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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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    Richard M. Duffy 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"

    I loved the book but did not like the ending. Too contrived for my tastes. Narration was outstanding, a work of art in and of itself.

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    mark brandmeyer 04-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple"

    Everyone should be required to read this book. This book will inspire you captivate you and will give you insight into a life you will never know. Loved it

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    Amazon Customer MI, United States 04-22-15
    Amazon Customer MI, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "What a story!"

    Brilliant and powerful, this book was narrated so perfectly that I felt at times as though I was right there, witnessing this story firsthand. I cried and laughed, and felt a thrill rush through me whenever The People saluted Peekay as the Tadpole Angel. Well done.

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    Henry 04-10-15
    Henry 04-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great writer, Great storyteller."

    Bryce Courtney is a great storyteller and entertaining writer. His books could be up there with some of the "Greats" but he gets down into the details of the social gutter too much at times to appeal to a wider audience. A little more discretion on the social/human dark side would allow me to recommend this to a lot more people.

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    leanne bryant 04-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best. Ever."

    I love books that take me on a journey, teach me about things I didn't even know I was interested in, make me laugh and cry and feel privileged to have been on the ride. This is that kind of book. Read it. Recommend it. Gift it. Love it.

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    LLD 04-05-15
    LLD 04-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Inspirational!"

    The is a well written book about the courage, strength and morals of a young boy growing up in South Africa. I have recommended this book to all my friends and family. It's engaging and spiritual and provides insight about life at the start and through WWII. I cannot praise the narrator enough - simply superb job!

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    Learning for Life 03-28-15

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    "What a roller coaster ride! Best book I have read!"

    I embarked on this audiobook journey with no expectations. However, it was almost immediately apparent that this book was not for children, and that it would be one of the best I had ever had the good fortune to happen upon. The book was so realistic that I believed it was the author's real life autobiography for many many chapters. It was shocking in terms of the horrendous happenings to which the little boy was subjected, and because of the very crass language that was used at times to underscore the hate that underlay many of the boy's life experiences. It was also shocking for me to experience the antagonism of races, between black and white, as well as between different white groups.

    This book was extremely long, but I treasure the exposure it brought to me, and the understanding that the human spirit can triumph no matter how one might be tested. The narrator did the best job I have ever observed from a narrator, demonstrating an ability to represent race, age, gender, and different accents so competently that I would sometimes replay a bit to enjoy it again. Despite the length, I am almost certain that I will be listening to this audiobook again. I am disappointed that I have to wait several years before I can let my son benefit from listening to this book, but he will have to mature considerably past his 8 year old stage before I unleash this lovely book on him.

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    Keith Dickson 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect pair. Author and narrator"

    Better than any history book at conveying the contrary nature of South Africa. Amazing touching and fascinating story i hope to never forget

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    Jim Reinknecht Howell, NJ 02-25-15
    Jim Reinknecht Howell, NJ 02-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "slow at times"

    I did not enjoy this book as much as the potato factory...it was still good though, albeit slow at times.

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    Stefanie Dinklage Clarens 02-06-15
    Stefanie Dinklage Clarens 02-06-15
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    "Marvelous and extraordinary impressions"

    A spectacular insight in Africa's history and start of apartheid very well narrated. The perspective of a young boy through his adulthood is very well described

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