Newark Public Schools and Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of digital spoken-word entertainment, today announced that all Newark Public Schools high school students have listened to The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s critically acclaimed performance of his poignant memoir, Born a Crime, as a collective student body during the month of May. This unique city-wide listening experience, the idea of East Side High School Vice Principal Meg Murray, is borne out of “Project Listen Up,” through which all Newark high school students and their teachers received a year of Audible membership beginning last fall. Conceived as part of the company’s celebration of the impact Newark students have had on its culture, the mission of “Project Listen Up” is to unleash the educational power of Audible to students across the city.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is a coming-of-age story that recounts Noah’s experiences during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, including powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives. Born a Crime was Audible’s highest-rated title in 2016, the year it was released, and Audible’s most commented-on title of 2017. Trevor’s performance in this production is both an Audible and New York Times bestseller, and remains one of the top-selling Audible performances of all time.