Imaginative beyond my scope of recollection.It is a story , yes beyond belief, but so interesting and engaging it holds you in its grip.It turns and twists as a good story should, just a wonderful time with a well written book!
I am an audiobook junkie and this is the 5th Bryce Courtenay book I have "read". By far, one of the best books ever to have been recorded, Humphrey Bower is phenomenal in his ability to bring characters alive and make you love them, or hate them as the case may be. I would highly recommend this and all of the other Bryce Courtenay books! Most definitely worth the listen!!
This book begins when the main character is 5 and ends when he is 18. The book has many dimensions. It is, among others, a "coming of age" journey, a story of the people of South Africa - black and white - through both individual characters and institutions, a story of relationships, and even a primer on boxing.
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I have read the book 3 times, seen both versions of the movie and now the audiobook! As stated in the prologue I think this is "...the best book ever written"
I saw the movie version in school in 10th grade nearly 10 years ago. The story always stuck with me. When I begin teaching I vowed that my students would see the movie. Now I vow that they will read the book. I give them the audio version to listen to and I have shown the movie for several years. Bryce's books are not published in the U.S. so listen to all of them. I have ordered some in hard copy from the UK.
You will never regret listening to this book. The narration is amazing. I listen to anything Bower records. This book stays in my heart all of the time and I re-listen to it whenever I need strength.
Bryce's writing is descriptive with out being superfluous. His mastery of the written word is without compare.
Listen to all of his books (Sylvia is a different narrator) and you will be the better for it!
Starting with the author's notes at the beginning, to the very last paragraph, this was a fabulous listen. The reader was excellent, the story rich, the characters believable and intelligent. What a magnificent novel...Bryce Courtnay is brilliant author capturing in this fictional work both historical and ethical issues.
The Power of One is a wonderful audiobook. I am not much of a fan of boxing but this story is about so much more than that. The characters stay with you long after you have finished and the Narrator's voice repeating those 'special' names PeeKay is known by linger in your ears as well. I can not recommend this book enough. The message it imparts is strong and gives the listener a lot to think about. Highly recommended!
I have no idea how this guy does it. His storytelling skills are breathtaking. If you want to find yourself in a different place, in a different life, delighted with events to come, events you would not have experienced otherwise, just grab this book and do not even bother to read the summary.
I've listened to recorded books for years, and usually download mysteries and thrillers. Whenever I ventured into something a little "deeper", I find I lose concentration since I am doing something else, such as driving, walking the dogs. I was skeptical of this one, but the reviews got me to try it. And I'm glad I did. Beautifully written and narrated, a great story in a setting that I knew little about, you should definitely try this one. I've already downloaded the sequel.