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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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    Cathy Matthews, NC, USA 08-23-09
    Cathy Matthews, NC, USA 08-23-09
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    "Spectacular!"

    This story is gripping! I had to turn it off to get some sleep. This is my first Courtenay book but I intend on buying more!! Humphrey Bower is an amazing reader! I felt drawn into the story. His voice brings every single character to life! Amazing!! Truly, you will not be disappointed...(were there enough exclamations?) !!!!!!!!!!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    David Bellingham, WA, USA 03-20-06
    David Bellingham, WA, USA 03-20-06 Member Since 2010
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    "The power of one"

    This is a powerful book that can give the listener good insight into the political climate of South Africa. The reader is superb. I found myself engrossed in this book and looking forward to getting into my car to place myself in the middle of this fantasy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Liza Klosterman 07-30-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Phenomenal Read!"

    I am only two-thirds through listening to this book, but I can tell you that this is one of, if not the best, book I have ever listened to. The author and narrator are both superb. I can't wait to listen to it every day on my drive to and from work. And I've even taken to listening to it during my lunch hour!

    I came across this book while looking through the books featured in "Great First Listens" on the Audible website. Although this is not my first listen, it is certainly a great listen.

    Absolutal - an 11 out of 10!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne 02-13-09
    Roxanne 02-13-09
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    "Amazing"

    An amazing and uplifting book. It is has meaning on so many levels. Wonderful writing. The beginning is somewhat difficult in that the story's begininng is disturbing. Stick with it, and you will be rewarded.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Penny ALDARA PARK, South Africa 12-20-06
    Penny ALDARA PARK, South Africa 12-20-06
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    "Excellent Narration"

    Humphrey Bower does a superb job at capturing the voices of the South African characters, and the story is not only convincing but compelling.

    The movie took major liberties with the plot, which is unfortunate. I must say that the audio book is brilliant, and I enjoyed it immensely. Absoludel!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula 03-25-12
    Ursula 03-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Magnificent and unforgettable"

    The Power of One is one of those books you savour each moment of, and mourn once it is over! It is a magnificent story teeming with all the elements that make for a story that touches the intellect, the heart, the human and of course the South African within you. I shall re-read this story many times in my life, as well as the sequel Tandia, for which I can only echo these same words of praise. Humphrey Bower was masterful in his narration and listening to his interpretation of this book in audio form will not rob you of the gifts of imagination which come with reading a book, this vivid portrayal can only enhance your experience!

    Highly highly recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Bateau Bay, NSW, Australia 06-16-10
    Ben Bateau Bay, NSW, Australia 06-16-10
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    "The Best"

    Five stars does not seem enough to share between Author and Narrator. The story, the language used and the way it's narrated are brilliant. The first person story telling is real, entertaining and chilling. The first few chapters as a five and six year old had the hairs on my arms almost constantly on end. My new favourite Audiobook by far.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Asheville, NC, Virgin Islands, U.S. 06-09-10
    Elizabeth Asheville, NC, Virgin Islands, U.S. 06-09-10
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    "Universal, transcendent, a must read"

    This is my favorite book of all time. I consider myself a well read person and have never been much of a repeat reader- but nothing- nothing - not even Jane Austen- has quite affected me like the Power of One. (Ok maybe that is apples and oranges but you get the point). This should be taught in schools. Literally the best book of all time. And the audio version is quite good! Do not even hesitate to get this!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    retiredsandy 12-21-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Although PK was a bit too perfect to be believable, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The reading was excellent, the pace good, and it always held my attention.

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    Elise 12-16-08
    Elise 12-16-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Engrossing"

    I have loved listening to this story, so colorful and heartwarming. The accents are so well done by the reader that you feel you are there, listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DORKING, United Kingdom
    4/14/17
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    "Excellent"

    Fantastic story the characters are perfect and the narration enhances the story listened with my husband who is an avid reader but throughly enjoyed this. The book made me laugh lots and cry as the I transported into the the centre or the story was bereft and lost on finishing it. Who could not live Peakay, doc heal Pete, hime, All characters that touch the heart with the vivid narrative and excellent story of this young mans life

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/18/17
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    "Moving..."

    ...had to keep listening... Narration was perfect... You don't have to be a sports fan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ronald Orme
    11/13/17
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    "One of the best books I've read/heard."

    I read this book over ten years ago and found it great then,but the Audio is better with the reader bringing out all the different characters,many I'd missed when first reading it.
    Humphrey Bower made all the characters come to life with his command of the dialects and accents.
    I'm looking forward to his rendering of Tandia which is the sequel to The power of one.

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  • Bogdan Craciun
    11/12/17
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    "loved it"

    Great book , really enjoyed listening to the Power of one , inspirational true story

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  • JGAG
    11/9/17
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    "Amazing"

    No matter who you are or what you enjoy reading, I guarantee you will take something away from this book. Bryce Courtenay is a genius and a superb writer. Humphrey Bower’s voice captures your imagination and reels you in to this incredible journey. Please take the time and really listen to this book.

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  • Mrs. K. J. Salt
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    11/5/17
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    "powerful"

    wow what a powerful story. gripping from the first words. I would have listened to this in one go if I'd had the time.

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  • Anonymous
    11/2/17
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    "awesome and inspiring"

    loved it!! amazing insightful inspiring and sad. shame its not true...
    only if we all learnt like PK did!!

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  • stu65
    10/30/17
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    "great book highly recommended"

    the power of one I felt this was a very special book extremely well read. I could not recommend it more highly I looked forward to hearing the next element. the one down side the book is suggested to be based on the authors life story. after doing some research after listening, laughing and crying at the book I was disappointed to find the link to the authors life we're slight. however a great story and joyous to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerald
    10/26/17
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    "All time favourite!"

    The Power of One is now up there with Shantaram as an all time favourite.
    Humphrey Bower is in a class of his own as narrator ... a master of linguistic tone and accents, both racial and regional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    ROCHESTER, United Kingdom
    10/21/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    I downloaded this book from a daily deal. Glad I did an enjoyable listen. The narration fitted the book well and flowed well. A change from my normal listen and recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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