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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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    Miriam Gozani 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing, this is a 10 star this book"
    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    I loved the charactors in the book


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

    Other good historical novels


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

    Humphrey Bower brings the story and people alive


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and was sad, and happy,


    Any additional comments?

    some parts were a bit gory, even though I loved this book

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    Jennifer 04-01-13
    Jennifer 04-01-13
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    "Moving story enhanced by a wonderful performance"
    If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, moving, inspiring


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

    The narrator truly brought me into the world of the story with what sounded like an authentic South African accent and his excellent interpretation of the emotional meaning behind the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story was larger than life at times and the main character occasionally too good to be true, the writing was lovely and moving and there are beautiful, touching, sad moments that will live with me for a long time. The writer weaves throughout the notion of the "loneliness birds," which is such a visual way of describing what the main character was experiencing. I loved being taken into this world and loved hearing about the various people who made a difference in the main character's life and who taught him how to strive for the best. The characters were fantastic. I do wish a certain character who was introduced early on had made an appearance at the end to see how his kindness changed a boy's life, but still great even without that.

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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 03-29-13
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "All but the ending....."

    There is so much of this book that I really liked. While the beginning is disturbing - - anytime a child is mistreated - - you usually figure that there will be some sort of justice or happy ending to make the ride worthwhile. The narrator did a great job with the varying characters. They were all distinct , but somewhat one-dimensional. Either good guys or bad guys. The ending spoiled it for me. And this is a long book to wade through to find yourself feeling a bit cheated at the end. It felt to me as if the author had a deadline and had to finish in a hurry to "wrap things up". The leading character's behavior did not match the boy you had grown up with along the span of the story. I found it disappointing, but again, found many things to enjoy along the way.

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    Judy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-25-13
    Judy Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A New Personal Favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't stop listening to it.


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

    I loved the transformation from child to adolescent to young adult to adult.


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

    all of them.


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    Jason Bring 03-24-13
    Jason Bring 03-24-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Outstanding! One of my best recent reads."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story grabbed me -- inspirational and unexpectedly motivational. The writing was detailed and flowed beautifully. Well done!


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    Katherine Dundas, Ontario, Canada 03-24-13
    Katherine Dundas, Ontario, Canada 03-24-13
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    "Captivating entertainment."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to a friend. I think it hits all the high notes that are in a good composition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development was clear. The story flowed. The performance of the reader was remarkably believable. The exotic setting captivated.


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    Aaron 03-22-13
    Aaron 03-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "South Africa during the apartheid."


    Although on the surface this is an underdog story told in first person, by the end of the story it becomes apparent that it is actually a story filled with subtle self-glorification.

    Bryce Courtney is a gifted writer, but has an axe to grind with Christians and Christianity in general (despite the David and Goliath references and symbolism). Paganism, Cults, and Judaism seem to be okay, but there was a subliminal current throughout the entire length and breadth of this story filled anti-Christian sentiments. This aspect, so often referred to, made the story unenjoyable for me.

    I enjoyed the pugilistic elements that were written about, especially having tried a small amount of boxing in my past. However, I grew to dislike the main character near the end, as he became a very proud individual (who is actually 'worshipped' by the Africanas- they called him the Frog Angel or some such nonsense). He was held in reverence because this little boy brought all the tribes of Africa together when no one else was able. The boy did nothing to dissuade them all from cheering for him, and he came to expect it by the end of the story.

    Although bullied and meek in the beginning, he shows that he can be every bit as brutal as his tormenters in the end.


    My takeaway: Christians are silly, I can be strong.

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    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-18-13
    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).

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    "Unforgetable!"

    If you want to experience personal growth and fortitude, don't miss listening to this powerful story told expertly by Bryce Courtenay and brought to life by Humphrey Bower. This combination of talents makes you drive around the block and more.

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    Indy 03-18-13
    Indy 03-18-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Riveting"
    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks easily among my top five audiobooks of all time. It was simply a fantastic listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doc was my favorite because he proved just how complex yet simple friendship and life can be viewed al at the same time through the time he spent with the lead character.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is my first listen to one of his performances.


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


    It would have to be Doc, for the same reasons he is my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, cried and at times was outraged while listening to this book. It is truly an experience. It is definitely one of the best performances that I have had the pleasure to use a few hours of my life to listen to.

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    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13
    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13

    I most enjoy listening to contemporary fiction with well-developed characters.

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    "My first Courtney but certainly won't be my last"

    A story of hardship and struggle and how a young boy navigates through it with the help of a very special mentor.
    I bought this audiobook based on the reviews and knowing nothing of the author. I am not a fan of boxing so I was surprised at how entirely this book drew me in. It was engaging and uplifting... just what I love in a book.
    The narrator did a great job.

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