Regular price: $27.48

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Editorial 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.

©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    3,681
  • 4 Stars
    905
  • 3 Stars
    217
  • 2 Stars
    71
  • 1 Stars
    65

Performance

  • 4.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    2,996
  • 4 Stars
    437
  • 3 Stars
    84
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    28

Story

  • 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    2,716
  • 4 Stars
    635
  • 3 Stars
    148
  • 2 Stars
    51
  • 1 Stars
    41
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Ray
  • Rockhampton, Australia
  • 07-25-13

Why have I waited so long?!

Not much I can say that hasn't already been said!
I didn't know the story behind this book although I had obviously heard of it. Humphrey Bowers reading & portrayal of the Characters is exceptional.
As a Boarding School boy, I could relate to this story so easily!
The fact that the story can be uproariously funny at times and so very sad at others, made it that much more enjoyable.
I loved The Persimmon Tree and the reading of it and I can't recommend the Power of One too highly for anyone who has not read a Bryce Courtenay book.
I can't imagine why I have never been drawn to his writing before but I will be exploring others now. A great story & a first class reading of it!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sheila
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 07-08-13

A Factual Story Worth Reading

What made the experience of listening to The Power of One the most enjoyable?

I lived In Johannesburg as a child in the same era it brought back memories.

What did you like best about this story?

That Peekay could overcome so many obstacles and grow up to be such a successful man.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Peekay had to pray to The Lord to supply the clothes for boarding school. ,

Who was the most memorable character of The Power of One and why?

Doc, he took Peekay under his wing and passed on his knowledge out of the kindness of his heart.

Any additional comments?

I found some of the scenes very amusing as I understand the culture of the ethnic groups. A very enjoyable book, which I highly recommend.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Terry
  • Princeton, NJ, United States
  • 06-15-13

Powerful, inspiring, and touching story!

If you could sum up The Power of One in three words, what would they be?

A moving "coming of age" story that made me laugh, cry, and wonder about life in South Africa.

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

Bower brings the characters to life with accents and voice changes, He is very animated and made listening feel like a stage performance.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great book.

Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

absolutly

What did you like best about this story?

The powerful story. The detail. I felt like I was there but not too wordy.

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

accents, inflection. This was a great experience

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • David
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 06-07-13

Compelling!

I enjoyed Bryce's Power of One very much. Very powerful story that not only was well written but well told. Very good character development.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • momy
  • Elk Grove, CA, United States
  • 06-05-13

One of the best books I've ever "read".

Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I could not stop listening to this book. It was very moving and powerful. One of my favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

This was story I had never heard before. I could not guess what would happen at any time. I loved PK.

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

The accent given for each character and the singing. I cannot stop singing about the Tadpole Angel.

Who was the most memorable character of The Power of One and why?

Other than PK, there was Doc and Geel Pete- they made the book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • David
  • Hoeilaart, Belgium
  • 05-30-13

This is what an audio book should be!

A wonderful, moving story, narrated in an engaging way. The story of the young man is very well-told, with expressive wording and mental images. The characters are natural and sympathetic.

The narrator not only pronounces the difficult words in Afrikaans and native languages correctly, he consistenly uses a different voice for each character. This adds real value to the audio book beyond just the reading of the text.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • simmi
  • Berwyn, PA, United States
  • 05-08-13

Wow!!!

Any additional comments?

I do a lot of driving, and only listen the audiobooks when I drive. I couldn't wait to get in my car, and went the long way home more than once. I loved the author, the narrator, and the story, and will remember all for a long while.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Rebecca
  • Milaca, MN, United States
  • 05-07-13

New Fan!

I am a new fan of Bryce Courtenay...this being my first ever, I'm super excited to try others by him.

This book kept my constant interests from start to finish. The story is great for people of all interest. I plan to read the second book next.

I thought the narrator was great and the story is smoothly told....I may even decide to read it again sometime down the road just because I enjoyed it so much!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Beautiful Story

What did you love best about The Power of One?

I loved the courage and determination of PeeKay. He was truly an inspiration. He was blessed with friends who advanced his lot in life. we should all be so fortunate. Halfway through this book I learned that there was a movie made of this story. After reading the synopsis and the changes made from the original story, I had no desire to see the movie. I didn't want to ruin the wonderful feeling of this great story.

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

Humphrey Bower's talent with accents is untouched. Each character is unique. I would listen to anything Mr. Bower reads. As a matter of fact I am currently listening to Shantaram which is also narrated by Mr. Bower.