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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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    Raymond Magill, Australia 11-22-11
    Raymond Magill, Australia 11-22-11
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    "Beautiful African Story"

    The narration was excellent being an African myself it was authentic. The story keeps you listening to the end. You will want to hear other Bryce Courteney novels.

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    Stephen Sacramento, CA, United States 11-21-11
    Stephen Sacramento, CA, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2009

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    "One of the Best"

    One of the most enjoyable listens ever. I've been listening for several years, now, mostly fiction. Before this book I had about zero interest in the geographical area or the sport of the story. I laughed out loud occasionally, I tensely waited the next plot development at times, and even got tears in my eyes a couple of times, something that never happens to me. I cannot imagine anyone not liking this book. Great story, great narration.

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    Mike Saskatoon, SK, Canada 11-17-11
    Mike Saskatoon, SK, Canada 11-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Waiting for some action-never happens"

    First I need to say that the narrator was incredible, he is the only reason I finished the book. The characters were well developed and interesting but I kept waiting for something to happen and it just goes on and on. It is really an autobiography jazzed up a little to make it more interesting. I got a little tired of PK always being so "smart" and "right" about everything. Don't really understand the high rating for the story line by other people. Anyway if you want a book you can't stop listening to this probably is not the best choice.

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    Joyce CHINOOK, WA, United States 08-24-11
    Joyce CHINOOK, WA, United States 08-24-11
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    "The Power of One"

    One of the very finest books in my Audible library. I will listen to every book Mr. Courtney has written.

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    Joyce Munden Youngsville, NC, US 04-14-11
    Joyce Munden Youngsville, NC, US 04-14-11 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS WRITTEN"

    I have been an audible member for many years. I have to say that this book is one of the best books that I have ever listened to. Tandia, the second book in the sequel is equally as good. I only wish that Courtenay would have written another book to follow the life of Tandia. This was a story that should have been a trilogy. Humphrey Bower brought the story to life. He is truly an amazing narrator.

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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-18-11
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Characters."

    I wish all authors would read a Courtenay novel to see how to develop characters. A great story with interesting turns. A page turner. Of course at the end, ala Courtenay style, you have to buy the sequel. The Power of One being the first of a two part series. In this case I have no problem buying the next book given the quality of this book. Highly recommend.

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    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
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    "WOW!"

    I love, love, love this book. Very inspiring and full of rich history. If you are a historical fiction buff, this book is for you-if you just love a great coming of age story, this book is for you, and if you love a good book, this book is for you!

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    Susan Highland Park, IL, United States 12-09-10
    Susan Highland Park, IL, United States 12-09-10
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    "How Apartheid came to be and great characters"

    If you had told me I would like a book with a significant amount of boxing it it, I would have said, "no way"
    Absolutely first rate and real.

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    Carolyn Peterson, IA, United States 11-11-10
    Carolyn Peterson, IA, United States 11-11-10
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    "Astounding Book!!!"

    I have read this book a couple times and have now listened to the audio version. The reader is great, adding different accents etc. This book is full of wisdom, fairness and many lessons for living life to the fullest and meeting adversity square on. I absolutely love this book.

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    Louise Mount Sinai, NY, United States 11-10-10
    Louise Mount Sinai, NY, United States 11-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! MY FAVORITE!"

    I wish that I had not yet read this book.... so I could start it all over again.

    This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I am so touched by the inspirational triumph in this book, the warmth and depth of the characters and the lessons that I have learned while reading it, that I have ordered more copies so my entire family can read it. I listened to the audio version and I found the book to be mesmerizing. A fantastic book!

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