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The Power of One Audiobook

The Power of One

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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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    Elizabeth MENLO PARK, CA, United States 01-03-14
    Elizabeth MENLO PARK, CA, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely the greatest book ever written"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    As someone who has read the book numerous times over the years, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to it being read. I loved the narrator's use of different voices and accents. All characters were unique and distinct and I didn't feel as if someone was blandly just reading out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of One?

    So many moments, hard to pick. But I would say (spoiler alert) the death of Grandpa Chook, the discovery of Doc's note at the Crystal Cave of Africa, and undoubtedly, hands down, the end, when Peekay meets the Judge again. Best ending I've ever come across in a book. The fact that they didn't use it in the movie is a tragedy.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He was fantastic. Great accents, great voices. I would purchase an Audible book I'd never heard of simply because he was listed as the narrator. A good narrator makes all the difference.


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

    Literally, the whole book. The entire book moves me. But if I had to pick just one, it would be when Peekay carves the Union Jack over the swastika tattoo on the Judge's arm.


    Any additional comments?

    Best. Book. Ever.

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    Schmimmels 12-17-13
    Schmimmels 12-17-13 Member Since 2015

    Mom with an hour commute to work each way. I like books that keep me from falling asleep in the morning and to help me power through chores.

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    "My favorite book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. This was such a great book... hearing the audio edition really helped bring the characters to life and I loved each minute of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the sense of empowerment in the book that showed that one person can make such an impact on so many lives. This book makes you feel like you can accomplish anything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Almost every scene was my favorite... The level of detail is amazing but not so much that it takes away from the story. Each scene gets better and better and it is so hard to put down. If I had to pick just one, I would say my favorite at the beginning of the book when Peekay witnesses his first boxing match. The energy in the scene is addictive and amusing when seen from the perspective of a child.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh and also cry. The book isn't just one genre. It is mostly a drama, but it is also a comedy, horror, and action genre.


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    Stephen Huntington, WV, United States 10-07-13
    Stephen Huntington, WV, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Best combination"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    performance adds power


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Bower is terrific at presenting a variety of langauges, accents, ages and genders into a very comfortable telling. He seem to pitch the story perfectly. It is never boring and never hyped.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not really. The memories that it creates are vivid enough that it was always easy to return.


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    Kris 09-04-13
    Kris 09-04-13
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    "Another Human Masterpiece by this Author"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The ability of this author to weave human nature with historical accuracy is compelling, entertaining and at times startling. The narrator is mesmerizing. I listen more than I read these days with such a profound choice.


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

    Paul Theroux' books about his travels in Africa.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Voice quality and ability to key in on accents


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Gut wrenching and redeeming.


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    Dr. CARY, NC, United States 08-13-13
    Dr. CARY, NC, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't Keep Listening"
    Any additional comments?

    Somehow, I loved this book when I read it but I couldn't keep listening to it as an Audio book. It wasn't really the fault of the narrator; it was just that it now seems all so predictable. I found the protagonist's voice a little cloying and his tale of woe, interspersed with kind acts by well-meaning down-and-outers, to be fairly obvious. Honestly, the most interesting thing about this book was the prelude that describes how it was written.

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    WilliamMinyard Antioch, CA, United States 08-10-13
    WilliamMinyard Antioch, CA, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fades away"
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    Overall I guess I enjoyed the book and the reader did an excellent job. My biggest issues revolved around the flow of the story. Very disjointed. I would be very involved and then the story would lose steam. The story started very strong and I really felt engaged and then it would slow down and I had the feeling that a little fast forward would help. Basically, 30 minutes good 5-10 minutes bad. The real problem was the ending. It was unbelievable and left me wondering where was the rest of it. Almost the entire story the main character had one goal and we heard it over and over. He life always seemed to turn back to this goal. Then the story ends on a rather weird scene that did not fit the rest of the book and the goal is left not only unanswered but not addressed in any way. A better ending would help this book immensely.

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    Catherine SPRINGVILLE, IA, United States 08-10-13
    Catherine SPRINGVILLE, IA, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Just awesome!"

    Bruce Courtenay is one of the great authors. His stories grip you through out the book, The book is set in South Africa during the mid 1900s. Simply, without any over dramatic hammers, racial discrimination is shown to be the nasty and ugly thing that it truly is. The author did an outstanding job describing the area without boring the listener to sleep with the details.

    I am not quite sure if I would have liked the book as much as I did if there was a different narrartor. Humphrey Bower's voice weaves the story around you like a soft blanket. I cheered, cried and laughed out loud. Hurray for the Tadpole Angel! ( gotta listen to the book for that one!)

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    Stephanie 07-30-13
    Stephanie 07-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this story!"

    I just didn't want this book to end and my only disappointment was that it did and it was ended rather abruptly. Oh, to have a sequel!!

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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 07-25-13
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "Why have I waited so long?!"

    Not much I can say that hasn't already been said!
    I didn't know the story behind this book although I had obviously heard of it. Humphrey Bowers reading & portrayal of the Characters is exceptional.
    As a Boarding School boy, I could relate to this story so easily!
    The fact that the story can be uproariously funny at times and so very sad at others, made it that much more enjoyable.
    I loved The Persimmon Tree and the reading of it and I can't recommend the Power of One too highly for anyone who has not read a Bryce Courtenay book.
    I can't imagine why I have never been drawn to his writing before but I will be exploring others now. A great story & a first class reading of it!

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    Sheila Auckland, New Zealand 07-08-13
    Sheila Auckland, New Zealand 07-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Factual Story Worth Reading"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I lived In Johannesburg as a child in the same era it brought back memories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Peekay could overcome so many obstacles and grow up to be such a successful man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Peekay had to pray to The Lord to supply the clothes for boarding school. ,


    Who was the most memorable character of The Power of One and why?

    Doc, he took Peekay under his wing and passed on his knowledge out of the kindness of his heart.


    Any additional comments?

    I found some of the scenes very amusing as I understand the culture of the ethnic groups. A very enjoyable book, which I highly recommend.

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