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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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    leanne bryant 04-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best. Ever."

    I love books that take me on a journey, teach me about things I didn't even know I was interested in, make me laugh and cry and feel privileged to have been on the ride. This is that kind of book. Read it. Recommend it. Gift it. Love it.

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    LLD 04-05-15
    LLD 04-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Inspirational!"

    The is a well written book about the courage, strength and morals of a young boy growing up in South Africa. I have recommended this book to all my friends and family. It's engaging and spiritual and provides insight about life at the start and through WWII. I cannot praise the narrator enough - simply superb job!

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    Learning for Life 03-28-15

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    "What a roller coaster ride! Best book I have read!"

    I embarked on this audiobook journey with no expectations. However, it was almost immediately apparent that this book was not for children, and that it would be one of the best I had ever had the good fortune to happen upon. The book was so realistic that I believed it was the author's real life autobiography for many many chapters. It was shocking in terms of the horrendous happenings to which the little boy was subjected, and because of the very crass language that was used at times to underscore the hate that underlay many of the boy's life experiences. It was also shocking for me to experience the antagonism of races, between black and white, as well as between different white groups.

    This book was extremely long, but I treasure the exposure it brought to me, and the understanding that the human spirit can triumph no matter how one might be tested. The narrator did the best job I have ever observed from a narrator, demonstrating an ability to represent race, age, gender, and different accents so competently that I would sometimes replay a bit to enjoy it again. Despite the length, I am almost certain that I will be listening to this audiobook again. I am disappointed that I have to wait several years before I can let my son benefit from listening to this book, but he will have to mature considerably past his 8 year old stage before I unleash this lovely book on him.

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    Keith Dickson 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect pair. Author and narrator"

    Better than any history book at conveying the contrary nature of South Africa. Amazing touching and fascinating story i hope to never forget

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    Jim Reinknecht Howell, NJ 02-25-15
    Jim Reinknecht Howell, NJ 02-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "slow at times"

    I did not enjoy this book as much as the potato factory...it was still good though, albeit slow at times.

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    Stefanie Dinklage Clarens 02-06-15
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    "Marvelous and extraordinary impressions"

    A spectacular insight in Africa's history and start of apartheid very well narrated. The perspective of a young boy through his adulthood is very well described

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    Ben United States 01-24-15
    Ben United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Just a great listen!!!"

    Loved this book, Courtney is an amazing author. He grabs you by the gut and takes you on an adventure.

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    Steve 01-18-15
    Steve 01-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "an absolutely worthwhile listen!"

    one of my top 25 books. provides a valuable insight as to the internal struggles of South Africa. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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    Ricardo 01-15-15
    Ricardo 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"

    Thoroughly satisfying on every level. Bryce Courtenay's writing style is vivid and gripping. Bruce Humphrey brings the characters to life with his narration!
    Recommend without reservation

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    joe 01-14-15
    joe 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "power of one is a great read"

    great book. well written and riveting. hard to put down. I would highly recommend it.

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  • KIM
    Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
    3/5/12
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    "Excellent Story!"

    Really enjoyed this book so much! Peake has a great story to tell.
    The reader does an excellent job of 'doing' all the different character voices, well done!

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  • Steve
    SHIFNAL, United Kingdom
    12/30/11
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    "ERGH!!!!"

    Reason for ERGH is that I've finished it - wow I loved this book - some of the sentences are life changing quotes. As Peekay says "with the head and then with the heart".

    Use your head and buy this book and with your heart you will love it forever.

    Can't wait to listen to Tandia.

    P.S. Humphrey Bower's reading is superb my congratulations to him

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  • Joanna
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    12/28/11
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    "Great!"

    Fantastic narrator and a great story, even if the hero is too brilliant to be true! Loved it and will be trying more by the same author/narrator combination

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  • Steve
    Chestfield, United Kingdom
    12/11/11
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    "Epic story beautifully told"

    A real page turner of a book that is loosely based around the authors own experiences as a young boy growing up in South Africa during the second world war. One of the best books I've listened to in ages. Great story, wonderfully narrated.

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  • bhavnas
    London, United Kingdom
    11/17/11
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    "Must have a copy of this book"

    Wonderful!! .I enjoyed this book, very positive and very powerful. Superb Reading, narrator really did a great job. I love the book very much and highly recommend this book

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  • Fran
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    10/29/11
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    "Wonderful!"

    Having just written a poor review of Brother Fish, I thought I had better do the right thing and write what I thought of this BryceC. It couldn't have been different! A fabulous, engaging novel. Loved the characters, and was so sad to lose them. Rooted for PJ all the way and grew with him. Totally absorbing history lesson at the same time without being hammered home. Story crafted beautifully. Hey, and I don't even like boxing - but those scenes were compelling. One of my favourite listens!

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  • Sandra
    Hanwell, United Kingdom
    8/10/11
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    "A must for every listener!"

    FABULOUS! I found this book quite by accident, having never heard of the author or the story and purchased this book merely on the strength of the personal reviews that I read and I was not disapointed. Quite simply a beautiful story, a hidden gem and one that I would recommend to every listener.

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  • Alev
    ulv, United Kingdom
    8/8/11
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    "very predictable"

    this book is ok. yes, it is a good story but i found it extremely predictable. I kept guessing then all my guesses were right. i have finished it but didnt leave me thinking, from the very good reviews, may be i expected too much and found myself setting the speed to1.5. getting it finished but the end wasn't a suprise too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aileen
    Hermannsburg, Germany
    6/30/11
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    "A new author to try."

    I found this author when on a trip to Australia- a super read- try "Jessica" also- which I found to be his best work of all! IJessica also available as a film- so should this one!.

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  • Alex
    5/24/11
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    "Excellent"

    From the outset this was a great book. History lesson and life lesson all in one. What a fabulous narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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