This wonderful story was just so beautifully read.
Don't be deterred by the book's length.
It kept me involved, not wanting to pull out my audio player ear buds !
Such is Bower's ability with his voice, combined with Courtenay's story-telling that you know instantly who is speaking, even before they are identified.
Thoroughly enlightening & enjoyable.
This book is unlike any other I've read in my 63 years. The first four chapters had a lot of cruelty in them, but I hung on because the storytelling is so excellent and I could tell there was a point being made, and the NARRATOR is unbelievable. I cannot imagine anyone else doing all these accents and emotions, of men, women and children, so fantastically well!
This entire book is an epic of justice and injustice , humor and grief. It's filled with life! The Greatest Book I've ever encountered.
I read this book several times years ago and it remains one of my favorites. The audio version is absolutely fantastic. Humphrey Bower's brings this great book to life.
Every book written by Bryce Courtenay and read by Humphrey Bower has been a winner. The story telling is superb and the voices that Mr Bower gives the characters are a joy. They have been my commuting companions for the past two years.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a must read, and even more so if you are a South African. I was pleasantly surprised by the humour in the book. Very touching.
This book was amazingly hard to put down, one of the best I have listened to all year!
There is a sequel called "Tandia"
The movie is great, but it is so different from the book that you can enjoy them both as if they were separate works, plus it has great actors in it!
I am a huge fans of Bryce Courtenay's books and this book followed by Tandia is no exception. (I did not make begin with this series but began with the Australia series.) Humphrey Bower is an exceptionally talented narrator and after listening to Mr. Bower there are few others who are as talented on audible. In fact, I always have to remind myself when listening to another book that I should not compare the narrator to Bower's narrative abilities. I wish he was used more often to narrate books on this site. He is multi-faceted and the characters are brought to life with his voice.
This was my first Audio Book and my first ever Bryce Courtenay. I choose it beacuse of the good reviews that it received along wih the fact that I'd always wanted to read it. It was a good first choice.
I found the narration by Humphrey Bower very good and he did a great job with all the accents. The book on a whole I enjoyed although I did find some parts a bit slow but would definately recommend it. Well worth the time to listen to it and I'll probably be getting the follow up - Thandi.
This is the second Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower combination I have listened to, the other being Four Fires, While I thoroughly enjoyed both books, for my money The Power of One is the better of the two. One reason is the exotic setting of South Africa and its wonderful rhythms and diversity. Another is the powerful personal coming of age story of The Power of One versus the multiple narratives in Four Fires. Both books are excellent and worthy of five stars.
There are some similarities between the two books. Both have boxers and boxing as an important element. Both have women who are good at sewing. Both have central characters who succeed in academics. Courtenay writes about things he knows something about through personal experience and this gives his stories great authenticity. He also has a knack for creating very colorful characters, many of whom are capable of both good and bad. In The Power of One I especially enjoyed Geel Peet, the savvy black prisoner who coaches the protagonist in boxing, and Mrs. Boxall, the philanthropist librarian with a pragmatic understanding of nonprofit marketing.
I can't say enough about the fine narration of Humphrey Bower. His Australian accent in Four Fires was so authentic sounding I never questioned but that he is Australian. Yet here he narrates with a South African accent and it is almost as convincing. I'd bet that the Australian accent is more natural to him but I could be wrong. He also does a fine job of conveying the emotion behind African chanting and music, which can't be easy. There are a few moments in this book having to do with African tribal chants that brought tears to my eyes.
I can recommend The Power of One wholeheartedly. It does end with a few questions unanswered, particularly regarding Peekay's ambitions and whether they are eventually realized. But upon reflection I guess his demons are dealt with in the end, so what happens after that is of less consequence.