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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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    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-18-13
    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).

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    "Unforgetable!"

    If you want to experience personal growth and fortitude, don't miss listening to this powerful story told expertly by Bryce Courtenay and brought to life by Humphrey Bower. This combination of talents makes you drive around the block and more.

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    Indy 03-18-13
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    "Riveting"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks easily among my top five audiobooks of all time. It was simply a fantastic listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doc was my favorite because he proved just how complex yet simple friendship and life can be viewed al at the same time through the time he spent with the lead character.


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

    No this is my first listen to one of his performances.


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


    It would have to be Doc, for the same reasons he is my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, cried and at times was outraged while listening to this book. It is truly an experience. It is definitely one of the best performances that I have had the pleasure to use a few hours of my life to listen to.

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    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13
    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13

    I most enjoy listening to contemporary fiction with well-developed characters.

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    "My first Courtney but certainly won't be my last"

    A story of hardship and struggle and how a young boy navigates through it with the help of a very special mentor.
    I bought this audiobook based on the reviews and knowing nothing of the author. I am not a fan of boxing so I was surprised at how entirely this book drew me in. It was engaging and uplifting... just what I love in a book.
    The narrator did a great job.

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    Eeva Rauma, Finland 03-11-13
    Eeva Rauma, Finland 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting and especially well read"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    the reader was/is fantastic


    Has The Power of One turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have listened and liked very much the other books of the same "couple"


    Any additional comments?

    Funny that actually one does not know what finally happened to the main character

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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 03-11-13
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "Am I the only one that thinks this was a let down?"

    Peekay is a remarkable boy who is so remarkable in fact that it is practically unbelievable. Mr Courtenay focuses on how remarkable this boy is the whole time and then ends it with a very unremarkable moment. It was such a let down and it just does't make sense... What about being the tadpole angel or being the welterweight champion of the world? Why did he put so much emphasis on these two aspects and then end it with a silly confrontation? It's as if there was a build up for nothing. The end came straight out of left field and seems inconsistent with the direction the story was headed.

    As much as I think the story was a let down, there are 3 things that I really liked about The Power of One:
    1. The character development was "wunderbar, absolutal"
    2. It had important messages about life scattered throughout
    3. Humphrey Bower was an excellent narrator

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    Lorrie H 03-10-13
    Lorrie H 03-10-13
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    "Excellent!"

    Loved this book! I can't believe I just now have discovered Bryce Courtenay. Wonderful plot, characters, descriptions. Listened practically non-stop. Mr. Bower has a great voice and adds to the enjoyment of this terrific story.

    Try this!

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    Robert Laconia, NH, USA 03-04-13
    Robert Laconia, NH, USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrific"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was not aware of Bryce Courtenay until recently. This is a really good story made great by the narrator Bower. The story, the voices and the historical perspective reminded me of Shantaram. Bower really is terrific.


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    Michele Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-04-13
    Michele Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant partnership of author and narrator"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was born in South Africa, and lived there for 35 years, so I could appreciate the language, the humor, and sadly, the immense cruelty of the time.


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

    I first heard Humphrey Bower after listening to Shantaram, and he was brilliant. I had read The Power of One many years ago, and decided to download the audible version. I was not disappointed. Bower brought Peekay and the Professor to life, and the story had a depth that I did not experience when reading it. I immediately downloaded Tandia which is a continuation of Peekay's story, and can't wait to start that.
    You may want to consider acquiring another book by the same author called "Whitethorn". If is is read by Humphrey Bower, I know it will make a great listen


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

    It's the perfect title


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    NIcole 02-26-13
    NIcole 02-26-13
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    "A must read for all"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The yarn, the characters, the pace of action...nothing I didn't love....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandpa Chook - loyal, clever, just wonderful way to tell of hope and willpower.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Humphrey characterises everyone brilliantly. Not fair to choose.


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

    Gideon - then he could stay over!


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    02-23-13
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    "Courtenay is a Master Storyteller!"
    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes you come across a gifted writer. Sometimes you come across a gifted storyteller. When you come across both of these attributes in one person, then you have a legend. I am just sorry that I was introduced to Courtenay by way of his obituary. The Power of One was his first book; one of many that I will read.
    A bright young boy sent off to boarding school at the age of 5, after the death of his father {and his mother subsequently committed to a "nervous breakdown" institution}, has to find his way in a very socially complicated and racially divided society. He soon discovers his dream is to become a champion boxer, but only after first conquering many humiliations and fears. The bullies that nearly break him in boarding school leave open an emotional sore, which is soon mended by people who, by happenstance, enter his life and become integral forces in giving birth to a tenacious champion of both body and soul. I am listening to this book rather than reading it. The narrator, Humphrey Bower, does an outstanding portrayal of every character in the book. I highly recommend the audible, if you want to be truly entertained.

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