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The Power of One Audiobook
The Power of One
Written by: 
Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: 
Humphrey Bower
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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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    Jack CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 12-05-12
    Jack CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    The reader did a good job with different voices for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting read. I plan to listen to all of his books. I'm not listening to his second one and it is very good.

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    Kees 12-03-12
    Kees 12-03-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "I was very pleased to have listenent to this book"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very interesting


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

    Whitethorn, as that book was similar to the power of one


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

    The different excents he puts on He is excellent


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

    Yes, the last chapter


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtney has some excellent books and I have put 2 more in my wish list

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fine miami fl 12-03-12
    Susan Fine miami fl 12-03-12 Member Since 2015

    susan fine shoe crazy

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    "havn't read a bryce couretnay book i hav'nt loved"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    maybe 4th


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

    when Doc died


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when his boxing career started and the respect he got from the africans


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

    no better title


    Any additional comments?

    will research more of Bryce's books this is my 4th so far loved potatoe factory Tomo and Hawk and Solomens song

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    Shirley V. Masucci Wildwood MO 12-02-12
    Shirley V. Masucci Wildwood MO 12-02-12 Member Since 2011

    budget minded

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    "Awesome narration."

    I laughed. I cried. This terrific story was exceeded only by the perfection of the performance of the narrator.

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    Liezel Stirling, Australia 11-20-12
    Liezel Stirling, Australia 11-20-12
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    "Inspiring!"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Boy become Man


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

    A distinction between characters. He makes it feel like you are listening to a movie and it lets the picture form in your mind.


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

    I really wouldn't rename it - it is really the story of how this boy give hope and excitement...


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    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
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    "The power"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    The in depth of the story tell, made me feel like I was there.


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

    Love listening to Humphrey Bowers narrating, very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great fantastic

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    Sonny 11-12-12
    Sonny 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic book and excellent narration"

    Really engaging story about a little boy in South Africa. I knew very little about South Africa's history so I found I learned a lot about the culture and the struggles that led up to Apartheid. I immediately purchased the sequel!

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    Amazon Customer 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, outstanding narriation"
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    I've read the book before but Bower does an amazing job of bringing South African dialect to life. The story is engaging and illuminating, I suggest it to anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 10-26-12
    William 10-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow start, with a strong building story"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Yes, it is a positive and enlightening story that should be the basis for a modern thinker raising the next generation. Heroic in scale, yet the only superpower is mindful determination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.


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

    I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.


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

    Doc is the inspirational figure in this tale for me. I could see other characters that I would love to listen to over dinner, but the man that taught Peekay to think... that is a man that offers true power and wisdom.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not written as a first book. This is a novel many try to achieve writing once in their life. It is an aw inspiring heroic tale of an ordinary boy that should have never been on anyone's radar, but became larger than life as life hits him and he trudges forward.

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    Greg Yallah, Australia 09-17-12
    Greg Yallah, Australia 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great book, now a great audio"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read this book 15 years ago and loved it. The performance of the book was very good and did not dissapoint me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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