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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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    zoostra 31/01/2017
    zoostra 31/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Really enjoyed it"

    Awesome!
    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
    Great narration
    Highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nyasha 18/12/2016
    Nyasha 18/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Best audiobook I've listened... Ever! "

    This was hands down the best purchase i have made from Audible. You will not be disappointed. Trevor's story is hilarious, heartbreaking and hopeful. His performance was outstanding, I loved every minute

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peta Gischus 14/09/2017
    Peta Gischus 14/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "10 star worthy"

    The South African experience as lived by a coloured boy with the full context, along with the story being told first hand by the writer artist was/is a wonderful living history. Thank you.
    It's also a lesson as to why we should hug our mums and each other at every opportunity.

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    Sue 08/09/2017
    Sue 08/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An amazing insight"

    Thank you Trevor for sharing your life and its lessons. A very insightful, sometime sad but very real book

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    Tj 07/09/2017
    Tj 07/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible."

    I laughed & I honestly cried. Thank you for sharing your incredible childhood with me Trevor Noah.

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    Shyamla 05/09/2017
    Shyamla 05/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Best example of story-telling I've ever heard"

    One of the best examples of story telling I've ever come across: witty, funny, insightful, inspiring, heartbreaking, eye-opening, unbelievable and confronting yet delivered with charm, incredible articulation and perfect selection of detail. I saw Trevor Noah live last year and realised then he is one of the most articulate speakers on the topic of race and racism. After reading about his upbringing in South Africa, I now understand why. Everyone can learn something from this story.

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    01/09/2017
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    "Totally Recommend"

    Do yourself a favour and give this mans story a listen. You won't regret it.

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    27/08/2017
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    "I'll title the book 'Born a Miracle'. "

    Excellent and inspiring. Indeed God is Great and he will surely fight the battle for us even when we don't see things going our way.

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    Zandy Newcastle 11/08/2017
    Zandy Newcastle 11/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing story"

    I knew Trevor Noah would have a story. I knew he was. a good story teller. I just wasn't expecting to laugh/ cry so much. The story of a boy who becomes a man, despite the odds

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    Shalom Drimer 19/07/2017
    Shalom Drimer 19/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny and so inspiring!!"

    Listening to Trevor Noah tell his story in his voice is so hear warming and inspiring. I recommended this book for everybody I know because I know that listening to it will change you and the way you look at life and people around you.

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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
  • Anonymous
    21/09/17
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    "it was perfect. "

    loved every bit of it. Perfect autobiography of an African. it was very relatable to me.

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  • Anonymous
    21/09/17
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    "Brilliant book!"

    I loved this book and have recommended it to all my friends! Trevor Noah does a great job reading it, which adds to the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    18/09/17
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    "Too accurate!"

    Loved it! As a South African black man raised by a woman, it hit home! The story was all too familiar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    15/09/17
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    "Mind-blowing"

    I absolutely loved it! I love the honesty and realness of it. I will be listening again and buying the book (God Willing). It inspired me. I love his mum and the relationship they have! Very very nice.

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  • P
    5/09/17
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    "Great book"

    Nice job Trevor. I was able to connect with it being a South African and living through such a time...well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence Dembo
    Western Austrlia
    29/08/17
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    "Who knew"

    When you see where he is now it seems so fair accomplit.
    When you hear from whence he came it would be impossible to look forward and imagine the outcome.
    A brilliantly told story of life and hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    23/08/17
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    "By far the best Memoir I have ever heard"

    Trevor Noah is a great writer, throughout the book he never states his believes or assumptions as facts. He leaves the listener to be the judge of the situation. He doesn't try to be funny, but comes off as funny if you can relate to the situation. Depending on your walk of life, your views of racism, and your understanding of the relationship between a mother and a child. This book will make you laugh, sad, come to realizations, feel joy and relief.
    Great Performance Trevor, no one can tell a story better than the first hand witness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    22/08/17
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    "Hilarious and Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Trevor Noah read his own words only enhances this already exceptional life story.


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  • 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.

    8 of 9 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E
    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
  • Mr-reader
    LONDON UK
    16/07/17
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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
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    10/06/17
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    "Amazing life story"

    I rarely go for autobiographies as the tedium of 'me, me, me' irritates me. However, this was an amazing story, I felt it was mainly a tribute to Trevor Noah's mother who was such a brilliant woman fighting against adversity and making her son into a loving and very worthy man. I feel tearful after reading this and I am very impressed by the character of this man - and even more by the character of his fiery mother.

    I hesitated before buying, as I say I don't usually go for auto biographies - but this was different - I keep using 'amazing' in this review - but it really IS amazing! A real delight to understand a little about the South Africa of past times, and the troubled transition into the SA of today. (Though I fear it is still troubled).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
    Newcastle, England
    3/06/17
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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
  • 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
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    23/09/17
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    "Fan of the daily show took a risk on this."

    Honestly didn't expect much from this. But wow what a story and so glad I did. Don't want to spoil the story but please do take the risk have been recommending this to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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