I would give this book a 6 stars review, I don't have enough words to praise this book enough. The story is breathtaking, so well written, and the narration is just outstanding.
A very powerful story reflecting in a non hysterical way the evil development of apartheid in South Africa.
Unusually I found myself re-reading pages not because I had fallen asleep but because the sentence constructions were very beautiful.
Not only was it a great novel but also interesting historically in a sense.
I had previously read the book and of course created in mind how the characters would sound but if anything the narrator brought into more life than I had imagined.
A tale of great courage in adversity
A jolly good read and listen
This is the first Bruce Courtenay book I have read & it will not be my last. I enjoyed the book from the beginning to the end, story line was good I didn't want it to be over. Narration was first class.
"a fabulous read"
found this to be an amazing book, that takes you through the journey of PK
"A book about a kid boxing? - not my topic"
It was not what I was expecting. I'd read the sequel "Tandia" and felt parts of that story were a bit vague. It spoke of 'Doc' and I just had to read the "Power of One" to learn more.Oh, how I wish I'd read this book first. It was so engrossing and the enjoyment enhanced by the supreme narrator, Humphrey Bower. "Tandia" becomes a better book too as you become reacquainted with familiar characters and vague references become apparent.
Possibly another of Bryce Courtenay' s books, The Potato Factory, when Mary fights her way from the very bottom to the top, overcoming adversity at every step.
When Peekay and Doc found the cave.
I worry about people who cry over books! Laughing I understand.
DON'T be even slightly tempted to watch the film. A waste of time and money and barely resembles the book.
"A Brilliant Book."
I was over the moon when I come across this book as I loved the film.
I really enjoyed the book as there was far more in this book as their was in the film.
The story was so much more in depth as Bryce Courtney's books tell a very good story.
Also unlike the film there was a second second book called Tandia.
I enjoyed the story of South Africa during the Second World War and also the struggle of apartheid.
This book was well read by Humphrey Bower and was just as good if not better than his other narrations.
This book has already a film and his brilliant
A brilliant story from the very start!!!
"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