Yes, it is a positive and enlightening story that should be the basis for a modern thinker raising the next generation. Heroic in scale, yet the only superpower is mindful determination.
The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.
I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.
Doc is the inspirational figure in this tale for me. I could see other characters that I would love to listen to over dinner, but the man that taught Peekay to think... that is a man that offers true power and wisdom.
This is not written as a first book. This is a novel many try to achieve writing once in their life. It is an aw inspiring heroic tale of an ordinary boy that should have never been on anyone's radar, but became larger than life as life hits him and he trudges forward.
I read this book 15 years ago and loved it. The performance of the book was very good and did not dissapoint me.
Having read the book at least twice prior to listening, I was amazed at the performance of the narrator to bring such complex characters to life. I highly recommend this purchase.
Aside from Peekay, of course, Doc would be my favorite. A man with personal demons, he keeps them to his own council while providing a guiding light to a needy young boy.
Doc, Mr Bower has all the accents just right for every character.
How could you possibly choose
All the good, bad, and ugly things of life are here but mostly a triumph of what we can accomplish if allowed to believe in something.
Bryce Courtney may very well be the best author; certainly my favorite. I've listened to over 300 books and "The Power of One" is clearly in my top three of them all. You will not be disappointed. I've read everyone of Mr. Courtenay's novels and give everyone five stars. That said, the Power of One is my favorite Courtenay novel.
I'm convinced that Mr. Bower was the best choice to bring this book to life. His narration was spectacular! My only disappointment in this book is when I came to the end and realized that my incredible ride was at an end.
Revealing, exciting and inspirational.
Pekay is my favourite character but it's a close call to many others in this great book.
Humphrey Bower is just superb with his narration, his accents and pure acting ability put him way out in front of all the others I have heard on 'Audible'.
The conclusion is great and leaves you wanting more which is answered by the second book "Tandia', also great but I don't think that it is as powerful as the first novel. What put this book in the category of the 'Greats' is the fact that there are so many really moving episodes. I challenge any reader who remains dry eyed after listening to this wonderful novel chapter by chapter.
Like some of your other readers I read the first two of Bryce Courtney's books first before getting them on Audible, I was most certainly not disappointed, the narration is just perfect and a wonderful listening experience.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Yes, I absolutely would recommend this book. The characters became part of me. I felt each and every one of Peekay's losses and each triumph. Mr. Courtenay has a way of weaving a story by introducing lots of little stories that come together to make an outstanding read. I also felt that the narration was outstanding.
I enjoyed the first person narration as I felt it gave us a window into Peekay's soul.
The story was extremely engaging. My only comment would be that I felt a bit too much time was spent in the story about the mine, near the end of the book. It was as if the story should have ended earlier. However, the ending was well done and very satisfying.
Every scene with Doc for me was memorable. I loved hearing Doc say "absoloodle"
I would take Doc out for dinner. He was such a fascinating character and he shared my love of plants and music.
This one captured and held my attention. I used to hate boxing but I have a better appreciation for the athletes now. The book was occasionally difficult to read because of the cruelty but it was worth reading!
I am a massive fan of Bryce Courtenay, but his books are quite long and indepth. Listening to them on audiobook allows you to really be into the story the entire time. Humphrey Bower is also fantastic in this edition, as with all of this performances, so yes this audio edition is better.
If one book is better than the Power of One, it is Tandia, the sequel. It is a very complex book that deals with political and racial issues on a global and country-specific level, backed up with an interesting story and fascinating characters that displays the diversity of Courtenay's ability as an author.
He has a real way of doing particular characters and voices that really puts the scene of the book in your head. He always does a fantastic performance.
Head and Heart
Read this book! You will fall in love with it.
Never Give Up
Doc, just his down to earth look at life.
The sense of being there
When Doc passed away
I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)
Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis
The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
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