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.
Couldn't put it down. Best audio book Ever! Ever? Ever! An honest autobiography which goes over issues such as apartheid, inherited culture, family ties and cycles. The first book I have read that concisely explains the world many black Africans come from.
Reminds me of Antwone Fisher (movie), but this reaches further.
Trevor Noah has an incredible life story and he told it beautifully and humorously. He is without doubt an unshakeable and resilient person and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The story and "voices" are very good and make South Africa come alive. Interesting as an autobiography and able to raise questions about poverty and racism in a thought provoking way.
A story of truth and highlighted an ethnic group of mixed race and how that hinders their identity.
Very much so but sadly not the time
Some bad language so not appropriate for being on in a house with children.
"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.
Trevor Noah really has lived an incredible life.
his book has great insight into post-apartheid South Africa. I love all the stories about his relationship with him mom who sounds like an amazing women. Trevor breaks down barriers of intercultural understanding... because he IS black and he Is white and he is colored and really hits the nail on the head with his story telling making the various south african cultures come alive. Funniest line in the book "I don't know how to hit a white child....I dont want to break him!
"A true SAn story of a kid born in the 80s"
So authentic and funny, with historical insight that is well thought out. Usually skeptical about "celeb" reads but this one is just delightful.
"What a story"
Trevor has a natural talent and it is truly a gift to the world. Listening to his story was an incredible insight into a complex upbringing, the story touches on the heartbreaking, the absurd and the evil in our South African society, transitioning from apartheid to democracy. I laughed, cried and was utterly moved by his personal story.
"Moving, hilarious, surprisingly informative"
Definitely. This is a book that really makes sense as an audiobook because it's narrated by the author who does a brilliant job, but particularly because of the languages and accents. Having Trevor imitate the different languages as he gave history and explanations of South African culture and Apartheid added a new dimension and an immediate understanding of the "character' as soon as you heard the voice/accent he used. He also speaks the non-English languages, saving the reader from attempting to read them themselves. He's also hilarious.
One of the first scenes that Trevor describes is the one that still stays with me the clearest and the one I found most impactful. He, his mother, and baby Andrew jumping out of the van (technically, Trevor was thrown from the van), and running away from the threatening driver. The young Trevor's take on the incident is incredibly sweet and naive, yet really quite dark and upsetting. The whole thing is moving, shocking, and still funny in the way Trevor tells it.
As above - it's the accents and languages. Also, Trevor's impersonation of his younger self is very endearing.
Just because hate is taught, it doesn't have to be learned.
I have been a fan of Trevor's comedy so when he released this book I knew I wanted to read it. It was intelligently but humorously written, but what surprised me was how much I learned about South African culture during/after Apartheid. The book showed me the gaping holes in my knowledge of what I thought was simply another case of white racism to blacks. Apartheid went so much deeper than that. It was designed to create hate and fear and disunity, not only between whites and blacks but between coloureds and other races. It was incredible to read about what life was like, and how the colour of your skin or the language you spoke really did affect every part of life there.
Trevor's own personal story itself was fascinating and often tragic, but on the whole the reader isn't left pitying him. He speaks matter-of-factly and honestly about the tragedies, but the core of his story is set in a firm foundation of love from his mother. You admire Trevor and his mother, you don't pity them.
"The Power of Mothers"
Mothers the world over put up with so much shit from men, and the worst is when the woman is financially independent, that independence become the light switch to darkness. Trevor, yours unfortunately isn't the exception, thank you for sharing and send a million hugs to your mum from me.
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.
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