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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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    David Bellingham, WA, USA 03-20-06
    David Bellingham, WA, USA 03-20-06 Member Since 2010
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    "The power of one"

    This is a powerful book that can give the listener good insight into the political climate of South Africa. The reader is superb. I found myself engrossed in this book and looking forward to getting into my car to place myself in the middle of this fantasy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Liza Klosterman 07-30-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal Read!"

    I am only two-thirds through listening to this book, but I can tell you that this is one of, if not the best, book I have ever listened to. The author and narrator are both superb. I can't wait to listen to it every day on my drive to and from work. And I've even taken to listening to it during my lunch hour!

    I came across this book while looking through the books featured in "Great First Listens" on the Audible website. Although this is not my first listen, it is certainly a great listen.

    Absolutal - an 11 out of 10!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne 02-13-09
    Roxanne 02-13-09
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    "Amazing"

    An amazing and uplifting book. It is has meaning on so many levels. Wonderful writing. The beginning is somewhat difficult in that the story's begininng is disturbing. Stick with it, and you will be rewarded.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Penny ALDARA PARK, South Africa 12-20-06
    Penny ALDARA PARK, South Africa 12-20-06
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    "Excellent Narration"

    Humphrey Bower does a superb job at capturing the voices of the South African characters, and the story is not only convincing but compelling.

    The movie took major liberties with the plot, which is unfortunate. I must say that the audio book is brilliant, and I enjoyed it immensely. Absoludel!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula 03-25-12
    Ursula 03-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Magnificent and unforgettable"

    The Power of One is one of those books you savour each moment of, and mourn once it is over! It is a magnificent story teeming with all the elements that make for a story that touches the intellect, the heart, the human and of course the South African within you. I shall re-read this story many times in my life, as well as the sequel Tandia, for which I can only echo these same words of praise. Humphrey Bower was masterful in his narration and listening to his interpretation of this book in audio form will not rob you of the gifts of imagination which come with reading a book, this vivid portrayal can only enhance your experience!

    Highly highly recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Bateau Bay, NSW, Australia 06-16-10
    Ben Bateau Bay, NSW, Australia 06-16-10
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    "The Best"

    Five stars does not seem enough to share between Author and Narrator. The story, the language used and the way it's narrated are brilliant. The first person story telling is real, entertaining and chilling. The first few chapters as a five and six year old had the hairs on my arms almost constantly on end. My new favourite Audiobook by far.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Asheville, NC, Virgin Islands, U.S. 06-09-10
    Elizabeth Asheville, NC, Virgin Islands, U.S. 06-09-10
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    "Universal, transcendent, a must read"

    This is my favorite book of all time. I consider myself a well read person and have never been much of a repeat reader- but nothing- nothing - not even Jane Austen- has quite affected me like the Power of One. (Ok maybe that is apples and oranges but you get the point). This should be taught in schools. Literally the best book of all time. And the audio version is quite good! Do not even hesitate to get this!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    retiredsandy 12-21-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Although PK was a bit too perfect to be believable, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The reading was excellent, the pace good, and it always held my attention.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Elise 12-16-08
    Elise 12-16-08 Member Since 2014

    I ENJOY BIOGRAPHY AND NON-FICTION. I LIKE TO LEARN FROM STORIES.

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    "Totally Engrossing"

    I have loved listening to this story, so colorful and heartwarming. The accents are so well done by the reader that you feel you are there, listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Redlands, CA, United States 02-19-10
    Sherry Redlands, CA, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding!"

    Terrific story, learned a lot about South Africa and you can see it with the words, excellent narrator! I highly recommend this listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs S A Wales
    6/27/16
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    "Stunning and beautifully read"

    Such a gem, beautifully read. A captivating story that is truly inspiring - wish I had found this years ago

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Cornwall, England
    6/20/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    Great book and outstanding narration. Absolutely loved it and quite upset I have finished it!

    0 of 0 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
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    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
  • Christine
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    7/30/15
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    "6 stars"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    7/21/15
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    "Bryce Courtenay"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not only was it a great novel but also interesting historically in a sense.


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

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A tale of great courage in adversity


    Any additional comments?

    A jolly good read and listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    3/28/15
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    "Irene"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sadiq
    Northwood, United Kingdom
    3/20/15
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    "a fabulous read"

    found this to be an amazing book, that takes you through the journey of PK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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