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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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    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.

    7 of 8 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!

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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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    Mr-reader LONDON UK 16/07/2017
    Mr-reader LONDON UK 16/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I finished it within 2 days, I really recommend the book, its funny and sad same time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann D Newcastle, England 03/06/2017
    Ann D Newcastle, England 03/06/2017 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "Powerful biography"

    This is not really what I expected from the Comedian Trever Noah. It's a sobering tale of being born and raised a mixed race boy in Apartheid, and newly post Apartheid, South Africa. It's very well written and he narrates it himself perfectly. The only thing I disliked, but not enough to diminish the 5* review score, is his references to "all Americans will understand this (and) although South African culture is very different, Americans will get this". This jarred for me. Did he write it with just Americans in mind? Does he think only Americans will read it? Hmm!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DrSeun 23/02/2017
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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.

    1 of 1 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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    Alina 14/12/2016
    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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    Amazon Kunde 18/08/2017
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    "Loved everything!"

    I absolutely loved this book and the 8 hours went by so quickly. There was so much I didn't know about South African history and the dark aspects are not glossed over, despite being told alongside numerous jokes that had me laughing out loud. I loved everything about this book and it was great to hear Trevor narrate his own story.

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    Judi DB 16/08/2017
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    "Excellent read - deeply engaging."

    So pleased this was read by the writer, it really bought it to life. I am so impressed by an individual's ability to deal with the most awful circumstances and come through it stronger. Trevor Noah is my hero. Awesome!

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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
  • Dale Bedford
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    "Wow! Best audible purchase I've made so far."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and narration. I learnt so much about my own country and found Trevor Noah's life story thus far jaw-dropping. At times funny, at others heart wrenching, this is by no means a comedy but I hung onto every word.

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  • Anonymous
    16/08/17
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    "Beautiful story"

    Beautiful South African story, so relatable from one black child to another. The last chapter was an peak into my own life. Thank you Trevor.

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  • Ms Sophie Stewart
    15/08/17
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    "EXCELLENT "
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born a Crime to be better than the print version?

    Great story, well told, listen and enjoy - fantastic for a long car journey.


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  • Consider Bwerinofa
    14/08/17
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    "Great story and reading by Trevor Noah"

    Hearing Trevor read this with his excellent language and accent talent makes it excellent.

    Overall a great story for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics and complexities of growin up or living in South Africa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    06/08/17
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    "Brilliant"

    As a fellow South African born under the apartheid era I can relate to so many chapters of Trevor's liveh

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice
    03/08/17
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    "Eccentric story"

    It's one of the most emotional stories I have listened to and at the same I can relate with just about everything in it (about 99.5% 👫). It's powerful, inspiring and for the limited superlatives in my vocabulary, I'd say more. Trevor Noah is my absolute favorite, my hero and my forever daily dose of laughter.
    Am still listening to it though, and I'd recommend/advocate that you all read or listen to this beautiful true story of a boy who was born a Crime in Johannesburg during apartheid!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia Allie
    23/07/17
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    "Written for the American reader /listener"

    Being a South African, I feel that this story was written for an American audience. Not that it's good or bad, just feel that as a South African listening to it, some parts were just 'over explained'. I was a bit bored here and there, but the last bit was quite gripping, and I reiterate, I think it's for the American reader. That said, well done Trevor, for rising like the Sphinx.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Githaiga
    17/07/17
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    "Very nice Book!!!!!!! Thoroughly enjoyable."

    Very nice Book!!!!!!! Thoroughly enjoyable. Didn't put it down till I was done listening. Narration is lovely. Humorous and emotional at the same time. And Inspiring too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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