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.
One of the best books ever. The narration as good as any book I have ever listened to, and that numbers in the hundreds.
I recommended this book to my book club and cannot wait for their reviews. I will cherish this book with all my heart forever and will listen to it many more times in the future.
Wonderful book. I read it because it was one of the books my son had to read for school and I had heard it was a great story. I was not disappointed. Some memorable lines. "First with the head and then with the heart". The narrator helped make me feel I was in South Africa. I would not have done justice to the pronunciation of many of the names and sayings. Would recommend.
Clearly # 1. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is the best yet. It is hard to describe adequately how good this audiobook captures the heart. If you are only going to listen to one book in your life, this is the one
None. This story is compelling and the narration superb.
Doc! Humphrey Bower captured the essence of the professor's character - or as Doc would say "11 out of 10" "Absolutile"
Yes but over 21 hours - not practical
The narrator was wonderful and brought the book alive. I compare him with Patrick Tull as my all time favorite.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
I enjoyed everything about this novel except its weak ending. Despite this flaw, I found the story engaging and well paced. It is populated with very interesting characters who were all well developed.
This is an absolutely outstanding book and I would recommend it to anybody - and already have to several including my daughter who is an English major. This is one of the best written novels I have ever read, and one that will stay with me forever I hope. The book will make you laugh and make you cry and then make you do it all over again.
The best part about this story is the story itself. It is such an incredible journey and it is build on the solid foundation of deep characters that come to life through the excellent narration of the audio book.
Humphrey Bower does such an incredible job of narration that I truly think the story would not been nearly as magical if I were to read it. His use of such a wide range of styles, languages, and dialects that include pronunciation of words from at least 10 different languages is incredible. Absoluttle he gets 11 out of 10!
I would not rename this book it is exactly what it should be.
This book was something I happened upon from a daily deal and it is one of the biggest reason's I love Audible. I had never heard of the book nor the author, but I read about the story in a good synopsis and decided to give it a try (didn't hurt that it was super highly rated as well). Absolutely worth every bit of time and it is a must listen to book. If you have simply read it and never listened to it I highly recommend this version as it is on my Mount Rushmore of all time best produced Audiobooks.
Powerful, Redemptive, Inspiring
Excellent. He has become one of my favorite narrators.
A great bildungsroman set in 1940's South Africa. The setting, characters, and plot balance nicely in a triumphant and heart breaking story. I'm not sure why this book never really took off in the U.S. The narrator, Humphrey Bower, could read the IRS tax code, and I would still listen. Secondary characters can be a bit "type" driven, but that's a very minor criticism. It's the only book about boxing I would recommend to my wife. If you like Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth, I think you would enjoy this book. In terms of pace and blend of place, subject, and character, The Power of One and Pillars are similar.
Retired Project Manager that enjoys fictionalized history and mysteries. Spend my days creating artwork and listening to Audible.
I would say this is in the top 3. I enjoy biographies and fictionalized history. The window into apartheid in this novel was enlightening.
This disadvantaged youth storyline always appeals to me.
The accents differentiate the characters and their educational levels. The description in the book is excellent, but the south african Boer accent adds so much personality to the characters.
I believe it would have to be the moment when he goes back to the cave just to verify that Doc is actually dead and comes face to face with the Mamba but realizes it is another test. Docs words coming back and continuing to teach him even after death.
avid researcher and avid listener!
Honestly its in the top 5 so far. Granted at this time I have only listened to about 30 books.
Honestly the whole book was pretty awesome! There was a boxing scene about two thirds into the book that was crazy in regards to whom he fought.
At first I wasn't sure If I liked the Narrator to be honest, about an hour or two in I was sold though. He does the voices perfectly, accents are great. Did a great job!
The initial onset of the book was interesting, he has a fascination with his... well his junk is what ill say, that I was ready to be past. once past that part the book was pretty good. It looks like a long listen, but I could have listened quite a bit more. I was bummed when the book was over.
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