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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
Lu par : Trevor Noah
Durée : 8 h et 44 min
5 out of 5 stars (189 notations)

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Editors Select, November 2016 - Just as fans of The Daily Show weren't quite sure what to expect when he was announced as the show's new host, I started Born a Crime not really knowing what I'd find in Noah's book. Comedy? Political and social commentary? Sure, but not in the way I expected. Instead, I was given so much more. Noah's story is intertwined with the final years and aftermath of apartheid-era South Africa. It's a story that begins with Noah's mother throwing him from a moving car to avoid a potentially fatal dispute with gangsters and follows the comedian's path to self-discovery amid episodes both bittersweet and comical. It's eloquent and touching and funny and made all the better with his reading, especially as he recounts anecdotes involving his mother - the true show stealer - and delivers clever turns of phrase as only a top-notch comic and storyteller can. —Doug, Audible Editor

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"Comedian Trevor Noah's stories of growing up in South Africa are vivid, sometimes harrowing, and often laugh-out-loud funny. The bonus of audio is that listeners get to hear Noah tell these stories in his South African-accented English, as well as hear him speak snippets of various other South African languages.... Noah's narration offers insights and intimacy, and as he gives voice to his mother, his friends, and his younger self, listeners are invited in to glimpse his world. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (AudioFile magazine)

Highest-rated new book of 2016 by Audible customers

Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Celebrity Memoirs 

Trevor Noah, one of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars and host of The Daily Show, tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. In this Audible Studios production, Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives. 

"Nelson Mandela once said, 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else's language, even if it's just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, 'I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.'" (Trevor Noah) 

Attuned to the power of language at a young age - as a means of acceptance and influence in a country divided, then subdivided, into groups at odds with one another - Noah's raw, personal journey becomes something extraordinary in audio: a true testament to the power of storytelling. With brutal honesty and piercing wit, he forgoes an ordinary reading and, instead, delivers something more intimate, sharing his story with the openness and candor of a close friend. His chameleon-like ability to mimic accents and dialects, to shift effortlessly between languages including English, Xhosa, and Zulu, and to embody characters throughout his childhood - his mother, his gran, his schoolmates, first crushes and infatuations - brings each memory to life in vivid detail. Hearing him directly, you're reminded of the gift inherent in telling one's story and having it heard; of connecting with another, and seeing them as a human being. 

The stories Noah tells are by turns hilarious, bizarre, tender, dark, and poignant - subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty, making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a color-obsessed world, thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit, thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters, and more. 

©2016 Spiegel & Grau (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critiques

"Comedian Trevor Noah's stories of growing up in South Africa are vivid, sometimes harrowing, and often laugh-out-loud funny. The bonus of audio is that listeners get to HEAR Noah tell these stories in his South African-accented English, as well as hear him speak snippets of various other South African languages. Noah (who succeeded Jon Stewart as the host of 'The Daily Show') is a natural storyteller - skilled, engaging, and relatable.... Noah's narration offers insights and intimacy." ( AudioFile)
"The author’s gift for vocal impersonation elevates the audio version into something even more splendid than an already terrific memoir.” - The Washington Post

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Histoire super intéressante, super bien lu

Un des meilleurs livres audio que j'ai pu écouter jusque-là. My, my, c'était tellement bien. C'est un livre qui avait fait le buzz mais ô objectif mérité. J'ai tellement appris de choses sur la vie de cet homme en Afrique du Sud. La personnalité incroyable de sa mère, ses bêtises, l'univers tellement particulier de ce pays pour un petit gars ni blanc ni noir. Ça vaut vraiment le détour. Je recommande à 200%. En plus c'est l'auteur qui lit son livre, il imite certains personnages, lit les parties en langue étrangère, vraiment très vivant.

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Exceptional story, exceptional reading!

Not only the story of the book is highly enjoyable, but also very valuable and provides a lot of insight in the reality of living in the South Africa and in the racist communities in general.
On top of that the author himself adds a lot by reading the book in very lively and entertaining way and with a lot of distance to himself, past events and political situation. Reading the original quotes in the local languages is unbeatable.

My only regret is due to the topics mixed chronologically and because of that in some moments it is hard to figure out at first in which period is the current action happening and therefore what was the authors' age/location and the political situation. On the other hand it is not hard to take longer breaks from the book, as its rather a set of smaller stories than a full chain of events with direct consequences.

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lost for words

very good book. Trevor Noah give a comprehensive explination on how apartaid worked in south africa.

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Incroyable !

A écouter absolument, si vous voulez rire, être surpris, émus, choqué, apprendre mais surtout rire. Le meilleur livre audio que j’ai écouté grâce à l’histoire et la performance de Mr Noah qui est très très talentueux. Il sait imiter tout type de personnages. Il est brillant. J’ai passé un très bon moment. Je le recommande sans aucune hésitation

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Amazing

Amazing book, so overwhelming and real! Massive respect for you and your mom! Love you

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Amazing story from a great performer

Enjoyed every part of it. The reading by Trevor himself makes it intense and real. Highly recommended

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  • CJ
  • 26/05/2019

amazing

amazing and saddest life story ever I enjoyed every bit of it thank you Trevor for sharing such an amazing story even if it was sad at the end🥺you're my model

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A wonderful story, a wonderful reader

A very well written book, entertaining, interesting, informative, witty, and guaranteed to provoke both laughter and tears.

Provides fascinating insights into the roots of racism and how apartheid worked in South Africa.

Having the author read their book is almost always advantageous, as they bring scenes to life even more through their intonation and interpretation.

Having an excellent performer like Trevor Noah read his autobiographical stories in his wide array of languages and accents means that the Audible version is far more enjoyable.

A must read, which is a much better hear!

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Jesus, un grand merci

Thank you Trevor Noah for giving me, an English teacher, a new way to introduce and talk about South African culture, I was getting tired and out of date with « Invictus » and Mandela.
Your mum is right, I’ll thank « Jesus » for this beautiful story.
Amen !

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Great Book

Trevor's childhood is epic, Patricia's resiliance is an example. The Story make you laugh sometimes and cry other times . A book to discover !

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  • MerBear1981
  • 18/04/2019

I didn’t hate it

In fact, I didn’t feel passionately about it at all. Some of the stories were repetitive and it was difficult to discern what period of his life he was talking about at any particular moment because he jumps back and forth quite a lot. I also expected it to be a funnier. The only bit that I really found funny was the story about him doing number two in the kitchen.

Overall this book doesn’t live up to the hype. I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone unless they were a fan of Trevor’s to begin with. I did enjoy hearing about his individual experience growing up in South Africa during apartheid, but the disjointedness kept this from being a really good listen for me.

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  • lguinily
  • 26/05/2019

Doesnt live up to the hype

Streched out and Disorganized
The plot was all over the place. As the title suggests, the book is a series of stories that's somehow related and at the same time doesnt. One minute he's a child, then adult, then teen, then back to being a child. He'd spend several chapters talking about his stepdad, then suddenly somewhere at the near end starts introducing him again(back to being a child and 1st time seeing him). There's no organization whatsoever, thus that made it a little hard to follow because he's abruptly skipping timelines left and right then going back and forth. Some parts of the story was so redundant he can talk about the same thing in over 5 minutes when you can actually summarize it in just 2 to 3 sentences.

Inconsistent and Exaggerated
I cant remember which chapter I didn't want to relisten the book just so I can get which chapter it happened, but at the first part of the book he said he called his dad daddy in a public place, his dad would then run away from him because his father is white and he's black and its illegal to have a mixed kid. He'd chase his dad thinking it's a game while calling him "daddy" out loud. And then at the second half of the story at exactly Part 1, #8 “Robert”. That's exactly at 03:03:35 in the book. He said he call his dad by his name ONLY. Not dad, daddy or father. Just his name because someone might call the police on them. Then there's also this town full of walled up houses which he described as like being in a town of maximum security prisons where everyone stays behind 6ft tall walls with electric fences on top. He on the other hand -being a curious kid as he is heard children lauging behind them- he “climbed up to peek” inside and he'd see kids splashing in the pool. These are just SOME of the inconsistencies I found. Some parts of his childhood were so questionably exaggerated to the point that its ridiculous and you'd think it's absurd that it even happened. These points made me wonder whether or not these things actually happened or he fabricated it just to make himself look good. (It didn't. For me atleast.)

This book could've been so much better with more proper editing and proofreading. With him being a comedian, I can't help but compare this book to Kevin Hart's I Can't Make This Up. The difference is night and day. I learned not just about his life CHRONOLOGICALLY, but I've also picked up several real life lessons, something I didn't expect from a comedian's book. I did laugh a lot though, that's something I expected. But this book is none of that. Its just a series of random stories put together. I expected a lot since I finished Kevin Hart's book I thought this book would be alot better due to the ratings. I was just utterly disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Trevor's standup stages very much. But this book is just a letdown. He's a good comedian, but as an author? Well....listen to the book and you be the judge.

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  • Jennia Chodorov
  • 18/06/2019

could easily have been so much better ..

although intensely anecdotal the story gave no vision of the getaway from crime and I was most curious about how he changed his life. in the end you were left with Petty crime oriented stories that leave you with an unsatisfying feeling..

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  • D. Sheff
  • 28/04/2019

A mishmash of stories that go on and on

I had high hopes for this book but alas it fell short in all ways. There is some humor but the flat monotone delivery blunts it's effect. In later chapters Noah comes across as a total jerk and some of the images he conjures up turned my stomach. The insight into Apartheid kept me engaged for awhile but by mid book the narrative breaks down and it's just a mishmash of stories about a hell raising kid who wrecks havoc and has no problem with it nor does his mother who has high standards for her son's actions except when they effect white peoples property or animals

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  • tlcarver
  • 05/06/2019

Profanity Too Big of Hurdle

Interesting story but I couldn’t get passed the offensive language. Finally had to turn it off.

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  • Werner Williams
  • 30/04/2019

Cover your ears

This autobiography started off interesting, but later seemed like just a bunch of random memories not in any particular order. I got tired of the cursing which increased as the book went on. I Just couldn’t finish it.

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  • Jyoti
  • 19/06/2019

Got weird in the third half

It started out pretty good with the history of South Africa etc. Then there was a natural progression (baby, teens, young adult) etc Then all of a sudden it goes back to his abusive step dad and his mom etc etc It didn't flow properly, which kinda ruined it.

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  • John
  • 21/05/2019

boring

I could not seem to follow it. Kept falling asleep.
Seemed like one bad thing after another.

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  • Beth R.
  • 05/04/2019

I like him but...

This was the first time I've ever listened to an audiobook. I am a fairly avid reader so this was different for me and maybe that affected my opinion of this story. I'm glad I read/heard it, I learned alot about apartheid and South African people and prejudices but I didn't enjoy the story as a whole. Not very uplifting, I found most of the situations and people frustrating. I found some anecdotes funny but overall I wasn't that interested in much of it and my mind would drift. It's admirable how he got himself out of that country to where he is today and I'm happy for him and his success.

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  • Krykie
  • 06/05/2019

boring as hell

If the author weren't already famous, this would be a very dull and zzzz book. There is no self reflection, no moment of discovery, no journey. It's Trevor talking about his life growing up in a dysfunctional family. He complains about unfairness, but he exploits and steals from others without regret. Not at the time, not in writing the book. Again, if it weren't Trevor Noah, I doubt the story would have been published.

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  • giulia sertel
  • 06/12/2016

a story of true empowerment.

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie Born a Crime auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

1.
Spannung, Spaß - und das autobiographisch. Was will man mehr?

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Sie zeigt, dass Empowerment in Südafrika möglich ist und dass Kinder aus armen Verhältnissen es schaffen können, den Armutsteufelskreislauf zu durchbrechen. Ein Hoffnungsschimmer für die Regenbogennation, in der die Zukunft schwarzer Kinder oftmals nicht so rosig aussieht.

Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

Als Trevor sich im Gefängnis mit dem Hulk-look-a-like anfreundet und so die Situation gut übersteht. Die Szene spiegelt die Macht der Sprache und die weiteren Auswirkungen wunderschön wenn auch bittersüß wieder.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Ja.
Trevor Noah erzählt seine Kindheitsgeschichte anschaulich und sehr nachvollziehbar. Da sein Leben geprägt von vielen Höhen und Tiefen war, entstanden aus dem extremen Rahmenbedingungen der Apartheid, kommen Emotionen definitiv nicht zu kurz. Außerdem ist er Comedian trough and trough. Das merkt man auch in seinem Roman.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Die Komplexität von Südafrika's Geschichte wird erklärt. Also auch dahingehend interessant. Wie schwierig es für Kinder ist, eine solche absurde politische Situation, wie Apartheid, zu verstehen und damit um zu gehen - damit zu leben als 'crime' geboren zu sein. Seine emotionale Reife und Güte ist beeindruckend.

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  • Anke
  • 10/11/2017

Überwältigend gut

Ein wunderbares Buch geschrieben und gelesen von einem fantastisch wortgewandten Mann. Authentisch, mit Herz und Witz. Absolut empfehlenswert!

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  • EmmaZ
  • 24/11/2016

Very insightful

I love the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, especially these days and found the stories of his youth in South Africa very insightful and gripping.

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  • Martin Hofer
  • 05/04/2017

Truely the best audiobook I ever listened to

Funny, interesting, dramatic, informative and heartwarming.
Great performance by Trevor Noah.
I was very impressed.

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  • Martin Wegner
  • 31/03/2017

A must read, or in this case hear!

Powerful, incredible story. You can tell he is an excellent comedian by the way he makes even the most difficult situations funny. Absolutely loved it.

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  • Wilhelm Michler
  • 17/06/2019

A different world explained with reflexion & humor

I love Trevor Noah as a comedian and daily show host. Listening to his personal story and getting to learn about the life in South Africa and under Apartheid is truly enlightening.
There are funny stories amd then there are stories that punched respect into my European life.

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  • Praveen
  • 13/09/2018

One of the best books I listened to in a long time

Can't wait to read the part2 of Born a crime which is expected to be released in Nov. 2018

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  • Hansen Svenja
  • 05/11/2017

Race and racism through a different perspective

An amazing and inspiring story of growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. I personally enjoyed that, while telling his story about growing up in an (to me) unimaginable difficult environment and as a mixed child faced with prejudice from all ethnic groups, the author gives you insights on the struggles of overcoming apartheid South Africa is still facing today. Always with a good portion of humor, never bitter - although given the circumstances, it would be very easy to give in to bitterness.

To me, this story opened a new perspective on the ridiculous construct of race and racism and the importance of not only giving access to education but also to the "hardware" tools to overcome social inequalty. My deepest respect to the author and his mother for overcoming the boundaries society tried to impose on them.

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  • Walter
  • 27/04/2017

Ein Buch – Ein Denkmal

Dieses Buch, diese biographischen Szenen aus der Kindheit unter und der Jugend kurz nach dem Apartheit-Regime in Südafrika sind eine (für Mitteleuropäer) fast unglaubliche Geschichte. Ein Kind, seine Mutter, die erweiterte Familie, die alltägliche Gewalt ...

Das Hörbuch im englischen Original ist hier dem gedruckten Werk eindeutig überlegen, denn die Erzählung des Autors ist in jenem typisch südafrikanischen Slang und er integriert auch die Zitate in den anderen Sprachen des Landes (Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa..) zu einem Ganzen – dem ganz normalen Wahnsinn, dem Leben in Südafrika.

Thomas Hobbes würde es wohl als seinen „Naturzustand“ erkennen. Damit zu leben ist eine andere Sache. Das vor allem die Mutter des Autors nie aufgibt, ist wohl auch ein Wunder. Diese Buch ist auch ihr Denkmal.

Danke

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  • V. Hemmerle
  • 18/04/2017

This story is so intense & so well narrated.

I liked Trevor Noah before listening to his story, but now I would really like to meet him.
I am so glad his mom survived.

Plus, I learnt a lot listening to this entertaining audiobook - I knew Apartheid existed, but in Germany we learnt so much about our own horrific history, and next to nothing about South Africa. Now I know more and am grateful.

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