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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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    Sebastian Bibring 11/05/2017
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    "nothing like the author reading his book. lovedit"

    Noah s story is not like the old ark but tells a life of struggle, luck, love, hope, forgiveness and hope that most of this planet suffers. From a child born different on a hard part of the world his story reveals how with his mother's love in street wise South Africa Trevor learnt to be a smart man, a good man and who he is now and how his message to all of us on a daily base keeps our eyes open on a world of powerful people who take advantage of the rest without mercy just because they can.

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    08/05/2017
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    "Amazing read!"

    Confronting and honest with a dash of humor, a gripping book that everyone should read!

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    Natalie 21/04/2017
    Natalie 21/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny and authentic"
    Would you listen to Born a Crime again? Why?

    Yes, a great story interwoven with facts, humour and authentic South African experiences


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the use of realistic character of voices of both his mother and grandmother


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

    The South African accent and voice pitches of his family members.


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

    Yes, it made me laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Richard Whetton Australia 20/04/2017
    Mr. Richard Whetton Australia 20/04/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Great book and very thought provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It provided a real inside to what it would have been like growing up in South Africa during a very interesting period in history. I very much enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Noah's mother - she sounds amazing.


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

    Inflection and hearing him tell the story is incredible.


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

    Both laugh and cry.


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    Dave 03/04/2017
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    "Trevor is a Natural"

    Humorous, and compelling. Trevor is easy to listen to and does a great job in storytelling.

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    Imran 22/03/2017
    Imran 22/03/2017
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    "Great insight and entertaining story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely. Not only is it entertaining, but you have an appreciation for what others have gone through in life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration, the story, the insight. These were all great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The glimpses of how it was living under apartheid.


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    barbara 17/03/2017
    barbara 17/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story!"

    Incredible story beautifully told by the author giving true insight into apartheid and the enduring strenth and love between a mother and son.

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    Zoonda 17/03/2017
    Zoonda 17/03/2017

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    "Stunning Narrative of Racism and Connection"
    What did you like most about Born a Crime?

    This book is tragic and yet uplifting and funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The connection between Trevor and his mother.


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    sule 19/02/2017
    sule 19/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring and enlightening"

    Beautifully written and beautifully spoken.. An inspiring, sometimes funny, sometimes very sad story of an amazing life..

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    Kirsten 11/02/2017
    Kirsten 11/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "i couldn't wait to go back to listening"

    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 😊.

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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
    6/01/17
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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
  • Emielke
    24/05/17
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    "A must-read for South Africans"

    What a wonderful book. Trevor does amazing voice impressions so I'm glad I listened to the audiobook read by him instead of reading it. Beautiful and vividly told stories, both comical and sad.

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  • Amazon Customer
    21/05/17
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    "Funny and meaningful"

    This book was great. At times it made me laugh out loud, and at other times I was left hooked in the journeys of Trevor Noah's life. 10/10

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  • Sara
    20/05/17
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    "One of the best audio books ever"

    Real, raw, funny, sad - Trevor Noah takes you through his extraordinary life and you fall in love with him, his mom and Foufie, not in a fairytale kind of way, but as a people who are taking life by the &@lls. Amazing.

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  • ShwetaSriram
    18/05/17
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    "Trevor is the best"

    Loved the narration. I felt like I lived through his experience without the pain. Knowing his past makes me respect him all the more. Hats off to his mother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • swarram
    12/05/17
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    "Incredible story of a outsider in a racial society"

    Life can be much harder and as the Gita says, you cannot change what life throws at you but you can change your response to the situation. This is a poignant story of an outsider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Khemtee
    3/05/17
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    "Excellent reading"

    loved it. Trevor did a good job of reading it out. Crazy Able though, what???+

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seun
    Lagos
    30/04/17
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Great story. Wonderful narration. Trevor did an amazing job narrating the story of growing up in SA.

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  • Nicole Berman
    28/04/17
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    "Amazing story!"

    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!

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    7/01/17
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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
  • Andy
    4/12/16
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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
  • Rohma
    27/02/17
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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
  • DrSeun
    23/02/17
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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
  • Joseph McMahon
    15/01/17
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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
  • Alina
    14/12/16
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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
  • michael
    19/11/16
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. K. D. Chadha
    London
    26/05/17
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    "Very funny and yet touches the heart"

    The book covers some very serious topics and yet is very entertaining and cleverly written. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olly
    25/05/17
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    "Well written, well performed—couldn't stop listening"

    Trevor Noah is an exciting child to follow. Clever, entertaining and very moving—very much worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/05/17
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    "Fantastic Story"

    Really enjoyed this one !

    Looked forward to jumping in to the car to continue listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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