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.
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.
TN reads his own stories with the nerve, joy, fear, and heartbreaking sadness that you'd expect.
The stories themselves are relatable to anyone growing up in the 80s while remaining uncannily alien to anyone who was a mixed race child in Apartheid and post-Apartheid SA.
And the red thread that beautifully ties the whole narrative together is a fierce woman who teaches him humor in the face of adversity, disciple and kindness, and love above all.
This is a well-wrought book of love and laughter, sadness and challenges met. I cannot recommend it enough.
Well done, Mr. Noah.
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.
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.
Provided moments of real insight throughout the book, while delivering his story in a manner that really brought everything to life.
The best audio book I have ever listened to
I don't like to compare but I suppose if I had to for content and emotional impact Beautiful
All of it
I walked around constantly with headphones till it was finished. I have sat in my car outside the supermarket listening on my radio looking like a crazy person laughing hysterically to myself and I have also cried uncontrollably cooking the dinner. I have never read or listened to a book that has gripped me and moved me so much.
This book is completely outstanding. I may be bias as I love Trevor Noah I subscribe to his videos and I also follow him round going to shows but nothing could have prepared me for his biography which was incredible. Trevor's story is so amazing and the way it is executed you feel you are right there living it. It was also very educational about the history of South Africa and the reality of living through apartheid. I couldn't wait to get to the end and then when I did I felt bereft cause I wanted to start all over again. Well done not just for writing the amazing book but for coming through all that you have and just being who you are.
An engaging and enchanting story and in fact, historical review of apartheid South Africa. Exceeded my expectations.
"laughed and caught feelings"
some parts made me so angry but I laughed through it all. a wonderful story.
"Great View into the Lives of Real People"
Excellent book. I appreciate the candid glimpse into the lives of victims of colonoalism and apartheid. I pray one day there maybe a way to get the real story of persons stolen away from their families across the continent during tge arabic and trans-atlantic slave trade.
"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.
I didn't expect to be breathless. Thanks for sharing the laughs. Thanks for sharing the pain.
"A Moving South African Story"
Trevor is an excellent story teller. Great historical background. Only drawback is the vulgar language.
I love his impressions and the General story is incredible. Such a touching story with an actual happy ending. His mother truly deserves an award though.
"Was sad when it finished"
What a perfect blend of life remembrance, honesty and drama from Trevor Noah told only in a way he could. It felt like a movie I didn't want to end and I'd actually want to hear the rest of the story about his life as a comedian and moving to America.
"A Funny, Emotional Read"
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. I picked it up at random, which can always be a hit of a gamble when it comes to audiobooks. But this was in turns funny and touching, always making the listener feel like they were there. In my mind, I grew close to and majorly respected his mother, and you could feel the love and respect he has for her. South Africa and the differences in the townships were described to a T - I could practically see in my mind! His voices were perfect, and by the end, I was openly sobbing. I would definitely recommend this to everyone - there's something in it for everybody 👍🏾 Definitely want to hear more from him now.
This story made me laugh, think, and it even almost made me cry. It was dynamic and well told. I loved every minute of it.
"One of 2016's best books"
Loved it...brilliant...most African children can relate to Trevor's Story...hilarious. Highly recommended read and superbly narrated
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