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The Power of One Audiobook

The Power of One

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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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    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
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    "The power"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    The in depth of the story tell, made me feel like I was there.


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

    Love listening to Humphrey Bowers narrating, very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great fantastic

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    Sonny 11-12-12
    Sonny 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic book and excellent narration"

    Really engaging story about a little boy in South Africa. I knew very little about South Africa's history so I found I learned a lot about the culture and the struggles that led up to Apartheid. I immediately purchased the sequel!

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    Amazon Customer 11-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, outstanding narriation"
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    I've read the book before but Bower does an amazing job of bringing South African dialect to life. The story is engaging and illuminating, I suggest it to anybody.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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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    MidwestGeek 08-27-12
    MidwestGeek 08-27-12

    Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.

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    "Trivializes racial conflict. Patronizing soapopera"

    The book was obviously a commercial success, and the extraordinarily high ratings and rave reviews both here and elsewhere show that it connects with lots of people. However, that also is true of daytime soap operas that drone on for decades. The comparison is apt; the characters are stereotypical and one-dimensional. The writing is about as subtle as a 6th-grader's essay, and the language is not much more complex. PK is less like a hero than a superhero; perhaps that is the point. If viewed as a morality tale for early middle school children, the language and story become more acceptable.

    This is a case where I have to agree with many of the 1- and 2-star reviews on amazon.com. The 1992 movie version shows the same dichotomy among its audience. If you look at Rotten Tomatoes, for example, 87% of the more than 9300 viewers said they liked the movie, whereas 6 of 7 top critics panned it. The book starts out well, and I kept hoping it would get better. Frankly, I couldn't finish it; I gave up listening after 6 hours. The only thing that kept me going for as long as I did was the quality of the narration, which is terrific.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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