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.
Depth of the characters that he brings to life, great timing and wonderful voice.-I could listen to indefinately.
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
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.
Gripping. Powerful. Lasting.
When young PK was tortured in boarding school, culminating in the killing of Grand Chook.
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.
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.
I wish I could find an author/narrator combo comparable to Courtney/Bower. I doubt it is possible.
In the top 4
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.
I love his voice and inflections, and his accent. I could listen to him all day (and sometimes I do!)
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.
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.
The reader did a good job with different voices for the characters.
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.
Whitethorn, as that book was similar to the power of one
The different excents he puts on He is excellent
Yes, the last chapter
Bryce Courtney has some excellent books and I have put 2 more in my wish list
susan fine shoe crazy
when Doc died
when his boxing career started and the respect he got from the africans
no better title
will research more of Bryce's books this is my 4th so far loved potatoe factory Tomo and Hawk and Solomens song
I laughed. I cried. This terrific story was exceeded only by the perfection of the performance of the narrator.
Boy become Man
A distinction between characters. He makes it feel like you are listening to a movie and it lets the picture form in your mind.
I really wouldn't rename it - it is really the story of how this boy give hope and excitement...
"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.
Bower makes this book with his excellent narration. this book is an absolute triumph of a read!
"Stunning and beautifully read"
Such a gem, beautifully read. A captivating story that is truly inspiring - wish I had found this years ago
Great book and outstanding narration. Absolutely loved it and quite upset I have finished it!
"This is a superb book and exceptionally well read."
The narrator deserves an Oscar. I was amazed by his dominion of accents. Loved it.
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