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.
I laughed. I cried. This terrific story was exceeded only by the perfection of the performance of the narrator.
Boy become Man
A distinction between characters. He makes it feel like you are listening to a movie and it lets the picture form in your mind.
I really wouldn't rename it - it is really the story of how this boy give hope and excitement...
The in depth of the story tell, made me feel like I was there.
Love listening to Humphrey Bowers narrating, very easy to listen to.
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!
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.
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.
The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.
I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.
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.
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.
I read this book 15 years ago and loved it. The performance of the book was very good and did not dissapoint me.
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.
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.
Doc, Mr Bower has all the accents just right for every character.
How could you possibly choose
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.
Bryce Courtney may very well be the best author; certainly my favorite. I've listened to over 300 books and "The Power of One" is clearly in my top three of them all. You will not be disappointed. I've read everyone of Mr. Courtenay's novels and give everyone five stars. That said, the Power of One is my favorite Courtenay novel.
I'm convinced that Mr. Bower was the best choice to bring this book to life. His narration was spectacular! My only disappointment in this book is when I came to the end and realized that my incredible ride was at an end.
Revealing, exciting and inspirational.
Pekay is my favourite character but it's a close call to many others in this great book.
Humphrey Bower is just superb with his narration, his accents and pure acting ability put him way out in front of all the others I have heard on 'Audible'.
The conclusion is great and leaves you wanting more which is answered by the second book "Tandia', also great but I don't think that it is as powerful as the first novel. What put this book in the category of the 'Greats' is the fact that there are so many really moving episodes. I challenge any reader who remains dry eyed after listening to this wonderful novel chapter by chapter.
Like some of your other readers I read the first two of Bryce Courtney's books first before getting them on Audible, I was most certainly not disappointed, the narration is just perfect and a wonderful listening experience.
"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!
"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!
Fantastic read. I have really enjoyed this book. Narrator did the great job.
Recommend this book for Must buy!
"To sum it up in one word: Brilliant"
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.
Peekay because his life is well written and you do really get into the character and wonder what is going to happen next.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
I would give this book a 6 stars review, I don't have enough words to praise this book enough. The story is breathtaking, so well written, and the narration is just outstanding.
A very powerful story reflecting in a non hysterical way the evil development of apartheid in South Africa.
Unusually I found myself re-reading pages not because I had fallen asleep but because the sentence constructions were very beautiful.
Not only was it a great novel but also interesting historically in a sense.
I had previously read the book and of course created in mind how the characters would sound but if anything the narrator brought into more life than I had imagined.
A tale of great courage in adversity
A jolly good read and listen
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.
"Superbly written...couldn't stop listening."
The characters were so realistic that it felt like I was physically there
Hard to stop listening
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