©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Humphrey Bower is such a great narrator, I'm searching for his other books - he makes each voice different and believable and I loved his singing voice. I appreciated Bryce Courtenay's obvious respect for cultural diversity and the research he invested so many different locations -- an island off Australia, the Korean War, then Shanghai and Hong Kong, just to mention a few very interesting settings.
I enjoyed the listen for the most part. I especially listened intently to the beginning, which described the Korean War which i did not know much about. I could do without hearing "Miss Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan" full name said over and over again. I get it already, her name is long and she is a wonderful lady. Just shorten it to "Nicole." The ending would have been far better if it was more realistic and less happy happy.
During the hours I listened to "The Power of One", I was increasingly dismayed by the repeated castigation of persons of the Christian faith. Many hours were dedicated to taunting the evils of Christians. Now years later, I decided to try this author again hoping that perhaps the previous boook was the exception. Well I was wrong...Big Time. So, if you enjoy reading how Christians lock kids in closets for not repeating Bible verses correctly, then go on and read this story. This author definately has issues with people of the Christian faith. I have listened to over 700 books on audio depecting a wide breadth of isues and this is my first written review...I could not fail to alert readers who might find the author's EXTREME views offensive.
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