Obama's a fun person to sit alongside as she tells you the story of her life . . . it is as beautifully written as any piece of fiction' i

'Offers new insights into her upbringing on the south side of Chicago and the highs and lows of life with Barack Obama. . . a refreshing level of honesty about what politics really did to her. I have read Barack Obama's two books so far, and this is like inserting a missing piece of reality into the narrative of his dizzying journey' Guardian

'I found myself lifting my jaw from my chest at the end of every other chapter . . . this was not the Obama I thought I knew. She was more' Independent

'An inspirational memoir that also rings true' Daily Telegraph

'It seems a wonderful privilege to have the former First Lady speaking her own words straight into your ear, and her own reading gives the anecdotes extra meaning and emotion.' Daily Mail

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  • Christa B.

    A very well written book. A profound story that is inspirational to all women. Having Mrs Obama as the narrator made the book very special, a beautiful voice I can listen to for hours.

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  • Johanna L.

    Especially enjoyed Michelle Obama herself reading out the book!

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  • Juliana M.

    Great book

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  • Doreen D.

    A must read. Gives hope that no matter your background or ethnicity you can achieve anything with hard work, dedication and commitment.

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  • Emeka E.

    Honest. A must read.

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  • Pauline C.

    loved Becoming, it was a great listen, inspiring.

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  • Cathy B.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, read by the author. Full of life, serious and yet upbeat, Michelle Obama's account f her life so far is inspiring and entertaining. She writes an reads with an authenticity that is seldom seen and I felt I really knew her a lot better than before. A very worthwhile book no matter your politics.

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  • Dylan R.

    What an exceptional woman. Loved hearing her voice and her way of telling such a beautiful story. Definitely recommend this read. Wasn’t as political as I thought it would be, was more about how Michelle dealt with the presidency and how her family as a whole did. Loved it.

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  • Sumayah M.

    Great insight into Michelle Obama's life

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  • Karen C

    Great that Michelle narrated her own book, brilliantly done and kept me compelled throughout. Really enjoyed this account of her life so far and found all the details very interesting, loved it. Just hope that one day Melania Trump writes her memoirs.

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