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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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    C. Tarver 07-16-12
    C. Tarver 07-16-12 Member Since 2016

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    "The need for a 2nd book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    Bryce's book keeps you from the very beginning until the end. The story just keeps you interested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storytelling is steady. It keeps you wanting to hear more.


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

    His talent of changing voices for each character is unbelievable. His voice brings the characters more to life.


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

    Doc, was such a positive influence on Pekays life. His optimism overflowed to the other characters. He helped Pekay have a joy for learning.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the 2nd book on Pekay is turned into an audible book very soon. I am ready to listen to the last chapter of Pekay's life.

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    Denise Lamb 07-08-12
    Denise Lamb 07-08-12

    Denise Lamb

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    "INCREDIBLE story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the reader (Humphrey Bower) is terrific in every sense. I will look for other books read by him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humor, sensitivity, angst....this story has it all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every single scene was just great!


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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 05-03-12
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 05-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    ""First with the head, and then with the heart...""

    (The headline is a quotation from the book). I'd like to start with the heart and say that I loved listening to this story, often with tear-filled eyes and lump in throat because its so close to home. I didn't want it to end, so immediately ordered the follow-up, Tandia, as well. I loved the extra effort put in by the producers, such as the Zulu music at the intro, etc. The Courtenay/Bower combination is indeed powerful. Mr Bower is a brilliant story teller, and although his accents are off the mark, he brings the characterisation to life wonderfully.

    Now "with the head" ... Clearly, Mr Courtenay knows how to spin a tale. And how to make it sell! While writing from a secure seat within a runaway bandwagon, he appeals unashamedly to popular opinion, and leaves thinking to the intelligence of his readers/audience. Sweeping generalisations. prejudices, and over-simplifications are the marks of an advertising man, such as Mr Courtenay is (to my knowledge). Without its gripping storyline and intermittent pepperings of realism, the characterisation would almost become caricature. This book is about popular appeal. However, i believe that Bryce Courtenay could write good literature if he focussed more in that direction.

    In the meantime, i'm quite happy to enjoy the "soap operatic" stories he churns out. They really are FUN! :-)

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    S. Chapin Minnesota 05-01-12
    S. Chapin Minnesota 05-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This one will stay with you"

    I can still hear the voices in my mind. One of the better read books, because you can picture the characters through the voices. Powerful book well worth reading

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    DrGreene California 04-27-12
    DrGreene California 04-27-12 Member Since 2004

    Author, Raising Baby Green

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    "Powerful"
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    I hate boxing, and yet I loved this book -- that's how good it is.

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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "WHAT HAPPENED? TWO DIFFERENT STORIES!!"

    First the story was going one way, then, it takes this strange turn and becomes an entirely different book towards the end. Also, the kid boxer??? A little unbelievable. -- I also didn't need to hear the author's ego trip in the beginning, telling us how he achieved his success. It was so trite. Ive rarely heard an author do such a thing.

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    Ivan San Juan, PR, United States 02-17-12
    Ivan San Juan, PR, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Most excellent, one the best Audible I've heard."
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    This book appeals to your emotions in a very special way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of One?

    Peekay encounter with the Black Mamba in the Cristal Cave and it's meaning.


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    Jennifer Tallahassee, FL, United States 02-08-12
    Jennifer Tallahassee, FL, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Be the Change you wish to see in the world...

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    "A true masterpiece"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    Yes because as an American the names and terms would be confusing and lost to me. Hearing as it needs to sound is key, and Humphrey Bower does an epic job of conveying the accents and characters perfectly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You can see South Africa through this book. You can step back in time and feel PeeKay's pain and struggle. This book is writen so well, if you were to listen outside, close your eyes and catch the scent of a fresh breeze you would feel like you are on this journey w/ him. You would feel like you are there in South Africa that very moment...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Doc is talking about the music of Africa at night while they are camping before embarking on the Crystal Cave.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    As American's we have not been privy to the history of this land...I was never taught Apartheid, I never knew anything about South Africa. I am now married to a man who grew up during this time in South Africa and he opened my eyes to so much. This book was not only an amazing read but an educational experience as well. This is a book I feel everyone should read. It embodies the core essence of the human spirit. The struggle and the success...This book has much to teach us all, no matter what color or creed. I am forever changed by this book...and I want to offer up Bryce Courtenay great thanks for sharing his life and the beauty of South Africa w/ the world.

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    Liz Godfrey, IL, United States 02-07-12
    Liz Godfrey, IL, United States 02-07-12
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    "Great novel performed to perfection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version of the novel, but I have no doubt that the audio version is richer by far what with the performer's outstanding inflection and dead-on accurate accents. Masterful. The whole experience was thrilling, right down to the superb ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Picay, followed by Doc, followed by Rasputin.


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

    Doc. Absolootle!


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

    Picay's mother. I'd like to tell her what I think of her!


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect novel for a nice, long, winter listen.

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    Nicole COVENTRY, United Kingdom 02-05-12
    Nicole COVENTRY, United Kingdom 02-05-12
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    "As a South African I found this Simply Brilliant!"

    This book is brilliant!!!! Loved the main character, very inspiring! Also gives you a great sense of pride to see how far our Country (South Africa) has come since the 1940's!
    Humphrey Bower is pure genius! the best narrator I have ever heard!

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