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.
Best Listen Ever! I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is the story amazing, the characters are brought to life by the work of Humphrey Bower. Sometimes I find it difficult to remember that only one person is narrating the book! And yes, it's about boxing. I don't care for boxing, but it's such a vital part of the story that I'm enjoying every part of it!
Other than PK - Doc! Such a quiet source of wisdom and encouragement!
He manages to become every character in the book seamlessly, including the variety of accents. I always believe in the character who has the voice at any one time!
The story is good and I got caught up with it. I did not want it to end could have listened all day
When he meets THE JUDGE again ; WOW
Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite writers. Very sorry to hear of his death. Every book I have read or listen too I have given five stars. Original well written entertaining with great characters.
This was my first experience with an audio book.
The authentic accent of the reader made the story seem more real.
A really enjoyed the one-on-one scenes with the boy and the different characters.
When doc died. I really felt the boy's pain.
I was on a timeline when I was listening to this book as it was a selection for a book club.
I realized about half way through that I could have read it much faster, but would have missed much of the authentic feel of the culture by not hearing the reader's voice.
Quality is everything
As an ex South African, this book had the effect of transporting me back in time and space. I could actually visualize the various characters made real by the story line, the dialogues and in particular the extraordinary performance of Humphrey Bower.
In my opinion the book is too long. The last chapters beginning with the main character’s High School years are of a lesser quality than the previous ones and somehow spoil the overall effect.
Touching, Human, Powerful
When PK finishes the Judge off... it's as if everything comes together and makes sense, like it was all worth this moment.
The most enjoyable part of listening to the Power of One was the exceptional story telling combination of Bryce Courtney & Humphrey Bower. I first listened to the Potato factory series by Bryce Courtney & narrated by Humphrey Bower and was left wanting more of Mr. Courtney's exceptional story telling narrated by the very gifted Mr. Bower. It was this wanting that lead me to listen to the Power of One.
One of the most memorable moments in the Power of One for me was the shower scene when Pee quay first went to the boys boarding school in the beginning of the story. The sense of terror, confusion and shear determination to remain his own person at age 5 is so moving and memorable. It stirred a lot of emotion in me.
I have two favorite characters in the Power of One. The main character, Pee Quay surely steels the book, but I must say that the Professor truly a memorable supporting character. That being said, so many of the characters have endearing qualities that make you root for their cause.
The Power of One moved me to re-examine my own set of values and vision of my influence on my family and my life. Am I allowing others to mold my vision or am I standing strong and holding true to my own core values and beliefs? The extreme passion Pee Quay has for becoming Welter Weight Champion of the World seemed to solidify his core morals and values rather than corrupt them as we see extreme passions often do.
I have been looking for a storyteller matching Jeffrey Archer but didn't have too high hopes. Then I read Jack of Diamonds and fell head over heels in love with Bruce Courtenay.
So in short: Power of One is one of the best book I've ever read, and Humphrey Bower performs just according to that.
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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.
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