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The Power of One Audiobook

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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    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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    Blade Runner 01-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My all time favorite audiobook!"

    Great story - the audio version is wonderful! The narration is excellent. I tend to lean toward Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but read everything. I read this about 3 years ago and recommend it anyone I can. This is my all time favorite book. The other 2 are Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and the Harry Potter series. After reading The Power of One, I also read the sequel, Tandia, and it was excellent as well. You will not be disappointed. I have listened to many other Bryce Courtenay books, but I have to say that The Power of One and Tandia are by far my favorites.

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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-10-12
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 01-10-12 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "what a journey"

    At times a little preachey, but with a wonderful story line to support it. I come away from the Power of One feeling refreshed and hopeful for the world. The story grabs you from the start and the reader does a wonderful job with all those characters. Highly recommend it.

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    Jonathan 01-10-12
    Jonathan 01-10-12

    Prefer History & Non-Fiction. I seem to lack the stamina to "power through" a book; Audible is a great way to be "well-read" without reading

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    "Powerful story about growing up under Apartheid"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best audiobook I've listened to out of about 20 books so far.


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

    Peekay's first boxing match was described with lots of color, action, and emotion.


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

    Bower uses a few accents that helped bring the characters to life - one felt the characters' personalities come through via his reading.


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    Jodie Castro Valley, CA, United States 01-07-12
    Jodie Castro Valley, CA, United States 01-07-12
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    "I loved this book!"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, compelling, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    PK and doc


    Any additional comments?

    This has become one of my favorite books. I absolutely loved this story. On top of the book the narrator was great! Couldn't have been better. The main character goes through so many hardships but the author does such a good job emphasizing the good things that the book doesnt get you down.

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    Colleen Calvert 12-31-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant story and recording"

    This book drew me in from the the very beginning and didn't relent until it was over. A beautiful story of growing up and the ties to people that shape who we become. I thought the narrator was brilliant, too, in his ability to pull off the various accents with such authenticity (to a North American ear, anyway). Listening to this story led me to read about Bryce Courtenay,, as I wondered how much of this tale is autobiographical. Indeed, there are many aspects that are. I recommend his website to readers who enjoyed this story. I would rate the Power of One as one of the top five audiobooks among the 100 or 125 I've listened to.

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    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Reads like a biography"

    The title of this book does it an injustice. I thought it must have a self-help or religious message, but it is the story of a boy growing up in South Africa as a boxer. The details of this boy's encounters and the wonderful characters could be from someone's biography or autobiography. I haven't read that this is autobiographical but it a wonderful narrative and one might think it could be. It is an uplifting story of a boy thriving amidst difficulties. The descriptions of South Africa during these years are worth hearing.

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    Don Madison, WI, United States 12-17-11
    Don Madison, WI, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, but very violent in places"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this book and story very compelling, however the first section of the book (in which the young boy is tortured by other students at a private school) is hard to listen to because of the violence - as is the climax. So I gave it only 4 stars.

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    T. Japan 12-14-11
    T. Japan 12-14-11 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "Amazing Narrator"

    I had seen the movie version of this story years ago and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give the novel a try. It's a moving story, told with great attention to detail, and many insightful musings on relationships (with mentors, friends, family). The only drawback for me was that, at times, Peekay seemed a bit too "larger than life," and the story seemed a little far fetched. But the narrator is phenomenal. I'm so impressed with Humphrey Bower's ability to handle so many accents so well. What a pleasure it is to listen to this storyteller.

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    Eclectic book worm Dubai, U.A.E. 11-03-11
    Eclectic book worm Dubai, U.A.E. 11-03-11 Listener Since 2010

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    "Excellent"

    A truely great story. It takes you through the whole range of emotions from tears of pity to those of joy. A very touching, beautifully told story. I have heard it so many times and for me it never gets old. The narration is spot on and transports you seamlessly into the story and it's characters. One of my all time favourite reads and listens.

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  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    8/20/06
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    "Fantastic reading of a great book"

    I first read this book when I was 20, some 16 years ago. It was a powerful read then and I have really enjoyed the excellent performance of the reader here, who brings the characters to life wonderfully. I have listened to hundrends of spoken books, and this is in my top five!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    4/3/09
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    "The best book I've bought from Audible"

    I bought this book on the recommendation of my brother and I am so glad I did. It moved me to tears on several occasions and I became totally hooked and have spent the last few days with my iPod permanently attached! I'm only sad that I've finished it as I enjoyed it so much. The reader is brilliant and really gets the accents right. I can't wait now for my next book as I've decided to work my way through Bryce Courtenay's entire list. FANTASTIC!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nick (uglyducklin)
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    2/26/14
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    "To sum it up in one word: Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    I have the dvd,book but now kindle version (as people whom I lent the book to pinched it) and the audio version as it is a great story that gives you various emotions whilst watching/reading or listening to the story and this version is very well read that my wife keeps asking about my expression or why I am laughing.
    This is easily in my top 3 books and would certainly recommend you give it a try.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peekay because his life is well written and you do really get into the character and wonder what is going to happen next.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I like the expression in his voice as really brings some parts to live where as some other audio books just sound like its a computerised voice and boring.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are a few points but as I wouldn't like to spoil any part of the story I'll say there are a couple of moments I did laugh or others that did get me sad (sorry I love reading and really get into stories)


    Any additional comments?

    When I had the book, I had lent it to a number of people to try and each person enjoyed the book and one person so much they pinched it :( so I bought the kindle version and now tried audible and have this version.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    5/4/11
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    "Awesome read"

    Fantastic read. I have really enjoyed this book. Narrator did the great job.
    Recommend this book for Must buy!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Craig
    Bath, UK
    8/28/09
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    "Serendipity"

    I came across this book because it had somehow been featured on the Religion and Spirituality page of Audible ? mistaken, I presume, for ?The Power of Now?. However some mistakes are serendipitous and having read the reviews I selected it, and I have to say it is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Superbly well read, constantly engaging ? I never found that my mind had wandered and I had to rewind ? and a cracking good story. My only complaint would be to observe that Peekay is a little too brilliant at everything he does to be entirely believable ? but heh, it is fiction after all...

    I will certainly be listening to more from Bryce Courtenay!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    8/13/08
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    "Life story"

    This is a life story, and although it is fiction, it's very believable, and is drawn from the authors experiences. I really enjoyed it, and it really gives a good view of South African culture in the mid 20th century. It's also a good read without the history if your not interested in that. Reader is great too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah Parris Littler
    Manlleu, Catalunya
    4/24/16
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    "This is a superb book and exceptionally well read."

    The narrator deserves an Oscar. I was amazed by his dominion of accents. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L du Toit
    Eroupe
    2/14/16
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    "Simply brilliant!!"

    A brilliant and nostalgic peace of work almost poetic at times well worth the listen and exceptionally well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/9/15
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    "Epic"

    I read this book when I was much younger and I remember at the time that it made a huge impression on me. Second time round it has lost none of its original impact. Just one great fabulous book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maximusrunot
    9/6/15
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    "Fantastic"

    Best audio book so far. A great story, brilliantly read. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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