I have been looking for a storyteller matching Jeffrey Archer but didn't have too high hopes. Then I read Jack of Diamonds and fell head over heels in love with Bruce Courtenay.
So in short: Power of One is one of the best book I've ever read, and Humphrey Bower performs just according to that.
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Depth of the characters that he brings to life, great timing and wonderful voice.-I could listen to indefinately.
I have just discovered Bryce Courtney, the writer. I'm sure I will enjoy listening to some of his stories for the rest of my life- Sheila Vaughan
I loved this book. It had some obvious flaws, but they didn't matter in the face of such wonderful storytelling. The narrator does a great job with the voices. Highly recommended.
Gripping. Powerful. Lasting.
When young PK was tortured in boarding school, culminating in the killing of Grand Chook.
Having read The Power of One years ago, I listen to its sequel- Tandia. Mr. Bower's is unquestionably the greatest narrator I have come across. He makes the remarkable writing come alive. I wish all narrators were as talented as Mr Bowers. The narration was equally remarkable in both novels.
This book will last with it's readers for years. When grandpa Chook is killed the reader weeps for him. When PK is boxing the reader cheers him til the end.
I wish I could find an author/narrator combo comparable to Courtney/Bower. I doubt it is possible.
In the top 4
Matthew Flinder's cat, because both books are about lonliness, harsh life, and overcoming. Both have characters that meet, then part, then wind around to helping each other magically.
I love his voice and inflections, and his accent. I could listen to him all day (and sometimes I do!)
Doc for sure. I never knew my grandfathers, so this relationship (though they really weren't related) touched me deeply. Doc looked to nature for answers, loved living things, and had compassion for those less fortunate. He didn't judge anyone, and was the best teacher that arrived when PK needed him the most. I feel that PK would have gone a totally different direction if not for Doc. But I would also want Heil Pete (sp) to be with us too.
I first saw the movie, then read the book years ago. I recently listened to it and the story is still wonderful and touching. This is one I will, for sure, read over and over in my life.
The reader did a good job with different voices for the characters.
An interesting read. I plan to listen to all of his books. I'm not listening to his second one and it is very good.
Whitethorn, as that book was similar to the power of one
The different excents he puts on He is excellent
Yes, the last chapter
Bryce Courtney has some excellent books and I have put 2 more in my wish list
susan fine shoe crazy
when Doc died
when his boxing career started and the respect he got from the africans
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will research more of Bryce's books this is my 4th so far loved potatoe factory Tomo and Hawk and Solomens song
I laughed. I cried. This terrific story was exceeded only by the perfection of the performance of the narrator.