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The Power of One Audiobook

The Power of One

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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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    jus' Dan 04-19-13
    jus' Dan 04-19-13

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    "Gripping storytelling"

    Bryce Courtenay guides the reader through the oft-horrifying, yet enchanted childhood and youth of Peekay, drawing heavily on his own experience but branching well into the realm of the imaginary. It is a vivid tour through the South Africa of the 1930s-1950s, brought to life by a dazzling array of characters, many brutal and despicable (the older bully at his boarding school, several guards at the prison where he learns to box), others cunning and colorful (his prisoner boxing coach and his best prep school pal), and some, not least Peekay himself, brilliant and heroic. Courtenay paints a vivid and entertaining picture of the many places and social milieux that Peekay inhabits.

    Though it's not perfect, Humphrey Bower's impressive portrayal of the multitude of characters--with myriad accents--and his charming narration earned five stars from me. The story nearly earned five, but I settled on four because I found the reflective portions, such as Peekay's musings on the power of one, rather contrived, and the conclusion unsatisfying.

    Fortunately, though, the vast majority of the book features Courtenay's insightful, well-paced, funny, disturbing, and uplifting storytelling, laced with keen social commentary and fueled by the ambitions and imagination of a wildly talented boy turned young man, one I was compelled to cheer for throughout. You will, too, and you will find The Power of One well worth the listening time.

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    Joseph 04-13-13
    Joseph 04-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The Power of Two"

    This book really demonstrates "the power of two". The writing of Bryce Courtenay and the wonderful narration of Humphrey Bower.

    I’m relatively new to Bryce Courtenay’s expansive storytelling. I read The Potato Factory jut a few months ago and was taken by his methodical and detailed style. The Power of One also pulled me into his world and had me connecting with his characters and reacting emotionally to the trials, tribulations and triumphs they experienced.

    The Power of One left me with a single disappointment; the unfulfilling ending. In some ways it was like Peekay’s experience with Doc’s death. I felt like there was no time to say ‘good bye’. It was just suddenly over.

    But I leave the book engaged with the characters, amused by Courtenay’s clever turns of phrase and enriched by the stories within the novel. And I was again captivated by Humphrey Bower and his talent for bringing Courtenay's characters to life.

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    Margaret Australia 04-12-13
    Margaret Australia 04-12-13
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    Yes, I have now read or listened to them all.


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

    Peekay meeting the witch doctor.


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

    Yes, I loved them all. Great


    Was The Power of One worth the listening time?

    Yes definately.


    Any additional comments?

    It's such a pity there will be no more Bryce Courtenay. A fantastic story teller.

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    Rachel San Dimas, CA, United States 04-11-13
    Rachel San Dimas, CA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    I don't know what I didn't love about this book. I love P.K. and everything he's been through and overcome. He truely is the Power of One.


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

    So many memorable moments in this book. I actually saw parts of the movie over 10 years ago and I remember the part about the chicken vaguely. So at that part it was really hard for me not to cry. I think My favorite part though is the fight against his nanny's son. The meeting between the two as well as the relationship they build.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Humphrey is such a great narrator. I'm somewhat new to audiobooks and usually its kind of hard for me to listen to narrators with accents. I love this one though. He is so good at changing his voice for each character it almost sounds like there are numerous narrators.


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

    I love the title of this book so I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been recommending this book to all of my friends.

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    Miriam Gozani 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing, this is a 10 star this book"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    I loved the charactors in the book


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

    Other good historical novels


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

    Humphrey Bower brings the story and people alive


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

    I laughed and was sad, and happy,


    Any additional comments?

    some parts were a bit gory, even though I loved this book

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    Jennifer 04-01-13
    Jennifer 04-01-13
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    "Moving story enhanced by a wonderful performance"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, moving, inspiring


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

    The narrator truly brought me into the world of the story with what sounded like an authentic South African accent and his excellent interpretation of the emotional meaning behind the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story was larger than life at times and the main character occasionally too good to be true, the writing was lovely and moving and there are beautiful, touching, sad moments that will live with me for a long time. The writer weaves throughout the notion of the "loneliness birds," which is such a visual way of describing what the main character was experiencing. I loved being taken into this world and loved hearing about the various people who made a difference in the main character's life and who taught him how to strive for the best. The characters were fantastic. I do wish a certain character who was introduced early on had made an appearance at the end to see how his kindness changed a boy's life, but still great even without that.

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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 03-29-13
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "All but the ending....."

    There is so much of this book that I really liked. While the beginning is disturbing - - anytime a child is mistreated - - you usually figure that there will be some sort of justice or happy ending to make the ride worthwhile. The narrator did a great job with the varying characters. They were all distinct , but somewhat one-dimensional. Either good guys or bad guys. The ending spoiled it for me. And this is a long book to wade through to find yourself feeling a bit cheated at the end. It felt to me as if the author had a deadline and had to finish in a hurry to "wrap things up". The leading character's behavior did not match the boy you had grown up with along the span of the story. I found it disappointing, but again, found many things to enjoy along the way.

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    Judy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-25-13
    Judy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A New Personal Favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't stop listening to it.


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

    I loved the transformation from child to adolescent to young adult to adult.


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

    all of them.


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    Jason Bring 03-24-13
    Jason Bring 03-24-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Outstanding! One of my best recent reads."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story grabbed me -- inspirational and unexpectedly motivational. The writing was detailed and flowed beautifully. Well done!


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    Katherine Dundas, Ontario, Canada 03-24-13
    Katherine Dundas, Ontario, Canada 03-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating entertainment."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to a friend. I think it hits all the high notes that are in a good composition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development was clear. The story flowed. The performance of the reader was remarkably believable. The exotic setting captivated.


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