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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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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 02-07-13
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didnt want it to end"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The story is good and I got caught up with it. I did not want it to end could have listened all day


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

    When he meets THE JUDGE again ; WOW


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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great writer"

    Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite writers. Very sorry to hear of his death. Every book I have read or listen too I have given five stars. Original well written entertaining with great characters.

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    Patsy United States 02-04-13
    Patsy United States 02-04-13
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    "This was my first experience with an audio book."
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first experience with an audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authentic accent of the reader made the story seem more real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A really enjoyed the one-on-one scenes with the boy and the different characters.


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

    When doc died. I really felt the boy's pain.


    Any additional comments?

    I was on a timeline when I was listening to this book as it was a selection for a book club.
    I realized about half way through that I could have read it much faster, but would have missed much of the authentic feel of the culture by not hearing the reader's voice.

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    J. Diviner WA 01-29-13
    J. Diviner WA 01-29-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader IT professional, a firm believer in quality in all things.

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    "Unbelievable performance by Humphrey Bower"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As an ex South African, this book had the effect of transporting me back in time and space. I could actually visualize the various characters made real by the story line, the dialogues and in particular the extraordinary performance of Humphrey Bower.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    In my opinion the book is too long. The last chapters beginning with the main character’s High School years are of a lesser quality than the previous ones and somehow spoil the overall effect.


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    Veronika winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-17-13
    Veronika winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Rocks!"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Human, Powerful


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

    When PK finishes the Judge off... it's as if everything comes together and makes sense, like it was all worth this moment.


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    rminshal 01-14-13
    rminshal 01-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Captivating Characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part of listening to the Power of One was the exceptional story telling combination of Bryce Courtney & Humphrey Bower. I first listened to the Potato factory series by Bryce Courtney & narrated by Humphrey Bower and was left wanting more of Mr. Courtney's exceptional story telling narrated by the very gifted Mr. Bower. It was this wanting that lead me to listen to the Power of One.


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

    One of the most memorable moments in the Power of One for me was the shower scene when Pee quay first went to the boys boarding school in the beginning of the story. The sense of terror, confusion and shear determination to remain his own person at age 5 is so moving and memorable. It stirred a lot of emotion in me.


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

    I have two favorite characters in the Power of One. The main character, Pee Quay surely steels the book, but I must say that the Professor truly a memorable supporting character. That being said, so many of the characters have endearing qualities that make you root for their cause.


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

    The Power of One moved me to re-examine my own set of values and vision of my influence on my family and my life. Am I allowing others to mold my vision or am I standing strong and holding true to my own core values and beliefs? The extreme passion Pee Quay has for becoming Welter Weight Champion of the World seemed to solidify his core morals and values rather than corrupt them as we see extreme passions often do.


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    STEEN 01-14-13
    STEEN 01-14-13
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    "Masterpiece"

    I have been looking for a storyteller matching Jeffrey Archer but didn't have too high hopes. Then I read Jack of Diamonds and fell head over heels in love with Bruce Courtenay.
    So in short: Power of One is one of the best book I've ever read, and Humphrey Bower performs just according to that.
    Get it NOW!

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    Sheila V. Phoenixville USA 01-08-13
    Sheila V. Phoenixville USA 01-08-13

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    "Brilliant book, awe enspiring & mesmerizing :)"
    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Depth of the characters that he brings to life, great timing and wonderful voice.-I could listen to indefinately.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just discovered Bryce Courtney, the writer. I'm sure I will enjoy listening to some of his stories for the rest of my life- Sheila Vaughan

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 01-07-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    I loved this book. It had some obvious flaws, but they didn't matter in the face of such wonderful storytelling. The narrator does a great job with the voices. Highly recommended.

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    Richard Timberger 12-17-12
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    "A better author/narrator team cannot be found."
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Powerful. Lasting.


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

    When young PK was tortured in boarding school, culminating in the killing of Grand Chook.


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

    Having read The Power of One years ago, I listen to its sequel- Tandia. Mr. Bower's is unquestionably the greatest narrator I have come across. He makes the remarkable writing come alive. I wish all narrators were as talented as Mr Bowers. The narration was equally remarkable in both novels.


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

    This book will last with it's readers for years. When grandpa Chook is killed the reader weeps for him. When PK is boxing the reader cheers him til the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could find an author/narrator combo comparable to Courtney/Bower. I doubt it is possible.

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