Today I listened to my first audio book (which I borrowed from the library last week on a whim): Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama and read by the author.
Click here to read Paul Watkins’s New York Times review of the first edition of this book “A Promise of Redemption” published August 6, 1995 or click here to read the Introduction to the 2004 edition.
Obama’s lyrical speech and talent with voices won him a spoken word Grammy in 2006 for the audio book version of Dreams from My Father and another Grammy in 2008 for the audio book edition of The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (beating out Bill Clinton for his audio book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World and Jimmy Carter for his audio book Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World).
While I prefer to read my books, listening to Dreams from My Father has made me appreciate audio books. It’s quite a different experience to hear an author read his or her book.
I’m hopeful that I’ll also enjoy listening to David McCullough’s 1776!