To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
At times a little preachey, but with a wonderful story line to support it. I come away from the Power of One feeling refreshed and hopeful for the world. The story grabs you from the start and the reader does a wonderful job with all those characters. Highly recommend it.
Prefer History & Non-Fiction. I seem to lack the stamina to "power through" a book; Audible is a great way to be "well-read" without reading
Probably the best audiobook I've listened to out of about 20 books so far.
Peekay's first boxing match was described with lots of color, action, and emotion.
Bower uses a few accents that helped bring the characters to life - one felt the characters' personalities come through via his reading.
Heartfelt, compelling, entertaining
PK and doc
This has become one of my favorite books. I absolutely loved this story. On top of the book the narrator was great! Couldn't have been better. The main character goes through so many hardships but the author does such a good job emphasizing the good things that the book doesnt get you down.
This book drew me in from the the very beginning and didn't relent until it was over. A beautiful story of growing up and the ties to people that shape who we become. I thought the narrator was brilliant, too, in his ability to pull off the various accents with such authenticity (to a North American ear, anyway). Listening to this story led me to read about Bryce Courtenay,, as I wondered how much of this tale is autobiographical. Indeed, there are many aspects that are. I recommend his website to readers who enjoyed this story. I would rate the Power of One as one of the top five audiobooks among the 100 or 125 I've listened to.
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.