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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  890,972 ratings  ·  62,709 reviews
Listening Length: 19 hrs 3 min

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

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 m
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Published November 13th 2018 by Random House Audio
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Paula I loved her interview with Stephen Colbert, when she said: "It is lazy and easy to lead by fear, it is harder to lead with hope." The gap between the …moreI loved her interview with Stephen Colbert, when she said: "It is lazy and easy to lead by fear, it is harder to lead with hope." The gap between the Obamas and the current administration could not be more striking. I miss their intelligence, dignity, humor and humanness every day. (less)
Gina This is her biography. So it is about Michelle Obama and not a comprehensive look at all African American woman activists. You can read the summary ju…moreThis is her biography. So it is about Michelle Obama and not a comprehensive look at all African American woman activists. You can read the summary just like any of us and it describes a basic political biography/memoir of Michelle. (less)

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Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just to be up front, I voted for Barack in both 2008 and 2012, I’m male, not white, a naturally born citizen who generally vote Democrat. Since this book was written by a somewhat polarizing person I thought being upfront on who I am made sense in todays world of identity politics. Also, I borrowed my friends EPUB and read it on his computer which is why it doesn’t say “verified purchaser” next to my name and the references I have below is from that EPUB.

I generally respect Michelle Obama and he
Angela M (On a little break)
I didn’t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any more than I already did. For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring. We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care. Without a doubt, she cares more than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country. Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly honest and as inspiring as I suspected it would be. I fel ...more
Emily May
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.

Look, I'm not a happy crier. I might cry at songs about leaving and missing someone; I might cry at books where things don't work out; I might cry at movies where someone dies. I've just never really understood why people get all choked up over happy, inspirational things. But Michelle Obama's kindness and empathy chan
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I understand the hype!

I didn't know much about Michelle Obama nor her husband. This book absolutely humanized them and show me how much they care about others. The contrast with the actual political situation is blatant.

i’m so glad that i got the audiobook for this back and finally was able to finish all these months later!

michelle obama sharing her experience and dropping nuggets of wisdom into my ear holes for 19 hours straight was just a delightful experience :)
Kai Spellmeier
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned


this is going to be good
Sarah Jessica Parker
I’m so thrilled to add Becoming to my list! A powerful, surprising and moving book as well as refreshingly candid that I think will be deeply inspirational to many.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!

Miranda Reads
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, quickly became one of the most iconic women of the White House.

In this memoir, she reflects on what her life was like as she was raised on the South Side of Chicago and her roots in her working class family.
Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?
We learn about her college life and her career as a lawyer.

Elyse Walters
Audiobook read by Michelle Obama

For the past three days - all I wanted to do was listen to Michelle Obama..... I cried - or was teary-eyed so many times - I lost count.
THIS BOOK must be ‘especially’ special to her immediate family and closest friends ....but it’s also a great gift to the rest of us.
Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book - it’s so MICHELLE’S STORY!
She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions- write with tremendous insight and sensitivity and from beg
Larry H
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I'd be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words 'first' and 'black' attached to them ever would. I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I'd need to climb my way into favor."

God, do I miss the Obamas.

Since I've had the right to vote, two presidents have energized and excited me—Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. That's not to say that I agreed with everything they did, or that there weren't t
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed this. I was engrossed the whole time and even teared up at some parts. Even when I wasn't reading the book, I was still thinking about Michelle Obama's story. I loved that rather than a rehashed Wiki article of her successes, this was a reflective coming-of-age story that will be inspiring to so many women and people of color who are struggling to find themselves. I loved experiencing Michelle's life alongside her with all her triumphs and heartbrea ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michelle Obama won spoken-word Grammy from audiobook. Cannot wait to listen from the beginning of her fantastic life journey!

OMG I couldn’t put it down! I haven’t read so many biographies or memoirs for so long but after starting that one I berated myself for procrastinating for so long to get this book into my hands.

It was fascinatingly riveting, intriguing, inspirational, powerful, moving! It’s so hard to find role models in our modern world because the appearance, faking, imitation, being ar
Ahmad Sharabiani
Becoming, Michelle Obama

Becoming is the memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. The book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. The book's 24 chapters (plus a preface and epilogue) are divided into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.

Become Me, traces Obama's early life growing up on the South Side of Chicago, through her education
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

me: *screaming through a megaphone and a microphone* I LOVE MICHELLE OBAMA SHE’S MY PRESIDENT

I am not even American LOL but I’d still vote for Michelle at pretty much anything to be completely honest.


There is not much I could discuss this book, because everything I could possibly say lays already between the pages of it, so I would make this quick because this is the most important idea of my review: I LOVE MICHELLE O
Felice Laverne
I just finished this PHENOMENAL book–seriously, probably THE best autobiography I’ve ever laid my hands on! It’s now in vogue–the coolest new trend–for people to write a book about their lives, and I respect that trend for allowing us to read more TRUE, REAL stories about REAL people. BUT, Becoming is the first autobiography I’ve ever felt I’ve truly connected with, learned from and became a better person for having read it. Within these pages, I both saw myself and re-found myself within Michel ...more
This isn’t so much a review as it is a tiny opportunity to thank the book gods for all the opportunities reading and books have given me. Getting to meet and share time with Michelle Obama was one of the craziest highlights of my professional life and speeding through this book to finish it in time will always be one of the funniest reading experiences I’ve ever had. 🙌🏼
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is poorly written. Only fans of M.O. could possibly like this book as it doesn't stick to facts. They are the only ones allowed to give reviews of it. I wonder what is being said about Trump books? My review has been deleted twice. Hopefully I am allowed to say this little bit. ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Whatever was coming next, this was a story we could own.
What an extraordinary and formidable undertaking it must have been, to be the one standing next to the first black President of the United States. And it was made all the more so because Michelle Obama was scrutinized and held to a bar far higher than any previous First Lady. And yet, she came through it with grace, intelligence, and humor, and in the process, inspired an entire generation of women and people of color, including me.

Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Absolutely stunning in every possible way. I hope Michelle is having a good day 😭
5 Extremely Poignant Stars for “Becoming”

When I think of Michelle Obama, the words that come to mind are: Grace Personified.

She exemplifies all of the qualities I admire most: beauty, elegance, honor, kindness, intelligence and dignity. To say that I miss the Obamas is an understatement.

Going into this read, I knew I would be emotional. Truth be told, that didn’t begin to describe my reaction to hearing Michelle Obama’s words, her thoughts and learning about her, a good portion of which I’m a
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

While I admit to being a reading fiend when it comes to politics, as some will no doubt have realised, I also find much pleasure in learning about people through biographies and memoirs. Knowing full well that I would be swept up in the wave that surrounded the recent release of Michelle Obama’s memoirs, I vowed to take some time to read them, partially to offset some of the alarming pieces about current events in DC. Obama seeks not to define herself as FLOTUS (First Lady of the Uni
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

I’ve had Becoming pre-ordered since I saw it was coming out. I was so excited to read it. Per my Amazon account, I purchased The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama in early 2007. When I read this book, I was moved and hoped this man would be president one day. When I was in my early 20’s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign. My point is, I’ve always loved the Obamas, but I never knew much about Michelle. After reading this book, I feel like I know so much more. Her story is inspiring, f
Michelle Obama Give Me A Hug And Tell Me Everything Is Going To Be Okay 2k19.

One of my greatest wishes is for the entirety of my thought process to be narrated - if not controlled - by Michelle Obama.

But apparently that isn’t “a thing that can happen,” and “even if it was it’d be creepy and in many ways morally wrong,” and “seriously Emma how do these ideas even occur to you, it’s worrying, stop.”

So I did the next best thing and listened to this audiobook.


I d
Stephanie L
You bet your ass I just preordered this. As a female minority, Queen First Lady Michelle Obama has become one of my most go-to role models, and I already know I'm going to be in tears while reading this. ...more
I don't know what happened but I really did not connect with Michelle Obama while reading this book. I ended up skipping a lot of paragraphs, reading through it and would have probably not ended my reading of Becoming if it had been written by any other person in the world.

I really wanted to love that book. I pre-ordered it and was waiting for it with anticipation. I like Michelle Obama, I think she is an amazing strong woman and I wanted to read why she was all that. I still believe she is an a
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable. She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming more.

As most of us know by now, Michelle is from Chicago, grew up with loving and supportive parents, attended Princeton followed by Harvard for law school, then began her position as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Sidley Austin, where she eventually met Barack.

My favorite section of the book was by far, Becoming Us, in which Michelle describes mee
Peter (on semi hiatus and trying to catch up)
Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, is a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the major decisions, challenges and events in her life. This left me with even more respect and admiration for her and Barak. It provides wonderful coverage of her thinking and actions through life, from childhood to lawyer, to wife and mother, and to First Lady.

Michelle’s background in the South Shore neighbourhood in Chicago is openly chronicled to the reader and shows a person shaped by her hardwo
Whitney Atkinson
i’ve been crying for like 3 hours lol
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michelle Obama calling Donald Trump a bully in one of the best selling books of the year gave me the strength to get through 2019.

This was wonderful to listen to, Michelle is beautifully eloquent and her way with words was bewitching. I listened to this in the car and at times found myself just sitting in the car outside work/home/wherever just so i could finish listening the chapter.

This book is relatable in all the best ways, incredibly interesting and most importantly, inspiring. I'm fairly
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Michelle Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Mrs. Obama started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, at the University of Chicago, and at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. ...more

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