Born a Crime by Trevor Noah audiobook

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

By Trevor Noah
Read by Trevor Noah

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $19.99

    ISBN: 9781531865030

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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Summary

Summary

The 2018 Audie Award Winner for Best Male Narrator

A 2018 Audie Audiobook of the Year Finalist

A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration

A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration by the Author

An Audible Editors Top Pick of Road Trip Audiobooks

A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017

A New York Times Best Book of 2016

A New York Times Bestseller

An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year

An NPR Best Book of the Year

One of Newsday’s Favorite Books of the Year

A Booklist Best Book of 2016

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Noah is a talented performer, and language is such an important part of his story that it should be listened to in his own voice in order to be truly appreciated. Audio at its best.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
“The host of The Daily Show reads his own account of growing up in Johannesburg under apartheid and the years following…A social misfit, Noah made his way out of poverty and danger through entrepreneurial ingenuity, comic genius, and an ability to speak a number of tribal languages, which he gives marvelous voice to here. Above all, Noah owes his success to the unfailing support of his mother, the real hero of this memoir.” Washington Post (audio review)
“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 is a natural storyteller—skilled, engaging, and relatable…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 the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother…Their fierce bond makes this story soar.” People
“[An] unforgettable memoir.” Parade
“What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism.” USA Today
“Not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Trevor Noah

Author Bio: Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa. His memoir Born a Crime was a New York Times bestseller, and his narration of it earned him the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English