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Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood

Noah, Trevor, 1984- Book on CD - 2016 Adult BOCD / Nonfiction / Biography / Noah, Trevor 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Read by the author.
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.


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Must READ/Listen submitted by debby on June 3, 2017, 4:53am Fascinating autobiography well written and well spoken.

Born A Crime submitted by SBNB on July 17, 2017, 8:01pm This book is amazing. We listened to it on our family road trip and loved it. Trevor Noah reads it, and it honestly wouldn't have been nearly as good if someone else had. The book is funny, dark, extremely informative and looks deeply at the issues of race and racism, abuse and domestic violence, and poverty and social justice. It's amazing. I don't remember the last time I finished a book and wanted to start right over again at the beginning.

Just a side note, there is plenty of adult language here. Halfway through our family road trip, I heard my 4-year-old say to her little brother, "You're so f***ing cute!" Oops. So yeah, watch out for that.

Amazing submitted by saturn on August 2, 2017, 11:52pm This is the best audio book I have heard in years. Funny, poignant, shocking, thought provoking. Trevor Noah brings an interesting perspective to some pretty heavy topics (apartheid, race relations, domestic violence) and then somehow manages to be brutally funny at the same time.
One of the things that really stood out to me was how good the author is at storytelling. His stories just come together so deliciously... There was one point in the book where a story was unfolding with such hilarious potential that I was giddy looking forward to hearing the conclusion.
In summary, this audio book is fantastic!

Re-listened immediately after listening to it the first time! submitted by amk08 on June 21, 2018, 4:40pm A great book!! Loved that is it read by the author. Trevor adds wonderful descriptions and emotion to his story. Found myself sitting in the car, long after reaching my destination, because I was so enthralled in the story!

Amazing listen! submitted by Lucy S on July 2, 2018, 3:59pm This was a highly entertaining and at times very moving audiobook. The author's narration really enhances the story. I was so engaged and found every excuse to get back to it.

Finished it within a week! submitted by parlettes on July 23, 2018, 11:57am Listening to Trevor tell his stories is definitely the way to go. He is emotive and exciting - not to mention that he is able to pronounce everything as it should be, which another reader may mangle. His descriptions are entertaining and present heavy topics (race, apartheid, domestic violence) in a way that listeners can understand clearly without being sugar coated. He talks about his embarrassing and "aha!" moments in funny but poignant chapters. I would find myself sitting in my car a few extra minute to just finish a chapter.

Great story told by Trevor submitted by edb.blanchard on July 25, 2018, 10:31pm Trevor has an amazing story, each individual chapter as well as the entire memoir. The audiobook is more satisfying especially because he knows the languages and can pronounce everything correctly.

love love love submitted by kjshaffer on July 13, 2019, 6:39pm I loved the book, but the audiobook was even better. Trevor Noah's life experiences in South Africa give great insight into how racism works. I feel like I better understand how people in power control others after hearing these stories. And I better understand the perspectives of the people who are oppressed as well. Trevor tells this in a way that people across generations can appreciate. As someone fascinated by languages and cultures, Trevor amazes with the ease with which he fits in with so many groups. I have gifted/shared this book with many. It's perspective altering and life changing.

Loved it! submitted by bookher on July 14, 2019, 7:50pm If you even sort of like Trevor before reading this book, you will LOVE him after reading this. SO funny and it was fascinating learning about what a rough difficult life he had in S. Africa. He is the most talented comedian working today. I think. :)

Great Listen submitted by hpepper on July 25, 2019, 5:34pm I loved that this book was recorded by the author. It definitely gives audiobooks a different feel to be read by the author. His story was way more interesting than I thought it would be, and I enjoyed listening to all of his stories as he grew up in South Africa.

Tells his own story submitted by caburr47 on August 5, 2019, 10:43pm So worth a listen. It elevates the book hearing his history though intended language and inflection.

Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood submitted by Varshini on August 31, 2019, 9:51pm It was very interesting to listen to this audiobook. I learned a lot about apartheid. The pronunciation is also great!

Movie in the works submitted by kbcmmom on July 24, 2020, 10:46am I read this book in print and thoroughly enjoyed it. I often enjoy listening to audio books especially when there are accents and words spoken in languages other than English. Whether you prefer print or audio, you can't go wrong with this book. I'm glad I read both. I'll be interested to see how the movie turns out.

TN is brilliant submitted by crp on August 6, 2020, 4:19pm TN is brilliant

best on audiobook submitted by AnnieKelly on July 10, 2022, 9:36am Hands down one of the best audiobooks I can think of. I would highly recommend listening to get the benefit of his voice and accents.

The Way to Experience This Story submitted by Alyse Guenther on August 24, 2022, 9:06pm If you're curious about this book, go for it! If you're wondering whether you should listen or read, LISTEN! Noah's narration is beautiful, gripping, humorous, and cuts straight to the heart.

An Amazing Autobiography submitted by mickplu on July 11, 2023, 6:17am Read by Trevor Noah himself, this audio version is fantastic. Trevor Noah's life will make you shudder, occasionally chuckle and ultimately rejoice as he overcomes most of the problems thrown at him due to race, domestic violence, etc.

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Grand Haven, MI : distributed by Recorded Books, 2016.
Year Published: 2016
Description: 7 audio discs (528 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language: English
Format: Book on CD


Noah, Trevor, -- 1984-
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Comedians -- South Africa -- Biography.
Television personalities -- United States -- Biography.
Compact discs.