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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
Narrated by: Trevor Noah
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (109,691 ratings)
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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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  • "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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boring

An ordinary diary sometimes amusing but not memorable even though set in Africa and of a boy of mixed race and poor.. Naration good.

52 of 61 people found this review helpful

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just ok

I felt he got off track on his story at times. It seemed rushed at the end and left me wondering.

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Not Funny at all

I was very disappointed because this book is all about Trevor growing up under Apartheid.

46 of 54 people found this review helpful

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Codependence

I sincerely hope Mr. Noah is or will become a member of Adult Children of Alcoholics, (ACOA).

46 of 54 people found this review helpful

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Average in every way

Well I was looking for a funny book to ease my commute, got a little less than I'd hoped for. I really don't understand the hype around this book (4.9 stars from 93.000 ratings on audible) because it is really an average book, with a below average performance from Mr. Noah. Very biased, it is basically a book about childhood complexes and obsessions. Funny in some parts, relatable in some ways (growing up in communist Eastern Europe was is some ways a very similar experience to being black in South Africa during the Apartheid).
In conclusion, buy the book if you like the guy, and be careful with those 5 star reviews...

77 of 91 people found this review helpful

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Just not as interesting as he thinks it is

The apartheid history was interesting. Some of the personal stories. But then I just got sick of them.

51 of 60 people found this review helpful

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Fine but...

Noah is engaging. And his self-depreciating assessment of childhood is familiar to all who have experienced it, regardless of race or country. His observations on race in South Africa and the world over are insightful, but during one anecdote he essentially blames his two pet cats' natural temperament for their own sadistic murder, beheading and skinning at the hands of a superstitious neighbor. In that sense, it seems he may have learned a lot about people's nature, but not much about animals in general.

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Pulp fact-ion?

This story was terrible. The flow of the story was split so poorly that it detracts from Trevor Noah’s talent. He jumps from toddlerhood to adulthood and back like his name was Tarintino. This takes a great story of struggle and pain and makes it confusing.

You don’t know if he is talking about his misspent youth or when he was a preschooler. He pretends to remember with crystal clarity what happened at age 2 and dreams from 20 years ago.

Either he needs stick to performance comedy or find better editors for his next book.

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Too many F words

Would you listen to Born a Crime again? Why?

Probably not. It was interesting at the start, but halfway through it's getting tedious and I still have a problem with people who think the "F" word is the right way to express one's feelings.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His early years and the influence his mother had on him. She must have been quite an interesting and strong character. Least interesting was his story about going to jail.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

Very good.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Trevor started out with great descriptions of where he grew up then it just turned into a what he did story about himself. I have to be honest and say I didn't finish the book because it did get so tedious.

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Eh...

Although I enjoyed listening to Trevor's stories, I felt the book was too disjointed. I found myself trying to figure out the time frames for events, which distracted me from the overall story that he was trying to tell.

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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.