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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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    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

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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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    Leslie HHeidelberg, ON, Canada 02-04-12
    Leslie HHeidelberg, ON, Canada 02-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "wow!!"

    wow!!

    What a story. What a narrator. Please Mr. Bower narrate more audiobooks

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    Vincent Brisbane, Australia 01-27-12
    Vincent Brisbane, Australia 01-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic audio book"

    This is a classic audio book written by a great Australian writer. I have been wanting to read this book but have been turned off by the size. Decided I should get the audio book to see how it reads and was not disappointed. Well read by Humphrey Bower. Highly recommended.

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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-25-12
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 01-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED IT strongly recomended-funny, smart book"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, touchy, human


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


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the 5 year old boy understanding of the world arround him


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


    Any additional comments?

    Great Narator !!!!!!!!

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    Tana Harrison, AR, United States 01-23-12
    Tana Harrison, AR, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic Story"

    While I enjoyed this epic story about the life of this boy from childhood to young adult, I found it slow and hard to listen to. It lacked the enthusiasm that keeps me wanting to come back to a book. I did however make it through the entire book and think perhaps this might be an instance where the movie might have done a better job telling the story.

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    Sheilagh Fairfax, CA, United States 01-17-12
    Sheilagh Fairfax, CA, United States 01-17-12
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    "A tale for young men"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I haven't heard many South Africans speak, so having Humphrey Bower do all the dialects brought the whole load of characters to life


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

    Any Dickens coming of age books


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful actor! See first answer


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book better because I bought the audio version

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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