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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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    Tana Harrison, AR, United States 01-23-12
    Tana Harrison, AR, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic Story"

    While I enjoyed this epic story about the life of this boy from childhood to young adult, I found it slow and hard to listen to. It lacked the enthusiasm that keeps me wanting to come back to a book. I did however make it through the entire book and think perhaps this might be an instance where the movie might have done a better job telling the story.

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    Sheilagh Fairfax, CA, United States 01-17-12
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    "A tale for young men"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I haven't heard many South Africans speak, so having Humphrey Bower do all the dialects brought the whole load of characters to life


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

    Any Dickens coming of age books


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful actor! See first answer


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book better because I bought the audio version

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    Blade Runner 01-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My all time favorite audiobook!"

    Great story - the audio version is wonderful! The narration is excellent. I tend to lean toward Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but read everything. I read this about 3 years ago and recommend it anyone I can. This is my all time favorite book. The other 2 are Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and the Harry Potter series. After reading The Power of One, I also read the sequel, Tandia, and it was excellent as well. You will not be disappointed. I have listened to many other Bryce Courtenay books, but I have to say that The Power of One and Tandia are by far my favorites.

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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-10-12
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "what a journey"

    At times a little preachey, but with a wonderful story line to support it. I come away from the Power of One feeling refreshed and hopeful for the world. The story grabs you from the start and the reader does a wonderful job with all those characters. Highly recommend it.

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    Jonathan 01-10-12
    Jonathan 01-10-12

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    "Powerful story about growing up under Apartheid"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best audiobook I've listened to out of about 20 books so far.


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

    Peekay's first boxing match was described with lots of color, action, and emotion.


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

    Bower uses a few accents that helped bring the characters to life - one felt the characters' personalities come through via his reading.


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    Jodie Castro Valley, CA, United States 01-07-12
    Jodie Castro Valley, CA, United States 01-07-12
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    "I loved this book!"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, compelling, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    PK and doc


    Any additional comments?

    This has become one of my favorite books. I absolutely loved this story. On top of the book the narrator was great! Couldn't have been better. The main character goes through so many hardships but the author does such a good job emphasizing the good things that the book doesnt get you down.

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    Colleen Calvert 12-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant story and recording"

    This book drew me in from the the very beginning and didn't relent until it was over. A beautiful story of growing up and the ties to people that shape who we become. I thought the narrator was brilliant, too, in his ability to pull off the various accents with such authenticity (to a North American ear, anyway). Listening to this story led me to read about Bryce Courtenay,, as I wondered how much of this tale is autobiographical. Indeed, there are many aspects that are. I recommend his website to readers who enjoyed this story. I would rate the Power of One as one of the top five audiobooks among the 100 or 125 I've listened to.

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    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Reads like a biography"

    The title of this book does it an injustice. I thought it must have a self-help or religious message, but it is the story of a boy growing up in South Africa as a boxer. The details of this boy's encounters and the wonderful characters could be from someone's biography or autobiography. I haven't read that this is autobiographical but it a wonderful narrative and one might think it could be. It is an uplifting story of a boy thriving amidst difficulties. The descriptions of South Africa during these years are worth hearing.

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    Don Madison, WI, United States 12-17-11
    Don Madison, WI, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, but very violent in places"
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    I found this book and story very compelling, however the first section of the book (in which the young boy is tortured by other students at a private school) is hard to listen to because of the violence - as is the climax. So I gave it only 4 stars.

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    T. Japan 12-14-11
    T. Japan 12-14-11 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "Amazing Narrator"

    I had seen the movie version of this story years ago and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give the novel a try. It's a moving story, told with great attention to detail, and many insightful musings on relationships (with mentors, friends, family). The only drawback for me was that, at times, Peekay seemed a bit too "larger than life," and the story seemed a little far fetched. But the narrator is phenomenal. I'm so impressed with Humphrey Bower's ability to handle so many accents so well. What a pleasure it is to listen to this storyteller.

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