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Michelle Obama

19 Hours 3 Minutes

Penguin Books LTD

November 2018

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Becoming by Michelle Obama.

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

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

'A polished pearl of a memoir' New York Times

'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

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.

'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

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  • Juliana M.

    Great book

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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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  • 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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  • Bree K.

    I loved this book. Interesting and full of insights and wisdom. Her narration also makes it personal and intimate. I was sad when this book ended. Highly recommend.

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  • Karen S.

    Really enjoyed this book, was great that she read this her self

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  • Sunita P.

    अराजनीतिक पोस्ट *** हम अमेरिका से यह सीख सकते हैं कि देश को कैसे नहीं चलाया जाना चाहिए.. खासकर गन लायसेंसिंग और ओबेसिटी के मामले में.. *** आज मिशेल ओबामा की आत्मकथात्मक पुस्तक Becoming सुन कर खत्म की जो कि उन्होंने एक ब्लैक, स्त्री, पत्नी, माँ, फ़र्स्ट लेडी और एक अमेरिकी नागरिक के भावनात्मक पक्षों को उजागर करते हुए लिखी है. *** All in all एक अच्छी पुस्तक जिसने मुझे राजनेताओं से जुड़े उन पहलुओं को समझने में मदद की जिन्हें हम अपनी कम समझ के चलते यह समझते हैं कि शायद उन पर राजनीति का असर नहीं पड़ता होगा. *** शायद कुछ समझ रही मुझमें इसीलिए हमेशा कोशिश की है कि राजनीतिक टिप्पणियों में राजनेताओं के परिवार पर अनावश्यक बातें या तंज न हों और जहाँ तक हो सका दूसरों को भी यह बात समझाने की कोशिश की. इस पुस्तक ने मुझे और अधिक मनुष्य होना सिखाया. धन्यवाद मिशेल. सुनीता Non political post *** We can learn from the US how the country should not be run. Especially in the case of gun licensing and obesity. *** Today ended Michelle Obama\'s autobiographical book Becoming, which he wrote while highlighting the emotional aspects of a black, woman, wife, mother, first lady and an American citizen. *** All in all, a good book that helped me to understand the aspects related to politicians, because of our low understanding that we think that politics may not affect them. *** Perhaps I have always tried to understand something that has always tried in my view that political commentaries should not have unnecessary talk or tension on the family of the politicians and tried to explain it to others as far as possible. This book taught me to be more human. Thanks Mitchell Sunita

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  • Tom L.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this insight into the life of an amazing and inspirational woman.

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  • Ntombi N.

    I haven’t met Mrs Obama in person but listening to her made it feel like she was telling me the story. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us Michelle. That openness and vulnerability makes you what you ARE, a woman who appreciates the truth. Thanks again x

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  • Dianne C.

    I loved the story and the way she invited me to share with her all those moments . I feel so proud to know there is such a wonderful woman and simplicity made your book great .

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