Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Winner of the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Autobiography/Memoir
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir; 15 million copies sold worldwide
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'A polished pearl of a memoir' New York Times
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.
'A genuine page-turner, full of intimacies and reflections' Evening Standard
'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
'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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With her witty, insightful memoir, Michelle Obama proves that she’s a masterful storyteller. She begins her story with a poignant reflection on her post–White House life, before reflecting back on her early years in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side. With honesty, warmth and wisdom, Obama talks about her early challenges as a black woman lawyer and her decision to have children via in vitro fertilization. There’s also plenty of affectionate dish about her husband. Her unselfconscious narration drives home her inspiring relatability, convincing us that we could be friends with Michelle. (But we’re also content for her to remain a role model and a source of hope.)
Sandy Hook | December 2012
I listened as Michelle Obama described this day in the clip Apple released a day before Becoming was released. It gave me an account of the horror most parents felt. It brought back memories of this day, as I sat on my chair at work in JPMorgan & Chase's Victoria Enbankment office in London, UK. All the parents were horrified, not knowing how to respond, I just watched the news on CNN. It was a sad sombre day for all. I also thought about all the kids in the Middle East and Africa who had being killed by attacks by The US and their allies but never got The Sandy Hook coverage. Made me numb. Thank you Mrs. Obama, I think now I can understand my mum's worry when I have a late night out even though I am in my 30s.
Inspirational Woman. Overrated Book.
Sad to say that whilst Michelle Obama is clearly an inspirational woman and a role model for people worldwide, she isn’t an especially talented writer or narrator. Honestly, this book is neither witty nor especially well written. It’s factually moderately interesting, but just not terribly engaging or memorable in its style. As a narrator Michelle is painfully monotone and manages to make almost every sentence tail off as if it’s the last one of the final chapter.