5 Stars –  

Audible Audio, Unabridged, 1143 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Random House Audio

I loved this book. I learned so much about not only Michelle Obama, but about life as a black female in a white, male dominated world. I also learned so much about Barrack Obama and what it was like being the president. All this was done without being preachy. She simply shared her life, her dreams, her trials and tribulations and ideas from her heart.

With the cost of the presidency, it was refreshing to hear that the Obama’s paid their own decorating costs (they are allowed to spend up to $100,000.00) or that they covered the cost of family guests). Michelle felt guilty whenever they had to spend for security details when they just wanted to be a family or couple. Being in the spotlight where everything you say or do could end up on the news and fodder for the critics proved to be one of the major issues for her. Another thing that touched me was hearing about the trials and tribulations of being the children in the First Family. Things we took for granted growing up, were not easy for the Obama’s. The narration was wonderful and I felt like we were sitting and talking. This was an excellent memoir and I definitely recommend this one to everyone.

I also have to thank Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer for the one month Audible Subscription for winning the draw after completing the Ho Ho Ho Readathon. This was my freebie for the month.

About the Book: 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 most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. 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 readers 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.