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.
Yes, most definitely. Not only is it entertaining, but you have an appreciation for what others have gone through in life.
The narration, the story, the insight. These were all great.
The glimpses of how it was living under apartheid.
This book is tragic and yet uplifting and funny.
The connection between Trevor and his mother.
i hated pausing this book. i couldve listened to this all in one go if i didn't have to go to work. Trevors different voices of different characters were impressive, hearing the different African languages was beautiful ( i dont know many africans ) and for such serious content matter he still had a way of making me laughing out loud & helping me understand. Hes tells the story like youre a friend. As a part samoan part kiwi the struggles of the inbetween rang familiare and some of the cultural norms i could relate to as well. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK. I'll definitely be going back to it. Thanks for sharing Trevor 😊.
So I went to high school with Trevor and I was able to intimately relate to half of the book all the way down to the pirating empire. Trevor tells the story in such an amazing way. The accents he uses brings out his sheer talent. There's humour where you least expect it. And although he's not religious he tells a deeply emotional story of the power of prayer. His mother is an amazing woman. Thanks for sharing your story Trevor.
Not like his comedy routines.
But very funny stories from his childhood in shanty town squalor.
His mother was amazing.
He was half-black half white born in apartheid.
Doesn't cover his career in comedy etc
Tragedy pain humour hustling naughtiness etc
Leave with Hope and gratitude in face of challenging life
I loved the story to bits, trevor is a legend, the vivid accounts are awesome.
Amazing. Such a beautiful story that made me laugh and cry. Trevor Noah's story is one of amazing courage, brutal honesty about often forgotten historical events, and above all else, the unconditional love of an extremely remarkable mother.
"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.
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.
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.
loved it. enjoyed. laughed and cried through. Hail freedom. I wish for a day when all men n women are equal.
"entertaining, educational. "
a tribute to his mother as much as the story of his incredible childhood. worth reading
"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
"laughed and caught feelings"
some parts made me so angry but I laughed through it all. a wonderful story.
"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.
"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.
The best thing, hands down, is Trevor Noah speaking in different languages and doing imitations!
"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.
"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.
"Funny, informative and REAL"
Captured the stories many SA childhoods very well. When I started I couldn't stop listening.
"amazing just amazing"
the book is just an amazing journey as is the reading and the voice acting within it.
"Great insight & social commentary"
Don't hear enough stories from South Africa. Trevor Noah has an exceptional story & is a great story teller. Thanks for narrating this yourself.
"incredible story. t"
thank you so much Trevor for sharing your story with the world. you the man.
"Buy it, Read it, listen to it, love it. You can't go wrong!!"
Oh my goodness. What a fabulous autobiography. The stories are amazing. It made me gasp, cry out, exhale, smile and be amazed and clutch my chest in horror. I got more than a few looks from my reaction listening to this. I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It's a must read or listen. I might even buy it in hardback. Buy it, listen to it, read it, love it.
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