The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream [CDs]

by BARACK OBAMA | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 0739334085 Global Overview for this book
Registered by gnissorckoob of Miami, Florida USA on 11/3/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by gnissorckoob from Miami, Florida USA on Friday, November 03, 2006
Purchased this after hearing Obama making the talk show rounds introducing the book (October 2006)
5 CDs - running time: 6 hours
Read by the author
Abridgement approved by the author

The title comes from a sermon by Obama's Chicago pastor. The book has been described as "part memoir, part politics." Some think Obama will be the next U.S. president. Click here for more info and interview with author.

11/08/06: Finished listening today on the way home from work. Thought it was very worthwhile. It started out a bit staid, but got more interesting as it went on. I especially appreciated his comments on faith, race, and family. The part about his wife's father brought a lump to my throat.

I would like to share this with other interested listeners. Below is the schedule for the bookring. Please remember that you are asked to keep the audio no more than about 3 weeks. This is because it is recently published and some people would like to hear it while it is still "hot". (Any questions,etc. send me a message.) Thanks for keeping it moving.

Bookring List:
terra57- Hopedale, MA
indygo88- Lafayette, IN
nightraine56 - St. Louis, MO
azuki - Miami FL
maccaufan - Miami, FL

Round #2:
By popular demand, this is going to continue on. Here's the next list:


Round #3!
& the beat goes on
... then back to me, gnissorckoob

----> Please journal when you receive the audio so we'll know where it is.

3/07/07 update: This has gone so well, that I am starting another audio ring: Dreams from My Father, Obama's earlier book. (US only, please.)

Journal Entry 2 by gnissorckoob from Miami, Florida USA on Friday, November 10, 2006

Mailed off to terra today.
This is the first time I've started a BookRing. Hope it goes well.

Journal Entry 3 by gnissorckoob from Miami, Florida USA on Saturday, November 18, 2006
Update: Sen. Obama spoke tonight at the Miami International Book Fair. We waited in line 2 hours to get free tickets. It was worth the wait. He was great, and got multiple standing ovations. The place was packed -- 1300 people and reportedly almost as many more who wanted to see him but couldn't get in.

Journal Entry 4 by terra57 from Hopedale, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, November 30, 2006
thanks for sending this to me. Sorry it took so long to register but I had major surgery on 11/13 that was unexpected. I received this on 11/17. Will have my daughter mail next week to next in line.

Journal Entry 5 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Wednesday, December 13, 2006
It's here! I should finish up my current audiobook tomorrow, and then will start this one. Thanks! I'm hearing more and more about Obama in the news....

Journal Entry 6 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I am normally not politically oriented AT ALL. However, being fed up with the current administration, I find myself becoming a bit more inquisitive about political policies and the possible presidential candidates for the next election. Before reading this audiobook, I really didn't know much about Obama, other than he's been getting a lot of positive hype, and I was curious to learn more about him. He is extremely well-spoken and though that can be said for many politicians (Bush excluded -- LOL!), he really does seem sincere. I feel like I want to back this man almost 100%, and I look forward to following his run for the presidential bid. Thank you, gnissorckoob, for the opportunity to read this book. I have "Dreams From My Father" on Mt. TBR, and I think I will have to bump it up a bit in the reading schedule!

I already have nightrain's address, so this will be going out in the mail later today.

Journal Entry 7 by nightraine56 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I just picked this up from my mail box. I will start it asap. Sorry for the delay. I was gone for the holidays. Looking forward to listening to it.

Journal Entry 8 by nightraine56 at mailbox in St. Louis, Missouri USA on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Released 13 yrs ago (1/30/2007 UTC) at mailbox in St. Louis, Missouri USA



I found him to be a little preachy in some areas and lecturous in others. I can tell that he teaches. He seems quite honest in his convictions. I am not sure he can accomplish all of his ideas, but a fresh voice is nice for a change. This is on its way to Azuki in Florida.

Journal Entry 9 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Friday, February 09, 2007
Thank nightraine56 for mailing this, and gnissorckoob for sharing.
As I am listening to another audiobook now and Macaufan isn't, I will pass this on to him first so he can start on it sooner. When he is done it will be my turn.

Journal Entry 10 by Macaufan from Miami, Florida USA on Saturday, February 17, 2007
Thanks, I started listening to it already.

Journal Entry 11 by Macaufan from Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Very informative, but boring. Passing it on to Azuki.

Journal Entry 12 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Monday, February 26, 2007
I can see how Macaufan called it boring. It is at times, and I will find my mind drifting off. I had thought Obama would be a more dynamic speaker/reader. Nonetheless, I agree with gnissorckoob that it gets better, and the book did teach me some new things about politics, social science and black history, and got me thinking on some of the subjects he discussed.

I and waiting for SWilson2's address and will get it mailed soon.

Journal Entry 13 by swilson2 from Whitby, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Ive got it! Its in Safe hands - I'll start listening to it today on my way from work.

Thanks for sending it all the way to Canada.

I thought the 1st half was dry and with overwhelming historical references but it eventually got better and in the end I was left wishing for more.

I'm awaiting SalDragski address, and will mail it express.

Journal Entry 14 by SalDragski from San Antonio, Texas USA on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Received today via overnight Federal Express (not necessary but appreciated!).

Journal Entry 15 by SalDragski from San Antonio, Texas USA on Monday, April 23, 2007
Just finished this on the way into work this morning. Abridged is the way to go for nonfiction books. I'll have to get his first book. He's definitely one to watch during the next election. Off to the next person on the list once I get an address.

Journal Entry 16 by BookBirds from Somewhere in the USA, -- Wild Released somewhere in USA -- USA on Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Cool, I've been waiting for this! I will start it today!

Journal Entry 17 by BookBirds at N/A in ***, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 11, 2007

Released 13 yrs ago (5/11/2007 UTC) at N/A in ***, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases



Well, I discovered I don't like audiobooks. If my eyes don't have to follow a page, my mind wanders. If this was an actual book, I'm sure I would have loved it. This is being sent to infostermom before the postal rate increase!

Journal Entry 18 by infostermom from Valparaiso, Indiana USA on Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thanks for the book. Just got back from vacation and found the book waiting for me. Will get to it soon.

Journal Entry 19 by infostermom from Valparaiso, Indiana USA on Saturday, June 16, 2007
Very informative. Will send out to katekintail.

Journal Entry 20 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Received this in the mail today! Unfortunately I'll be at a class all day tomorrow, but I plan to start listening to this on Thursday. I'm definitely looking forward to this. Thanks for the bookring!

PMing the next participant now so I'll be able to send this on as soon as I finish.

Journal Entry 21 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, June 29, 2007
I just finished listening to this; it was wonderful. I was worried about it, being an abridgment, but it was the perfect length, IMHO.

I found at least one interesting insight in every chapter, though was particularly moved by his observations and ideas regarding values, race and class/the economy. I always enjoy hearing Barack speak on TV though in the past I've felt that maybe he was a little too young to be president. After listening to this, I'm much more convinced that he's got a great amount of experience. I love his refreshing amount of love for his office and his realistic optimism coupled with understanding.

I think I probably would have liked it even more if I'd spaced out my listening more and listened to one or two chapters only at a time instead of it all in almost one sitting, just because it's nice to have time to think about each topic he puts forward before moving on to the next. But I still loved it. Thanks for the opportunity to hear this! I'll send it out tomorrow if I can get to the P.O. before it closes or on Monday at the very latest.

Journal Entry 22 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Thursday, July 05, 2007
Sent out today first class. Sorry it took me a while to get to the post office.

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Journal Entry 23 by AnnaLibrarian from Richmond, Virginia USA on Tuesday, August 14, 2007
It''s here! It got lost in the mail that piled up while I was gone, but I''ve found it and will send it on shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Journal Entry 24 by Catwoman from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada on Monday, September 10, 2007
Received in the mail today. Looking forward to listening to this.

Journal Entry 25 by Catwoman from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada on Monday, September 17, 2007
I particularly liked his section about the US Constitution (not sure why) and race. I can see why he is very popular in the States. I think he has the luxury of not being in power - and seeming to have all the answers. Even though he claims he knows that the issues are very complicated, he still seems to give superficial solutions. He was impressive in his apparently quick rise through "the ranks". It will be interesting to see if he is able to stick to his convictions as his career progresses.

Have emailed msjoanna for her address.

Released 12 yrs ago (9/19/2007 UTC) at fellow bookcrossing member in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases



Mailed to msjoanna on Wednesday.

Journal Entry 27 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Saturday, September 29, 2007
This has arrived in NYC. Looking forward to starting it during my commute on Monday.

Journal Entry 28 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Friday, October 19, 2007
Again, I found Obama himself a pleasure to listen to. His voice is compelling and he reads well on tape. I most enjoyed the personal sections of this book -- the chapter on how he met his wife, the struggles of political life, the difficulty of two-career households. But I found the policy suggestions in this book totally useless. There were no difinitive plans or policies and Obama seemed unwilling to take a stand on controversial topics. I suppose I just expected more from this book than what I got.

Nonetheless, I'm glad to have heard the book and I'm interested in following Obama's career.

I'm just waiting for an address for Erishkigal so I can pass the book along.

ETA: Dropping in the mailbox Oct. 20, 2007.

Journal Entry 29 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Sunday, November 11, 2007
made it to Utah. I've already popped it in my car, and stated listening on my way to work today. I found Obama's candor in Dreams From My Father to be most refreshing--looking forward to "hearing" this one.. Thanks!

Journal Entry 30 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I am so sorry! I thought I'd sent this on up I-15 a month ago! I guess in all the holiday madness it slipped away...anyway, it resurfaced while cleaning today, and I'll head to the PO on my way in to work.

Journal Entry 31 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Friday, February 08, 2008
Received in the mail yesterday.

Journal Entry 32 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Thursday, February 21, 2008
Finished listening to this book on the way home from work today. I especially enjoyed where he talked about his personal life. I was glad to have an opportunity to listen to some of his views since it looks like we will be seeing and hearing a lot more from him in the coming months. Thank you gnissorckoob for sharing.

I'm still waiting for the next participants address so that I can move this along.

Journal Entry 33 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Thursday, February 28, 2008
In the mail to Moody-Blue today.

Journal Entry 34 by wingMoody-Bluewing from Montrose, Colorado USA on Monday, March 03, 2008
Thank you for tracking me down! Don't know why the PMs are so unreliable. Looking forward to this book.

Journal Entry 35 by wingMoody-Bluewing from Montrose, Colorado USA on Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Audiobooks are tricky because you really have to be present, in the moment, and not let your mind wander off to problems at work or what you need to buy at the store. I was lucky enough to be able to devote my full attention to listening to this powerful speaker and I enjoyed it greatly. It's such a treat to hear his stories of being a young senator and a new husband and father. I pray he will remember, really remember, all he learned and all he hoped for on his way to the White House.

Journal Entry 36 by keno-mom from Georgetown, Texas USA on Sunday, March 16, 2008
I recieved the book today 3/14/08.

Released 12 yrs ago (3/24/2008 UTC) at next in line--bookray in -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA



Sent to bigbird as next person in book ring. I loved Obama reading this book, however, most of the materal has been included in his speaches and is a rehash.

Journal Entry 38 by BigBird2002 from Mesa, Arizona USA on Saturday, March 29, 2008
Arrived in the mail today. I am going to put this on my MP3 player to listen to as I go walking, at school, etc. I am taking a class in American Government right now and will be writing a 5 page paper on Obama this month. I want to make sure this audio can continue on its course and be able to listen to it carefully at the same time. Thank you for letting me be part of this ring. I am really looking forward to this book!

Journal Entry 39 by BigBird2002 from Mesa, Arizona USA on Saturday, April 12, 2008
On the way to jagvvr per gnissorckoob. Thanks again for letting me be part of this ring!

Journal Entry 40 by jaglvr from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 21, 2008
received this today. not sure who i should send it to once i listen to it though?

Journal Entry 41 by jaglvr from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, June 13, 2008
it was interesting. but after listening to this, I realized that I really might be more reserved in my views than I thought. And I have to admit that his "S" sounds drove me nuts on the CDs. They were really over emphasized. Was interesting to learn about his early days in government though and he seems like a really relaxed sort of man.

will mail off to rosepetal next week!
Thanks for sharing Gnissorckoob!!

Journal Entry 42 by rosepetal2 from Belleville, Illinois USA on Thursday, July 03, 2008
Received the audiobook today and I plan to start on it tonight.

Journal Entry 43 by rosepetal2 from Belleville, Illinois USA on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I bought the book a while ago but haven't been able to read it yet and I am glad to have "read" it as an audiobook. As an Illinois resident, it is interesting to me to hear the book sections about my part of the state. Will mail back to gnissorckoob so maybe it can start on Round 4?

Journal Entry 44 by gnissorckoob from Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, July 24, 2008
Just returned from a trip and found this in the mail. Thanks Rosepetal2 for sending it 1st class.

It gave me great pleasure to share this with some 20 listeners. I discovered Barack Obama before he became a "rock star" -- thru his two books. Imagine my excitement now to see that he really does have a chance to be U.S. President. The country needs the kinds of change he discusses. As he says, he can't singlehandedly *give* us change, but be can be a catalyst if we all work together.

Yes, we can.

Released 11 yrs ago (9/27/2008 UTC) at Barack Obama Campaign Office, 257 Miracle Mile (Coral Gables) in Miami, Florida USA


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