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.
I can still hear the voices in my mind. One of the better read books, because you can picture the characters through the voices. Powerful book well worth reading
First the story was going one way, then, it takes this strange turn and becomes an entirely different book towards the end. Also, the kid boxer??? A little unbelievable. -- I also didn't need to hear the author's ego trip in the beginning, telling us how he achieved his success. It was so trite. Ive rarely heard an author do such a thing.
This book appeals to your emotions in a very special way.
Peekay encounter with the Black Mamba in the Cristal Cave and it's meaning.
Be the Change you wish to see in the world...
Yes because as an American the names and terms would be confusing and lost to me. Hearing as it needs to sound is key, and Humphrey Bower does an epic job of conveying the accents and characters perfectly.
You can see South Africa through this book. You can step back in time and feel PeeKay's pain and struggle. This book is writen so well, if you were to listen outside, close your eyes and catch the scent of a fresh breeze you would feel like you are on this journey w/ him. You would feel like you are there in South Africa that very moment...
When Doc is talking about the music of Africa at night while they are camping before embarking on the Crystal Cave.
As American's we have not been privy to the history of this land...I was never taught Apartheid, I never knew anything about South Africa. I am now married to a man who grew up during this time in South Africa and he opened my eyes to so much. This book was not only an amazing read but an educational experience as well. This is a book I feel everyone should read. It embodies the core essence of the human spirit. The struggle and the success...This book has much to teach us all, no matter what color or creed. I am forever changed by this book...and I want to offer up Bryce Courtenay great thanks for sharing his life and the beauty of South Africa w/ the world.
I didn't read the print version of the novel, but I have no doubt that the audio version is richer by far what with the performer's outstanding inflection and dead-on accurate accents. Masterful. The whole experience was thrilling, right down to the superb ending.
Picay, followed by Doc, followed by Rasputin.
Picay's mother. I'd like to tell her what I think of her!
Perfect novel for a nice, long, winter listen.
This book is brilliant!!!! Loved the main character, very inspiring! Also gives you a great sense of pride to see how far our Country (South Africa) has come since the 1940's!
Humphrey Bower is pure genius! the best narrator I have ever heard!
This is a classic audio book written by a great Australian writer. I have been wanting to read this book but have been turned off by the size. Decided I should get the audio book to see how it reads and was not disappointed. Well read by Humphrey Bower. Highly recommended.
Funny, touchy, human
the 5 year old boy understanding of the world arround him
Great Narator !!!!!!!!
"Fantastic reading of a great book"
I first read this book when I was 20, some 16 years ago. It was a powerful read then and I have really enjoyed the excellent performance of the reader here, who brings the characters to life wonderfully. I have listened to hundrends of spoken books, and this is in my top five!
"The best book I've bought from Audible"
I bought this book on the recommendation of my brother and I am so glad I did. It moved me to tears on several occasions and I became totally hooked and have spent the last few days with my iPod permanently attached! I'm only sad that I've finished it as I enjoyed it so much. The reader is brilliant and really gets the accents right. I can't wait now for my next book as I've decided to work my way through Bryce Courtenay's entire list. FANTASTIC!
"To sum it up in one word: Brilliant"
I have the dvd,book but now kindle version (as people whom I lent the book to pinched it) and the audio version as it is a great story that gives you various emotions whilst watching/reading or listening to the story and this version is very well read that my wife keeps asking about my expression or why I am laughing.
This is easily in my top 3 books and would certainly recommend you give it a try.
Peekay because his life is well written and you do really get into the character and wonder what is going to happen next.
I like the expression in his voice as really brings some parts to live where as some other audio books just sound like its a computerised voice and boring.
There are a few points but as I wouldn't like to spoil any part of the story I'll say there are a couple of moments I did laugh or others that did get me sad (sorry I love reading and really get into stories)
When I had the book, I had lent it to a number of people to try and each person enjoyed the book and one person so much they pinched it :( so I bought the kindle version and now tried audible and have this version.
Fantastic read. I have really enjoyed this book. Narrator did the great job.
Recommend this book for Must buy!
I came across this book because it had somehow been featured on the Religion and Spirituality page of Audible ? mistaken, I presume, for ?The Power of Now?. However some mistakes are serendipitous and having read the reviews I selected it, and I have to say it is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Superbly well read, constantly engaging ? I never found that my mind had wandered and I had to rewind ? and a cracking good story. My only complaint would be to observe that Peekay is a little too brilliant at everything he does to be entirely believable ? but heh, it is fiction after all...
I will certainly be listening to more from Bryce Courtenay!
This is a life story, and although it is fiction, it's very believable, and is drawn from the authors experiences. I really enjoyed it, and it really gives a good view of South African culture in the mid 20th century. It's also a good read without the history if your not interested in that. Reader is great too.
Best audio book so far. A great story, brilliantly read. Can't recommend it highly enough.
I would give this book a 6 stars review, I don't have enough words to praise this book enough. The story is breathtaking, so well written, and the narration is just outstanding.
A very powerful story reflecting in a non hysterical way the evil development of apartheid in South Africa.
Unusually I found myself re-reading pages not because I had fallen asleep but because the sentence constructions were very beautiful.
Not only was it a great novel but also interesting historically in a sense.
I had previously read the book and of course created in mind how the characters would sound but if anything the narrator brought into more life than I had imagined.
A tale of great courage in adversity
A jolly good read and listen
This is the first Bruce Courtenay book I have read & it will not be my last. I enjoyed the book from the beginning to the end, story line was good I didn't want it to be over. Narration was first class.
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