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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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  • "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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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.

38 of 45 people found this review helpful

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Average book

The book is groups of short stories. each story is a good one on its own, but as the stories are separate and not tied to any timeline, it is confusing to listen to them (I hear the story of his life with school then another one after school then back to a story while he was child then teenager again then a child again). This confusion of timeline greatly reduces the pleasure of listening to Trevor

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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.

67 of 80 people found this review helpful

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

61 of 73 people found this review helpful

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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.