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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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.

Jan 22, 2018

This was a great book and I learned more about what is happening in SA. We really are blessed in Canada

Sep 19, 2017

You get a better sense of who Trevor Noah is and better appreciate him as well. People go through bad times, but Trevor's life may put yours in perspective. A great listen plus he will pronounce names you will never be able to.

Aug 21, 2017

A MUST READ—or better yet listen to Trevor Noah read the story of his childhood in South Africa. He was an crime. His mother was black, his father was white and that was illegal. Bill Gates is right. This is one of the best books to read this summer.

Jun 18, 2017

What a powerful book! It is even more moving when you listen to the audiobook and hear Trevor Noah tell his own story. He gives us unique insight into culture, poverty, race, and domestic violence in South Africa. He can be funny, but more often this is a love story between a son and his mother. With this memoir, we begin to understand his perspective on life, and the basis for his sense of humor.

May 16, 2017

I highly recommend the audio version of this book. Trevor Noah is a great entertainer and he does a very personal and engaging imitation of a lot of the characters in his personal history.

JCLEmilyD May 02, 2017

This book was fascinating and excellent. I listened to the audiobook and Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, narrates and he does a fabulous job. Noah has a unique ability to look at issues and situations with wide prospective and deep intellect. You'll find yourself laughing along to his stories and then pulled into a deeper understanding and eye opening statements. Noah goes into depth about his identity crises of being mixed in South Africa as well as his mom's mission of breaking their family's cycle of poverty. I learned a lot about South African culture and apartheid. Excellent book.

BostonPL_LauraB Apr 24, 2017

Easily one of the best books of the year, and one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Listen on audio, if you get a chance!

JCLMartyJ Apr 08, 2017

Wow, Trevor Noah certainly has some tales to tell! As the son of a white father and a black mother, growing up in South Africa, Noah didn't "neatly" fit into any category . He so clearly articulates the insights he developed from this unique perspective. His story also demonstrates the power of a mother's love for a child and her Christian faith. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook which is beautifully read by the author.

Apr 04, 2017

Outstanding! This book is hilarious, heartbreaking and extremely thought provoking. I'm familiar with his show and stand-up comedy, but it was great to get an inside look on his life growing up in South Africa and during the Apartheid.

Please note that it is (or should be) rated R for language.

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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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