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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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    Liz Godfrey, IL, United States 02-07-12
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    "Great novel performed to perfection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Picay, followed by Doc, followed by Rasputin.


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

    Doc. Absolootle!


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

    Picay's mother. I'd like to tell her what I think of her!


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect novel for a nice, long, winter listen.

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    Nicole COVENTRY, United Kingdom 02-05-12
    Nicole COVENTRY, United Kingdom 02-05-12
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    "As a South African I found this Simply Brilliant!"

    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!

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    Leslie HHeidelberg, ON, Canada 02-04-12
    Leslie HHeidelberg, ON, Canada 02-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    wow!!

    What a story. What a narrator. Please Mr. Bower narrate more audiobooks

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    Vincent Brisbane, Australia 01-27-12
    Vincent Brisbane, Australia 01-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic audio book"

    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.

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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-25-12
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED IT strongly recomended-funny, smart book"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, touchy, human


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


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the 5 year old boy understanding of the world arround him


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


    Any additional comments?

    Great Narator !!!!!!!!

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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
    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

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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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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