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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
Narrated by: Trevor Noah
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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The author’s gift for vocal impersonation elevates the audio version into something even more splendid than an already terrific memoir.

- The Washington Post
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Our favorite moments from Born a Crime

"No, Mom! This was not thanks to God!"
"Once Mandela was elected, we could finally live freely."
"If my mother had one goal, it was to free my mind."

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  • "No, Mom! This was not thanks to God!"
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  • "Once Mandela was elected, we could finally live freely."
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  • "If my mother had one goal, it was to free my mind."

About the Author and Performer

Trevor Noah found fame as a comedian and TV personality in his native South Africa before becoming a household name in America as the host of The Daily Show. But before he found his gift for satire, he came of age as a storyteller during the waning days of apartheid and the tumultuous freedom that followed. In writing and performing Born a Crime—his first book—Trevor Noah can add “best-selling memoirist” and “audiobook narrator” to his list of hilarious-yet-heartfelt triumphs.

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Editorial Review

This book has been on the best seller list since it released, and it deserves to be on the best seller list FOREVER. At this rate, it will be. Everything about this is perfect. Trevor's story is incredible, and his delivery is just as remarkable. Lucky for us, he has another memoir releasing this fall.Laura M., Audible Editor

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Interesting but Disjointed and Unsatisfying

Great performance. But the book is a series of disjointed essays that are sometimes jarring in the transition from one story to another.

The stories are fascinating. Descriptions of life as a colored person in both Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa are illuminating. And enriching.

But ultimately its an unsatisfying listen. Interesting but unsatisfying.

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Read or not to read

If you have nothing else to do or to read then this book is for you. It was okay but nothing new here to learn.

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Started out very interesting, but declined quickly

Liked the first couple of chapters, but could not finish the book. Dragged on with childhood stories that weren't very captivating.

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Boring

I realize there are a lot of important things covered in this book, I just didn’t care for Trevor doing the reading. It seems like he’s talking to his teenage friends the whole time and I got tired of him.

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Read about 3/4 and did not finish

This is an interesting story about Trevor Noah’s life. That said I just was not drawn to finish the story. I truly appreciate all he’s been through and the success he has had. Perhaps others will find it more captivating than I did at listening on my way to and from work.

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Didn't live up to it's hype, for me.

Was slightly disappointed with this audiobook after all the hype. Felt the writer was a bit emotionally detached from the events, even though it was his own life.

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Not a 4.9 for me -- perhaps a 2.5?

I did learn a lot about South African culture through the book, and because Trevor Noah is a comedian I expected to laugh more than once... but I only laughed once. The story is well told and I always like when the author of the book narrates the book. It was not as funny as I was expecting and everyone seems to love the book... but I found it overhyped.

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I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

The story was good. Trevor Noah’s performance was also good. But it could have been half of what it is right now, sometimes it felt super redundant and I got bored with some of the irrelevant details along the way. I have to mention that this was highly recommended by a bunch of friends of mine, so I listened to it with very high expectations, and I was a tiny bit disappointed.

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Expecting something else

I'm not really a fan of memoir. I selected this audible book because I thought it would be light and funny, the author being a comedian. While there were a few passages where I laughed out loud, the book as a whole is definitely not light. To say this man's boyhood was tough is an understatement. I applaud him and especially his mother, for the way she raised him and for her attitude. I listened to the Audible.com edition, read by the author. Very well done. I was just expecting something else

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VERY DISAPPOINTED - Riddled with the F-WORD!

I just could not finish what is probably a great story. The man seems very proud to have thrown off his moral compass.

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  • 10-16-17

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

I'm so glad that Trevor Noah reads this book himself. He does voices for his family members and is SO funny!! A very entertaining look at what has been a pretty heavy and eventful life.