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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 (3 531 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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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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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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Interesting but I was expecting more humour

Trevor Noah give the story of his life as a child and young adult in South Africa which covered the period just prior to and just after the end of apartheid. It is fairly interesting. I did listen to the whole thing. His narration is engaging but given what I had seen of him on the daily show and some of his stand up, I expected it to have more humour.

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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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  • Au global
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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

  • Au global
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Forever memorable

Laugh, learn, wonder, admire and gain perspective and that's just Chapter 1 ! my 11 year old son was hooked on the book also. Amazing story.

  • Au global
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Insightful and Funny

Fantastic to listen to. Hilarious and heartwrenching. Trevor Noah has a story to share and he articulates it perfectly. I feel like we are friends after finishing the book and I hope he writes more.

  • Au global
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brilliant!

breezed through this amazing work. laughed, learned, felt a variety of emotions, and thought about self as I engaged with this insightful demonstration of reflexivity. would consume again.

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Great performance by the author

I don't necessarily like books narrated by the author because they often have disappointing voices or don't know how to narrate a book, but Trevor Noah does a fantastic job of telling his own story. He can speak several languages and is adept at all the accents in the book (except German!) bringing the book to life. He sprinkles his story with mini lectures about South Africa's history and explains how things worked under Apartheid, adding a historical context to his personal story. I found this book to be highly interesting and was amazed at the things he has experienced in his life. He looks young, but has been through a lot. Recommended!

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  • Au global
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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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  • 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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  • Au global
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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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  • Au global
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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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  • Au global
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  • Tamani GHARSA
  • 2019-03-20

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 !

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

  • Au global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-08

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!

  • Au global
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  • Mariama
  • 2018-07-24

Un magnifique récit

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

  • Au global
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  • burkes
  • 2018-06-22

Eye-opening

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

  • Au global
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  • Lulu
  • 2017-11-27

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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • John Cook
  • 2017-01-28

Codependence

I sincerely hope Mr. Noah is or will become a member of Adult Children of Alcoholics, (ACOA).

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Stephen
  • 2017-10-21

some what useless book as far as learning goes

This is a very cool stories book,but there really isn't much to be learned from in this book from a self improvement standpoint. Trevor just tells clips of memories and flash backs of his child hood, with no real life lessons learned or anything like that. This book is great for mindless listening but that is about it.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Gina the Great
  • 2017-03-30

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Nursing Professor
  • 2017-01-23

I got tired of the smart alec kid telling his tale

Would you try another book from Trevor Noah and/or Trevor Noah?

no

Would you recommend Born a Crime to your friends? Why or why not?

no

Which scene was your favorite?

When the boy defecated in the kitchen and his family was terrified because they thought it was from evil spirits.

What else would you have wanted to know about Trevor Noah’s life?

not much

Any additional comments?

Very tiresome after awhile, and rarely very funny

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Palmer
  • San Diego, CA United States
  • 2017-09-01

Repeats parts of story

The story is ok. What particularly irked me is that certain parts of the book were repeated several times.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Amy
  • 2018-12-08

Not my favorite

I didn't care for this one at all. I had to stop listening about half way through. It had great reviews and a lot of them but it wasn't for me.

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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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