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Need something to listen to you while you wait for Barack Obama's new book, A Promised Land? We've got you covered.

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Dreams from My Fath - Abridged

A Story of Race and Inheritance

By Barack Obama
Narrated by: Barack Obama
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death... Read more »

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The Audacity of Hop - Abridged

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

By Barack Obama
Narrated by: Barack Obama
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics–a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in Congress... Read more »

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hours 1 minutes

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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The Meaning of Michelle

16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

By Veronica Chambers
Narrated by: January LaVoy & Prentice Onayemi
Length: 4 hours 53 minutes

“Whenever I think about Michelle Obama, I think, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like her. I want to be that intelligent, confident, and comfortable in my own skin’.” ―Roxane Gay

“Even after eight years of watching them daily in the press, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is a Black man is still breathtaking to me. The fact... Read more »

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They Said This Day Would Never Come

Chasing the Dream on Obama's Improbable Campaign

By Chris Liddell-Westefeld
Narrated by: Chris Liddell-Westefeld, Dion Graham, Graham Halstead, Melissa Dodd, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Dara Rosenberg, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Lisa Flanagan, Tracey Leigh, Zeno Robinson, Ron Butler, Barack Obama, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer & David Plouffe
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

The thrilling, unlikely story of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, as told by the volunteers and staff who propelled the longshot candidate to the presidency
In the year leading up to the Iowa caucuses, few thought a freshman senator named Barack Hussein Obama would be able to win the Democratic nomination--not to mention become the... Read more »

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The Audacity to Win

The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory

By David Plouffe
Narrated by: Erik Davies
Length: 19 hours 22 minutes

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David Plouffe not only led the effort that put Barack Obama in the White House, but he also changed the face of politics forever and reenergized the idea of democracy itself. The Audacity to Win is his story of that... Read more »

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Power Forward

My Presidential Education

By Reggie Love
Narrated by: Reggie Love
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

A Washington Post bestseller, Power Forward is a compelling professional coming-of-age story from Reggie Love, the man who spent more time with Barack Obama during his historic first campaign and term than anyone else.

Reggie Love is a unique witness to history, whose introduction to Washington was working in Junior Senator Barack Obama’s... Read more »

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Thanks, Obama

My Hopey, Changey White House Years

By David Litt
Narrated by: David Litt
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Thanks, Obama

“This was the first political book I was able to pick up after 2016, and I loved it. David Litt was one of Obama’s speechwriters, and I enjoyed traveling back in time to those happier, more innocent political times. I'd suspected too that his speechwriting credentials would make his memoir pleasant to read, and I was right—I particularly appreciate when form mirrors content, like the run-on sentences illustrating Obama’s style or the sentence-ending prepositions up with which Valerie Jarrett would not put. Oh, and it’s funny—and who doesn’t need a good laugh these days?”

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The World as It Is

A Memoir of the Obama White House

By Ben Rhodes
Narrated by: Mark Deakins & Ben Rhodes
Length: 15 hours 44 minutes

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive—in the tradition of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House.
 
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the... Read more »

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

By Alyssa Mastromonaco
Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
Length: 5 hours 58 minutes

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this . . .
Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval... Read more »

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West Winging It

An Un-presidential Memoir

By Pat Cunnane
Narrated by: Pat Cunnane
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

The West Wing meets The Office in this “funny, moving story about working in the White House that is a must read for anyone who misses having Barack Obama as President” (Dan Pfeiffer, cohost of Pod Save America), directly from his senior writer and former Deputy Director of Messaging.

West Winging It is the “fitfully funny…warm and observant”... Read more »

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From the Corner of the Oval

A Memoir

By Beck Dorey-Stein
Narrated by: Beck Dorey-Stein
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

From the Corner of the Oval

“I loved listening to this. While I disagreed with many of Beck's choices and decisions, I couldn't help rooting for her and wanting her to figure it ALL out. She's an engaging narrator as well as a talented writer. I especially loved President Obama's cameos and his warmth and dedication shown through. I am curious as to who some of the people are IRL since her descriptions definitely peaked my curiosity. I can't wait to see where she goes next.”

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Finding My Voice

My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

By Valerie Jarrett
Narrated by: Valerie Jarrett
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work"

"Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."--Michelle Obama

"The ultimate Obama insider" (The New York Times) and...
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In the President's Secret Service

Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect

By Ronald Kessler
Narrated by: Alan Sklar
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle. Ronald Kessler reveals what they have seen, providing startling, previously untold stories about the presidents, from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as... Read more »

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The Residence

Inside the Private World of the White House

By Kate Andersen Brower
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and...

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The Gatekeepers

How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

By Chris Whipple
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Now with a chapter on the chaos in the Trump administration, the New York Times bestselling, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country.

What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the... Read more »

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What It Takes

The Way to the White House

By Richard Ben Cramer
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 54 hours 34 minutes

An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race—and... Read more »

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