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Born a Crime Audiobook

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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Publisher's Summary

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving listeners a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.

Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away.

A collection of 18 personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up.

Born a Crime is a must-listen.

©2016 Trevor Noah (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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    Dian Sofia Jamil Malaysia 01-12-17
    Dian Sofia Jamil Malaysia 01-12-17 Member Since 2017

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    "An amazing performance of a riveting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born a Crime to be better than the print version?

    For Non-African people unfamiliar with African culture, the performance of the audiobook by Trevor Noah imparts the heart of the book more than it might if it was read off the pages. Trevor Noah is funny, heartfelt & vigorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing turn of events and the author as we know today, managing to escape that life and being where he is now.


    What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

    The book deals with multiple cultures ranging from European to African and languages of different African tribes. It is likely very few people can bring the book to life & one of those people is Trevor Noah.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is RIVETING. But it is 8 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Very satisfied with this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Khwezi 01-06-17
    Khwezi 01-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Moving South African Story"

    Trevor is an excellent story teller. Great historical background. Only drawback is the vulgar language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thank you Trevor!"

    Hearing it first hand from Trevor just made it all the more wonderful. As a South African who moved to the US at the age of 18 to escape abuse, his childhood stories have been awe inspiring. I could see every street! I went to King David Linksfield. It was just incredible.

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    Shilan 02-15-17
    Shilan 02-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    Been a fan of Trevor for years. Had no idea of his upbringing. Makes his rise even more impressive. Also a great and deep perspective on SA from the 1980's to the 2000's.

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    deepthi 02-13-17
    deepthi 02-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "superb"

    loved it. enjoyed. laughed and cried through. Hail freedom. I wish for a day when all men n women are equal.

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    s.mckenna 01-21-17
    s.mckenna 01-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "entertaining, educational. "

    a tribute to his mother as much as the story of his incredible childhood. worth reading

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    Lucinda 01-20-17
    Lucinda 01-20-17
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    "I held on to every word"

    Thank you Trevor for such an amazing book. I enjoyed every moment of it. Bravo and well done #proudofyou

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    collins chandi usa 01-14-17
    collins chandi usa 01-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "laughed and caught feelings"

    some parts made me so angry but I laughed through it all. a wonderful story.

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    Aneecia Payne 01-12-17
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    "Great View into the Lives of Real People"

    Excellent book. I appreciate the candid glimpse into the lives of victims of colonoalism and apartheid. I pray one day there maybe a way to get the real story of persons stolen away from their families across the continent during tge arabic and trans-atlantic slave trade.

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    Jonathan Li Sydney, Australia 01-06-17
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    "Amazing story"

    I didn't expect to be breathless. Thanks for sharing the laughs. Thanks for sharing the pain.

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  • Andy
    12/4/16
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    "Brilliant, unique and full of memories."

    This book brings back a lot of memories for me growing up in South Africa. I was one of Trevor's friends in high school, in fact I'm the person who he mentions helped start his pirated cd business but to hear about his life from the "other side", growing up as a poor black South African under such trying conditions really brings your own life in to perspective. The Trevor I knew and the front he put on was miles away from how his life really was. Although parts of it do seem to have a slight bit of creative license - at least the bits I am aware of - it is a still fantastic story about a incredibly talented and determined individual who has risen to where he is today because of his mother and her determination to make him a man. Just listen to it, you will not be disappointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph McMahon
    1/15/17
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    "As funny as it is informative"

    If you're a fan of Trevor Noah then you'll really enjoy this. Has some serious accounts that are hard hitting as equally as it is funny. Well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/7/17
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    "Incredible story of this man's life"

    I always love to hear stories read by the author. This is no exception. I've always loved Trevor's comedy and I had no idea of the life he has lived. I particularly love the stories about his mother, she sounds like a wonderful, funny and strong woman, the kind of mother to aspire to be like. It was very interesting to also learn more about South Africa and apartheid, something I feel I have greater understanding of now and how it has affected families and it's lasting effects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alina
    12/14/16
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    "Funny, informative and REAL"

    Captured the stories many SA childhoods very well. When I started I couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/24/17
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    "Fully relatable"

    This offered me insight into the other side. How I grew up in South Africa at the end of apartheid and how Trevor Noah grew up. Funny. Relatable and hysterical with the pure South Africanisms! Loved it

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  • DrSeun
    2/23/17
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    "Definitely the best audiobook in my collection!!!"

    This book was quite interesting, engaging and informative. I reckon it is better to listen to it rather than reading it, as Trevor's voice takes you through the range of human emotions, I teared up at times, laughed out loud, got angry, despaired and was hopeful again... it was definitely worth the amount paid.

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  • Eric
    2/23/17
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    "Fantastic, Deep, Compelling and Brilliant!!!"

    Mesmerizing experience into post apartheid South Africa. Trevor Noah is an absolutely fantastic performer, who weaves the tale of his upbringing with such fervour.
    Recommend reading for all ages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T E Paul
    2/22/17
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    "Amazing"

    Everyone needs to read or listen to this book. Funny, insightful, educational and heartwarming. I loved every moment

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  • R. Storey
    guildford, surrey
    2/22/17
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    "Loved it from beginning to end"

    An incredible and inspiring story, full of love, suffering and a world that feels so much further away than it really is. Told brilliantly and as heart breaking as it is funny.

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  • Gurdip
    2/21/17
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    "Smart, funny and heartbreaking!"

    From chapter one this audio book had me going through all the emotions I could go through. Trevor has a great relaxed way of speaking that almost lessens the harshness of some of his story. I found myself laughing out loud and then deep in thought and almost to tears with some of the content. I would highly recommend to any one who is a fan of Trevor, but also wants to know what it was like growing up in South Africa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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