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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
Lu par : Trevor Noah
Durée : 8 h et 44 min
4,8 out of 5 stars (55 notations)

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The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving listeners a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.

Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away.

A collection of 18 personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up.

Born a Crime is a must-listen.

©2016 Trevor Noah (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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A well told inspiring story

Trevor Noah recounts his story in a lovely way. I actually am happy that I listened to the book instead of reading it. His voice adds emotions and characters no pages can describe.

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Great audiobook read by author !

This audiobook accompanied us during a long road trip and it was really fun ! Trevor Noah is a great storyteller and left us many times laughing out loud and sometimes crying too. Super interesting to understand more of South African history through his eyes. Up until now, this is the best audiobook I got to listen to!

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Tear-jerking, hilarious, masterfully read

I absolutely loved this audiobook. Trevor Noah recounts his life in a way that feels both very personal and very generous. Riveting and so funny, but also heart-breaking at the same time.

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Great discovery!

Trevor Noah is not only a great comedian but also an amazing story teller who makes you laugh, cry and think about deep topics.

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  • Susan Stringer
  • 14/08/2019

Possibly the best Audiobook I’ve listened to

Trevor another is an enigma. Listening to this book as a white South African raised during apartheid and who witnessed its collapse, this book has had a profound effect in me. Trevor’s description and explanation of the realities of the 80s and 90s in SA are astonishing. The perspective he provides is unique. And hearing him actually reading it - wow! That’s why made it so deeply moving I think. A book every South African should read! If they are brave enough! Thank you Trevor!

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  • Crystal
  • 11/04/2017

Moving, hilarious, surprisingly informative

Would you consider the audio edition of Born a Crime to be better than the print version?

Definitely. This is a book that really makes sense as an audiobook because it's narrated by the author who does a brilliant job, but particularly because of the languages and accents. Having Trevor imitate the different languages as he gave history and explanations of South African culture and Apartheid added a new dimension and an immediate understanding of the "character' as soon as you heard the voice/accent he used. He also speaks the non-English languages, saving the reader from attempting to read them themselves. He's also hilarious.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born a Crime?

One of the first scenes that Trevor describes is the one that still stays with me the clearest and the one I found most impactful. He, his mother, and baby Andrew jumping out of the van (technically, Trevor was thrown from the van), and running away from the threatening driver. The young Trevor's take on the incident is incredibly sweet and naive, yet really quite dark and upsetting. The whole thing is moving, shocking, and still funny in the way Trevor tells it.

What does Trevor Noah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As above - it's the accents and languages. Also, Trevor's impersonation of his younger self is very endearing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Just because hate is taught, it doesn't have to be learned.

Any additional comments?

I have been a fan of Trevor's comedy so when he released this book I knew I wanted to read it. It was intelligently but humorously written, but what surprised me was how much I learned about South African culture during/after Apartheid. The book showed me the gaping holes in my knowledge of what I thought was simply another case of white racism to blacks. Apartheid went so much deeper than that. It was designed to create hate and fear and disunity, not only between whites and blacks but between coloureds and other races. It was incredible to read about what life was like, and how the colour of your skin or the language you spoke really did affect every part of life there.

Trevor's own personal story itself was fascinating and often tragic, but on the whole the reader isn't left pitying him. He speaks matter-of-factly and honestly about the tragedies, but the core of his story is set in a firm foundation of love from his mother. You admire Trevor and his mother, you don't pity them.

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  • Kathryn Bankart
  • 07/05/2020

A very genuine and entertaining memoir

As a South African, I felt reintroduced to my own country. Even though he grew up in an earlier time, these stories are familiar to me. And yet, he manages a neutrality that really allows you to get to know this beautiful and broken country very honestly. A privilege to get to see life through childhood Trevor Noah's eyes. Well-written, entertaining, memorable stories. And lovely to listen to them narrated by the author.

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  • Daudi
  • 03/10/2019

I couldn’t stop listening

The most captivating book I’ve listened to on Audible. At certain points I had to force myself to stop listening because I didn’t want it to end. The non chronological order of the timeline was a bit of learning curve but was not a big deal because the stories were captivating. Truly a great story teller.

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  • Francis
  • 01/10/2019

Brilliant Story Told By Comedy Genius

I read the book then heard he is the narrator of his own book and i listened to it all over again. Trevor Noah is the type of person that makes every bit of a story funny even when it shouldn't be.

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  • Sandhya
  • 22/09/2019

Exceptional.

Everything about this book is great. Trevor Noah, you rock! and so does your mom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19/09/2019

Best book ever!

Having studied Apartheid in history class, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of the construct; however, this book brought my understanding to a new level!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/09/2019

Just Brilliant!

This was honestly one of the best "reads" I've had in a long, long time - Trevor Noah is just brilliant. Sad and funny, fantastically relatable.

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  • Aisha
  • 15/09/2017

Mind-blowing

I absolutely loved it! I love the honesty and realness of it. I will be listening again and buying the book (God Willing). It inspired me. I love his mum and the relationship they have! Very very nice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26/09/2020

Simply awesome!!!

What can I say an amazing book!!! Enjoyed every little piece of it!! I highly recommend it.

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  • Vasil Dukov
  • 11/02/2020

What an admirable human and what an amazing book!

This is by far the best audio book I've listened to. For once, I would strongly recommend an audio book over its paper twin - - the masterful performance added up to the gripping, masterfully written storyline. I love Trevor and I've grown to love his mom who raised a kind, humane, caring, feminist son, a person who's truly an inspiration and a role model to look up to.

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  • Bernd Richter
  • 04/06/2017

Moving experiences - unbelievable insights

Noah appears to be a stunning performer of the story of his breathtaking upbringing. I enjoyed every minute. This audiobook makes me laughing and crying and it is a very important story about having faith in God even when it looks as there is none.

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  • kirti sharma
  • 17/05/2020

Loved the story and narration!❤

Interesting and funny stories. Best narration that I have heard in an audio book ever. Trevor Noah modulated his voice so well for different characters, this book was fun :)

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  • Marina Nakai Witt
  • 29/04/2020

Recommended

Best audiobook ever recorded. Highly recommend it. Makes you laugh and cry, and also laugh while you're crying. Thanks, Trevor.

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  • taani
  • 31/03/2020

Absolut hörenswert!!!

Angenehme Stimme, sehr interessant, sehr spannend, sehr humorvoll. Einfach genial! Ich werde es garantiert wieder hören.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 14/02/2020

Loved it

Awesome book! Funny and emotional and I learnt a lot about the history of south africa and apartheid.

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  • Rebecca
  • 05/07/2019

fantastic

I enjoyed it a lot. The story is great and so well narrated, a perfect mix between historical background combined with personal experience.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02/03/2019

:)

Der Drahtseilakt zwischen "unfassbar witzig", "bildend" und "politisch zum Nachdenken anregend" wurde sehr brillant gemeistert.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 13/02/2019

interesting story of a childhood in SouthAfrica

Trevor Noah is a funny guy. This book contains stories from his childhood in South Africa. Good fun to listen to in the car.

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  • Marlene Russack
  • 25/12/2018

Für jeden der gerne ehrlich und herzlich lacht

Humorvoll, smart, ehrlich und herzlich. Wer Ihn kennt liebt ihn, wer ihn nicht kennt sollte sein Buch hören. Im Englischen liest er selbst und imitiert brillant gut die Stimmen der Figuren seines Lebens. Man bekommt ein wunderbares Insight in das so andere Leben von Südfrika. Kultur-Must!