Born a Crime is the deeply personal story of what has shaped Trevor Noah, South African comedian and host of the Daily Show. An astonishing memoir that details growing up in the midst of a crumbling apartheid, it illuminates his unique vantage point and how it prepared him for a life in the public eye. This is a sharply humorous, engaging and unforgettable record of Noah's life and at its heart, a love letter to his remarkable mother.
The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving listeners a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.
Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away.
A collection of 18 personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.
Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up.
Born a Crime is a must-listen.
©2016 Trevor Noah (P)2016 Audible Ltd.
I always love to hear stories read by the author. This is no exception. I've always loved Trevor's comedy and I had no idea of the life he has lived. I particularly love the stories about his mother, she sounds like a wonderful, funny and strong woman, the kind of mother to aspire to be like. It was very interesting to also learn more about South Africa and apartheid, something I feel I have greater understanding of now and how it has affected families and it's lasting effects.
This book brings back a lot of memories for me growing up in South Africa. I was one of Trevor's friends in high school, in fact I'm the person who he mentions helped start his pirated cd business but to hear about his life from the "other side", growing up as a poor black South African under such trying conditions really brings your own life in to perspective. The Trevor I knew and the front he put on was miles away from how his life really was. Although parts of it do seem to have a slight bit of creative license - at least the bits I am aware of - it is a still fantastic story about a incredibly talented and determined individual who has risen to where he is today because of his mother and her determination to make him a man. Just listen to it, you will not be disappointed.
This book was quite interesting, engaging and informative. I reckon it is better to listen to it rather than reading it, as Trevor's voice takes you through the range of human emotions, I teared up at times, laughed out loud, got angry, despaired and was hopeful again... it was definitely worth the amount paid.
If you're a fan of Trevor Noah then you'll really enjoy this. Has some serious accounts that are hard hitting as equally as it is funny. Well worth the listen.
Don't hear enough stories from South Africa. Trevor Noah has an exceptional story & is a great story teller. Thanks for narrating this yourself.
Oh my goodness. What a fabulous autobiography. The stories are amazing. It made me gasp, cry out, exhale, smile and be amazed and clutch my chest in horror. I got more than a few looks from my reaction listening to this. I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It's a must read or listen. I might even buy it in hardback. Buy it, listen to it, read it, love it.
This is everything a book should be. It is engaging, well written, funny, and beautifully worded. And contains lessons everyone can and should benefit from.
It has been a joy and a privilege to listen to. A particularly wise move given that I would never have pronounced the sparse words of text in various languages. Even if they are translated after!
The fact that Mr. Noah has managed such a philosophical viewpoint and wise attitude so young is a marvel. Though the credit for this really goes to his mother. Having never had a very close bond with my own mother I find this a valuable lesson on how to raise my own child. And a perfect opportunity to live vicariously through others I suppose!
This is a book everyone should own. When your willing to listen.
"An amazing performance of a riveting story"
For Non-African people unfamiliar with African culture, the performance of the audiobook by Trevor Noah imparts the heart of the book more than it might if it was read off the pages. Trevor Noah is funny, heartfelt & vigorous.
The amazing turn of events and the author as we know today, managing to escape that life and being where he is now.
The book deals with multiple cultures ranging from European to African and languages of different African tribes. It is likely very few people can bring the book to life & one of those people is Trevor Noah.
Yes, it is RIVETING. But it is 8 hours.
Very satisfied with this audiobook.
"A Moving South African Story"
Trevor is an excellent story teller. Great historical background. Only drawback is the vulgar language.
Just excellent! and some.. it's a great listen and really well done. Kudos to Trevor.
"Powerful, both heavy and light"
Though sad at times, this is also a very funny nook. Through comedy, Trevor manages to portray the harsh reality of his childhood
"Thank you Trevor!"
Hearing it first hand from Trevor just made it all the more wonderful. As a South African who moved to the US at the age of 18 to escape abuse, his childhood stories have been awe inspiring. I could see every street! I went to King David Linksfield. It was just incredible.
Been a fan of Trevor for years. Had no idea of his upbringing. Makes his rise even more impressive. Also a great and deep perspective on SA from the 1980's to the 2000's.
loved it. enjoyed. laughed and cried through. Hail freedom. I wish for a day when all men n women are equal.
"entertaining, educational. "
a tribute to his mother as much as the story of his incredible childhood. worth reading
"I held on to every word"
Thank you Trevor for such an amazing book. I enjoyed every moment of it. Bravo and well done #proudofyou
"laughed and caught feelings"
some parts made me so angry but I laughed through it all. a wonderful story.
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