AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Becoming by Michelle Obama


Release Date:
 November 13, 2018
Publisher: Random House Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 19 hours 3 minutes
Narrator: Michelle Obama  
Genre: Biographies
Buy: Audible | Kindle


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 US 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 listeners 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.


I just love when I write an entire review and it doesn't save! Ugh here is my review for Becoming:

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, I loved learning about Michelle Obama's younger years, her family, how they lived, how she learned and how she became the woman she is today. I really was inspired by her insights on race and how it feels to be one of the only black women at Princeton and Harvard Law.  How black people tell her she talks "white" and white people are impressed with how well spoken she is. How fitting in is just not really an option so you learn to cope and move through and her love and pride in her South Side Chicago early years.

Most of the second half of the book we all know because it centers around when her husband was the President but the interesting tidbits like her mother sneaking out to live a somewhat normal life, it taking 15 minutes to get out of the house to see the White House lit up for pride after gay marriage was legalized, and just all the small details that we don't really think about down to the way the staff dresses at the White House or that you are basically living in a luxury hotel since, there are always staff there 24/7.  

I continue to be impressed and inspired by Michelle Obama and just bought her husbands new book Promise Land which I hope to get to over the holiday weekend.