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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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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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    Michele Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-04-13
    Michele Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant partnership of author and narrator"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was born in South Africa, and lived there for 35 years, so I could appreciate the language, the humor, and sadly, the immense cruelty of the time.


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

    I first heard Humphrey Bower after listening to Shantaram, and he was brilliant. I had read The Power of One many years ago, and decided to download the audible version. I was not disappointed. Bower brought Peekay and the Professor to life, and the story had a depth that I did not experience when reading it. I immediately downloaded Tandia which is a continuation of Peekay's story, and can't wait to start that.
    You may want to consider acquiring another book by the same author called "Whitethorn". If is is read by Humphrey Bower, I know it will make a great listen


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

    It's the perfect title


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    NIcole 02-26-13
    NIcole 02-26-13
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    "A must read for all"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The yarn, the characters, the pace of action...nothing I didn't love....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandpa Chook - loyal, clever, just wonderful way to tell of hope and willpower.


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

    Humphrey characterises everyone brilliantly. Not fair to choose.


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

    Gideon - then he could stay over!


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    Eileen 02-23-13
    Eileen 02-23-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Courtenay is a Master Storyteller!"
    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes you come across a gifted writer. Sometimes you come across a gifted storyteller. When you come across both of these attributes in one person, then you have a legend. I am just sorry that I was introduced to Courtenay by way of his obituary. The Power of One was his first book; one of many that I will read.
    A bright young boy sent off to boarding school at the age of 5, after the death of his father {and his mother subsequently committed to a "nervous breakdown" institution}, has to find his way in a very socially complicated and racially divided society. He soon discovers his dream is to become a champion boxer, but only after first conquering many humiliations and fears. The bullies that nearly break him in boarding school leave open an emotional sore, which is soon mended by people who, by happenstance, enter his life and become integral forces in giving birth to a tenacious champion of both body and soul. I am listening to this book rather than reading it. The narrator, Humphrey Bower, does an outstanding portrayal of every character in the book. I highly recommend the audible, if you want to be truly entertained.

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    Cindy Sheets Lee's Summit, MO USA 02-08-13
    Cindy Sheets Lee's Summit, MO USA 02-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Best Listen Ever! I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is the story amazing, the characters are brought to life by the work of Humphrey Bower. Sometimes I find it difficult to remember that only one person is narrating the book! And yes, it's about boxing. I don't care for boxing, but it's such a vital part of the story that I'm enjoying every part of it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Other than PK - Doc! Such a quiet source of wisdom and encouragement!


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

    He manages to become every character in the book seamlessly, including the variety of accents. I always believe in the character who has the voice at any one time!


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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 02-07-13
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didnt want it to end"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The story is good and I got caught up with it. I did not want it to end could have listened all day


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

    When he meets THE JUDGE again ; WOW


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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great writer"

    Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite writers. Very sorry to hear of his death. Every book I have read or listen too I have given five stars. Original well written entertaining with great characters.

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    Patsy United States 02-04-13
    Patsy United States 02-04-13
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    "This was my first experience with an audio book."
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first experience with an audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authentic accent of the reader made the story seem more real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A really enjoyed the one-on-one scenes with the boy and the different characters.


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

    When doc died. I really felt the boy's pain.


    Any additional comments?

    I was on a timeline when I was listening to this book as it was a selection for a book club.
    I realized about half way through that I could have read it much faster, but would have missed much of the authentic feel of the culture by not hearing the reader's voice.

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    J. Diviner WA 01-29-13
    J. Diviner WA 01-29-13 Member Since 2015

    Professional person, will enjoy any kind of literature providing it demonstrates creativity and high quality.

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    "Unbelievable performance by Humphrey Bower"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As an ex South African, this book had the effect of transporting me back in time and space. I could actually visualize the various characters made real by the story line, the dialogues and in particular the extraordinary performance of Humphrey Bower.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    In my opinion the book is too long. The last chapters beginning with the main character’s High School years are of a lesser quality than the previous ones and somehow spoil the overall effect.


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    Veronika winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-17-13
    Veronika winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Rocks!"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Human, Powerful


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

    When PK finishes the Judge off... it's as if everything comes together and makes sense, like it was all worth this moment.


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    rminshal 01-14-13
    rminshal 01-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Captivating Characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part of listening to the Power of One was the exceptional story telling combination of Bryce Courtney & Humphrey Bower. I first listened to the Potato factory series by Bryce Courtney & narrated by Humphrey Bower and was left wanting more of Mr. Courtney's exceptional story telling narrated by the very gifted Mr. Bower. It was this wanting that lead me to listen to the Power of One.


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

    One of the most memorable moments in the Power of One for me was the shower scene when Pee quay first went to the boys boarding school in the beginning of the story. The sense of terror, confusion and shear determination to remain his own person at age 5 is so moving and memorable. It stirred a lot of emotion in me.


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

    I have two favorite characters in the Power of One. The main character, Pee Quay surely steels the book, but I must say that the Professor truly a memorable supporting character. That being said, so many of the characters have endearing qualities that make you root for their cause.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Power of One moved me to re-examine my own set of values and vision of my influence on my family and my life. Am I allowing others to mold my vision or am I standing strong and holding true to my own core values and beliefs? The extreme passion Pee Quay has for becoming Welter Weight Champion of the World seemed to solidify his core morals and values rather than corrupt them as we see extreme passions often do.


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