Born A Crime

Born A Crime

Stories From A South African Childhood

Audiobook CD - 2016
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One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of Apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Publisher: [Grand Haven, MI] :, Brilliance Audio, Inc.,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781531865030
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (528 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 08, 2018

This book was a bit slow going to me, but I skipped ahead a bit and then really got engrossed. I don't watch The Daily Show but Trevor Noah has enough stories (and a description of how he started doing comedy and/or moved to the US isn't even included) to fill a few books.

I had thought that Born a Crime would be more about his childhood as a person who wasn't allowed to be with his mother in public or his father in public, but it ended up being so much more.

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in biographies, South Africa, racism, or simply Trevor Noah as a person.

ArapahoeChristineS Sep 08, 2018

Trust me, you do not have to know who Trevor Noah is to love this book. This is a must listen! Having Noah narrate his own story was spectacular. You get to hear his timing, his accent, even his use of other languages, all of which help draw you into the atmosphere of his autobiography. The story itself is solid, and will appeal to anyone who loves a good story, fiction or nonfiction. You will laugh, be shocked, laugh, be horrified, cry, and laugh some more. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!!!

Aug 23, 2018

This has become one of my favorite books of all time. I loved listening to his beautiful South African accent. I laughed, I cried, I was gutted in the best way. Trevor Noah has a gift for story telling and the way he layers in different details adds so much richness. Amazing.

Jul 30, 2018

Since I would be driving solo to and from San Francisco for the San Francisco Marathon, I figured I would pick up a couple audio books to keep me entertained for the trip. This was my choice for the drive north on Saturday morning. I had heard great things about this book so went in with high expectations. I'm stoked to report that it met (and possibly exceeded) my expectations. I didn't know anything about the author prior to listening to his book (which he read), but after listening to this book I now have a better understanding of his story. It is pretty crazy everything that he went through. I don't want to spoil the book, but just know there are shocking parts, loving parts, parts that will enrage you and parts that will make you tear up. Trevor is an awesome storyteller and I can see why he has become a well-known comedian, political commentator, actor and television host. His story is one of racism in South Africa, but also an extremely unique experience due to being born of a black mother and white father (which was a crime at the time - hence the name of the book). PS His mom rocks my socks! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

ArapahoeJanetW Apr 20, 2018

What a fascinating life Trevor Noah has already lived! I loved listening to his voice. I highly recommend this book in audio. I was captivated by his stories and his close and endearing bond with his mother. He presents an informative narrative about life in South Africa and his personal experience of the effects of Apartheid.

Apr 20, 2018

Amazing story.

JCLChrisK Mar 21, 2018

Highly engaging and entertaining, which is unsurprising given the author is a professional comedian and entertainer. Less expected is the insightfulness, breadth, and quality of the writing. Noah had an extraordinary childhood and he draws upon it for a wide range of personal stories, all united by his deep love and respect for his mother, who has clearly been the largest influence on his life. Highly recommended.

ArapahoeRachel Mar 17, 2018

Trevor Noah is a great narrator. He is easy to listen to and he is also an excellent storyteller. His book captured his intelligent observations and his comedic styling.

DPLjosie Mar 10, 2018

Amazing! This is one of those titles that I'd recommend you listen to rather than read the paper version. Noah's reading is true to the story as it's his and he lived it. The non-English parts are fascinating to hear (don't worry, he translates), and his accent just gives the stories an added detail of setting.

I learned so much from this book, not just about the man, but about South African Apartheid and history. Don't expect his normal brand of humor, though there are some funny bits. Very enjoyable!

Feb 03, 2018

This is a terrific read providing great observations about living in one of the most racist countries in modern times. The author - Trevor Noah - brings forth several stories from his childhood in Apartheid South Africa told from a unique vantage point of being mixed race (black mother and white father). His parents were proscribed from marrying much less socializing in public. He manages to relate his story with humor, poignancy, and keen observation and introspection. His mother was indeed quite a woman bring up a family in a society that both heavily racist and sexist all the while resisting and driving out of her sons any self-pitying thoughts. The audio by the author is terrific because of his ability to speak the various African languages. There are a few places where the chronology is somewhat confusing due to the time overlap of some of the stories.

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May 29, 2017

This audiobook is... a must. It is read by the author/entertainer, Trevor Noah, himself and it is brilliantly executed. You laugh because his delivery of events is so amusing, but cry because the reality of the content is overwhelmingly brutal. There's no question... a must.


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