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The Power of One Audiobook

The Power of One

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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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    Nivia 01-12-15
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    "A Must Read"

    Fourth time listening and still love it! Will probably read several more times over my lifetime. Performance was just as powerful as the story

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    Donna Hamden, CT, United States 01-12-15
    Donna Hamden, CT, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for anyone with a heart and soul."

    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.

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    James J Maguire Little Silver, New Jersey USA 01-08-15
    James J Maguire Little Silver, New Jersey USA 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

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    Chainsaw 01-07-15
    Chainsaw 01-07-15
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    "The best of the best"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    What other book might you compare The Power of One to and why?

    None. This story is compelling and the narration superb.


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

    Doc! Humphrey Bower captured the essence of the professor's character - or as Doc would say "11 out of 10" "Absolutile"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but over 21 hours - not practical


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was wonderful and brought the book alive. I compare him with Patrick Tull as my all time favorite.

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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 12-09-14 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "Good Until You Reach The End"

    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.

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    Geraldine 10-25-14
    Geraldine 10-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Wonderful Book"

    As usual this author is a really good writer who puts forth a very wonderful story about a boy who overcomes his setbacks in life.

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    Bradley N. Orme VA 10-21-14
    Bradley N. Orme VA 10-21-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Audiobook version is a must!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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


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

    I would not rename this book it is exactly what it should be.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    William 10-01-14
    William 10-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A Great Novel - not widely read in the U.S."
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Redemptive, Inspiring


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

    Boxing Scenes


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

    Excellent. He has become one of my favorite narrators.


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

    PK


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Diane 08-30-14
    Diane 08-30-14

    Retired Project Manager that enjoys fictionalized history and mysteries. Spend my days creating artwork and listening to Audible.

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    "Vivid descriptions and enlightening history"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this is in the top 3. I enjoy biographies and fictionalized history. The window into apartheid in this novel was enlightening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This disadvantaged youth storyline always appeals to me.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Kyle R. Bemis nashville, tn 08-14-14
    Kyle R. Bemis nashville, tn 08-14-14 Member Since 2017

    avid researcher and avid listener!

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    "Surprised!"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Honestly its in the top 5 so far. Granted at this time I have only listened to about 30 books.


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

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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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