performance adds power
Bower is terrific at presenting a variety of langauges, accents, ages and genders into a very comfortable telling. He seem to pitch the story perfectly. It is never boring and never hyped.
not really. The memories that it creates are vivid enough that it was always easy to return.
The ability of this author to weave human nature with historical accuracy is compelling, entertaining and at times startling. The narrator is mesmerizing. I listen more than I read these days with such a profound choice.
Paul Theroux' books about his travels in Africa.
Voice quality and ability to key in on accents
Gut wrenching and redeeming.
Somehow, I loved this book when I read it but I couldn't keep listening to it as an Audio book. It wasn't really the fault of the narrator; it was just that it now seems all so predictable. I found the protagonist's voice a little cloying and his tale of woe, interspersed with kind acts by well-meaning down-and-outers, to be fairly obvious. Honestly, the most interesting thing about this book was the prelude that describes how it was written.
Overall I guess I enjoyed the book and the reader did an excellent job. My biggest issues revolved around the flow of the story. Very disjointed. I would be very involved and then the story would lose steam. The story started very strong and I really felt engaged and then it would slow down and I had the feeling that a little fast forward would help. Basically, 30 minutes good 5-10 minutes bad. The real problem was the ending. It was unbelievable and left me wondering where was the rest of it. Almost the entire story the main character had one goal and we heard it over and over. He life always seemed to turn back to this goal. Then the story ends on a rather weird scene that did not fit the rest of the book and the goal is left not only unanswered but not addressed in any way. A better ending would help this book immensely.
Bruce Courtenay is one of the great authors. His stories grip you through out the book, The book is set in South Africa during the mid 1900s. Simply, without any over dramatic hammers, racial discrimination is shown to be the nasty and ugly thing that it truly is. The author did an outstanding job describing the area without boring the listener to sleep with the details.
I am not quite sure if I would have liked the book as much as I did if there was a different narrartor. Humphrey Bower's voice weaves the story around you like a soft blanket. I cheered, cried and laughed out loud. Hurray for the Tadpole Angel! ( gotta listen to the book for that one!)
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
Not much I can say that hasn't already been said!
I didn't know the story behind this book although I had obviously heard of it. Humphrey Bowers reading & portrayal of the Characters is exceptional.
As a Boarding School boy, I could relate to this story so easily!
The fact that the story can be uproariously funny at times and so very sad at others, made it that much more enjoyable.
I loved The Persimmon Tree and the reading of it and I can't recommend the Power of One too highly for anyone who has not read a Bryce Courtenay book.
I can't imagine why I have never been drawn to his writing before but I will be exploring others now. A great story & a first class reading of it!
I lived In Johannesburg as a child in the same era it brought back memories.
That Peekay could overcome so many obstacles and grow up to be such a successful man.
When Peekay had to pray to The Lord to supply the clothes for boarding school. ,
Doc, he took Peekay under his wing and passed on his knowledge out of the kindness of his heart.
I found some of the scenes very amusing as I understand the culture of the ethnic groups. A very enjoyable book, which I highly recommend.
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A moving "coming of age" story that made me laugh, cry, and wonder about life in South Africa.
Bower brings the characters to life with accents and voice changes, He is very animated and made listening feel like a stage performance.
The powerful story. The detail. I felt like I was there but not too wordy.
accents, inflection. This was a great experience