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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
Auteur(s): Trevor Noah
Narrateur(s): Trevor Noah
Durée: 8 h et 44 min
5 out of 5 stars (4 571 évaluations)

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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.

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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.

Ce que les critiques disent

"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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Superb

I listened to it twice; back to back. That's a testament. I laughed (aloud, in public), was shocked, saddened at times, and I feel I learned not only about another person, but their culture too. I loved it.

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An amazing story!

This book took me only a week to read. it was so thoughtfully written, put in such a perspective that really helps the reader understand how circumstances and situations are so impactful to the outcome of people's lives. the complexity of growing up in apartheid are so much more apparent in reading this. the author was serious, yet funny which keeps the tone light but maintains the impact of the story.

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Best book I have listened to so far on audible.

Hilarious, heartfelt and raw stories brought to life with wit and accents. It was really a pleasure to listen to. His story is very dynamic and unique yet often very relatable. I would recommend listening to it rather than reading print because of the ways he recreates the dialogues in different accents and languages, this adds so much to the action! A must read (audio) book!!

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Extremely beautiful!

This is an incredible read. It is so vivid and tells lots of funny and heartbreaking experiences of Trevor Noah’s life. I absolutely loved it! There are many profound philosophical ideas in the book and I love his mother to bits after reading this. She is a true hero! Also, it’s performed by him so it makes it even better.

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What an incredible and inspiring story!

I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book as much if I'd read it rather than listened. Trevor Noah's spirited reading, his mastery of all the African languages and accents, and of course his personal connection to the stories made it entertaining from start to finish.

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Honestly...

Trevor Noah's life story is too amazing for words. A truly brilliant piece of work!

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This guy could read me the phone book! *swoon*

I really dig Trevor's accent and his ability to mimic other people's voices and accents. It really made his story come alive for me. I was so intrigued and drawn in, it inspired me to learn more about a part of the world I am quite ignorant about. I listened to this book every chance I got and I'm looking forward to listening to his podcasts. Truly a brilliant storyteller.

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I will never, ever visit South Africa

It's pretty much a miracle that he survived and is here. I think that's the second greatest miracle that his mom pulled off. If she gets a third, I suggest quite strongly that she should get a sainthood.

Honestly, I have no idea how *anyone* survives in that country. I feel like I know everything I might ever need to know about South Africa now. Trevor Noah describes everything so beautifully and lucidly, and he shines a ginormous spotlight into all the dark corners. And those corners are very, very dark... but it sort of creeps up on you. He writes his story like an oil painting, layer upon layer, until the full picture finally appears.

It's dark, and funny, and you get to know all the people who were in his life from the inside out. It's human. With all that that implies. And the mom in me just wants to wrap him in fluffy blankets and feed him soup. Because nobody should have had to go through what he did.

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I laughed cried ,then laughed again!wonderful!

absolutely great! the ending will be the most memorable part of this story...this was not so much a story about Trevor and his upbringing, but a story about a mother's faith in an unseen God to keep and protect all that is most precious to her!...I will never see Trevor the same way again...thank you Trevor for telling me and showing your mom's heart!

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this is what they call a must-read... must-listen?

I'm so happy that i picked this book as my first audible experience. To hear his accent and vocal impersonations felt like the age old storytelling tradition...which I enjoyed. I also learned so much about South Africa and its people. We all know about Nelson Mandela, but Trevor gave us another perspective told from a younger generation's voice. I've always thought trevor noah was a classy, good looking dude maybe from a wealthy, educated family. Wow! to learn how tough his life was. Yet he always found the humor in it all. loooooved this from beginning to end

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  • Cheerioh
  • 2019-01-21

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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  • Au global
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  • Nadia
  • 2018-11-20

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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  • Au global
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  • mikus
  • 2018-09-21

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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  • Annelise
  • 2018-07-09

lost for words

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

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-05-01

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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  • Moeen B.
  • 2017-04-04

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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  • Au global
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  • bengebara k.
  • 2019-06-10

Amazing

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

  • Au global
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  • Nicolas
  • 2019-06-06

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
  • 2019-05-26

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

  • Au global
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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-05-20

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Elliot S. Werk
  • 2018-12-13

Interesting but Disjointed and Unsatisfying

Great performance. But the book is a series of disjointed essays that are sometimes jarring in the transition from one story to another.

The stories are fascinating. Descriptions of life as a colored person in both Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa are illuminating. And enriching.

But ultimately its an unsatisfying listen. Interesting but unsatisfying.

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  • Dianne Lipscomb
  • 2019-03-29

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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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • reviewer
  • 2017-02-04

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Barbara Cross
  • 2018-05-31

Boring

I realize there are a lot of important things covered in this book, I just didn’t care for Trevor doing the reading. It seems like he’s talking to his teenage friends the whole time and I got tired of him.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Doug and Amy
  • Denver Colorado
  • 2019-05-18

Read about 3/4 and did not finish

This is an interesting story about Trevor Noah’s life. That said I just was not drawn to finish the story. I truly appreciate all he’s been through and the success he has had. Perhaps others will find it more captivating than I did at listening on my way to and from work.

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  • Mary Alice
  • 2019-02-18

Didn't live up to it's hype, for me.

Was slightly disappointed with this audiobook after all the hype. Felt the writer was a bit emotionally detached from the events, even though it was his own life.

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  • J. Dahlen
  • 2018-12-17

Not a 4.9 for me -- perhaps a 2.5?

I did learn a lot about South African culture through the book, and because Trevor Noah is a comedian I expected to laugh more than once... but I only laughed once. The story is well told and I always like when the author of the book narrates the book. It was not as funny as I was expecting and everyone seems to love the book... but I found it overhyped.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-16

I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

The story was good. Trevor Noah’s performance was also good. But it could have been half of what it is right now, sometimes it felt super redundant and I got bored with some of the irrelevant details along the way. I have to mention that this was highly recommended by a bunch of friends of mine, so I listened to it with very high expectations, and I was a tiny bit disappointed.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Betsy S.
  • 2017-10-15

Expecting something else

I'm not really a fan of memoir. I selected this audible book because I thought it would be light and funny, the author being a comedian. While there were a few passages where I laughed out loud, the book as a whole is definitely not light. To say this man's boyhood was tough is an understatement. I applaud him and especially his mother, for the way she raised him and for her attitude. I listened to the Audible.com edition, read by the author. Very well done. I was just expecting something else

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Alia
  • 2017-03-13

VERY DISAPPOINTED - Riddled with the F-WORD!

I just could not finish what is probably a great story. The man seems very proud to have thrown off his moral compass.

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