Becoming by Michelle Obama


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 advo...

Details Becoming

Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook, Politics

Reviews Becoming

  • Emily May
    I’d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who’d fed me with a consistent, simple message: You matter. As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation. Look, I'm not a happy crier. I might cry at songs about leaving and missing someone; I might cry at books where things don't work out; I might cry at movies where someone dies. I've just never really understood why people get all choked up over happy, inspirational thi...
  • Angela M
    I didn’t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any more than I already did. For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring. We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care. Without a doubt, she cares more than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country. Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly hones...
  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook read by Michelle ObamaFor the past three days - all I wanted to do was listen to Michelle Obama..... I cried - or was teary-eyed so many times - I lost count. THIS BOOK must be ‘especially’ special to her immediate family and closest friends ....but it’s also a great gift to the rest of us. Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book - it’s so MICHELLE’S STORY! She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions...
  • Larry H
    "I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I'd be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words 'first' and 'black' attached to them ever would. I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I'd need to climb my way into favor."God, do I miss the Obamas.Since I've had the right to vote, two presidents have energized and excited me—Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. That's not to say that I agre...
  • Christy
    4.5 stars!!I’ve had Becoming pre-ordered since I saw it was coming out. I was so excited to read it. Per my Amazon account, I purchased The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama in early 2007. When I read this book, I was moved and hoped this man would be president one day. When I was in my early 20’s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign. My point is, I’ve always loved the Obamas, but I never knew much about Michelle. After reading this book, I ...
  • Brandice
    Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable. She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming more. As most of us know by now, Michelle is from Chicago, grew up with loving and supportive parents, attended Princeton followed by Harvard for law school, then began her position as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Sidley Austin, where she eventually met Barack. My favorite section of the book was by...
  • Chrissie
    The audiobook is wonderful. Hearing Michelle tell her own story is better than reading her words in a book. She speaks clearly, with emotional feeling and at a perfect speed. I have given the narration performance five stars.The writing is heartfelt, clear and well formulated. We start at Michelle’s youth and learn about her family. The telling moves forward chronologically, concluding in 2017 when Michelle and Barack left the White House. Each...
  • Jessica
    If you like Michelle Obama, you are going to like this book. Her delightful personality shines through. It's thoughtful, well-written, and willing to go everywhere without betraying her signature line: "When they go low, we go high." This isn't a book full of gossip or meant to tear her enemies down. It's simply an uplifting look at a remarkable woman's remarkable life. If you don't like Michelle Obama, though, you're going to write a snarky one-...
  • Dem
    Becoming by Michelle Obama is a captivating and compelling read, narrated by Michelle Obama herself makes this a moving, deeply personal and intimate story which is inspirational and insightful. Michelle Obama comes across as a very intelligent and grounded lady who knows what she wants from life and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. I think her time in the While house was well spent and admirable I was in a book shop last week and...
  • Evie
    *Dreaming of a world where Trump doesn’t exist and Michelle Obama is President...This was such a great read. Engrossing from the beginning, it was so interesting to hear her life story; from her childhood and the life she had before she met Barack, to the person she became with him, and to the life they built together with their children and within the Whitehouse. Their love and respect for each other is just so awe inspiring.Although I already...
  • Eric Anderson
    Like many people, I eagerly read Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” as soon as it was published this week. It’s important that this book has come out now and there’s many reasons to be excited about it. I’m not only excited about it because she’s a former first lady as well as being an icon in her own right or her historic importance as the first African American First Lady who is the great great granddaughter of a slave. And not ju...
  • Holli
    This book is poorly written. Only fans of M.O. could possibly like this book as it doesn't stick to facts. They are the only ones allowed to give reviews of it. I wonder what is being said about Trump books? My review has been deleted twice. Hopefully I am allowed to say this little bit.
  • Diane
    I absolutely loved listening to Michelle Obama read her memoir, Becoming. Michelle is frank in telling her life story, especially in the challenges she has faced and the ways she has tried to overcome those difficulties. The book follows a basic chronological order, starting with her childhood on the south side of Chicago, covering her college years, then how she met Barack while working at a law firm, and finally their life together, with Barack...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I'm not super interested in politics so I was pleased to find that Michelle Obama doesn't really like politics either. Her memoir is more about how she created her life, once she discovered she had followed other people's expectations instead of figuring out what she wanted. She is honest and open, more than I would have expected, and I liked hearing how she reconciled living with someone messy (haha), gave up her work for a while, and how she na...
  • Barbara
    Becoming is a very honest, introspective memoir.Michelle Obama’s young life was humble. The Robinson’s lived a working class life, in a lower middle class neighborhood. They managed with one salary – Mr. Robinson’s – and so Mrs. Robinson was able to do more for her children. Her father’s chronic disease was increasingly debilitating, and in the end, forced changes. Mrs. Robinson went to work as both parents worked hard to pay for thei...
  • Sophia Triad
    “I think we should go out,” Barack announced one afternoon as we sat finishing a meal.“What, you and me?” I feigned shock that he even considered it a possibility. “I told you, I don’t date. And I’m your adviser.” He gave a wry laugh. “Like that counts for anything. You’re not my boss,” he said. “And you’re pretty cute.” I feel that Michelle Obama is a truly inspiring woman, a woman who makes you believe in true values...
  • Sarah
    All the stars! I highly recommend listening to this on audio. It's long, but it's so lovely to hear Michelle Obama's words on her own warm, confident voice. Her story is interesting and inspiring, full of love and tragedy, challenges and triumphs. I loved hearing about her own life as a person who existed before she met the man who would become president, who had dreams of her own, and the will to do the hard work to accomplish them. But I also l...
  • Lisa
    A beautifully written and inspiring story of the most iconic American woman of this centurySUMMARYBecoming is a Michelle Obama’s autobiographical memoir. It’s a deeply personal account of a woman describing her Chicago roots, finding her professional voice and being a mother. Obama describes her White House personal experiences as First Lady, as well as her public campaigns to promote healthier living and to advocate for women and girls aroun...
  • Cort
    So relatable. Several times I was like ”that was me!”Laughed a little. Shed a few tears. Thank you Michelle for this book.
  • BookOfCinz
    Hands Down, the Best Memoir of 2018 Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end. I picked up Becoming because it is Michelle Obama and I wanted to hear what she had to say. I expected to be wowed, amazed, and knocked off my feet but I didn't expect to be so smitten. I have no word...
  • *Dee's Book reading time
    A must read-- Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming" will hold you while you breathe in her moving story and literally become stuck in her words as they resonate a vivid profile of a strong African-American woman who has a heart of gold with very strong values and character. This book is more than her being an iconic FLOTUS, it's about her entire life: her hopes, dreams, life lessons, etc. ! I will not give spoilers but know this-- this memoir will ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    I loved listening to Michelle Obama narrate her memoir. It was well written, insightful, emotional, funny, and reflective. What I took from this book was Mrs. Obama's drive to be successful combined with her fierce love and devotion to her family. The first third of the book is devoted to her story growing up in Chicago and her parents instilling in her a strong work ethic. The second third focuses on how Mrs. Obama built her career. I was so imp...
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    I usually don’t write reviews before I’m finished, but BECOMING is about substance, not plot. Michelle Obama makes me feel like a teenage fangirl screaming at a Beatles concert. Her words are poetic, the substance important.I’m listening to the 19 hrs and I have tears running down my face at the beauty of her voice and the elegance of her words. I miss her national presence everyday. Michelle’s voice is so soothing, so brilliant. I feel s...
  • Kate Olson
    Best audiobook I have ever listened to. I cried. I laughed. I mourned the end of the Obama White House (again). LOVED IT.