Give as a Gift

Send this book as a Gift!

Book Rating (311)

Narrator Rating (18)

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Barack Obama

Narrated By: Barack Obama

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

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.

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 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.

  • Anonymous

    Delightful and refreshing to listen an empathetic, intellectual who isn’t so concerned with his own perspective that he can’t relate to others with perspectives different from his own. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his ability to relate to various aspects of American social/political issues and offering solutions that sought to bridge all Americans. This is worth a read by anyone, Republican, Democratic or otherwise. Grateful for the former President’s calm, humble demeanor as well his ability to consider issues from a critical and profound lens.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful insight into both America, its diverse complications, challenges, what it could be AND some of what makes the man President Obama. Loved it and recommend this insightful read.

  • Jackson W.

    We need this man with these ideas to be President. Oh wait, wasn’t he? President Obama The Audacity Of Hope evaporated when you crossed the threshold of the Whitehouse. I personally am so disappointed!

  • doc

    Good narration, weak and unrealistic viewpoints, idealistic in concept with narcissistic flare, self-serving and false projection of empathy....good voice and easy to uderstand...

  • Darlene

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice insight into President Obama, what he believes in and what his priorities are. Some parts were a little dry - the parts that were deep into the procedures of politics. Most of the book was very interesting. His recounting of his life with Michelle was touching.

Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

by Barack Obama

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
This title is due for release on October 17, 2006.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
This title is due for release on October 17, 2006
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.