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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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    12-03-12
    12-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I was very pleased to have listenent to this book"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very interesting


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

    Whitethorn, as that book was similar to the power of one


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

    The different excents he puts on He is excellent


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

    Yes, the last chapter


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtney has some excellent books and I have put 2 more in my wish list

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fine miami fl 12-03-12
    Susan Fine miami fl 12-03-12 Member Since 2011

    susan fine shoe crazy

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    "havn't read a bryce couretnay book i hav'nt loved"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    maybe 4th


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

    when Doc died


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when his boxing career started and the respect he got from the africans


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

    no better title


    Any additional comments?

    will research more of Bryce's books this is my 4th so far loved potatoe factory Tomo and Hawk and Solomens song

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley V. Masucci Wildwood MO 12-02-12
    Shirley V. Masucci Wildwood MO 12-02-12 Member Since 2011

    budget minded

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    "Awesome narration."

    I laughed. I cried. This terrific story was exceeded only by the perfection of the performance of the narrator.

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    Liezel Stirling, Australia 11-20-12
    Liezel Stirling, Australia 11-20-12
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    "Inspiring!"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Boy become Man


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

    A distinction between characters. He makes it feel like you are listening to a movie and it lets the picture form in your mind.


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

    I really wouldn't rename it - it is really the story of how this boy give hope and excitement...


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    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
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    "The power"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    The in depth of the story tell, made me feel like I was there.


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

    Love listening to Humphrey Bowers narrating, very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonny 11-12-12
    Sonny 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic book and excellent narration"

    Really engaging story about a little boy in South Africa. I knew very little about South Africa's history so I found I learned a lot about the culture and the struggles that led up to Apartheid. I immediately purchased the sequel!

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    Amazon Customer 11-05-12
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    "Great story, outstanding narriation"
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    I've read the book before but Bower does an amazing job of bringing South African dialect to life. The story is engaging and illuminating, I suggest it to anybody.

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    William 10-26-12
    William 10-26-12
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    "Slow start, with a strong building story"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Yes, it is a positive and enlightening story that should be the basis for a modern thinker raising the next generation. Heroic in scale, yet the only superpower is mindful determination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.


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

    I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.


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

    Doc is the inspirational figure in this tale for me. I could see other characters that I would love to listen to over dinner, but the man that taught Peekay to think... that is a man that offers true power and wisdom.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not written as a first book. This is a novel many try to achieve writing once in their life. It is an aw inspiring heroic tale of an ordinary boy that should have never been on anyone's radar, but became larger than life as life hits him and he trudges forward.

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    Greg Yallah, Australia 09-17-12
    Greg Yallah, Australia 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great book, now a great audio"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read this book 15 years ago and loved it. The performance of the book was very good and did not dissapoint me.


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    Janice HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-16-12
    Janice HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What storytelling should be."
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Having read the book at least twice prior to listening, I was amazed at the performance of the narrator to bring such complex characters to life. I highly recommend this purchase.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from Peekay, of course, Doc would be my favorite. A man with personal demons, he keeps them to his own council while providing a guiding light to a needy young boy.


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

    Doc, Mr Bower has all the accents just right for every character.


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

    How could you possibly choose


    Any additional comments?

    All the good, bad, and ugly things of life are here but mostly a triumph of what we can accomplish if allowed to believe in something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    8/20/06
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    "Fantastic reading of a great book"

    I first read this book when I was 20, some 16 years ago. It was a powerful read then and I have really enjoyed the excellent performance of the reader here, who brings the characters to life wonderfully. I have listened to hundrends of spoken books, and this is in my top five!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    4/3/09
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    "The best book I've bought from Audible"

    I bought this book on the recommendation of my brother and I am so glad I did. It moved me to tears on several occasions and I became totally hooked and have spent the last few days with my iPod permanently attached! I'm only sad that I've finished it as I enjoyed it so much. The reader is brilliant and really gets the accents right. I can't wait now for my next book as I've decided to work my way through Bryce Courtenay's entire list. FANTASTIC!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    5/4/11
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    "Awesome read"

    Fantastic read. I have really enjoyed this book. Narrator did the great job.
    Recommend this book for Must buy!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nick (uglyducklin)
    UK
    2/26/14
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    "To sum it up in one word: Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    I have the dvd,book but now kindle version (as people whom I lent the book to pinched it) and the audio version as it is a great story that gives you various emotions whilst watching/reading or listening to the story and this version is very well read that my wife keeps asking about my expression or why I am laughing.
    This is easily in my top 3 books and would certainly recommend you give it a try.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peekay because his life is well written and you do really get into the character and wonder what is going to happen next.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I like the expression in his voice as really brings some parts to live where as some other audio books just sound like its a computerised voice and boring.


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

    There are a few points but as I wouldn't like to spoil any part of the story I'll say there are a couple of moments I did laugh or others that did get me sad (sorry I love reading and really get into stories)


    Any additional comments?

    When I had the book, I had lent it to a number of people to try and each person enjoyed the book and one person so much they pinched it :( so I bought the kindle version and now tried audible and have this version.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Craig
    Bath, UK
    8/28/09
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    "Serendipity"

    I came across this book because it had somehow been featured on the Religion and Spirituality page of Audible ? mistaken, I presume, for ?The Power of Now?. However some mistakes are serendipitous and having read the reviews I selected it, and I have to say it is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Superbly well read, constantly engaging ? I never found that my mind had wandered and I had to rewind ? and a cracking good story. My only complaint would be to observe that Peekay is a little too brilliant at everything he does to be entirely believable ? but heh, it is fiction after all...

    I will certainly be listening to more from Bryce Courtenay!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    8/13/08
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    "Life story"

    This is a life story, and although it is fiction, it's very believable, and is drawn from the authors experiences. I really enjoyed it, and it really gives a good view of South African culture in the mid 20th century. It's also a good read without the history if your not interested in that. Reader is great too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    3/28/15
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    "Irene"

    This is the first Bruce Courtenay book I have read & it will not be my last. I enjoyed the book from the beginning to the end, story line was good I didn't want it to be over. Narration was first class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sadiq
    Northwood, United Kingdom
    3/20/15
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    "Superbly written...couldn't stop listening."

    The characters were so realistic that it felt like I was physically there
    Hard to stop listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mick'sMoll
    2/28/15
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    "A book about a kid boxing? - not my topic"
    What did you like most about The Power of One?

    It was not what I was expecting. I'd read the sequel "Tandia" and felt parts of that story were a bit vague. It spoke of 'Doc' and I just had to read the "Power of One" to learn more.Oh, how I wish I'd read this book first. It was so engrossing and the enjoyment enhanced by the supreme narrator, Humphrey Bower. "Tandia" becomes a better book too as you become reacquainted with familiar characters and vague references become apparent.


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

    Possibly another of Bryce Courtenay' s books, The Potato Factory, when Mary fights her way from the very bottom to the top, overcoming adversity at every step.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Peekay and Doc found the cave.


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

    I worry about people who cry over books! Laughing I understand.


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T be even slightly tempted to watch the film. A waste of time and money and barely resembles the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Duddle
    12/4/14
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    "A Brilliant Book."
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    I was over the moon when I come across this book as I loved the film.
    I really enjoyed the book as there was far more in this book as their was in the film.
    The story was so much more in depth as Bryce Courtney's books tell a very good story.
    Also unlike the film there was a second second book called Tandia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the story of South Africa during the Second World War and also the struggle of apartheid.


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

    This book was well read by Humphrey Bower and was just as good if not better than his other narrations.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book has already a film and his brilliant


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant story from the very start!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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