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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the critics say

"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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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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I laughed, I cried, I felt.

I ripped through this story in a day. it had been on my wishlist for a while and then sitting in my library for even longer. I just moved and decided to listen to it while unpacking. I barely did even that. This book was brilliantly written and narrated by a man who has a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful story to tell. It was everything it needed to be and more. Trevor, your mom is a bad ass. Thank you for introducing the world to her.

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wow Trevor Noah performance

I think this is the best book I've heard sofar on autible. Trevor Noah voice and the bits of history and information about South Africa. his life before fame it's a good story. I can't believe it was 8 hours

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I enjoyed this audible, quite a bit, mostly because Trevor narrates his own life, which was not only sad but humorous, and I felt enlightened.

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Must Read

Inspirational, eye opening & insightful book with a great narrative. I loved it & couldn't put it down until I finished.

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laughed and cried.

Extremely well explained and so captivating, the story telling really allowed you to visualize the places and people. I felt like a fly on the wall. I really enjoyed the whole thing

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unbelievable

The whole story is sad because it is about racis. and how it can affect or even change people's lives. In the meanwhile, it was astonishing because of the way the mom and his son react to the events in their life was totally incredible and interesting. I have really enjoyed listening to this book. Trever, you did a good job, or better to say Jesus, you did a good job.

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  • Mary
  • Folsom, CA, United States
  • 2017-08-06

Sounds similar to my poor white youth in 1950's US

Poor and White or black in 1950's was somewhat similar, except growing up in California we did not see the racism as in other states. Plus, didn't know we were poor since everyone around us was the same... until attending high school. So, that aspect of the book was not very hitting to my soul in this book. Wish he could have driven home better his experience of how bad the racism was, but I felt that Noah was able to skip along the boarder of it because of his color and upbringing. His criminal activity in youth shows how the effects of who you hang with will influence your life possibly more than a strong parent. Teach a man to fish and he will be able to feed himself for life. .. Noah repeated this by following up: except they didn't give him/the poor a fishing pole. Noah repeated this often, yet he changed his life like I believe the saying really teaches: Make choices to take control of your life and do not depend on others to Give you a fishing pole.
Interesting young life story, but not yet lived a life that has the gravitas to have a full depth of a autobiography.

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  • Donna Anderson
  • 2017-08-02

Crime contiues

Boring with no comedic moments. Too much emphasis on skin color gradients over and over

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Thomas L. Piper
  • 2018-02-25

Fine but...

Noah is engaging. And his self-depreciating assessment of childhood is familiar to all who have experienced it, regardless of race or country. His observations on race in South Africa and the world over are insightful, but during one anecdote he essentially blames his two pet cats' natural temperament for their own sadistic murder, beheading and skinning at the hands of a superstitious neighbor. In that sense, it seems he may have learned a lot about people's nature, but not much about animals in general.

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  • Heather Harej
  • 2017-01-24

A little repetitive and scattered, but well delivered.

Story was hard to follow at times. A little scattered and repetitive. Some inconsistencies as well as part of the story telling. But very enjoyable to hear.

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  • 2018-04-28

Too many 4-letter words

What disappointed you about Born a Crime?

Trevor's story is interesting, but 4-letter words are used too many times.

Would you ever listen to anything by Trevor Noah again?

No, didn't finish this one

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Interesting biography

Any additional comments?

Would love to hear the story without the bad language

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

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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 !

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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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  • burkes
  • 2018-06-22

Eye-opening

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nathalie
  • 2017-05-11

A "must read"!

Probably so much better in audio by Trevor Noah getting the accents right than reading.