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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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    Wrench United States 01-24-15
    Wrench United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Just a great listen!!!"

    Loved this book, Courtney is an amazing author. He grabs you by the gut and takes you on an adventure.

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    Steve 01-18-15
    Steve 01-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "an absolutely worthwhile listen!"

    one of my top 25 books. provides a valuable insight as to the internal struggles of South Africa. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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    Ricardo 01-15-15
    Ricardo 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"

    Thoroughly satisfying on every level. Bryce Courtenay's writing style is vivid and gripping. Bruce Humphrey brings the characters to life with his narration!
    Recommend without reservation

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    joe 01-14-15
    joe 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "power of one is a great read"

    great book. well written and riveting. hard to put down. I would highly recommend it.

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    Nivia 01-12-15
    Nivia 01-12-15
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    "A Must Read"

    Fourth time listening and still love it! Will probably read several more times over my lifetime. Performance was just as powerful as the story

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    Donna Hamden, CT, United States 01-12-15
    Donna Hamden, CT, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for anyone with a heart and soul."

    One of the best books ever. The narration as good as any book I have ever listened to, and that numbers in the hundreds.
    I recommended this book to my book club and cannot wait for their reviews. I will cherish this book with all my heart forever and will listen to it many more times in the future.

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    James J Maguire Little Silver, New Jersey USA 01-08-15
    James J Maguire Little Silver, New Jersey USA 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderful book. I read it because it was one of the books my son had to read for school and I had heard it was a great story. I was not disappointed. Some memorable lines. "First with the head and then with the heart". The narrator helped make me feel I was in South Africa. I would not have done justice to the pronunciation of many of the names and sayings. Would recommend.

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    Chainsaw 01-07-15
    Chainsaw 01-07-15
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    "The best of the best"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Clearly # 1. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is the best yet. It is hard to describe adequately how good this audiobook captures the heart. If you are only going to listen to one book in your life, this is the one


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

    None. This story is compelling and the narration superb.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Doc! Humphrey Bower captured the essence of the professor's character - or as Doc would say "11 out of 10" "Absolutile"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but over 21 hours - not practical


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was wonderful and brought the book alive. I compare him with Patrick Tull as my all time favorite.

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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 12-09-14 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "Good Until You Reach The End"

    I enjoyed everything about this novel except its weak ending. Despite this flaw, I found the story engaging and well paced. It is populated with very interesting characters who were all well developed.

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    Geraldine 10-25-14
    Geraldine 10-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Wonderful Book"

    As usual this author is a really good writer who puts forth a very wonderful story about a boy who overcomes his setbacks in life.

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