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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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    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    I am a massive fan of Bryce Courtenay, but his books are quite long and indepth. Listening to them on audiobook allows you to really be into the story the entire time. Humphrey Bower is also fantastic in this edition, as with all of this performances, so yes this audio edition is better.


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

    If one book is better than the Power of One, it is Tandia, the sequel. It is a very complex book that deals with political and racial issues on a global and country-specific level, backed up with an interesting story and fascinating characters that displays the diversity of Courtenay's ability as an author.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He has a real way of doing particular characters and voices that really puts the scene of the book in your head. He always does a fantastic performance.


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

    Head and Heart


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! You will fall in love with it.

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    Frans Australia 07-24-12
    Frans Australia 07-24-12
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    "Very Powerful Book"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Never Give Up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doc, just his down to earth look at life.


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

    The sense of being there


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

    When Doc passed away


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    michael 07-21-12
    michael 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great , passionate story"

    I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)

    Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
    He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
    Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis

    The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
    You will love
    Enjoy!

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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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