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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. —Doug, Audible Editor

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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.

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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 (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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a story of true empowerment.

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie Born a Crime auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

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Spannung, Spaß - und das autobiographisch. Was will man mehr?

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Sie zeigt, dass Empowerment in Südafrika möglich ist und dass Kinder aus armen Verhältnissen es schaffen können, den Armutsteufelskreislauf zu durchbrechen. Ein Hoffnungsschimmer für die Regenbogennation, in der die Zukunft schwarzer Kinder oftmals nicht so rosig aussieht.

Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

Als Trevor sich im Gefängnis mit dem Hulk-look-a-like anfreundet und so die Situation gut übersteht. Die Szene spiegelt die Macht der Sprache und die weiteren Auswirkungen wunderschön wenn auch bittersüß wieder.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Ja.
Trevor Noah erzählt seine Kindheitsgeschichte anschaulich und sehr nachvollziehbar. Da sein Leben geprägt von vielen Höhen und Tiefen war, entstanden aus dem extremen Rahmenbedingungen der Apartheid, kommen Emotionen definitiv nicht zu kurz. Außerdem ist er Comedian trough and trough. Das merkt man auch in seinem Roman.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Die Komplexität von Südafrika's Geschichte wird erklärt. Also auch dahingehend interessant. Wie schwierig es für Kinder ist, eine solche absurde politische Situation, wie Apartheid, zu verstehen und damit um zu gehen - damit zu leben als 'crime' geboren zu sein. Seine emotionale Reife und Güte ist beeindruckend.

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Überwältigend gut

Ein wunderbares Buch geschrieben und gelesen von einem fantastisch wortgewandten Mann. Authentisch, mit Herz und Witz. Absolut empfehlenswert!

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A must read, or in this case hear!

Powerful, incredible story. You can tell he is an excellent comedian by the way he makes even the most difficult situations funny. Absolutely loved it.

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Very insightful

I love the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, especially these days and found the stories of his youth in South Africa very insightful and gripping.

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One of the best books I listened to in a long time

Can't wait to read the part2 of Born a crime which is expected to be released in Nov. 2018

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Race and racism through a different perspective

An amazing and inspiring story of growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. I personally enjoyed that, while telling his story about growing up in an (to me) unimaginable difficult environment and as a mixed child faced with prejudice from all ethnic groups, the author gives you insights on the struggles of overcoming apartheid South Africa is still facing today. Always with a good portion of humor, never bitter - although given the circumstances, it would be very easy to give in to bitterness.

To me, this story opened a new perspective on the ridiculous construct of race and racism and the importance of not only giving access to education but also to the "hardware" tools to overcome social inequalty. My deepest respect to the author and his mother for overcoming the boundaries society tried to impose on them.

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This story is so intense & so well narrated.

I liked Trevor Noah before listening to his story, but now I would really like to meet him.
I am so glad his mom survived.

Plus, I learnt a lot listening to this entertaining audiobook - I knew Apartheid existed, but in Germany we learnt so much about our own horrific history, and next to nothing about South Africa. Now I know more and am grateful.

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Truely the best audiobook I ever listened to

Funny, interesting, dramatic, informative and heartwarming.
Great performance by Trevor Noah.
I was very impressed.

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what a great book!

sehr gutes Buch und gleichzeitig tief bewegend und unfassbar. Apartheid klingt fast abstrakt, aber es war so real und die Folgen sind bis heute zu spüren. absolut lesenswert

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truly a great read

I absolutely loved this book, I will recommend it to anyone.
God bless you Trevor!

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