The Power of One (Abridged)

The Power of One (Abridged)

by Bryce Courtenay
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The Power of One (Abridged) by Bryce Courtenay

"Unabashedly uplifting."
Set in a world torn apart, where man enslaves his fellow man and freedom remains elusive, THE POWER OF ONE is the moving story of one young man's search for the love that binds friends, the passion that binds lovers, and the realization that it takes only one to change the world. A weak and friendless boy growing up in South Africa during World War II, Peekay turns to two older men, one black and one white, to show him how to find the courage to dream, to succeed, to triumph over a world when all seems lost, and to inspire him to summon up the most irrersistible force of all: the Power of One.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385902748
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/13/2005
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa, is an Australian, and has lived in Sydney for the major part of his life. Visit him on the web at

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The Power of One (Abridged) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
ml1033 More than 1 year ago
I am posting this as a warning to those purchasing this Nook book. I was hoping to purchase the original The Power of One and ended up with the Young Reader's Condensed version. I have no interest in the Young Reader's version, and the original does not appear to be available for the Nook. The description does not state that it is the condensed version. I am very disappointed. Beware when you purchase this for your Nook!
Ross_in_Flagstaff More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me some book recommendations and The Power of One was one of them. I purchased the Nook version and enjoyed the book. But, at the very end (after the glossary) is a note that I'd just read the young reader's version and that this version "only told half the story." What the hell? Nowhere in the description does B&N let you know this. So, as others have warned, don't buy this version unless you specifically want the condensed version. Edit/Add: Goodbye B&N, at least for Nook books. I love and frequent your store. I've also been a B&N club member for years. But, I won't be buying any more electronic books from you. I emailed customer service and clearly (and politely) explained the problem. I also pointed them to this book's page, where they can read the many reviews from others who were misled. I even have a screenshot of the B&N web page for this book - it clearly shows a picture of, and describes, the FULL version, but as we've found out the link on that page is for the CONDENSED electronic book. Their advertising in this respect may not be false, as I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it's an error. But the response was "our records show you successfully downloaded the book" and went on to explain that they do not give refunds or credits. Well of course I downloaded the book, as that's the only way to find out it's not the book which is advertised. I'm not so unhappy that they made a mistake. Those happen. But, when given the opportunity to correct the page and issue a credit so that I could apply it towards the full print book, they accepted no responsibility for their error. So, since I'm using an Android tablet for my reader and have other options, I downloaded my new book for another reader app. If B&N reads these reviews, perhaps they'll take the second chance to make things right. If not, then I guess that's the end of Nook books for me...
KateJSM More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for school and decided to buy it for my nook, well i also have a book at school and just realized thatthis version is only half the story! I just got done reading a few other reveiws and they confirmed that its not the whole story. I am very upset because it left out so many parts and i would of liked to know this wasnt thefull version instead of being completly confused in class discusions and while reading the text from my hard copy of the real version and switching to reading off my nook. It was very confusing and upseting. It should say in the discription that this is not the full version, i didnt even think of reading the reviews untill it was too late. And now i cant even finish reading this off my nook because it is not the full story and i am required to know thefull story.
Ronald Roy More than 1 year ago
Like others I purchased the version for young readers in error.I think our money should be refunded.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
I think its ridiculous that it does not state anywhere that this is a condensed version. I spoke on behalf of a customer today to our instore support and was able to get a credit for $6.99 for the customer. I did also recommend thay they put somewhere in the overview that its an abridged version. Its sad to see the company lose customers over something so fixable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed when I got this book and found out it was some kind of junior edition. In my opinion the original book is one of my top ten books and a must read for just about anyone. Some of the topics covered may be to intense for someone before 13 or so unless they are a more mature child, so maybe they shouldn't read it until they are older, but why chop it up and water it down. I find it very upsetting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not want the reader's digest version. I am very upset that I bought this before I knew it was not the real thing! WHAT THE HECK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be Careful when purchasing this eBook -- I thought I was purchasing the FULL book, but it turned out to be the young readers condensed edition...definitely NOT what I was wanting to purchase. Very disappointing....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed. This is the young reader's condensed version of the book, which is not specified anywhere in the description!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not realize this was the condensed children's version of the original book until after it was purchased. After reading a few chapters, I purchased the hard copy of the complete book.
CharlieB117 More than 1 year ago
Just want to confirm the last post. I too was misled into buying this condensed version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book during a trip to the library in High School, and it touched me very deeply. It is such a powerful book, full of human emotion and redemption. I've heard great things about the sequel, Tandia, and am currently trying to find it to read...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Courtney does a fabulous job! The main character is amazing, the setting is incredible and the conflicts are thought provoking. This is by far one of my favorite books! If you get a chance to travel overseas look for the sequel, 'Tandia,' as it is not sold in the U.S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in school years ago in school loved it then love it now...
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This isnot the whole book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of the book. Please make this clearer. About to contact B&N for a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell for the same thing.  I ordered the ebook thinking it was the full version. However, I contacted customer service through their éclat, and got a full refund.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buyer beware! This is not the full book and B&N gave no indication that this is not the full version. I feel that I was mislead and cheated. Going to get the full version from my library and am now considering purchasing a Kindle. Very disappointed with B&N.
Charmed9 More than 1 year ago
The book itself is fantastic, but this is NOT the correct version! The comments from 2011 state this is a young adult version and still in 2014 it is not changed. Description does not tell you it is a condensed version and the full version is not available on Nook. B&N should be ashamed of themselves for letting this happen and not responding to customer complaints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times, as well as the sequel but it is one I never get tired of. I found it in a clearance bin years ago and bought it on a wim, but as soon as i started reading i couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not realize when I purchased the book that this was a "young adult version" of The Power of One. It was not well marked as a children's edition. Instead of the full 500+ pages and the complete story, this version has just over 200 pages and only 2 of the 3 sections of the novel. B & N should offer both editions and CLEARLY distinguish between the two. The story is compelling and a great read, with insight into the dawning of apartheid and the clash of cultures in South Africa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ,lots to learn about but would be hard to read if you are anon south african,or don'tknow Afrikaans or Zulu.Totally kept me very intrested in the begining.