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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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    Bruce Perth, Australia 04-29-11
    Bruce Perth, Australia 04-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was my first Audio Book and my first ever Bryce Courtenay. I choose it beacuse of the good reviews that it received along wih the fact that I'd always wanted to read it. It was a good first choice.
    I found the narration by Humphrey Bower very good and he did a great job with all the accents. The book on a whole I enjoyed although I did find some parts a bit slow but would definately recommend it. Well worth the time to listen to it and I'll probably be getting the follow up - Thandi.

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    Victor Elizabethtown, PA, United States 03-02-11
    Victor Elizabethtown, PA, United States 03-02-11
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    "Exotic and Colorful Book, Brilliantly Narrated."

    This is the second Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower combination I have listened to, the other being Four Fires, While I thoroughly enjoyed both books, for my money The Power of One is the better of the two. One reason is the exotic setting of South Africa and its wonderful rhythms and diversity. Another is the powerful personal coming of age story of The Power of One versus the multiple narratives in Four Fires. Both books are excellent and worthy of five stars.

    There are some similarities between the two books. Both have boxers and boxing as an important element. Both have women who are good at sewing. Both have central characters who succeed in academics. Courtenay writes about things he knows something about through personal experience and this gives his stories great authenticity. He also has a knack for creating very colorful characters, many of whom are capable of both good and bad. In The Power of One I especially enjoyed Geel Peet, the savvy black prisoner who coaches the protagonist in boxing, and Mrs. Boxall, the philanthropist librarian with a pragmatic understanding of nonprofit marketing.

    I can't say enough about the fine narration of Humphrey Bower. His Australian accent in Four Fires was so authentic sounding I never questioned but that he is Australian. Yet here he narrates with a South African accent and it is almost as convincing. I'd bet that the Australian accent is more natural to him but I could be wrong. He also does a fine job of conveying the emotion behind African chanting and music, which can't be easy. There are a few moments in this book having to do with African tribal chants that brought tears to my eyes.

    I can recommend The Power of One wholeheartedly. It does end with a few questions unanswered, particularly regarding Peekay's ambitions and whether they are eventually realized. But upon reflection I guess his demons are dealt with in the end, so what happens after that is of less consequence.

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    02-20-11
    02-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't be put off by the movie."

    I put off reading this book as I had seen the movie many years ago. I really enjoyed the movie and thought that the book would be pretty much the same but in more depth. Whilst on a Courtenay marathon I decided to get the book and listen to it in it's originality. I was very surprised at the differences between the book and the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all Courtenay fans.

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    Glade Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-24-11
    Glade Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Love story line and history."

    It got just a little too raunchy for my tastes. I watched the movie and quite enjoyed it and decided I didn't need to finish last quarter of book.

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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
    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
    Valerie Ann 08-17-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Wonderful"

    What a wonderful read!
    Absolutely recommend. My husband and I both enjoyed this book
    and I have recommended it to my book club.

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    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 08-07-10
    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 08-07-10 Member Since 2003

    Mojo Risen

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    "Trust the Audible listeners"

    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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