Trevor Noah, the South African comedian and the new face of the Daily Show, continues to charm and mesmerize us all with his beautiful insights and compelling storytelling. With Born A Crime, Trevor introduces us to an unfamiliar side of Apartheid that is routinely lost in the pages of old history books.

Born A Crime is about growing up feeling like an outsider, always looking to fit-in. Born A Crime is about the true bond between a mother and her son. Born A Crime is about hustling – how to get the prettiest girl to go out with you.

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If you unfamiliar with Trevor Noah’s work then check out Trevor Noah: African American and Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark on Netflix. He’s one of the few stand-up comedians that don’t shy away from controversial topics. Racism, prejudice, privilege, cultures, nothing is off the table when it comes to Trevor Noah. It doesn’t come as a surprise when Born A Crime leverages his calm demeanor and level-headed nature to shed light on some grievous issues. Issues that are more prevalent now than ever.

Trevor is a charming guy and distills life into his stories.
Trevor Noah is a charming guy and distills life into his stories.

If you are like me and the only thing you know about South Africa is their cricket team and Nelson Mandela, you need to read this. The book offers a brilliant perspective on growing up in a ferocious environment that was going through rapid changes in the society. Trevor Noah, like always, uses his ability to deliver hard-hitting facts with humility and wit. Born A Crime provides a good mix of South African history and culture.

It’s a rare gem that offers a little bit of everything – social commentary, humor, history lessons, heart-warming stories, and seminal moments that’ll leave you thinking about Born A Crime for days to come. For me, a book is a hit when it can send chills down your spine and still manages to leave you in stitches. Born A Crime manages to pull that off effortlessly.

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With that said, Born A Crime is a book that you must absolutely listen to. Only Trevor can do justice to his captivating stories. It’s a fun read, no doubt, but listening to Trevor play the different characters elevates the experience to a whole new level.

Through Trevor’s narration, the stories take a life of their own and give off a natural feeling. You can easily vibe to them. The book doesn’t feel like a memoir at all. If anything, it feels like one of those 4 am nights you spend with your friends: sharing intimate experiences with people you truly “get”. Yup, that’s what listening to the audiobook is like.

Trevor Noah with his mom and role model, Patricia.

Of course, there are a few inaccuracies. He’s a stand-up comedian. After all, hyperbole and comedy are like Nicholas Cage’s life. The line between what and what isn’t is real is paper thin.

The book is unique in that it doesn’t follow a coherent timeline. It makes the stories so organic and casual. It’s not some classical piece of literature. And it doesn’t try to be. Let’s put it this way: Born A Crime is not replacing “To Kill A Mockingbird” anytime soon.

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Trevor drops some solid knowledge bombs throughout. They’re not preachy – they’re not going to make you a living embodiment of da Vinci. Even so, one of my key takeaways from Born A Crime has to do with language. Specifically, why language has the potential to break barriers. And how language allows you to reach through a person and connect on a spiritual level.

Go grab your copy of Born A Crime now!

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