Becoming

Becoming

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

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    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.
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    JCLMELODYK Apr 06, 2020

    What can I add to the reviews about this amazing memoir, read by Michelle, that hasn't already been said? I especially enjoyed the focus on her childhood, her family and her neighborhood that was just starting to crumble. Her voice makes it all the more sweeter!

    It makes me want to read other First Ladies' memoirs. Here's hoping that we can soon read a First Gentleman's memoir.

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    INVS
    Jan 31, 2020

    MO is an excellent narrator of her very thoughts and words. I cannot imagine this will be read or heard by any Republican. It simply enlightens and reinforces the struggles from humble youth, law school, life with Barack, her reluctance to be First Lady and the interference she endured for eight years. My admiration grew reading this account. There is no comparison present today as to the fine minds of the Obamas, we endure polar opposites.

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    kiml00
    Dec 20, 2019

    What an amazing book. This totally blew me away! Mrs. Obama’s stories filled with truth, inspiration, humor, and a little bit of romance (with you know who). Such a tremendous writer. She is so correct that her stories really connect with people of all different backgrounds. As an immigrant growing up in a single parent family, I can still relate to her family’s thrive for their children to be successful and for her to be self motivated with acute focus on what success looks like and the conflict of not knowing if that’s really what she wants. From childhood to adulthood to being a family and continue to grow, it all sounds too familiar. It was a page turner because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and how she responds to the different events.
    In the day and age of so much hate relating to different political issues and I was hesitant to start reading this book because I didn’t want another political rant. I was pleasantly surprised at how she presented the truth of poverty, racial struggle with such poignant and genuine through the lenses of her own experience.
    I “read” the book via audiobook read by Mrs. Obama herself and that took the stories to a whole different level. Her voice was calm, comforting, and fill with eagerness for hope just like the book intended it to be.
    Mrs. Obama, thank you for sharing your stories with us. Allowing us into your world with such raw intimacy and to see yours (and your family’s) struggles to maintain the value that you all believe in.

    JCLBeckyC Dec 09, 2019

    The audiobook, narrated by Mrs. Obama herself, is amazing. It feels like sitting in a living room with your best friend sipping tea and listening to incredible stories of both an ordinary and an extraordinary life.

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    poodlegirl
    Nov 02, 2019

    Articulate, positive, interesting, ambitious, strong, educated and most of all HONEST. This is what she presented in this well-written biography.

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    Cloudniner
    Sep 11, 2019

    It is for a very good reason that Michelle Obama is currently considered the most admired woman in the world. Her life story is remarkable, and she is both relatable and inspiring. I highly recommend the audiobook which she narrates herself. I found myself moved to tears frequently by her story and will miss her voice.

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    misatim
    Jun 17, 2019

    A well written story but just not that interesting, I think she wrote it more for her children then the world

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    dougbrooks
    May 21, 2019

    Listening to this book, in Mrs. Obama's own voice, was mesmerizing.

    OPL_MichelleC Apr 11, 2019

    I love her more, if that's possible. I admire her more, if that's possible.

    Mrs. Obama honestly shares the trials of the campaign life, the brutal scrutiny of the media and public eye, the burden of raising young children in the White House, her love story with Barack, her ambition for better - for her, her girls, everyone.

    This was absolutely a journey of a memoir. It was beautiful and captivating. I cried a LOT. I loved the way she tied a story of her adulthood to her childhood, reflecting on how our life is connected and there are always lessons to be learned. Within the ups and downs of everything, Mrs. Obama manages to offer practical hope for the future.

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    0035733302k
    Mar 26, 2019

    I cried, I laughed.
    The audiobook was in her own voice. I could Identify with her words on so many levels.
    Her integrity and authenticity was so, so impressive.
    I highly recommend the book, audiobook, anything that she writes.

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    kaijene
    Jul 28, 2019

    If you don't get out there and define yourself, you'll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.

    ArapahoeMaryA Dec 28, 2018

    I’d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who’d fed me with a consistent, simple message: You matter.
    As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation.

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    Dec 22, 2019

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