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Born a Crime Audiobook

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Andy 04/12/2016
    Andy 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant, unique and full of memories."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph McMahon 15/01/2017
    Joseph McMahon 15/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "As funny as it is informative"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E 07/01/2017
    E 07/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible story of this man's life"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alina 14/12/2016
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    "Funny, informative and REAL"

    Captured the stories many SA childhoods very well. When I started I couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gurdip 21/02/2017
    Gurdip 21/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Smart, funny and heartbreaking!"

    From chapter one this audio book had me going through all the emotions I could go through. Trevor has a great relaxed way of speaking that almost lessens the harshness of some of his story. I found myself laughing out loud and then deep in thought and almost to tears with some of the content. I would highly recommend to any one who is a fan of Trevor, but also wants to know what it was like growing up in South Africa.

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    Martha Kajwang 19/02/2017
    Martha Kajwang 19/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!!"

    Loved this book! I've not read an autobiography this good since 'Dreams from my Father'. My first time listening to an audiobook and Trevor Noah deserves a Grammy for the audio alone! Funny, sad and heartwarming. My most favourite parts were the ones with his mother in them. Her strength, love, wisdom, generosity, sense of freedom, not just physically but mentally, ugh, sorry to reduce it to this but his mother is just #goals!

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    D. Leirer 19/02/2017
    D. Leirer 19/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant on many levels."
    If you could sum up Born a Crime in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Moving, Gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Trevor Noah tells an amazing story of growing up in South Africa under Apartheid. It is incredibly insightful, because he grows up experiencing both Apartheid, and post-apartheid south africa, and being Half Swiss-Half South African he is able to tell the story from so many perspectives.


    What does Trevor Noah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Trevor Noah, is has managed to create one of the best Audio books I have ever listened to. He is already an extremely talented multilinguistic performer. Hearing him narrate his own story, makes the whole experience so much better. It makes everything so much more personal and moving, since his impressions are vivid, funny and convey his story so much better than the written word could ever do. His performance adds a whole additional dimensions to the book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very moving. The relationship between Trevor Noah and his Mother was especially moving, and made me tear up with sadness, anger, hope. I feel Trevor Noah manages to make the listener experience more emotion than most professional writers could ever hope to.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not recommend this audio book enough. Even if you are not a fan of stand-up or the daily show, this autobiography is extremely unique, insightful and moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona 16/02/2017
    Fiona 16/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Possibly my favourite audio book yet!"

    Phenomenal story, brilliantly written and read. Entertaining and educational. An inspiration.

    Thank you Trevor Noah!

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    sankara 16/02/2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    Loved this book from start to finish... in places it had me in stitches!
    Even better is that it was narrated by Trevor Noah himself, I think that will contribute greatly to the success of this.

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    BI 15/02/2017
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    "Amazing!!"

    I listened to this book and completed it in one weekend. Spellbinding.
    Thank you Trevor Noah for sharing your story.

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  • Dian Sofia Jamil
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    12/01/17
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    "An amazing performance of a riveting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born a Crime to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing turn of events and the author as we know today, managing to escape that life and being where he is now.


    What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is RIVETING. But it is 8 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Very satisfied with this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Khwezi
    06/01/17
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    "A Moving South African Story"

    Trevor is an excellent story teller. Great historical background. Only drawback is the vulgar language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shilan
    15/02/17
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    "Wow"

    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.

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  • deepthi
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    "superb"

    loved it. enjoyed. laughed and cried through. Hail freedom. I wish for a day when all men n women are equal.

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  • s.mckenna
    21/01/17
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    "entertaining, educational. "

    a tribute to his mother as much as the story of his incredible childhood. worth reading

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  • Lucinda
    20/01/17
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    "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

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  • collins chandi
    usa
    14/01/17
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    "laughed and caught feelings"

    some parts made me so angry but I laughed through it all. a wonderful story.

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  • Aneecia Payne
    12/01/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Li
    Sydney, Australia
    06/01/17
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    "Amazing story"

    I didn't expect to be breathless. Thanks for sharing the laughs. Thanks for sharing the pain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bismark
    06/01/17
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    "AMAZING"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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