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Born a Crime Audiobook

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy 04/12/2016
    Andy 04/12/2016
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rohma 27/02/2017
    Rohma 27/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterpiece"

    The best thing, hands down, is Trevor Noah speaking in different languages and doing imitations!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Definitely the best audiobook in my collection!!!"

    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.

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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.

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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.

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    michael 19/11/2016
    michael 19/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "The stuff of legend"

    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.

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    Caro 22/06/2017
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    "excellent, a most pleasant surprise."

    Racism, insights on apartheid and it's impact on South Africa, the importance of communications and empathy narrated respectfully without being depressing nor sanctimonious. Great narrarion. Thank you Trevor.

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    Adam 21/06/2017
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    "Incredible story, magnificently told."

    Trevor is a massively talented comic and his book is everything I expected. The stories are a million miles away from my personal reality but feel immersed by the way he tells them. 5 star book.

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    Trevor tells the story of South Africa as it should be told! I highly recommend this book to all!

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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.


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    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
  • Giuliete
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    "One of the most beautifully told stories I've ever heard."

    The story is great, but the way he tells it makes it even greater. You simply can't stop listening to it, until the end. Beautiful, funny, inspiring and a wonderful tribute to his amazing mom. I loved it!!

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  • Roshan Dash
    21/06/17
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    "Great storyteller"

    Just like his shows, this was a masterpiece, made me laugh when needed and got his story across with the seriousness required when needed. Wonderful job, the accents, it was really pleasant.

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  • A User
    13/06/17
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    "Absolutely amazing"

    Trevor,

    This is an absolutely amazing book, gives a real perspective into the history of the county from a non-political figure but a person whose gone through it personally, Im buying the books for my staff and most definitely a must read for South African youth especially, because it talks about the day to day struggles and how you eventually overcame them!

    Really amazing!

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  • Dawn Grayce
    12/06/17
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    "Who wouldn't enjoy this story"

    Trevor is the outsider who makes his way through the grim circumstances of apartheid by using his great empathy, skills. & talents, with a light touch.
    It offers also a tribute to his mother, a woman of great courage & humour.
    Trevor is terrific with accents too, which makes the performance funny & entertaining.
    It is a book anyone would enjoy.

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  • Blessing Mpofu
    Cape Town, South Africa
    12/06/17
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    "Sterling"

    Stand up comedy has allowed Trevor to not only find his voice but tone his storytelling muscles.

    This evident in this body of work. An amazing story told well.

    A must read / listen...

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  • A User
    07/06/17
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    "exceptional"

    Loved it. Felt like an intimate dinner with Trevor Noah. Recommend this read for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kayte
    Cape Town, South Africa
    05/06/17
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    "Not a bloodless revolution....."

    I grew up in apartheid South Africa, more aware than some of what was going on here, as my parents are English and I had input and heard news from outside our borders but I still find it astonishing that censorship was so effective here. I lived really near Alex and really had no concept of how people actually lived there. I was told driving past the township at night was a bad idea for fear of being hijacked, but I saw people every day who lived in conditions that would have left me in tears had I actually seen it with my own eyes. My children have been in to our local townships and they have seen how many people live, and not to give them a feeling of guilt for what they do have, but rather to build compassion in them and perhaps they will have ideas on how to make positive change in our communities when they are older. Thank you for sharing your story Trevor, and I take my hat off to you. I'm not sure I would have come through your story with such grace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renita
    Castle Hill, NSW, Australia
    30/05/17
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    "Funny, crazy, scary and moving all at once."

    Having lived in Johannesburg at the same time Trevor Noah was growing up, this book has given me so much more insight of the people around me at that time. Trevor is honest in his story telling and calls it as it is. His unusual situation makes for unintentionally funny reactions of people and himself. Recommend this book for all baby-boomers from South Africa if not all adults everywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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