The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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Written By: Barack Obama

Narrated By: Barack Obama

Date: October 2006

Duration: 6 hours 11 minutes


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 writes, 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.


  • Gilbert Sanchez

    Absolutely loved the book. Great for individuals new to partisan politics. He gives clear understanding of the obstacles we are seeing today. Highly recommend.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • Barbara

    This was once again lies, lies, lies !!! he believes none of this or at least hasn't shown any of this rhetoric since entering the white house. The title of this book should be "Lies and Other Wishful Thinking !!" This book is obviously a pre-presidential campaign strategy. This man has demonized this country's greatness.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael Scott

    I've been a fan of Obama since watching him speak at the 2004 Democratic convention. I admire his ability to speak TO his audience, and not AT them. He makes you feel he's talking only to you, and is genuinely concerned with what is happening in your life. This book, like his daily message, is full of hope, optimisim, and a desire to break through the barriers of partisanship, and once again get this country back on track. Obama makes me feel we are on the verge of a new era, one similar to the age brought by FDR, JFK, and his brother Bobby. This book, like his first, is a must read, not necessarily to find answers, but to get to know Barack Obama, the man, and what he is trying to do in this confusing, maddening age.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This was an opportunity to better understand his way of thinking, his rationale for changes he hopes to effect. At this point, this is not really new, though it's nice to hear him explain it all fully in his own words. The history of how he and Michelle met was interesting and, well, cute. In terms of getting a better idea of, not who he is now and what he thinks now, but where he came from and more of why he became who he is, I would recommend his other book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Brett

    This book is both well written and well read by Barack. It is quite interesting and moves along at a good pace. I even listened to some passages several times. In this text Obama outlines of his views and solutions to our domestic and foreign issues. He emphasizes the importance of putting yourself in the other person's shoes, supporting the family unit and presents himself in an intelligent and humble manner. He talks about his own background, his challenges and joys of being a husband and father, and his love for his wife and children. While he does give an outline of how he would resolve current issues, he doesn't include detailed solutions and he explains in the beginning of the book that these details are not included in this text. This book is definitely worth listening to and those who view it negatively most likely never listened/read the book or weren't paying attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jim F.

    I read this in 2021, many years after it was written and before he ran for president and before the Trump years 2017 to 2021. It’s uncanny to read after watching how the problems he described in America were exacerbated later during the Trump years. A great read for finding out what makes the sky tech, and for demonstrating how life experiences shape one’s beliefs.

  • Richard M.

    This was an amazing book that gave a view of a man destined for greatness. It’s so interesting that he wrote this before he became president. He’s an amazing story teller with an attention to detail that remains unsurpassed.

  • Anonymous

    an interestring view that pre dates his presidency.

  • Anonymous

    so tired of Obama's and the destruction of America they created

  • Anonymous

    Great book, amazingly narrated. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get an insight into US 2 party politics and how divided that has caused the country and any chance of ever getting a bipartisan policies made for the benefit of the people.

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