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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
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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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    Abhijeet 11-09-17
    Abhijeet 11-09-17
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    "Gripping and Eye Opening"

    The book narrates first hand account of the writer set in some of the most troubled times. Trevor has put his heart & soul in narrating his story which is endearing. The story itself is gripping, inspiring and gives so much insight into the life during apartheid.

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    Christeen Sri Lanka 10-18-17
    Christeen Sri Lanka 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely amazing "

    This audio book is one of my favorites.
    Listening to it didn't feel like I was listening to an audio book, but was listening to Trevor casually talk to me about his life. It was filled with humor and an understanding of racism in a whole new level.
    Trevor talks about certain situations in his life as matter-of-factly which make it funnier and interesting to listen to. I had to stop listening at certain points so I could hysterically laugh without missing out any details.

    I didn't just learn about Trevor Noah, but I learnt about Africa. I learnt about the unnecessary struggle people face because of racism.

    I would encourage everyone to either read or listen to this book.

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    Anonymous 10-12-17
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    "Maybe one of the best books I've ever read/ listened to!!!"

    Maybe one of the best books I've ever read/ listened to!!! I have learnt so much about my own country

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    Anonymous 09-27-17
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    "epic storytelling"

    this is a must listen and read to any one who wants an honest, real. humorous and yet courageous story on South Africa and the people that make the country
    Trevor is an amazing story teller and the performance couldn't have been done any better.
    He brings out the gist on harnessing the power of an outsider in the inside so seamlessly.
    well done Trevor well done

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    Anonymous 09-21-17
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    "it was perfect. "

    loved every bit of it. Perfect autobiography of an African. it was very relatable to me.

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    Anonymous 09-21-17
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    "Brilliant book!"

    I loved this book and have recommended it to all my friends! Trevor Noah does a great job reading it, which adds to the overall story.

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    Anonymous 09-18-17
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    "Too accurate!"

    Loved it! As a South African black man raised by a woman, it hit home! The story was all too familiar!

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    Anonymous 09-15-17
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    "Mind-blowing"

    I absolutely loved it! I love the honesty and realness of it. I will be listening again and buying the book (God Willing). It inspired me. I love his mum and the relationship they have! Very very nice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rohma
    2/27/17
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    "Masterpiece"

    The best thing, hands down, is Trevor Noah speaking in different languages and doing imitations!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mr-reader
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    7/16/17
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    "Amazing"

    I finished it within 2 days, I really recommend the book, its funny and sad same time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    6/10/17
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    "Amazing life story"

    I rarely go for autobiographies as the tedium of 'me, me, me' irritates me. However, this was an amazing story, I felt it was mainly a tribute to Trevor Noah's mother who was such a brilliant woman fighting against adversity and making her son into a loving and very worthy man. I feel tearful after reading this and I am very impressed by the character of this man - and even more by the character of his fiery mother.

    I hesitated before buying, as I say I don't usually go for auto biographies - but this was different - I keep using 'amazing' in this review - but it really IS amazing! A real delight to understand a little about the South Africa of past times, and the troubled transition into the SA of today. (Though I fear it is still troubled).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
    Newcastle, England
    6/3/17
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    "Powerful biography"

    This is not really what I expected from the Comedian Trever Noah. It's a sobering tale of being born and raised a mixed race boy in Apartheid, and newly post Apartheid, South Africa. It's very well written and he narrates it himself perfectly. The only thing I disliked, but not enough to diminish the 5* review score, is his references to "all Americans will understand this (and) although South African culture is very different, Americans will get this". This jarred for me. Did he write it with just Americans in mind? Does he think only Americans will read it? Hmm!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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
  • 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
    11/21/17
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    "amazing book. must read. Trevors performance top "

    Trevor's performance was enthralling and immersive, felt I was back in South Africa with him. certainly a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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