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Born a Crime
- Stories from a South African Childhood
- By: Trevor Noah
- Narrated by: Trevor Noah
- Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
Doesnt live up to the hype
- By lguinily on 05-26-19
A superbly written memoir
I had only ever seen viral clips of Trevor Noah before being recommended this book. I had NO IDEA of his backstory. I'm a funny, yet truly intelligent way, he recounts his unique life experiences growing up in South Africa. I have such a different perspective on him now and true respect for how he got to be where he is. If you're a fan of him, you need to read this book. If you don't really know him but see his stuff every so often, you need to read this book.
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Symphony for the City of the Dead
- Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
- By: M. T. Anderson
- Narrated by: M. T. Anderson
- Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history - almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943 - 1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens - the Leningrad Symphony.
An Eye-Opening, Emotional Tale
- By A.L.R. on 02-05-16
Fascinating mix of history and music
As a classical musician who has always loved the work of Shostakovich, this book immediately appealed to me. I knew he had a fascinating life and troubled history with the Russian government throughout his career, but this beautifully written book brought it to life like I never imagined. I love WWII history as well, so this was the perfect book for me. The audiobook version is ready perfectly by the author, including tiny snippets of music. I wished there was more music! But that is my only complaint. One of the books I have most enjoyed reading in my life.
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