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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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Highest-rated new book of 2016 by Audible customers

Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Celebrity Memoirs 

In this award-winning Audible Studios production, Trevor Noah tells his wild coming-of-age tale during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa. It’s a story that begins with his mother throwing him from a moving van to save him from a potentially fatal dispute with gangsters, then follows the budding comedian’s path to self-discovery through episodes both poignant and comical. Noah’s virtuoso embodiment of all the characters from his childhood, and his ability to perform accents and dialects effortlessly in English, Xhosa, and Zulu, garnered the Audie Award for Best Male Narrator in 2018. Nevertheless, Noah’s devoted and uncompromising mother—as voiced by her son—steals the show. 

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

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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 (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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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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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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Just perfect

I just loved it! Trevor Noah rocks! his accent, his imitations, his tones...I felt like I was inside a movie, or living with him. I cried once, I laughed many times and I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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Absolutely loved it !!

I highly recommend this book, beautiful story and well written! I love that Trevor Noah is the one reading it as well.

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very entertaining

Very entertaining. Each chapter has a different theme. The stories are well told and they come together at different points. A real glimpse into South Africa and into his unique life. Serious at times, hilarious at others. I highly recommend it and hearing it from him directly made it much better than reading it i believe. Hearing him pronounce the African words makes it much better. I would have been lost if I had read it...

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laughter love and tears

This book is simply wonderful. I learned so much and traveled, I laughened and cried and laughed again.

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Remarkable - Moving - Sarcastically funny !

Daring biography from an outstanding personality with a great talent for storytelling. Gives insight into a system and form of society that should not exist ever.

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  • Liesel Wallace
  • 11/06/2019

Nonchalant comments about animal abuse

I’m from South Africa and Trevor’s account of South Africa was spot on but frankly I stopped listening after his unemotional account of animal abuse towards his own cats. Made me feel sick to my stomach... Trevor just lost a fan for life.

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  • Vance Creekpaum
  • 27/10/2019

Everyone Should Listen to This

Wow! This is by far the best audiobook I’ve ever heard, and one of the best books I’ve ever read. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. Trevor brings such a unique world view, and even though his life was so much different than mine, there was still so much I could relate to. I learned so much listening to this, about apartheid, race, poverty, and the power of language. Excellently performed, obviously. It feels less like a book and more like Trevor is just telling his story. I listened to the outhouse/blind grandma chapter while I was at the gym and I literally had to stop working out for a couple minutes because I was laughing so hard. This is the gold standard of audiobooks. It’s 100% worth a listen, and a relisten. So good!

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  • Alfred Fredel
  • 25/08/2018

An interesting take on life yet a bit disturbing

As someone who is blind, I love audible because the books are narrated to me. I made this selection because I enjoy listening to the rider on his comedy show. He is very entertaining and can tell a good story. For the most part, I find his commentary is generally on point. This book gives you a glimpse into his mind and gives you a little background about the life that he has had while growing up in South Africa. I found the issues regarding domestic violence and his family situation to be quite disturbing, but I understand where his viewpoint is coming from because it was a very terrible situation. There were many things in the book that were quite funny and I enjoyed much of his narrative. I had a little bit of a problem with the story regarding the time where he was a DJ and had a lead dancer Who was given the name of Hitler. His explanation of the situation and the reason why this person was named after one of the most notorious people in history is uncomfortable. Other than these two things, I would recommend this book to others with the caveat that it might be a little much for some.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/02/2017

Too much profanity

Too much profanity when it wasn't necessary for the story. Overall very interesting life story.

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  • Kierst Rabinowitz
  • 30/03/2017

Reviews were a bit misleading

Based on the reviews I read, I expected more. It wasn't a tragic life story, or super funny story.
It's an ok story.
Guess the hype, from the reviews, led me to hope for something more.

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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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  • 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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  • reviewer
  • 04/02/2017

Started out very interesting, but declined quickly

Liked the first couple of chapters, but could not finish the book. Dragged on with childhood stories that weren't very captivating.

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  • Dianne Lipscomb
  • 29/03/2019

Read or not to read

If you have nothing else to do or to read then this book is for you. It was okay but nothing new here to learn.

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  • Jeana
  • 09/11/2018

skip it

I love Trevor Noah, but this book is boring uneventful and too simple . I tried and tried but I couldn't even finish it

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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?

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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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  • asbear
  • 23/12/2018

Ueberragend

Das beste Hörbuch des Jahres, natürlich vom Autor grossartig vorgetragen auch, sind die Einsichten des Autors und Comedian so klug und tiefsinnig - es war ein grosser Gewinn, dieses Hörbuch zu lesen.

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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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  • Mircea-Luchian Pojoni
  • 03/07/2017

Very good book

There are really only a couple books I enjoyed as much as this one. It has an incredibly interesting story. It has some dramatic moments and some really sad ones too, but his ability to find something funny about everything makes it truely great. When I heard that one story about his dance crew member I just completely lost it for like 10 minutes. Although his voice impressions can sometimes get a liiiiittle annoying, I would definitely recommend this book. Well done Trevor

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