"decent page-turner, but over -rated"
This is well narrated and its simple story-line makes it an easy listen in some respects. But the hero, apparently supposed to be based on the author's early life (?!), can do no wrong so any sense of reality is kept at arm's length. The emphasis of all the action is of the hero suffering and/or observing gross abuse ranging from vicious childhood bullying to aspects of living in the racist police state of South Africa (late 1930s - 1950s in this book). It was a scary place to live and some of the horrors are simply used as a vehicle for the hero's personal voyage and development, rather than giving any real insight. Not necessarily a bad thing for a piece of entertainment, but so much less than the book's many fans had led me to expect. A prolific author in his late years, for my taste he went on to write much better novels than this, his first and still best-known.
"An Epic Story"
This is a wonderful book wonderfully delivered.
Humphrey Bowers narration was flawless and superlative. The book springs to life from his delivery.
Have always wanted to read this book as I had heard so much about it and was not disappointed, great read.
Doc, as he was so proud of pk
Haven't heard him before
As a South African, this book would probably hold more reference to me than most people who read/listen to it. The Power of One is an outstanding listen in understanding the psyche of someone who lived during the apartheid regime and felt like pretty much most anyone else about the abhorrent nature of that time. This is a story of courage, of weak vs strong, David vs Goliath and most importantly, right vs wrong. Told in a mostly colloquial sense, I simply could not turn it off. Read it now!
Hoppie Groenwald - his influence on Peekay's early years clearly defines the boys character for later life. His intolerence of racism, coupled with his deep-hearted perservernece inspires Peekay to become the man he does
The fight scene between Peekay and the heir to the Zulu chiefdom
Fight for what you believe in
Amazing, accurate account of growing up in South Africa and attending boarding school. Very moving and fantastic in the detail of PKs adventures...
"A scary truth set in a powerful story"
A great book.. The reality of apartheid set in the story of a young white boy. His simple innocence and the terrible world in which he lives shows a unique portrayal of the issues. This book will have you laughing, then crying and desperate to read the follow up book Tandia to find out what happens next. I couldn't stop listening.
"One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to!"
The narrator of this audiobook is fantastic and makes it even better than reading the book itself. One of the most interesting and inspiring stories I have ever come across, probably even more so if you are South African. The characters are excellent and there's never a dull moment. I even learnt quite a bit about boxing...
Would definitely recommend.
"I felt the pain"
Such an in depth description of life in South Africa after the Boer war, I learned so much. I have dropped it to 4 stars because I did sometimes feel that the charachter PK was "too good to be true" and glorified in his sucess a little too much.
However you do feel as though you are there, and the narrator very sucessfully modified his accent for the different charachters
Really enjoyed this book so much! Peake has a great story to tell.
The reader does an excellent job of 'doing' all the different character voices, well done!
Reason for ERGH is that I've finished it - wow I loved this book - some of the sentences are life changing quotes. As Peekay says "with the head and then with the heart".
Use your head and buy this book and with your heart you will love it forever.
Can't wait to listen to Tandia.
P.S. Humphrey Bower's reading is superb my congratulations to him