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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.

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

'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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  • 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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  • Daiva S.

    Amazing and inspiring book about strong educated woman!

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  • Maree G.

    An absolutely incredible book. Loved it!!! One of my all time favourites. I was so surprised at Michelle’s authenticity, honesty and compassion. I was both inspired and in awe. I was expecting more America self promotion but there was none.

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  • Lisa J.

    best memories and memoir i have ever read. inspirational on so many levels, should be a core text for all diversity and inclusion programs. what a women.

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  • Pauline C.

    loved Becoming, it was a great listen, inspiring.

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  • Vera O.

    An honest and thorough reading of her entire life. Respecting Michelle and the Obamas a lot more now having heard her side of it. What we normally see are the either the evils of politics or/and the pomp and paegentry of being First family in the White House, but this brings to home the humanity of the people who do these jobs. It is definitely a huge sacrifice on their part and a job very few can do and do well. The 19 hours of the book went by so quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book beautifully narrated.

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  • Moira M.

    What an enjoyable book. I could listen for days.

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