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The Power of One Audiobook

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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    Judy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-25-13
    Judy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A New Personal Favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't stop listening to it.


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

    I loved the transformation from child to adolescent to young adult to adult.


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

    all of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Bring 03-24-13
    Jason Bring 03-24-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Outstanding! One of my best recent reads."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story grabbed me -- inspirational and unexpectedly motivational. The writing was detailed and flowed beautifully. Well done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Dundas, Ontario, Canada 03-24-13
    Katherine Dundas, Ontario, Canada 03-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating entertainment."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to a friend. I think it hits all the high notes that are in a good composition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development was clear. The story flowed. The performance of the reader was remarkably believable. The exotic setting captivated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 03-22-13
    Aaron 03-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "South Africa during the apartheid."


    Although on the surface this is an underdog story told in first person, by the end of the story it becomes apparent that it is actually a story filled with subtle self-glorification.

    Bryce Courtney is a gifted writer, but has an axe to grind with Christians and Christianity in general (despite the David and Goliath references and symbolism). Paganism, Cults, and Judaism seem to be okay, but there was a subliminal current throughout the entire length and breadth of this story filled anti-Christian sentiments. This aspect, so often referred to, made the story unenjoyable for me.

    I enjoyed the pugilistic elements that were written about, especially having tried a small amount of boxing in my past. However, I grew to dislike the main character near the end, as he became a very proud individual (who is actually 'worshipped' by the Africanas- they called him the Frog Angel or some such nonsense). He was held in reverence because this little boy brought all the tribes of Africa together when no one else was able. The boy did nothing to dissuade them all from cheering for him, and he came to expect it by the end of the story.

    Although bullied and meek in the beginning, he shows that he can be every bit as brutal as his tormenters in the end.


    My takeaway: Christians are silly, I can be strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-18-13
    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).

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    "Unforgetable!"

    If you want to experience personal growth and fortitude, don't miss listening to this powerful story told expertly by Bryce Courtenay and brought to life by Humphrey Bower. This combination of talents makes you drive around the block and more.

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    Indy 03-18-13
    Indy 03-18-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Riveting"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks easily among my top five audiobooks of all time. It was simply a fantastic listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doc was my favorite because he proved just how complex yet simple friendship and life can be viewed al at the same time through the time he spent with the lead character.


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

    No this is my first listen to one of his performances.


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


    It would have to be Doc, for the same reasons he is my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, cried and at times was outraged while listening to this book. It is truly an experience. It is definitely one of the best performances that I have had the pleasure to use a few hours of my life to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13
    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13

    I most enjoy listening to contemporary fiction with well-developed characters.

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    "My first Courtney but certainly won't be my last"

    A story of hardship and struggle and how a young boy navigates through it with the help of a very special mentor.
    I bought this audiobook based on the reviews and knowing nothing of the author. I am not a fan of boxing so I was surprised at how entirely this book drew me in. It was engaging and uplifting... just what I love in a book.
    The narrator did a great job.

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    Eeva Rauma, Finland 03-11-13
    Eeva Rauma, Finland 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting and especially well read"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    the reader was/is fantastic


    Has The Power of One turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have listened and liked very much the other books of the same "couple"


    Any additional comments?

    Funny that actually one does not know what finally happened to the main character

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 03-11-13
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "Am I the only one that thinks this was a let down?"

    Peekay is a remarkable boy who is so remarkable in fact that it is practically unbelievable. Mr Courtenay focuses on how remarkable this boy is the whole time and then ends it with a very unremarkable moment. It was such a let down and it just does't make sense... What about being the tadpole angel or being the welterweight champion of the world? Why did he put so much emphasis on these two aspects and then end it with a silly confrontation? It's as if there was a build up for nothing. The end came straight out of left field and seems inconsistent with the direction the story was headed.

    As much as I think the story was a let down, there are 3 things that I really liked about The Power of One:
    1. The character development was "wunderbar, absolutal"
    2. It had important messages about life scattered throughout
    3. Humphrey Bower was an excellent narrator

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    Lorrie H 03-10-13
    Lorrie H 03-10-13
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    "Excellent!"

    Loved this book! I can't believe I just now have discovered Bryce Courtenay. Wonderful plot, characters, descriptions. Listened practically non-stop. Mr. Bower has a great voice and adds to the enjoyment of this terrific story.

    Try this!

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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
  • 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.

    4 of 5 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
  • 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!

    4 of 5 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
  • Deborah Parris Littler
    Manlleu, Catalunya
    4/24/16
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    "This is a superb book and exceptionally well read."

    The narrator deserves an Oscar. I was amazed by his dominion of accents. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L du Toit
    Eroupe
    2/14/16
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    "Simply brilliant!!"

    A brilliant and nostalgic peace of work almost poetic at times well worth the listen and exceptionally well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/9/15
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    "Epic"

    I read this book when I was much younger and I remember at the time that it made a huge impression on me. Second time round it has lost none of its original impact. Just one great fabulous book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maximusrunot
    9/6/15
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    "Fantastic"

    Best audio book so far. A great story, brilliantly read. Can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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