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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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    William 10-26-12
    William 10-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow start, with a strong building story"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Yes, it is a positive and enlightening story that should be the basis for a modern thinker raising the next generation. Heroic in scale, yet the only superpower is mindful determination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.


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

    I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.


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

    Doc is the inspirational figure in this tale for me. I could see other characters that I would love to listen to over dinner, but the man that taught Peekay to think... that is a man that offers true power and wisdom.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not written as a first book. This is a novel many try to achieve writing once in their life. It is an aw inspiring heroic tale of an ordinary boy that should have never been on anyone's radar, but became larger than life as life hits him and he trudges forward.

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    Greg Yallah, Australia 09-17-12
    Greg Yallah, Australia 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great book, now a great audio"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read this book 15 years ago and loved it. The performance of the book was very good and did not dissapoint me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-16-12
    Janice HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What storytelling should be."
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Having read the book at least twice prior to listening, I was amazed at the performance of the narrator to bring such complex characters to life. I highly recommend this purchase.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from Peekay, of course, Doc would be my favorite. A man with personal demons, he keeps them to his own council while providing a guiding light to a needy young boy.


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

    Doc, Mr Bower has all the accents just right for every character.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Power of One and why?

    How could you possibly choose


    Any additional comments?

    All the good, bad, and ugly things of life are here but mostly a triumph of what we can accomplish if allowed to believe in something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Kingston, RI 09-09-12
    Donald Kingston, RI 09-09-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "My Favorite audio thus far!"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Bryce Courtney may very well be the best author; certainly my favorite. I've listened to over 300 books and "The Power of One" is clearly in my top three of them all. You will not be disappointed. I've read everyone of Mr. Courtenay's novels and give everyone five stars. That said, the Power of One is my favorite Courtenay novel.


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

    I'm convinced that Mr. Bower was the best choice to bring this book to life. His narration was spectacular! My only disappointment in this book is when I came to the end and realized that my incredible ride was at an end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-06-12
    Paul 09-06-12
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    "One wonderful experience after another"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing, exciting and inspirational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pekay is my favourite character but it's a close call to many others in this great book.


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

    Humphrey Bower is just superb with his narration, his accents and pure acting ability put him way out in front of all the others I have heard on 'Audible'.


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

    The conclusion is great and leaves you wanting more which is answered by the second book "Tandia', also great but I don't think that it is as powerful as the first novel. What put this book in the category of the 'Greats' is the fact that there are so many really moving episodes. I challenge any reader who remains dry eyed after listening to this wonderful novel chapter by chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Like some of your other readers I read the first two of Bryce Courtney's books first before getting them on Audible, I was most certainly not disappointed, the narration is just perfect and a wonderful listening experience.

    Paul.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-09-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-09-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Why didn't I listen to this earlier?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I absolutely would recommend this book. The characters became part of me. I felt each and every one of Peekay's losses and each triumph. Mr. Courtenay has a way of weaving a story by introducing lots of little stories that come together to make an outstanding read. I also felt that the narration was outstanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the first person narration as I felt it gave us a window into Peekay's soul.
    The story was extremely engaging. My only comment would be that I felt a bit too much time was spent in the story about the mine, near the end of the book. It was as if the story should have ended earlier. However, the ending was well done and very satisfying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Doc for me was memorable. I loved hearing Doc say "absoloodle"


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

    I would take Doc out for dinner. He was such a fascinating character and he shared my love of plants and music.


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    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 08-09-12
    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspiring"

    This one captured and held my attention. I used to hate boxing but I have a better appreciation for the athletes now. The book was occasionally difficult to read because of the cruelty but it was worth reading!

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    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    I am a massive fan of Bryce Courtenay, but his books are quite long and indepth. Listening to them on audiobook allows you to really be into the story the entire time. Humphrey Bower is also fantastic in this edition, as with all of this performances, so yes this audio edition is better.


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

    If one book is better than the Power of One, it is Tandia, the sequel. It is a very complex book that deals with political and racial issues on a global and country-specific level, backed up with an interesting story and fascinating characters that displays the diversity of Courtenay's ability as an author.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He has a real way of doing particular characters and voices that really puts the scene of the book in your head. He always does a fantastic performance.


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

    Head and Heart


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! You will fall in love with it.

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    Frans Australia 07-24-12
    Frans Australia 07-24-12
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    "Very Powerful Book"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Never Give Up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doc, just his down to earth look at life.


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

    The sense of being there


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

    When Doc passed away


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    michael 07-21-12
    michael 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great , passionate story"

    I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)

    Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
    He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
    Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis

    The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
    You will love
    Enjoy!

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  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    8/20/06
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    "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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    4/3/09
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nick (uglyducklin)
    UK
    2/26/14
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    "To sum it up in one word: Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peekay because his life is well written and you do really get into the character and wonder what is going to happen next.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    5/4/11
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    "Awesome read"

    Fantastic read. I have really enjoyed this book. Narrator did the great job.
    Recommend this book for Must buy!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Craig
    Bath, UK
    8/28/09
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    "Serendipity"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    8/13/08
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    "Life story"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    8/26/16
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    "best narration!"

    Bower makes this book with his excellent narration. this book is an absolute triumph of a read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs S A Wales
    6/27/16
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    "Stunning and beautifully read"

    Such a gem, beautifully read. A captivating story that is truly inspiring - wish I had found this years ago

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Cornwall, England
    6/20/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    Great book and outstanding narration. Absolutely loved it and quite upset I have finished it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah Parris Littler
    Manlleu, Catalunya
    4/24/16
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    "This is a superb book and exceptionally well read."

    The narrator deserves an Oscar. I was amazed by his dominion of accents. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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