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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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    T. Japan 12-14-11
    T. Japan 12-14-11 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "Amazing Narrator"

    I had seen the movie version of this story years ago and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give the novel a try. It's a moving story, told with great attention to detail, and many insightful musings on relationships (with mentors, friends, family). The only drawback for me was that, at times, Peekay seemed a bit too "larger than life," and the story seemed a little far fetched. But the narrator is phenomenal. I'm so impressed with Humphrey Bower's ability to handle so many accents so well. What a pleasure it is to listen to this storyteller.

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    Eclectic book worm Dubai, U.A.E. 11-03-11
    Eclectic book worm Dubai, U.A.E. 11-03-11 Member Since 2010

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    A truely great story. It takes you through the whole range of emotions from tears of pity to those of joy. A very touching, beautifully told story. I have heard it so many times and for me it never gets old. The narration is spot on and transports you seamlessly into the story and it's characters. One of my all time favourite reads and listens.

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    Irene Mann 10-27-11
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    great book, we loved every minute of it. well narrated too - the narrator did an amazing job with all the accents!

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    Margo 10-22-11
    Margo 10-22-11

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Well Worth the Credit"

    This was a very enjoyable story. I was interested in the characters from the beginning, and didn't mind that some were larger than life...it is fiction, after all. I would highly recommend this book, and will be listening to more by this author, as he has a real talent.

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    "Reading par excellence, story likewise."

    This wonderful story was just so beautifully read.
    Don't be deterred by the book's length.
    It kept me involved, not wanting to pull out my audio player ear buds !
    Such is Bower's ability with his voice, combined with Courtenay's story-telling that you know instantly who is speaking, even before they are identified.
    Thoroughly enlightening & enjoyable.

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    Liz USA 10-05-11
    Liz USA 10-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "EXCEPTIONAL Book with a SUPERB Narrator!"

    This book is unlike any other I've read in my 63 years. The first four chapters had a lot of cruelty in them, but I hung on because the storytelling is so excellent and I could tell there was a point being made, and the NARRATOR is unbelievable. I cannot imagine anyone else doing all these accents and emotions, of men, women and children, so fantastically well!

    This entire book is an epic of justice and injustice , humor and grief. It's filled with life! The Greatest Book I've ever encountered.

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    JDel Iowa 09-29-11
    JDel Iowa 09-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    Great story, great narration! Loved this book. My first from this author, but am downloading 2 more today.

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    Glenn LITITZ, PA, United States 08-31-11
    Glenn LITITZ, PA, United States 08-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant narration of a great book!"

    I read this book several times years ago and it remains one of my favorites. The audio version is absolutely fantastic. Humphrey Bower's brings this great book to life.

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    Chris 08-27-11
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    "A winning pair"

    Every book written by Bryce Courtenay and read by Humphrey Bower has been a winner. The story telling is superb and the voices that Mr Bower gives the characters are a joy. They have been my commuting companions for the past two years.

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    Esther Illovo, South Africa 08-17-11
    Esther Illovo, South Africa 08-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is a must read, and even more so if you are a South African. I was pleasantly surprised by the humour in the book. Very touching.

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