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The Power of One | [Bryce Courtenay]

The Power of One

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Good character dramas are best shared with others, like good wine on special occasions. Bryce Courtenay's wonderful story of a child coming of age in a country ripped apart by racism is such a vintage—rich and complex, an experience you'll want to talk about long after the last words are spoken.

Publisher's Summary

"First with your head and then with your heart." So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world. For the young Peekay, it is a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

©1989 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Donald Kingston, RI 09-09-12
    Donald Kingston, RI 09-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "My Favorite audio thus far!"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    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.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Paul 09-06-12
    Paul 09-06-12
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    "One wonderful experience after another"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing, exciting and inspirational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pekay is my favourite character but it's a close call to many others in this great book.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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'.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Paul.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-09-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-09-12 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Why didn't I listen to this earlier?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Doc for me was memorable. I loved hearing Doc say "absoloodle"


    If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Doc out for dinner. He was such a fascinating character and he shared my love of plants and music.


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    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 08-09-12
    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspiring"

    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!

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    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Power of One to and why?

    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.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename The Power of One, what would you call it?

    Head and Heart


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! You will fall in love with it.

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    Frans Australia 07-24-12
    Frans Australia 07-24-12
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    "Very Powerful Book"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Never Give Up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doc, just his down to earth look at life.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The sense of being there


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Doc passed away


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    michael New Canaan, CT, United States 07-21-12
    michael New Canaan, CT, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great , passionate story"

    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.
    You will love
    Enjoy!

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    C. Tarver 07-16-12
    C. Tarver 07-16-12 Member Since 2013

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    "The need for a 2nd book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    Bryce's book keeps you from the very beginning until the end. The story just keeps you interested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storytelling is steady. It keeps you wanting to hear more.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His talent of changing voices for each character is unbelievable. His voice brings the characters more to life.


    If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Doc, was such a positive influence on Pekays life. His optimism overflowed to the other characters. He helped Pekay have a joy for learning.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the 2nd book on Pekay is turned into an audible book very soon. I am ready to listen to the last chapter of Pekay's life.

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    Peter A. Lamb 07-08-12
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    "INCREDIBLE story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the reader (Humphrey Bower) is terrific in every sense. I will look for other books read by him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humor, sensitivity, angst....this story has it all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every single scene was just great!


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    Amber Houston, TX, United States 05-04-12
    Amber Houston, TX, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Humphrey Bower is my new favorite narrator."

    Don't get me wrong, the narrator isn't everything. But Bower carries an engaging story into superb territory. I could listen to his wonderful South African narration all day, and he brings a wide variety of voices and accents to life with great aplomb.

    Courtenay's story-telling is very well-crafted, and we are instantly drawn into the childhood adventures of the very lonely hero Peekay. The story flows quite naturally and draws the reader/listener on, although I will say it bogs down a little in the last third during Peekay's school days, his friendship with Hymie, and their schemes to make their fortune.

    Overall, a must-read. You'll at least like the story, and you'll love the narration. I'll definitely be seeking out more by both Courtenay and Bower.

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