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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 (116,231 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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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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Disjointed stories without an overall narrative

Although is really enjoyed some of the individual stories, they were more stories that would be told to friends while drinking or sitting around the campfire. There was little coherence between the stories and the overall theme of the book was lost. there is a book here -- probably more than one, but the editor did not do a great job of teasing it out of Trevor Noah. I thought I was going to be reading about how Apartheid effects individuals, but that completely went away after part one.

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Struggled to finish

The author read this audiobook himself, and he did a fantastic job. The story was interesting, but a bit disjointed. The overuse of swear words as adjectives took away from the flow of the story.
He did however do a great job of making his mom the hero of the story, and in doing so he brought her honor. I listen to most audiobooks at least two if not three times, but once was enough for me with this one.

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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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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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Interesting in the same way a fiction book can be

I like to read non-fiction because I feel like I can learn something from it. But this particular book wasn't very informational. It was more a story about poverty, racial injustices, and abuse. The story was unique but didn't really make me feel any emotion. I'm not disappointed with my decision to read it but I wouldn't pick it twice.

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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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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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I like him but...

This was the first time I've ever listened to an audiobook. I am a fairly avid reader so this was different for me and maybe that affected my opinion of this story. I'm glad I read/heard it, I learned alot about apartheid and South African people and prejudices but I didn't enjoy the story as a whole. Not very uplifting, I found most of the situations and people frustrating. I found some anecdotes funny but overall I wasn't that interested in much of it and my mind would drift. It's admirable how he got himself out of that country to where he is today and I'm happy for him and his success.

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Codependence

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

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some what useless book as far as learning goes

This is a very cool stories book,but there really isn't much to be learned from in this book from a self improvement standpoint. Trevor just tells clips of memories and flash backs of his child hood, with no real life lessons learned or anything like that. This book is great for mindless listening but that is about it.

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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.