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The Power of One

Written by: Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins

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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

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.

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  • Sarah
  • 20-08-06

Fantastic reading of a great book

I first read this book when I was 20, some 16 years ago. It was a powerful read then and I have really enjoyed the excellent performance of the reader here, who brings the characters to life wonderfully. I have listened to hundrends of spoken books, and this is in my top five!

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  • Nick (uglyducklin)
  • UK
  • 26-02-14

To sum it up in one word: Brilliant

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

I have the dvd,book but now kindle version (as people whom I lent the book to pinched it) and the audio version as it is a great story that gives you various emotions whilst watching/reading or listening to the story and this version is very well read that my wife keeps asking about my expression or why I am laughing.
This is easily in my top 3 books and would certainly recommend you give it a try.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peekay because his life is well written and you do really get into the character and wonder what is going to happen next.

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

I like the expression in his voice as really brings some parts to live where as some other audio books just sound like its a computerised voice and boring.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a few points but as I wouldn't like to spoil any part of the story I'll say there are a couple of moments I did laugh or others that did get me sad (sorry I love reading and really get into stories)

Any additional comments?

When I had the book, I had lent it to a number of people to try and each person enjoyed the book and one person so much they pinched it :( so I bought the kindle version and now tried audible and have this version.

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  • 09-10-14

decent page-turner, but over -rated

This is well narrated and its simple story-line makes it an easy listen in some respects. But the hero, apparently supposed to be based on the author's early life (?!), can do no wrong so any sense of reality is kept at arm's length. The emphasis of all the action is of the hero suffering and/or observing gross abuse ranging from vicious childhood bullying to aspects of living in the racist police state of South Africa (late 1930s - 1950s in this book). It was a scary place to live and some of the horrors are simply used as a vehicle for the hero's personal voyage and development, rather than giving any real insight. Not necessarily a bad thing for a piece of entertainment, but so much less than the book's many fans had led me to expect. A prolific author in his late years, for my taste he went on to write much better novels than this, his first and still best-known.

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  • Deborah
  • Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 03-04-09

The best book I've bought from Audible

I bought this book on the recommendation of my brother and I am so glad I did. It moved me to tears on several occasions and I became totally hooked and have spent the last few days with my iPod permanently attached! I'm only sad that I've finished it as I enjoyed it so much. The reader is brilliant and really gets the accents right. I can't wait now for my next book as I've decided to work my way through Bryce Courtenay's entire list. FANTASTIC!

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  • Jonathan Craig
  • Bath, UK
  • 28-08-09

Serendipity

I came across this book because it had somehow been featured on the Religion and Spirituality page of Audible ? mistaken, I presume, for ?The Power of Now?. However some mistakes are serendipitous and having read the reviews I selected it, and I have to say it is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Superbly well read, constantly engaging ? I never found that my mind had wandered and I had to rewind ? and a cracking good story. My only complaint would be to observe that Peekay is a little too brilliant at everything he does to be entirely believable ? but heh, it is fiction after all...

I will certainly be listening to more from Bryce Courtenay!

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  • Chris
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 04-05-11

Awesome read

Fantastic read. I have really enjoyed this book. Narrator did the great job.
Recommend this book for Must buy!

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  • Rachel
  • 13-08-08

Life story

This is a life story, and although it is fiction, it's very believable, and is drawn from the authors experiences. I really enjoyed it, and it really gives a good view of South African culture in the mid 20th century. It's also a good read without the history if your not interested in that. Reader is great too.

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  • Al Jeavons
  • 30-11-16

what a Fantastic read.

This has been one of my all time favourite books. Will look out for more Bryce Courtenay books, through Audible. He is an amazing writer.

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  • mark
  • 21-07-17

my favourite book of all time. Gripping and moving

Well written gripping moving and it really makes you feel like you are there with PK living the struggles he has to face through his life. well worth the listen and brilliant read. My favourite book of all time.

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  • L du Toit
  • Eroupe
  • 14-02-16

Simply brilliant!!

A brilliant and nostalgic peace of work almost poetic at times well worth the listen and exceptionally well narrated.

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  • Danielle
  • 06-03-18

An absolute treasure.

Love this book. Have listened to it more than once and no doubt will listen again. Wonderfully written and read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-19

Fantastic Narration!

The narrator was absolutely fantastic. 11/10 for him, his 'voices' and accents added so much to the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-17

An eternal Classic.

Love it. Read it when I was a young man and its still a great book. perfect for younger readers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-19

Powerful

The narrator was well chosen; the variety of South African accents were great and accurate, and added to the immersive story.
Great read and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-19

Brilliant!

I loved The Power of One when it was first published and this performance brought it to life to be even better. Just brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

Superb!! Love love love It!

My favourite book my favourite author and now my favourite narrator Ever!! The voices were spot on and just as I'd heard them in my head all this time!! Absolutely perfect!! Can't wait to listen to Tandia now. My second favourite!

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  • julie everest
  • 26-08-19

The BEST book i have ever read

I have never enjoyed a book so much as this. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't stop listening. Brilliantly narrated and thoroughly enjoyable. Cannot recommend this enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-19

Incredible

Great story and brilliantly read, Life and time's of Africa in the early years of the 20th centry.

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  • benjamin blackwell
  • 18-08-19

Epic accents by Humphrey

Marathon triumph over adversity story delivered in authentic accents. Grit and determination win the day.

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  • Sharon F
  • 15-08-19

Can’t recommend highly enough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wow... I have read this book and the following one, Tandia twice, many years ago and absolutely loved it. It counts right up there at the top of my all time favourite novels. The author is so good, one could believe they were there and even that it could be a true story. Emotion, dedication, loyalty, humility and love for South Africa are ingrained in his words. The narrator in this case has captured the accents, culture and characters perfectly only adding to my love for this book. Can’t recommend highly enough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️