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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 (2 936 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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  • Au global
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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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  • Lyn
  • 2019-02-18

amazing!

I loved this - eye-opening, disturbing, hilarious, inspiring. This book has it all and the narration was perfect. Definitely worth hearing it read by the author himself.

  • Au global
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Well worth the time

I really loved this book. It taught me about racism and resilience, adaptability and love. beautifully written and told.

  • Au global
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Awesome read with Trever Noah's narration!

The book itself is a great personal story of growing up in a trembling country at the time. He gave a little bit history background and meanwhile his own experience during the historical time. What made his story more connected to the audience than other book is his family connection with him. His old fashioned grandparents but yet his most forward thinking parents brought him to a whole new life comparing to other South African.

  • Au global
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Very entertaining

A vexing and entertaining look at growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. Truly worth a listen, even if you do not watch The Daily Show or watch Trevor Noah do stand up.

My only gripes are that some stories don't get full closure (what happened to Teddy!?) and they also tended to bounce around from one to another without a close connection. Again, minor issues. Absolutely loved that Trevor Noah narrated the audiobook himself. Loved to hear all of the different languages!

  • Au global
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An amazing listen!!

Such an insightful read as Trevor conveyed his life growing up in South Africa. His words produced such imagery and heartfelt stories throughout the novel. Would definitely listen again!

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. I would count down time until I was able to listen to more of it!

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Annelise
  • 2018-07-09

lost for words

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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Au global
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  • Daria Julkowska
  • 2017-08-29

Une merveille

J'ai adoré ce livre qui m'a accompagné chaque matin pendant ma marche quotidienne. J'ai pleuré, j'ai rit, j'étais très émue. La voix de Trevor Noah, ses accents, son imitation des personnages sont superbes. On a impression d'être à côté de lui et de vivre son histoire avec lui. Je recommande vivement.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-15

On and On and On and On

What did you like best about Born a Crime? What did you like least?

Trevor Noah is hilarious and his mom is such an outrageous character. The only issue is that it seemed to go on and on. It never got to the point and dragged on too long.

Would you be willing to try another book from Trevor Noah? Why or why not?

Maybe.

What three words best describe Trevor Noah’s voice?

Monotone.....that's all I can think of.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I think if all the best parts were pulled and put into a movie it would flow much better. Yes, I would go see it.

Any additional comments?

I hate to be rude about a book about someone's life. He went through more than anyone can imagine; however, there was a lot of repetition and it seemed like the book lasted forever.

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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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  • Anita
  • 2017-01-24

boring

An ordinary diary sometimes amusing but not memorable even though set in Africa and of a boy of mixed race and poor.. Naration good.

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  • Au global
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  • Bluebird
  • 2018-01-29

just ok

I felt he got off track on his story at times. It seemed rushed at the end and left me wondering.

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  • DC in FL
  • 2017-03-04

Not Funny at all

I was very disappointed because this book is all about Trevor growing up under Apartheid.

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  • Au global
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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
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Hazel
  • Nampa, ID, United States
  • 2018-05-29

Too much profanity!

I liked this book at the start, and some of it made me laugh out loud. In general it was written very interestingly, but the further I progressed the worse the language got. I would have liked to finish the book but I couldn't get past the bad language and the irreverence in parts of it.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Emma Romey
  • New York
  • 2018-09-28

Noah is proud of his bad behavior

This book will appeal to teenage boys. It is the boasting of a selfish man. Lost respect for the man who takes pride in his misdeeds.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-21

Average in every way

Well I was looking for a funny book to ease my commute, got a little less than I'd hoped for. I really don't understand the hype around this book (4.9 stars from 93.000 ratings on audible) because it is really an average book, with a below average performance from Mr. Noah. Very biased, it is basically a book about childhood complexes and obsessions. Funny in some parts, relatable in some ways (growing up in communist Eastern Europe was is some ways a very similar experience to being black in South Africa during the Apartheid).
In conclusion, buy the book if you like the guy, and be careful with those 5 star reviews...

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  • christine
  • 2017-02-23

Just not as interesting as he thinks it is

The apartheid history was interesting. Some of the personal stories. But then I just got sick of them.

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