The title of this book does it an injustice. I thought it must have a self-help or religious message, but it is the story of a boy growing up in South Africa as a boxer. The details of this boy's encounters and the wonderful characters could be from someone's biography or autobiography. I haven't read that this is autobiographical but it a wonderful narrative and one might think it could be. It is an uplifting story of a boy thriving amidst difficulties. The descriptions of South Africa during these years are worth hearing.
I found this book and story very compelling, however the first section of the book (in which the young boy is tortured by other students at a private school) is hard to listen to because of the violence - as is the climax. So I gave it only 4 stars.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
I had seen the movie version of this story years ago and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give the novel a try. It's a moving story, told with great attention to detail, and many insightful musings on relationships (with mentors, friends, family). The only drawback for me was that, at times, Peekay seemed a bit too "larger than life," and the story seemed a little far fetched. But the narrator is phenomenal. I'm so impressed with Humphrey Bower's ability to handle so many accents so well. What a pleasure it is to listen to this storyteller.
A truely great story. It takes you through the whole range of emotions from tears of pity to those of joy. A very touching, beautifully told story. I have heard it so many times and for me it never gets old. The narration is spot on and transports you seamlessly into the story and it's characters. One of my all time favourite reads and listens.
This was a very enjoyable story. I was interested in the characters from the beginning, and didn't mind that some were larger than life...it is fiction, after all. I would highly recommend this book, and will be listening to more by this author, as he has a real talent.
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.