Your audiobook is waiting…

Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
Narrated by: Trevor Noah
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (135,919 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Go Behind the Scenes of Born a Crime

0:00

The author’s gift for vocal impersonation elevates the audio version into something even more splendid than an already terrific memoir.

- The Washington Post
.

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."

  • Born a Crime
  • "No, Mom! This was not thanks to God!"
  • Born a Crime
  • "Once Mandela was elected, we could finally live freely."
  • Born a Crime
  • "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.

Dying to hear more about Born a Crime?
For an episode of our Audicted podcast, a few editors sat down to talk about their favorite Audible Essentials—our list of 100 must-listen audiobooks. Check out the episode to hear Abby explain why Trevor Noah's Born a Crime simply can't be missed, and explore some other picks below.

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    122,361
  • 4 Stars
    11,501
  • 3 Stars
    1,598
  • 2 Stars
    253
  • 1 Stars
    206

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    119,403
  • 4 Stars
    5,406
  • 3 Stars
    691
  • 2 Stars
    129
  • 1 Stars
    117

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    111,335
  • 4 Stars
    11,581
  • 3 Stars
    1,805
  • 2 Stars
    259
  • 1 Stars
    166
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

I expected more...

That is the issue with hyped books, you tend to expect more than it can actually give you.

I did enjoy the book, the stories and learning from it, but the book turned a bit repetitive/boring at the end.

40 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Love Trevor Noah....story a bit redundant

TN is a good story teller, I learned much about SAfrica and the era of apartheid
It got a little redundant as the story went on

103 of 123 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Reviews were a bit misleading

Based on the reviews I read, I expected more. It wasn't a tragic life story, or super funny story.
It's an ok story.
Guess the hype, from the reviews, led me to hope for something more.

98 of 117 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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.

63 of 75 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disjointed

I enjoyed Trevor’s performance but the story jumped around too much and was hard to follow. With random antidotes at the end of various chapters. Would have been more enjoyable if the story was chronological.

107 of 128 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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.

97 of 116 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

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.

67 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

NOT FUNNY

Trevor I love your comedy. But this book is very hard to stomach. I do feel awful for your life as a CRIME.

86 of 103 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

On and On and On and On

What did you like best about Born a Crime? What did you like least?

Trevor Noah is hilarious and his mom is such an outrageous character. The only issue is that it seemed to go on and on. It never got to the point and dragged on too long.

Would you be willing to try another book from Trevor Noah? Why or why not?

Maybe.

What three words best describe Trevor Noah’s voice?

Monotone.....that's all I can think of.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I think if all the best parts were pulled and put into a movie it would flow much better. Yes, I would go see it.

Any additional comments?

I hate to be rude about a book about someone's life. He went through more than anyone can imagine; however, there was a lot of repetition and it seemed like the book lasted forever.

100 of 120 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

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.

94 of 113 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for KM
  • KM
  • 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.