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Newark Public Schools Announces High School-Wide Listen of Trevor Noah's Audible Book, Born a Crime


First-ever city-wide school listening club made possible by Audible's
"Project Listen Up" initiative, providing free Audible memberships and
Fire tablets to all Newark high school students and their teachers

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
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.

"The city-wide Common Listen of Born a Crime is designed to both
foster a sense of community and to challenge all students with a shared
fun and intellectually engaging experience," said Robert Gregory,
Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools. "We are thrilled that Born
a Crime
, with its trenchant insights about race, class and the
effects of apartheid, and its brilliant narration, is available to all
Newark students through Project Listen Up. Our students are also forging
their identities at a time of great change and we are hoping everyone,
even teachers, can find something to relate to in Trevor Noah's powerful
story and voice."

"I'm blown away by this amazing initiative that Audible and the city of
Newark have put together, and I'm humbled that they have selected my
story for this city-wide school listening club," said Noah. "Performing
my Audible book was an emotional and rewarding experience, and I'm so
gratified to see it inspiring meaningful conversations among students
and teachers about their own histories and convictions."

"Audible is a better company and a better place to work because of our
decision to move to Newark a decade ago and include so many Newark high
school and college students and Newark-born and educated people as our
paid interns and employees, and that is the impetus behind Project
Listen Up," said Audible founder and CEO Don Katz. "I am thrilled that
Trevor's amazing performance of Born a Crime will now become a
meaningful and memorable part of the educational experience for all
Newark students."

The "Project Listen Up" initiative kicked off in November at Technology
High School and was rolled out city-wide in subsequent months. Audible
integration into school curriculum as a supplemental education tool
continues to evolve. The program includes 12 credits to download and own
any of the 425,000+ titles in Audible's unparalleled library of digital
audiobooks as well as a free bundle of 150+ "recommended reading" titles
identified by Newark educators and Audible experts. Students and
teachers will keep the content, tablets, and headphones even after their
free membership ends.

Praise for Born a Crime:

"Hearing Noah's reading makes the story even more personable." – The
AV Club

"The author's gift for vocal impersonation elevates the audio version
into something even more splendid than an already terrific memoir." – The
Washington Post

"This book is powerfully funny on the page – but it really comes to life
when read by its hilarious author." – Bustle

For more information on Audible's "Project Listen Up," please visit

About Audible, Inc.

, an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading
provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment,
offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every
day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and
the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content
includes more than 425,000 audio programs from leading audiobook
publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper
publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the
provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple's iTunes Store.

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