Born A Crime

Born A Crime

Stories From A South African Childhood

Audiobook CD - 2016 | Unabridged.
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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
Branch Call Number: CD BIO NOAH NOAH
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr., 48 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.


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Trevor Noah narrates his memoir of growing up in apartheid South Africa with an approachable, witty, and poignant style. This audiobook has appeal across all ages.

Read by the author, Trevor Noah's tales of growing up in the shadow of apartheid are raw and heartbreaking, hopeful and funny.

Read by the author, Trevor Noah's tales of growing up in the shadow of apartheid are raw and heartbreaking, hopeful and funny. Suggested by Liz.

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ArapahoeMaryA Apr 09, 2020

Comedian/Talk show host Trevor Noah provides an engaging, entertaining reflection on his childhood during post-Apartheid South Africa. I recommend this audiobook often and have yet to meet a person who didn't enjoy it.

JCLBreAnnaB Jan 31, 2020

Definitely recommend this book and specifically the audio version - not only is Trevor Noah's voice pleasant but I think it gives extra power to the words when spoken by the author. It was interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking weaving through it ideas like family, culture, and love.

Hillsboro_ElenaG Nov 17, 2019

Trevor Noah's memoir of his childhood in South Africa is eye opening and engaging, full of heart and humor. The Daily Show host fills his memoir with his typical brand of comedy both personal and political, vividly illustrating post-Aprtheid South Africa through the lens of his own experiences growing up as an outsider. Having listened to Noah's superb audiobook narration, I can't imagine experiencing his story any other way. Highly recommended.

Jun 03, 2019

Trevor Noah is a very funny storyteller ... of his own story and what shaped him. Hearing it in his voice and accent really made it. Funny & REAL.

Mar 24, 2019

Recommended by Pamela It’s very raw and funny.

BernardN_KCMO Feb 08, 2019

Trevor Noah's recollections of his South African childhood and early manhood tell us a lot about the nature of apartheid. It is worth noting that Trevor, like his mom, though recognizing injustice and the silly inconsistencies of the system of apartheid, does not allow it to keep him down. Mr. Noah, current host of "The Daily Show" and a stand-up comic, tells his stories with a great deal of humor. This is one book, I would argue, best encountered in audio form. Mr. Noah does his own narration, and he brings his sense of timing and of speaking as different characters to the task with great effect.

Feb 04, 2019

What a great book! So glad that Trevor Noah decided to put this memoir together. Some true, laugh-out-loud moments, and some truly sad moments - riveting tales about a life lived, and surviving/thriving through apartheid, domestic violence, street-smart hustle, and the joy and gratitude for the love and faith of his mother.

I highly recommend reading the audio version of this, narrated by the author. It's fantastic.
Well done, Trevor! You've made your mother proud, and you yourself should be proud of what you've made of your life. Congratulations on beating the "black tax," and may success continue to be your constant companion.
Looking forward to more stories about your interesting life.

Dec 21, 2018

His story is unbelievable. I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend listening to him narrating his own words.

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!!!

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Aikomarsi 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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ArapahoeMaryA Apr 09, 2020

But the real world doesn't go away. Racism exists. People are getting hurt. And just because it's not happening to you, doesn't mean it's not happening. And at some point you have to choose; black or white, pick a side. You can try to hide from it. You can say, oh I don't take sides, but at some point, life will force you to pick a side.

People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.


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