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The Power of One Audiobook
The Power of One
Written by: 
Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: 
Humphrey Bower
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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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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 06-07-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling!"

    I enjoyed Bryce's Power of One very much. Very powerful story that not only was well written but well told. Very good character development.

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    momy Elk Grove, CA, United States 06-05-13
    momy Elk Grove, CA, United States 06-05-13
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    "One of the best books I've ever "read"."
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could not stop listening to this book. It was very moving and powerful. One of my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was story I had never heard before. I could not guess what would happen at any time. I loved PK.


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

    The accent given for each character and the singing. I cannot stop singing about the Tadpole Angel.


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

    Other than PK, there was Doc and Geel Pete- they made the book.


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    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 05-30-13
    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 05-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This is what an audio book should be!"

    A wonderful, moving story, narrated in an engaging way. The story of the young man is very well-told, with expressive wording and mental images. The characters are natural and sympathetic.

    The narrator not only pronounces the difficult words in Afrikaans and native languages correctly, he consistenly uses a different voice for each character. This adds real value to the audio book beyond just the reading of the text.

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    simmi Berwyn, PA, United States 05-08-13
    simmi Berwyn, PA, United States 05-08-13
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    "Wow!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I do a lot of driving, and only listen the audiobooks when I drive. I couldn't wait to get in my car, and went the long way home more than once. I loved the author, the narrator, and the story, and will remember all for a long while.

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    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 05-07-13
    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2016

    I love books, but busy mom that doesnt have time to read them. So having audible has been a blessing to me. Shower or car listening is great

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    "New Fan!"

    I am a new fan of Bryce Courtenay...this being my first ever, I'm super excited to try others by him.

    This book kept my constant interests from start to finish. The story is great for people of all interest. I plan to read the second book next.

    I thought the narrator was great and the story is smoothly told....I may even decide to read it again sometime down the road just because I enjoyed it so much!

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    Fern Logan Carbondale, IL, US 04-22-13
    Fern Logan Carbondale, IL, US 04-22-13
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    "Beautiful Story"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    I loved the courage and determination of PeeKay. He was truly an inspiration. He was blessed with friends who advanced his lot in life. we should all be so fortunate. Halfway through this book I learned that there was a movie made of this story. After reading the synopsis and the changes made from the original story, I had no desire to see the movie. I didn't want to ruin the wonderful feeling of this great story.


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

    Humphrey Bower's talent with accents is untouched. Each character is unique. I would listen to anything Mr. Bower reads. As a matter of fact I am currently listening to Shantaram which is also narrated by Mr. Bower.


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    jus' Dan 04-19-13
    jus' Dan 04-19-13

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    "Gripping storytelling"

    Bryce Courtenay guides the reader through the oft-horrifying, yet enchanted childhood and youth of Peekay, drawing heavily on his own experience but branching well into the realm of the imaginary. It is a vivid tour through the South Africa of the 1930s-1950s, brought to life by a dazzling array of characters, many brutal and despicable (the older bully at his boarding school, several guards at the prison where he learns to box), others cunning and colorful (his prisoner boxing coach and his best prep school pal), and some, not least Peekay himself, brilliant and heroic. Courtenay paints a vivid and entertaining picture of the many places and social milieux that Peekay inhabits.

    Though it's not perfect, Humphrey Bower's impressive portrayal of the multitude of characters--with myriad accents--and his charming narration earned five stars from me. The story nearly earned five, but I settled on four because I found the reflective portions, such as Peekay's musings on the power of one, rather contrived, and the conclusion unsatisfying.

    Fortunately, though, the vast majority of the book features Courtenay's insightful, well-paced, funny, disturbing, and uplifting storytelling, laced with keen social commentary and fueled by the ambitions and imagination of a wildly talented boy turned young man, one I was compelled to cheer for throughout. You will, too, and you will find The Power of One well worth the listening time.

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    Joseph 04-13-13
    Joseph 04-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The Power of Two"

    This book really demonstrates "the power of two". The writing of Bryce Courtenay and the wonderful narration of Humphrey Bower.

    I’m relatively new to Bryce Courtenay’s expansive storytelling. I read The Potato Factory jut a few months ago and was taken by his methodical and detailed style. The Power of One also pulled me into his world and had me connecting with his characters and reacting emotionally to the trials, tribulations and triumphs they experienced.

    The Power of One left me with a single disappointment; the unfulfilling ending. In some ways it was like Peekay’s experience with Doc’s death. I felt like there was no time to say ‘good bye’. It was just suddenly over.

    But I leave the book engaged with the characters, amused by Courtenay’s clever turns of phrase and enriched by the stories within the novel. And I was again captivated by Humphrey Bower and his talent for bringing Courtenay's characters to life.

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    Margaret Australia 04-12-13
    Margaret Australia 04-12-13
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    Yes, I have now read or listened to them all.


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

    Peekay meeting the witch doctor.


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

    Yes, I loved them all. Great


    Was The Power of One worth the listening time?

    Yes definately.


    Any additional comments?

    It's such a pity there will be no more Bryce Courtenay. A fantastic story teller.

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    Rachel San Dimas, CA, United States 04-11-13
    Rachel San Dimas, CA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    I don't know what I didn't love about this book. I love P.K. and everything he's been through and overcome. He truely is the Power of One.


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

    So many memorable moments in this book. I actually saw parts of the movie over 10 years ago and I remember the part about the chicken vaguely. So at that part it was really hard for me not to cry. I think My favorite part though is the fight against his nanny's son. The meeting between the two as well as the relationship they build.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Humphrey is such a great narrator. I'm somewhat new to audiobooks and usually its kind of hard for me to listen to narrators with accents. I love this one though. He is so good at changing his voice for each character it almost sounds like there are numerous narrators.


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

    I love the title of this book so I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been recommending this book to all of my friends.

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