Becoming

Written by:
Michelle Obama
Narrated by:
Michelle Obama

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
4403
Narrator
824
Release Date
November 2018
Duration
19 hours 4 minutes
Summary
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.
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Roxen L.

very raw and real that relates to issues and emotions that we all go through in some point in our lives. LOVE HER HONESTY

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Corinne C.

She’s such a liar

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Shelita D.

enjoyed the realization

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Anonymous

This is a must read for not only all WOMEN but all YOUNG WOMEN who think they know, have never cared to know, or have been misinformed about Michelle Obama! What a FANTASTIC and real look inside this amazing FLOTUS’ life. Listening to her narrate made it 100% better. I have been educated, uplifted and changed.

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Tommy B.

Remarkable... she grew up and lived as so many of us did to then rise above our circumstances and become professionals. Michelle Robinson, however, married one of us Black professionals, who continued to rise and become our first Black president! Everyone needs to read/ listen to this book for you will be better for it!

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John E.

Too much emphasis on her emotions. Finding out Michelle Obama was stripped of law license for misconduct. NOT a fan.

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Anonymous

So wonderful to hear her own words read in her own voice. Will listen to it again.

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Katelyn C.

Honest, relatable, impressive. Loved the book!!

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Anonymous

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

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Anonymous

Loaded with a ton of BS

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Dr Barbara B.

Brilliantly written, brilliantly narrated, by a brilliant woman. I am an avid reader and I found this to be one of the most profound historical works I have ever encountered. Exceptional, moving, honest. triumphant.

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Kenya A.

I have mixed emotions with this book.. one part of me wants to love her as I always have but after listening to this book I am not a Awh stricken with her as I was. I can’t put my finger on it but I have found myself not like liking her as much as I once have. I really hate to say this but it’s how I feel.

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Anonymous

Stunning, inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us ❤️

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Antonette G.

I Love her Book from the Beginning to the End.

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Sumer S.

I love her heart, unity, dignity and strength! Her truth is beautiful.

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Anonymous

Amazing book with beautiful insight into the mind of Michelle Obama. Her reading is an added bonus because you can hear the passion, love and inflection with every word.

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Amy W.

Her story is impressive, the writing is excellent and she is amazing! I felt like I made a friend of the most special kind. Recommended highly!

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Barb L.

Absolutely amazing!

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Johnny Z.

love Mitchell, but book not so much but ok.

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Anonymous

Absolutely awful book. I wish I didn't waste my time on this.

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R J.

She should’ve hired a better ghost writer because this one certainly didn’t make her interesting and or relevant. She would’ve been better hiring the guy that wrote all her husbands speech’s. He clearly has a way of selling lies plus he allowed Obama to take credit for his work so I’m sure the other O could’ve done the same.

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Anonymous

Money Grab. Vapid. Waste of time.

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Jan C.

FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL, EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ IT!! TRUMP SHOULD READ IT - MAYBE HE WOULD FIGURE OUT WHAT BEING GRACIOUS IS!!!!

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Cynthia J.

Thank you to our former 1st Lady for writing such an inspiring book. Continuously blessed in all you consistently do.

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Doug M.

Everyone really should listen to this book, it’s amazing!

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Carolina G.

Wonderfully written and beautifully honest! Michelle does a superb job of making it absolutely relatable and relevant.

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Tennille L.

I can listen to this book over and over. Michellle is so open and inviting. Her honesty and view on life is inspiring.

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Toni N.

We love Michelle and her story! What a blessing.

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Michal A.

Everyone should listen/read this book!!

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Melvina L.

An honest naked look into the life of a First Lady.

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Anonymous

What a beautiful biography.

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Jill S.

Excellent writing and I’m not leftist. This was very well written and informative.

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Anonymous

This was a great book!! I feel like I know the Obamas so much better now! Everyone should read this book! Listening to Michelle read this herself makes it even better!

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Veronica M.

Such a wonderful read. It’s always good to hear our 1st Lady speak.

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Sarah H.

MICHELLE OBAMA DID AN AMAZING JOB BOOK WAS GREAT

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Shawna R.

Superb, Inspirational, Comforting to know her on such a level.

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Leah J.

The heartful, real, no holds barred soulful story of a phenomenal woman, there is no reading like an author's reading. Thank you for YOUR story Michelle Obama.

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PAUL S.

We listened to the book in her own voice while on a long three day trip from Florida to New England a total of about S21 hours. Apart from a few minutes of news, we listened with great appreciation to Michelle telling her own story in her own voice. Totally captivating, great insights into her family and the almost impossible Life lived in the pressure cooker arena of American politics as the first African-American First family. A stunning read.

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Renee P.

My 22 year old daughter told me I had to read this book. I was hesitant because I felt it would be overly political. I was wrong! Young people choosing a career, young women looking for their Mr. Right, (hers drove a banana yellow Datson with a hole in floorboard), wives with husbands in high profile jobs, mothers who want to keep their professional career after children, grandmothers, if you value a workout and time with girlfriends, and anyone involved in campaigns need to read or listen to this book. I chose to listen as Michelle Obama reads it. Time well spent❤️but I wish the audiobooks version could include the pictures in hard copy.

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Jennay R.

Michelle is one of my role models and this book has solidified why. She is so classy and intelligent. Her family is such an inspiration and I am even more honored to have witnessed history with them in the white house. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!

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Rosamond H.

I found the voice to be monotonous and monotone. But enjoyed the story.

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Hilena W.

I just got it listen to the book and so far I am very intrigued and can't wait to continue and finish this wonderful book

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Cynthia J.

Great story.... life of facing the biggest stage ever.... picture of graceful... "Still I Rise"

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Anessah B.

amazing story forever my First Lady

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Anonymous

Well written. Positive energy I always enjoy when the author reads the book.

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Angelica B.

Great read. I really enjoyed this book

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Elizabeth K.

l liked it very much. l had trouble staying connected. l couldnt stop listening it lf l went answer a phone call ' ieven after pausing the tape.lt wouldnot come back on. lf i was in my chair l had to stay in that position until l had to pause.

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Alejandra R.

I loved the book. Michelle is amazing and honest.

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Anonymous

She is so real an awesome perspective

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Anonymous

Was glad I borrowed from library. Perhaps it might have gotten better? Half way through I stopped listening. For me, it was tediously slow & lacked depth compared to other women's stories. Sadly, to me, the bar for excellence is set rather low these days. Name & position seem too carry more weight than content. Have wondered if an unknown name had been attached, if the book would have found a publisher?

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Janet B.

It blew my mind to see so many negative reviews towards this book. Even some reviews inferring that HER LIFE experiences are a lie, as if they were there and/or know all the “facts“ about her life. Smh I LOVED every moment of this book. It was inspiring, insightful, real, and relatable. This is worth the read/listen!

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Anonymous

I really enjoyed that small piece. now I\'m thirsty for more

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Anonymous

I had a vision of what Michelle Obama's life was like from the things I saw of her on tv. I couldn't help but have a sense of pride for women of color because of how she carried herself with grace and class on every platform she touched. Becoming provided insight to her personal feelings and emotions along her journey. The grace and class I imagined her to have. just oozes out of every chapter. I no longer have pride. but rather a sense of joy hearing the tasks she accomplished.

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J J.

Wonderful, thoughtful, engaging, human, and also funny sometimes. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. And inspiring and touching too

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Karen S.

very informative , I felt like I got to know Michelle like a real person. I loved how she described things so completely, her travels, creating a garden, just what life was like in the white house. I loved how she talked about her children's lives. thank you for sharing your thoughts

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Anonymous

Of course the book paints her in a positive light. She wrote it… that’s no surprise. Dive deeper online and you learn the truths of her life and her time as flotus.

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Anonymous

What an amazing person! Thoroughly enjoyed learning about Michelle and her life. Truly inspiring!

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Mrs.Davis

Am amazing book. So well written!!!! Educational in a soothing not so stringent political boring way!!!!! I love Michelle more now than I ever did before!!!! Michelle for President!!!!

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David J.

Wish I could give less than 1*

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Joey Luster

Job well done!!

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Lisa B.

The woman behind the man. Sometimes I think we look at women like Michelle and think they have it all. Must be so nice. In this book she reveals all the sacrifices she’s had to make in supporting her man and raising her kids; just like we all make. It’s inspiring and uplifting and REAL!

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Mohammad T.

Great people do appear as they were and wherever they were and only History that has a real word to express who they are . mtansary .

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Anonymous

I loved it, would like her to do a second book.

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Zilola K.

Inspirational! I felt joy, and cried together with her while going through her journey together. Must read for every girl, every woman!

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Karin M.

Amazing and beautifully narrated by the author!

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Deandray J.

I have the hard copy, but it was even better hearing it from FLOTUS.

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Karla M.

Amazing! I can’t believe it took me THIS long to finally read it (listen to it). I didn’t think I could love Michelle Obama more…but I was…utterly and thankfully wrong!

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Sandie

It was nice hearing Michelle Obama reading her book.

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Nakato M.

She is my inspiration I love u Michelle

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Marlene V.

Remarkable

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Erica B.

Excellent book! Michelle was very relatable in her story telling. So interesting to see the perspective from her viewpoint.

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Arlene W.

I listened to the book on a trip home to Michigan from Atlanta and back to Atlanta again. I could totally relate to many of the things she went through as I am a woman of color who is also a lawyer. I have also been accused of being an "Angry Black Woman" when I have stood my ground and would not be disrespected or allow my clilent to be disrespected. What a wonderful woman so proud of her. Corinne C, if she is such a liar, why did you bother to buy and read the book? Arlene

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Robyn M.

loved this book.

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Anonymous

Great inspiration to all young women; especially African American women.

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Linda F.

Loved it!!!!

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Anonymous

Best First Lady ever! The world will benefit from Mrs. Obama’s work for decades to come. Hope is a wonderful thing

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Rich W.

Good book, like story. Great example of what a first family should be.

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Anonymous

I enjoyed everything about this book. I loved the different perspectives woven together throughout the book.

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Crosby J.

I loved this book. I highly recommend it! I loved the narration.

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Mrs. Elliott

It was wonderful to hear about Michelle tell us her and her families story.

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Karen B.

I enjoyed. and it brought back many memories

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Francini F.

Everyone should read this book.... especially those with uneducated opinions about Michelle Obama. Thank you for uplifting me through a tough time in my life

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Michael P.

It has been an outstanding experience to read Michelle's book during Women's History Month.

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Maria A.

An intimate look into her experiences and opinions which led me to look further into myself as a woman in a former leadership position, a future mother and as a human. Her spirit is inspiring.

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Gail N.

Michelle Obama writes from her heart. The themes of self-knowledge, family and personal growth dominate. She returns to them often as she tells her story from childhood up to the day that her husband left office in 2017. I learned do much about the work of FLOTUS that I hadn't heard from other first ladies autobiographies. I was transfixed. She is an excellent narrator. Her cadence is just right.

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Claudia Vasquez

It was amazing listening to Mrs. Obama. So strong and powerful. Learned a lot from her life. It will be nice to listen from her daughters point of view Maybe they also can write a book based on their experiences.

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F_ckwatyaheard

Wow just wow! Riveting! Captivating!

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Kristina V.

Love the book and her calm voice. She is such a powerful inspiring woman

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Eriona Vyshka

Such an inspiring heartfelt story! So well written and a pleasure to listen the graceful narration by Michelle Obama. Thank you!

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Anonymous

My first audiobook ever! Did not disappoint!!

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Stephanie S.

Honest story that brought me to a better understanding of the roads they traveled. I already highly respected Michelle & Barak Obama, but after experiencing her story, they are even higher on a pedestal than before (if that's possible). I miss them and their guidance of our nation and the world.

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Marilyn C.

I thought this book was very insightful. We civilians just don't know what they went through, not only as the first family, but the first black family in the White House. Michelle Obama's story was so powerful and her reading, impeccable. There's just too much to comment on, but I highly recommend this to everyone.

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Madeleine K.

I really enjoyed listening to Michelle Obama tell her story. I learned so much of what made her such an amazing and admirable person.

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Mary A F.

Loved the narration the best! Great Job! When’s the next book release date?

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Elizabeth R.

Such a great read- especially as it was narrated by the author!

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Jennifer H.

Amazing work

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Anonymous

It was very interesting hearing the behind the scenes information about what it was like living in the White House as the first lady. I loved learning how she grew up and her journey to get where she is today. Her emotions throughout her journey can be heard in her voice as she tells her story.

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Katherine W.

Great read and audio!

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Brooklyn Showman

Super classy lady. Someone you want as a friend and by your side forever. She told her story beautifully ❤

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Anonymous

Fantastic!

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Erycka B.

Learned a lot about her and how relatable she is. Lovely unfolding of her life.

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AnneMai B.

Ohh, what a journey she has made. Just loved her telling of how she became . How much courage and hard work. And so lucky to have a mother that encouraged her, I was not so lucky. I am so glad I listen to her words, she was a fantastic First Lady. Honest, real, and so emphatic.

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Stevana R.

So powerful to hear of someone who looks like you and endured some of the same life challenges and was able to go and do great, history making accompaniments.

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John D.

Great insights and candid view of the Obama family and White House experience.

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Danielle G.

Great cadence and voice

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John Y.

Thank you, so much, for being unselfishly honest, and full of Grace. I wish you LOVE Mrs. Obama

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Qiana E.

Really Wonderful Book! Michelle Obama is supremely authentic!

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Jeffrey B.

Had no idea what a fantastic person the First Lady was. Opened my eyes to many aspects of what it means to be black in America.

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Tabitha M.

Michelle Obama is an absolutely wonderful human being. She is insightful and inspiring. A truly great American.

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Patty Oole

Captivating inside look of how a strong woman came to be, with insecurities, opinions, self-doubt and assurances. I enjoyed the subtle backdrop of our country's evolving nature through the eyes of a child, teen, woman, mother anf ultimately the FLOTUS. I really loved the honesty shared. it's relatable and inspiring. Worth your time and $$$.

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Anonymous

What an amazing woman and incredible family. It’s so sad we went from them being the first family to this disgusting group of people who now reside in the White House. The Obama’s are deeply missed.

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Robert C.

A book from the heart and an uplifting story.

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Paul N.

Awesome story and reader.

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Connerterri4 C.

Hearing her read the book makes me feel like I am next to her. Loved everything about it. Thank you Mrs. Obama.

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Julie C.

I really enjoyed listening to Michelle Obama read her book. It made it more personal and I appreciated her honest and open style. I don’t think a lot of people realize what her background was. Very inspiring!

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Anonymous

Very interesting life story I liked the book very much

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ASLAUG H.

I enjoyed listening to the author read the book, it was both educating and heartwarming

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Ohhpattybelle

Empowering and raw. I honestly could have not been reading/listening to this at better time given what is happening in this country. She gives me hope but also the reality is as a country we could do better and have so much growing to do. Listening to her narrate her own story was relaxing and peaceful. It also brought tears to my eyes for her honesty and experiences. After this, I admire her even more now than ever.

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Ms.Diva

Thx Michelle (BBF in my head), I was lost with a few things in my life your words help me balance. Thx you for sharing your story.

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Anonymous

She is an amazing human being, woman and author. I feel inspired.

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Anonymous

What an amazing woman and life.

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Aretha C.

I could really feel her emotions thru her voice. Fantastic book!!

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Roz

An amazing, well-written book.

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iamevk

I was not previously a fan of Michelle Obama, but I took the recommendation of trusted friend… I admit that I was mostly oblivious to the incredible accomplishments of Michelle Obama before and after she met/married Barack. More relevant to this review though is the story, and Michelle’s take on human potential and the wait ways we all suffer when others are oppressed. All in all, the book is an ideal combination of thoughtful, provoking and relevant.

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Rakenya W.

AMAZING! I am glad I read this. It made snese when I saw the Netflix doc.

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Frank B.

Fantastic book could not stop listening

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Sunanda B.

I have met her once in DC and even have a picture with her. She is very warm and caring in person and having listened to all 19 hours of her memoir, one understands exactly where she is coming from. I love her motto, ‘when they go low we go high’, that gives you the essence of the person.

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Tatiana G.

Love it a lot

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Kimberli N.

Enjoyable read!

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Anonymous

This was such an amazing book! Michelle narrating made it that much better! I was sad when it ended.

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Ty S.

Better than expected!

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Sandy F.

Thank you so very much Michelle for sharing your journey and inspiring us to keep moving when the going gets tough, recognize using our friends and family as support and no does not mean the end of our work. Sandy f

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Fred L.

Excellent account from the heart of a great lady.

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Deana J.

Her life story and her perspective of the political world, from campaigning to the day to day inside the White House, are fascinating. Written and read aloud in a delightfully honest and casual tone. Feels like you’re sitting down with Michelle Obama for a chat over a cup of coffee.

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Lud B.

It was lovely to hear her life story narrated by her. A beautiful voice a strong person!

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Anonymous

Really enjoyed hearing about her journey

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Maria T.

Michelle Obama is such an elegant woman with wise and calm in her voice! Really enjoyed listening to her story.

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David M.

Great book. Michelle was vulnerable in this one, which helped me realize that what I have been through from my childhood to my career and marriage is just part of life... and I must continue to move forward. Thanks Michelle.

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Valerie F.

This was an inspirational book for me. I was intrigued and enjoyed listening to the story of her life being told by her. For me that always gives more of a personal touch and makes it easier to settle in and enjoy the book.

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Melissa F.

I enjoyed the book

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Sharon Carr

I really enjoyed this book ,I was able to actually experience things with the author. Great Job, Thank you for letting us into your life.

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Tabitha S.

for this to be my very first audiobook, I couldn't have found a better book. Michelle Obama is book made her human and I love her even more. I highly recommend..

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Cynthia Rogers

Great women are found everywhere Michelle Obama what is a treasure to our American society enjoyed the book and I’ve always enjoyed her

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Randy A.

Mrs Obama was so real. She was very empathetic and compassionate. She spoke very clearly with a powerful voice, not only in what she said but also how she said it. She was full of great initiatives and I would love to meet her or write to her!

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Charlene G.

This book has opened my eyes to a world I never understood nor ventured into. As a white lifelong conservative Republican, I have now turned a corner into what I hope to be a life of inclusiveness, openness, and understanding. My ill-fated vote for Trump was motivated by a desire for the appointment of a conservative Supreme Court justice and help from that court to stem the tide of attacks against those who are exercising their right to refuse to act contrary to their beliefs. This book has enabled me to see the broader picture, and while I am no less conservative, I am no longer going to closet myself in my safe, comfortable corner. Both political parties do some things wrong and some things right, however, it is clear to me now that truly caring for the needs of individuals is more prevalent in the Democratic party. I just wish the two parties could work together to make this a better country.

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Kristina L.

Loved everything about it!

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Anonymous

I really enjoyed this book. It’s fascinating to hear the inside workings of politics. Both are so driven and caring people. I feel fortunate to have lived during their presidency.

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Linda G.

Loved this book. Mrs. Obama speaks beautifully and so easy to listen to as she takes on the journey through her life.

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Lakendra M.

It's a great read so pure, full of so many life challenges we all face day to day.

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David H.

Michelle's story is SOO interesting. From the storie of her uncle, Southside, and the lakeside of Chicago, to the highrise lawfirm in downtown, this story had me imagining I was right there. I could see her upstairs childhood room with its flimsy panel divide... I almost caught the rolled up sock!!! I could hear the plink plink of the imperfect piano keys that taught her a life lesson. Just when you thought you knew all about Michelle...she gives you just a little bit more. I didn't want the book to end. You've GOT to read or to hear this book

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Anonymous

I love the Book very much in I Lo ve her as a Person ♥️

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Shanda S.

I really enjoyed listening to Michelle Obama share her powerful story and messages of friendship, power, being female, being a successful black woman and motherhood. Its from her perspective and offers an honest rawness that endears the listener to the very end

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Cecile R.

not as interesting as i thought it woukd be

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Christine R.

Loved the honesty and vulnerability. I also loved hearing Michelle read it herself.

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Maddy S.

Her story is so inspiring! Made me really think. Great book.

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Olympia A.

I had hit a rut with a few books that I couldn't bring myself to finish but when I listened to this audiobook, I was riveted and interested so much by her story that I didn't want it to end. Thank you Michelle Obama for this wonderful and inspirational read!

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Anonymous

love..love this book!! she holds nothing back !! BRAVO!!

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Cheryl Z.

Michelle definitely belongs!!! I am so grateful she was our First Lady while my daughter was growing up because Michelle is such an amazing role model! Thank you Michelle!!

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Paulette T.

I am totally moved and inspired by this book! it is a story about what is best in America. It is in heartbreaking contrast to the worst event in the history this country...the election of Donald Trump.

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Anonymous

It was insight ful and real.

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Anonymous

This book was beautiful. I love Michelle Obama’s honestly, hope, and determination. Also, listening to her read her own story is fantastic. I’ve been recommending this book to all of my friends and I can’t say enough good things about it! I am truly inspired and feel ready to conquer the world!

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Anonymous

Amazingly candid! This book gave so much insight into the true lives of The Obama family as well as Michelle’s authenticity of who she really is.... I applaud her strength in sharing herself, ideas, feeling, and truths in this book. I loved that she narrated her story up to now. It was a blessing to me and gave me strength to evaluate my own life in a new and unique way. Thank you, Michelle!

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Renee H.

I absolutely loved this book!

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Judy W.

So inspiring. I love this couple, this woman and their contribution to the planet.

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Linda H.

I was enthralled listening to the author read her memoir. Kept my interest the entire time. What a brilliant woman; her vocabulary, her sincerity, and her love for family shines through. A must read!

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Deborah D.

The story could not have been told any better than by the person who lived every minute of it. I could listen to Michelle tell her story over and over again.

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Joanne K.

I waited to hear this book but after several recommendations I finally did! I am so glad I did! I asked myself why did you wait so long? Michelle Obama is a thoughtful soul. She has touched so many people and lives.I have profound respect for her, her husband and her family!

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K O.

This book gave a wonderful background of the former First Lady. It was wonderful to know that she came from a simple, loving family. The loss of her father was heartbreaking.

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Anonymous

It offered true insight regarding the entire family and more importantly their early days. I highly recommend!

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Anonymous

Amazing story with a great ending. A lot of philosophical advice for parents that is concrete and meaningful. I loved the audio book it made the rod trip very enjoyable!

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Pat B.

Great view of Michelle Obama's life and how the world reacted to her. So many of the negative things put out there were based on misinformation or what "someone else" deemed to be appropriate. She truly has lived the "when they go low, we lo high" mantra in so many ways. She addressed the areas of concern with either, this is how I truly felt or I didn't realize the impact and I made an adjustment. One thing though, I doubt if we would ever, ever see her in a "I don't really care, do u?" jacket, would we?

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Dave W.

Wow - what a great story with so much meaning, power and hope behind it. Political opinions aside, it was fun to see the Obama family so up close and personal. Truly inspiring, well written and easy to connect to.

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Anonymous

Great read! I enjoyed the reality of the families story. I especially love that Michelle narrated her own book. Love it!

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Romona M.

I loved hearing the book from Michelle herself. One never really knows what someone goes through until they speak it. I learned a lot about the president and presidents wife and children’s life. Wow!!!

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Deon C.

I just couldn’t get enough of this book. I was hanging on her every word looking forward to each phase of her life’s progression.

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Anonymous

Great read. Nice to hear that even successful people are not free of doubts and worries. With learning to believe in yourself, and finding the positive people that can give you the even smallest hand when you find yourself ready to give up, things can change. Good book to give inspiration to continue our dreams no matter what comes our way.

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Fernanda M.

I can’t recall to how many people I have already recommended this book. An incredible, honest story that has your gripped through the ups and downs, and you feel like Michelle shared a window into her life and really let you in. Hearing her narration was the cherry on top.

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Joseph R.

Great insight into what it's like to grow up as a black person in america. The dignity, expectations and mentoring of her loving parents and supportive family shines throughout her journey. Mitchell relates her open and honest feeling about the work and toll seeking and maintaining the office of President had on her family. You see what it takes to live in the bubble and come out the otherside with dignity and respect. This book is an inspiring read.

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Donna M.

Draws a very clear and honest picture. To learn so much of her life before and after becoming "Mrs Obama". Not being a woman of color but having many friends (some I consider as family) young and older that are. This was a story I am able to truly learn from to better understand a life that honestly most don't want to talk about. I thank you Michelle Obama for helping me learn from your life.

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Anonymous

Delightful. Inspiring. Real.

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Heruy G.

It’s a wonderful book and story. I heard two times. Loved it!

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Pam

I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about The Obamas. This book made Mrs. Obama more relatable and not so far away.

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Constancr L.

What a amazing story of hard work, optimism, determination and the love of your family One can empower yourself and others. Mrs Michele Obama is a wonderful mentor for the future of anyone who wants to make a positive difference in this nation. Thank you Mrs Obama for this amazing book. Constance M G- L

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Patricia D.

amazing book! couldn't 'put it down'. what makes it even better is that it's read by the author! Michelle Obama has a lovely calming voice!

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Madhu A.

Beautifully narrated book. I enjoyed every thing about this book.

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Marcia

Every American citizen should read this book. It is not a political book at all- it is a great way to learn about experiences in the White House , period! If more people read this, not just Obama fans, the world would be a better place and more people would feel educated about the what goes on behind the scenes and becoming the First Family.

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Sarah A.

Body chills, chills, chills is the only way I can describe this book.

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Maria M.

Brilliant woman!

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William D.

I loved getting the candid look into her life and her journey as a women, mother and First Lady. Her writing style is honest, relatable and at times heart breaking. As someone who also knows what it’s like to be “other” I appreciate knowing, through her intimate story telling, that Michelle is just as human as anyone and as all of us. Her story is inspirational and sends a clear message that we all must show up for the life we want and embrace the life we’ve been handed. Thoroughly loved the book and was often moved to tears while listening to it.

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Anonymous

This was so awesome being read by Michelle Obama. She knew exactly where the emphasis should be placed and did an awesome job both writing then reading. Loved to hear her voice. I would like to meet her some day.

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Dorothy S.

she is good and describes well

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Margarette M.

This book opens our eyes on the major issues and struggles of the Obama administration.

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Cassandra N.

Fantastic book, demolished it in two days. Who knew I could love her more?

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Amy G.

What an incredible woman and role model. This was a well written and narrated book. I loved her honesty, passion and integrity.

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Darci M.

Loved it

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Charlotte M.

I found this book interesting and informative. Listening to Michelle Obama reading her book also made it feel very personal. Her writing ability and the layout of her books story made for a pleasant listening experience. I would highly recommend this book as it shows courage and vision to rise from where you are where you could be and is a revelation of life behind the scenes in Washington

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Melissa A.

Michelle’s passion, humility and love of family really come across. Inspiring to hear about her efforts to improve the lives of ordinary Americans and rise above so much hatred.

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Terri Z.

I love her! I really enjoyed the book, but I was an Obama fan, so the material was interesting to me. I was bummed when it was over! Interesting to get a peek into a world so different than what most of us know, from life in Chicago to life in the White House.

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Janet M.

Inspirational....and authentic. A must read.

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Kelly G.

Amazing. She is a class act!

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Anonymous

I love the truth and honesty of the words spoken by First Lady Michelle Obama. This book is relatable to me in so many ways. I love the real candor she provides along each step of the book's chapters. The added bonus of her reading her own words adds another pearl to this beautiful precious jewel of Becoming Michelle Obama. We all realize that we are all still Becoming in our own journey in life.

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Michele P.

Beautiful, luminous, memoir. If I never heard of Michelle Obama, I would have loved it. I daresay she's a better writer than her esteemed husband! Even if you study everything about the Obamas, though, this book will still surprise and delight you.

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Melany D.

Interesting! Explores her life and family in a relatable way. Fun to hear about the experience as a First Lady.

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Shalu S.

I am officially inspired

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Brian J.

We read this in my book club and it made for very dynamic and interesting discussion. There were 11 women and everyone gave it four stars and up.! This is a very personal and fascinating story!

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Dana B.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to my forever First Lady narrate her book. I enjoyed how she let us in her life.. she was authentic and raw... I felt like I was listening to a friend speak the way she kept me entertained. Listening to this book was far better than reading, however, I'm glad I purchased the hard copy as well.

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Kimberly M.

Arguably the best book ever written, made even better by MO reading it. It was like being in the room with her...but much more affordable! Great listen!!

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Zelda P.

This book was well written as well as articulated. I enjoyed the way so told her story it was like living the moments with her.

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Allison P.

Listening to this story I was impressed and inspired. I laughed with her and parts made me cry. She is a truely smart, driven person. And a wonderful and caring mother, wife, and friend. I was captured by every moment of her story and found much of it relatable.

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Terry S.

Very interesting how a younger person of the modern age takes up the position of First Lady in an older and established institution and makes changes by just following her intuition. I would have however liked more insight into how it was meeting some of the many celebrities and statesmen she met. There must have far more she could have told.

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Amelia B.

This was such a great book! The behind the scenes narration of the Obama years in the White House was fascinating, very insightful, both eye-opening and heart-wrenching. Michelle Robinson Obama’s life story was brilliantly told, heartwarming, inspirational and powerful. Thank you for sharing your story! Amelia

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Anonymous

Becoming was my first political book. I always vote and try to stay tuned to most politics, but she was the first person to move me to read about her experience. I learned a lot and am so proud that our country elected Barack Obama and gave Michelle an incredible platform. She is most definitely someone to look up to and emulate!

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Middy R.

Beautifully written...Michelle takes the reader on a journey from her humble beginnings to post life in the White House.

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Jordan S.

Incredible listen. Michelle's story is so compelling and listening to her tell it makes the experience feel very authentic. Highly recommend.

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April B.

A real page turner but to hear Michelle tell you her story is priceless. So Amazing!!!

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Brad B.

As a male and a republican this book wasn’t meant for me but I found it enjoyable and I’m glad I read it. I think that’s what drew me to it. It was very interesting to learn about her history, professional career as well as more about our former Presidents family life, I value them both even if I don’t agree with some of the things they did. I think she’s a role model for young people and it looks like history will view her that way as well. I hope she continues to write and be in the public eye. I would recommend this book

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Natalie C.

I love this book very inspiring ! Great biography !

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Wesley C.

Living in a world where politicians treat each other with vailed angst and false pleasantries, I found Michelle’s blatant and honest assessment of our political system, and society as a whole, refreshing. Her memoir inspired me with her uplifting story of success from such humble origins, and simultaneously brought me almost to tears recognizing the rapid decline our society has taken in the post-Obama era. If ever there was a time we needed a message of hope, it’s now.

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Katharine M.

love this story. so remarkable and so generous. I really felt like she shared so much, but in only the way Michele Obama would; total class. When she was little, it was so interesting to get to know who she was as her life was unfolding. It was so excited to think.... "oh my goodness, this girl is going to meet Barrack Obama someday~!"

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Anonymous

Michelle’s voice was pleasant. Her honesty and openness to share her inner most intimate feelings of her life. Definitely The First Lady and a great read.

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Anonymous

She is amazing and I am happy I read this book ! So inspiring I must have my daughters read it as well !!

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Tyleah P.

No one can tell your story better than you! I’ve gain a deeper appreciation for Michelle while listening and following along in my hardback copy as well. Thank you Michelle Obama forever my FLOTUS!

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Liz H.

Loved, loved, loved this book. What an amazing woman and a woman our younger generation can truly look up to. One classy lady!

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Anonymous

A pure joy to read

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Anonymous

I loved it.

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Celisa B.

I’m could not love Michelle Obama more! The book was so interesting and honest. I usually don’t like memoirs but love this one and I loved listening to her narrate her own story.

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Sharice M.

Intriguing and very descriptive. She paints pictures ever so vividly and realistic.

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Carolyn R.

Very eloquent and well done!

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Carolanne M.

Insightful, inspirational, exciting,. Mrs. Obama’s voice gave life to her words and stories. We were not wrong when we first came to know Michelle. She is one of us, wishing Mr. & Mrs. Robinson parenting skills and wisdom could have been bottled for all Americans. Mrs. Obama thank you for sharing your family with all us. We are better people for your service and sacrifice. ☮️

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Meka M.

Amazing!! I have always loved Michelle Obama because she always seemed so down to earth. This book just confirmed what I have believed all along! A great read about an amazing woman!

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Calli B.

An American dream story told by a woman who worked hard and deserved every accomplishment. Michelle Obama inspires me as a woman, wife and mother. As a military spouse, I am personally grateful for all her hard work in recognizing and helping military families. She really did make a difference.

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Tiffany T.

This book really speaks to me. I see so much of myself in Mrs. Obama. I find her story very relatable in a sense that she didn’t come from money like most ivy league graduates. She had intellect, ambition and determination to succeed and that’s why she came out on top! I love this book and I’m thankful for the opportunity to get a glimpse inside her world. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Obama

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Alejandro R.

Really was such an inspiring book, I highly recommend it love you Michelle

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Wilmelys M.

Great book. Very uplifting and motivation to women of all ages.

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Virginia C.

I love the simplicity, the romance and you can see such great people inner self. I love this book.

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Anonymous

Excellent narrative imagery. I knew Michelle Obama as the compassionate, elegant First Lady. Now I can most effectively claim symmetry with her worldview.

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Anonymous

I respect her truths. Awesome and inspiring! An excellent story.

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