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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
I enjoyed Bryce's Power of One very much. Very powerful story that not only was well written but well told. Very good character development.
I could not stop listening to this book. It was very moving and powerful. One of my favorites.
This was story I had never heard before. I could not guess what would happen at any time. I loved PK.
The accent given for each character and the singing. I cannot stop singing about the Tadpole Angel.
Other than PK, there was Doc and Geel Pete- they made the book.
A wonderful, moving story, narrated in an engaging way. The story of the young man is very well-told, with expressive wording and mental images. The characters are natural and sympathetic.
The narrator not only pronounces the difficult words in Afrikaans and native languages correctly, he consistenly uses a different voice for each character. This adds real value to the audio book beyond just the reading of the text.
I do a lot of driving, and only listen the audiobooks when I drive. I couldn't wait to get in my car, and went the long way home more than once. I loved the author, the narrator, and the story, and will remember all for a long while.
I love books, but busy mom that doesnt have time to read them. So having audible has been a blessing to me. Shower or car listening is great
I am a new fan of Bryce Courtenay...this being my first ever, I'm super excited to try others by him.
This book kept my constant interests from start to finish. The story is great for people of all interest. I plan to read the second book next.
I thought the narrator was great and the story is smoothly told....I may even decide to read it again sometime down the road just because I enjoyed it so much!
I loved the courage and determination of PeeKay. He was truly an inspiration. He was blessed with friends who advanced his lot in life. we should all be so fortunate. Halfway through this book I learned that there was a movie made of this story. After reading the synopsis and the changes made from the original story, I had no desire to see the movie. I didn't want to ruin the wonderful feeling of this great story.
Humphrey Bower's talent with accents is untouched. Each character is unique. I would listen to anything Mr. Bower reads. As a matter of fact I am currently listening to Shantaram which is also narrated by Mr. Bower.
Bryce Courtenay guides the reader through the oft-horrifying, yet enchanted childhood and youth of Peekay, drawing heavily on his own experience but branching well into the realm of the imaginary. It is a vivid tour through the South Africa of the 1930s-1950s, brought to life by a dazzling array of characters, many brutal and despicable (the older bully at his boarding school, several guards at the prison where he learns to box), others cunning and colorful (his prisoner boxing coach and his best prep school pal), and some, not least Peekay himself, brilliant and heroic. Courtenay paints a vivid and entertaining picture of the many places and social milieux that Peekay inhabits.
Though it's not perfect, Humphrey Bower's impressive portrayal of the multitude of characters--with myriad accents--and his charming narration earned five stars from me. The story nearly earned five, but I settled on four because I found the reflective portions, such as Peekay's musings on the power of one, rather contrived, and the conclusion unsatisfying.
Fortunately, though, the vast majority of the book features Courtenay's insightful, well-paced, funny, disturbing, and uplifting storytelling, laced with keen social commentary and fueled by the ambitions and imagination of a wildly talented boy turned young man, one I was compelled to cheer for throughout. You will, too, and you will find The Power of One well worth the listening time.
This book really demonstrates "the power of two". The writing of Bryce Courtenay and the wonderful narration of Humphrey Bower.
I’m relatively new to Bryce Courtenay’s expansive storytelling. I read The Potato Factory jut a few months ago and was taken by his methodical and detailed style. The Power of One also pulled me into his world and had me connecting with his characters and reacting emotionally to the trials, tribulations and triumphs they experienced.
The Power of One left me with a single disappointment; the unfulfilling ending. In some ways it was like Peekay’s experience with Doc’s death. I felt like there was no time to say ‘good bye’. It was just suddenly over.
But I leave the book engaged with the characters, amused by Courtenay’s clever turns of phrase and enriched by the stories within the novel. And I was again captivated by Humphrey Bower and his talent for bringing Courtenay's characters to life.