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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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    Nicktirebiter 09-01-15
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    "In the league of Paton and Kipling"

    Brilliant writing and narration. Provides a compelling story and life lessons. In the same tradition and canon as Kipling's Kim. The rendering of accents and characters makes this a completely absorbing book - will carry you away. This is as much an experience as a book.

    Pity those who read the book in text.

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    Norman Rodgers Mississippi 08-19-15
    Norman Rodgers Mississippi 08-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Spellbinding story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    This is a powerful sequence of interpersonal relationships and unforgettable characters. The insights into South African culture around the time of World War II alone are enough to make the book outstanding. As the author says, a fictional hero must be bigger than life. No single person could be quite as over the top as the Tadpole Angel, but anything less would be disappointing. This was the family summer read book chosen by the high school from which my grandson graduated. That is an outstanding endorsement.


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

    Peekay's fight with Botha


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    The narrator adds considerably to the interest as you hear unfamiliar words and speech patterns pronounced in the South African manner.


    If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I could sit for hours at the feet of Doc listening to his stories, but of all the people I would like to meet Geel Piet would be the one I would want to take to dinner even though I am not interested in boxing. I could learn much from his wisdom.


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    Anthony 08-19-15
    Anthony 08-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing! Great book and read beautifully!"

    the characters were brought to life. voices were spot on and truly amazing! must read!

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    cheryl 08-15-15
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    "thought provoking"

    my daughter and I loved it. be prepared to have a hard time putting it down .

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    Susan M. Genser 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic book"

    The book was extremely well written had s great story and wonderful performance loved it

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    Kate Crumley Youngsville, NC United States 07-11-15
    Kate Crumley Youngsville, NC United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful Inspiration beautifully done"

    Near perfect narration with talented accents for many different characters bring the story alive. Even better on the second listen!

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    brian odom 07-08-15
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    "A new favorite"

    Great story with lots of emotion and humor. The narration is captivating and has moved the author to the top of my list.

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    Baysmom04 07-01-15
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    "Wow. Just wow."

    I hung on every word. I laughed, cheered, and cried tears of both grief and of joy. Thank you for this book Bryce Courtenay.

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    Scott Edwards San Francisco CA 06-30-15
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    "Wonderful !!!! I want a sequel. Film a disappointment."

    This is one of the best books I have read. It was magical on audio with the accents & music.

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    Pam Libera 06-19-15
    Pam Libera 06-19-15
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    "Fabulous!"

    Not only is the story done in such incredible detail the narrator gives life to each character. I have never gone on so much to friends & anyone who would listen, about a book. Loved it and was sad when it was over.

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