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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 (157 notations)
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Avis de l'équipe

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

Description

"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. 

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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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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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Brilliant

it's one thing to have great elements for a story it's another to be able to tell it in a way that captivates an audience for a duration of eight hours. Trevor Noah really succeeded in doing this. I highly recommend it.

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A must read book

It's an educational book as well as entertaining. To me, Africa has been a dark continent for a long time with their political instabilities and violence. The author eloquently shows us both ,their every day life which is not so different from ours' and their particular problems oriented from their socio-political background. These rich episodes add significant subtlety to ever growing discourse over social division. Must read /listen!

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Un magnifique récit

Un magnifique récit, beaucoup d émotions ! L amour d un fils pour sa mère et d une mère pour son fils !

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Eye-opening

couldn't stop listening, except to think about all the things this book helped me understand

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awesome narration

great stories about the love and faith of a mother. inspiring individuals and jaw dropping events in S. Africa

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  • Marilyn Armstrong
  • 15/12/2016

Great book and perfect narration

I don't review a lot of books anymore, but this one got to me. There are lots of books written by people -- including me -- who had a hard time growing up. Abusive parents, poverty, oppression. War. There is a lot of awful stuff children endure.

Trevor Noah endured all of it. Name something bad that a kid can experience and it probably happened to him. Born under apartheid, his existence was illegal. His birth was, as the title of his book suggests, a crime.

As the child of a white father and a black mother under South Africa during apartheid, if he had been noticed by the authorities, they would have taken him from his family and put him ... somewhere. So merely surviving until the end of apartheid was no mean feat. Add to that extreme poverty, violence and life under the most oppressive, racist regime you can imagine. Actually, you may not be able to imagine it. I knew it was bad, but South Africa refined oppression into an art form.

One of the other noteworthy things about this book was that I learned great deal about things I thought I already knew. I don't know if Noah intended it as a cautionary tale, but it is. Chilling.

I didn't read the book. I listened to the audiobook because Noah reads it himself. He has a beautiful, melodic voice and a lovely cadence. It was a treat for my ears and my brain.

You might think with all of this terrible stuff -- and some of it is really horrific -- that this would be an angry, possibly embittered man. But he isn't.

He's funny when humor is possible. Even when he's serious, there is grace and wit -- plus a sweetness and generosity of spirit that's rather uplifting. I don't think I've ever said that about a book. It's not a word I use lightly. Trevor Noah is a rare person, able to appreciate the good stuff in his life and not obsess over the considerable amount of injustice he has experienced.

I'm not usually a big fan of celebrity memoirs or autobiographies, but this is exceptional. If you have the patience, listen to it as an audiobook. Otherwise, consider reading it. He's a smart guy, a good writer, and an astute observer of humanity, government, politics, and relationships. Insightful, witty, and entertaining, I highly recommend it.

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  • Heather Harej
  • 24/01/2017

A little repetitive and scattered, but well delivered.

Story was hard to follow at times. A little scattered and repetitive. Some inconsistencies as well as part of the story telling. But very enjoyable to hear.

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  • Emma Romey
  • 28/09/2018

Noah is proud of his bad behavior

This book will appeal to teenage boys. It is the boasting of a selfish man. Lost respect for the man who takes pride in his misdeeds.

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  • Thomas L. Piper
  • 25/02/2018

Fine but...

Noah is engaging. And his self-depreciating assessment of childhood is familiar to all who have experienced it, regardless of race or country. His observations on race in South Africa and the world over are insightful, but during one anecdote he essentially blames his two pet cats' natural temperament for their own sadistic murder, beheading and skinning at the hands of a superstitious neighbor. In that sense, it seems he may have learned a lot about people's nature, but not much about animals in general.

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  • Cyndi
  • 15/05/2018

Insightful

Thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. Felt like it bogged down a little (seemed repetitive) in the second half up to the last 10% and then finished strong. Still had unanswered questions tho about his father, friends and career that I would have liked to seen closure on. Overall though a positive read/listen.

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  • Greg Whicker
  • 14/10/2018

life is hard, then you host the Daily Show.

I am glad Trevor Noah has achieved success, I just don't think this book is why.

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  • Coru
  • 22/02/2018

All about how great he is.

I so wanted to quit this book but I kept hoping for.....something to make it worthwhile. Never happened. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Shirley Carter
  • 18/11/2017

Disappointed

I didn’t finished this book. Disappointed. Trevor uses crude phrases I really don’t understand why people do this. We can explain what we’re thinking and what we have experienced without falling into this pattern. Actually, he does a good job of narrating the book.

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  • Denise , Greg & Brandon Stillman
  • 20/03/2018

Maybe I just struggle to enjoy a nonfiction

I Struggled with the overall lack of plot. While some of Trevor’s stories were interesting and funny I just did not see the point. I did not know much of Trevor Noah when I started the book - I kept exiting for big reveal or something significant. I had heard many positive reviews of this book . The audio was good but I was still disappointed overall .

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  • JANE
  • 02/07/2018

all about a naughty boy

I was interested in the cultural aspect of Noah's early life but when he went on and on about how naughty he was I lost interest. Naughty boys are naughty boys all over the world. I may go back and try to listen again as I would like to know how he became the person he is today.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/02/2019

Injustice!

Never knew the judicial system in the country like South Africa can work (to put it better, not work) helping criminals to stay away from the charges like killings/beatings and the police closing an eye on the brutal cases of domestic violence. This is a shame that should not be happening in any part of the world!
The story is about the unique relationship between a boy and his mom and the way he was raised. The presence of racism, sexism as well as a few historical aspects about the life in the South African Republic is shown and exemplified through personal stories. Can be read in a day!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 16/02/2019

A must hear

I deeply enjoyed listening to Trevor Noah's immensely touching story. Shocking, lovely, hilarious- the whole package!