I enjoyed Tandia very much and it ranks highly among the stories I've listened to.
Apart from getting involved in the characters of the story, I was interested in the depiction of the social context (South Africa) of the story, including the draconian laws that governed and impacted every aspect of life for all the people of the country, the White oppressors as well as the many colored communities.
Humphrey Bower read the book very well, and his characterization was excellent.
My only 'caveat is that the book does not tie up all the pieces and leaves one hoping for a sequel which will take up the story through the fall of apartheid and the cataclysmic changes of its aftermath. How does Tandia's story end? What happens when the Blacks realize their freedom to participate fully in the management of their country? This is an exciting story that would have been well told by author Bryce Courtney - and I wish that he'd done so.
About five more minutes of explanation of ending
Again, more or PK & Tandia's curcumstances at end of book
Great job. Would not enjoy anyone more
Anger at what apartide make blacks go thru
WHAT HAPPENED TO PK & TANDIA. IS THERE A SEQUEL ???
To identify me a little bit, I am a audio book listener, avid, with a library of over 300 bucks. This book, ranks within the top five books. This book is very educational, if you know very little or nothing of the history of south Africa. It is written on a higher level of intellect, the stimulating your intelligence. Thrown in to stimulate the emotion, there are some romantic parts. These parts though cover very little sexual content.
I listened to this book 1st, for it was on sale. It is a follow-up book to the first in the series, namely,' the power of one'. I will be listening to this first book within the next couple days.
I give the narrator the credit for making this book and even more enjoyable listen. Top of performance. Great accent! Well done!!
Asked if I would recommend this book, I would to those that are interested in historic novels, novels on south Africa, with some romance throw in with very little gratuitous sex.
I loved The Potato Factory and The Power of One. The narrator has a captivating voice and the story will definitely grab hold of your heart.
Loved it! Yet another great book by Bryce Courtaney. Not only a fantastic story, but well read... This book will not disappoint!
Reader left hanging.
Yes and no. Courtenay is a great story teller. I couldn't wait to get in my car each morning to listen to the book. However, he spends a great deal of time developing characters to which the reader becomes attached and then he either precipitously kills them off or lets them fade away from the story with no resolution and no ending to their story. I've read five of his books and he's done this in three of them.
Humphrey Bower is an amazing reader - every character comes to life.
Unfortunately, Courtenay passed away a couple of years ago, so there is no possibility of posing a "what's the deal with your endings?" question to him. This book again reveals a major flaw he had as a writer- he couldn't end stories satisfactorily or finish all the stories and character arcs he started in his expansive novels. I wondered if he left so much hanging with the idea that he might write a sequel, as he was very prolific. However, I read his entire Australian trilogy, which was designed to be a trilogy from the start, and his ending to the third book in the series was just as maddening to the reader as his ending to Tandia. He also tends to get lost in subject areas that are of interest to him (such as boxing or war), which end up becoming little novels within his novels, but do not necessarily further the overall theme of the book. That said, I could listen to Humphrey Bower read want ads; his narration elevates whatever he's reading beyond it's real quality.
The lead book with "PK" in the "Power of One" and the seamless continuation of the story with the introduction of Tandia and her struggles as a "non white" person in South Africa. This is a disgusting and shameful era and the way it was presented kept me listening non stop. It was near impossible to put down.
PK is the hero. Always the champion . . . bright, honest with others and with himself to a fault, but also not perfect. Constantly adjusting based on the situation, but always mindful of others, whether black or white.
King Edward Juicy Fruit Mumbo, Humphrey Bower has so much range and talent. It was like listening to 10 different readers.
Too many to remember. Laugh, joyous, sad, tearful, proud.
I've read the Tommo and Hawk trilogy and now Power of One and Tandia. Between the writing of Bryce Courtney and the reading of Humphrey Bower, they're the most enjoyable audio books I've experienced since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series".
A great story while explaining the time and context of South African history. The boxing matches were enthralling.
I haven't listened to Humphrey Bower before but I'd be happy to listen again. I am an Australian living in South Africa, so his voice was very easy for me to listen to! His timing, accents and voices were very good.