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The Power of One | [Bryce Courtenay]

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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    Pamela Sykesville, MD, United States 10-27-10
    Pamela Sykesville, MD, United States 10-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The Power of One"

    To think that this book could have been never published and used for a door-stop until it was worn out and maybe thrown away. I'm an avid reader and place the book, The Power of One, as the number 1 book I have read. The mind and friends are wonderful things and you, Bryce Courtenay, have written how this phenomenon can and did happen. Thank you for your wonderful book.

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    White Leonay, Australia 10-14-10
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    "The Power of One"

    We had watched the movie before listening to this book so we had an idea of the story line but felt it was so much more powerful listening to it through our ipod

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    Gregory Fresno, CA, United States 09-12-10
    Gregory Fresno, CA, United States 09-12-10
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    "If you listen to this one, don't miss "Tandia""

    I really enjoyed this book, but I felt that too much had been left out once I finished it. Had I not also listened to "Tandia", I would not have rated this a 5, simply because I didn't understand how the author could have left so much out.

    However, I DID listen to "Tandia" (thankfully), and in my opinion, it could almost be called "The Power of One (Part 2)" since it fills in many of the blanks that were in my mind about "The Power of One".

    That said, both the writer and the narrator did very fine work.

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    Valerie Ann 08-17-10
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    What a wonderful read!
    Absolutely recommend. My husband and I both enjoyed this book
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    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 08-07-10
    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 08-07-10 Member Since 2003

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    This is an excellent story read by a world class narrator. It is 11 of 10. I am a founding listener of Audible. I mean it this book is so well written and read it is a real joy. The ending is weak, but there is a sequel, it's just not in audio. That is a disappointment, absoloodle. Here's to the PK in all of us.

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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 08-01-10
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 08-01-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Awesome"

    Read the book years ago and decided I just had to hear it now. I fell in love all over again with this book. Reading well over 100 books a year, I can say with out a doubt this is my favorite book. That stated, I have not read any other book he's written. Couldn't find any at others at our library! Now that I am a member I will read all of his works. Mr. Courtney weaves a beautiful story that sends your soul on a glorious flight that you pray never ends. But when it does, he leaves you in awe. Best buy you'll ever make, and the best listen.

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    Kathy Fish 06-01-10
    Kathy Fish 06-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the most extraordinary audio books ever."

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    David and Shoshana Cooper Brooklyn, NY USA 05-20-10
    David and Shoshana Cooper Brooklyn, NY USA 05-20-10 Member Since 2006

    This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.

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    "Engaging Story"

    In reality, I would probably deduct one half a star for a little bit of poor editing in the book and for the didactic reflections at the end of many chapters. But, I really did enjoy the book. The story was amazing, although it is not clear where is the line between fiction and the life story of the author. I enjoyed learning about a time and place I knew nothing about and the narration was outstanding. This book has sold over 3 million copies world wide, but has not received much attention in the US. There is even a movie version out there. I also liked the way the book was really several different stories and settings as the protagonist's life changed as he matured.

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    Deborah Redlands, CA, USA 08-08-09
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    Captivating! I was unable to stop listening and felt truly connected to the main characters. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    "Didn't want it to end"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this epic story. I did not want to say goodbye to these characters. Thank goodness there is a sequel (Tandia). I am downloading it right now!

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