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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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    Linda 12-11-12
    Linda 12-11-12

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    "Great story of overcoming"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 4


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

    Matthew Flinder's cat, because both books are about lonliness, harsh life, and overcoming. Both have characters that meet, then part, then wind around to helping each other magically.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice and inflections, and his accent. I could listen to him all day (and sometimes I do!)


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

    Doc for sure. I never knew my grandfathers, so this relationship (though they really weren't related) touched me deeply. Doc looked to nature for answers, loved living things, and had compassion for those less fortunate. He didn't judge anyone, and was the best teacher that arrived when PK needed him the most. I feel that PK would have gone a totally different direction if not for Doc. But I would also want Heil Pete (sp) to be with us too.


    Any additional comments?

    I first saw the movie, then read the book years ago. I recently listened to it and the story is still wonderful and touching. This is one I will, for sure, read over and over in my life.

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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 12-09-12
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 12-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing !"

    Great book! Great narration! The story will take you to another time and place, and you wont want it to end!

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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

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    Susan Fine miami fl 12-03-12
    Susan Fine miami fl 12-03-12 Member Since 2015

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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 2016

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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.

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