Saturday, April 11, 2020

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I listened to the unabridged audio version of Becoming by Michelle Obama and narrated by the author.

Listening time for Becoming by Michelle Obama is 19 hours, 3 minutes.

In case you haven't already heard, Becoming is former First Lady Michelle Obama's memoir. I really, deeply, truly, loved this memoir from start to finish... And one of my favorite features was hearing Michelle Obama narrate her memoir. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama has a prologue, which is then followed by three sections titled, 'Becoming Me' (covers Michelle Obama's early life), followed by 'Becoming Us' (covers Barack and Michelle Obama's early life together), and lastly 'Becoming More' (covers the Obamas' life in the White House) and finally Becoming concludes with an epilogue.

I loved the pace and tone for this memoir. Michelle Obama gives enough detailed information about the various aspects of her life without skimping on the details, but she never goes overboard with too much detail either. Becoming is a nicely balanced memoir focusing fairly equally on Michelle Obama's life from her childhood on the south side of Chicago through the last day spent in the White House and everything in between. I felt Michelle Obama was candid and genuine in the telling of her life. She comes across as a confident, strong, caring, and compassionate woman. 

Below is a summary for Becoming by Michelle Obama from Audible:
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 am giving Becoming by Michelle Obama a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. I don't really read memoirs as a rule, but I stand in awe of this woman. How wonderful it was to have such a caring, compassionate, and intelligent First Lady who seriously tried to make life better for others. Her life story is an inspiration.

    1. Yes, I agree with you that Michelle Obama's life story is an inspiration.

  2. I loved Becoming. I was inspired.

  3. I need to read this!
    I highly admire this woman and I was very excited when my hubby bought me this book for my birthday last year.

    1. I hope you enjoy reading Becoming as much as I did!