Yes. The narrator - like a great actor to a movie - adds a lot to the characters and the story.
How the interactions between the "kids' gang" and Tandia is brought to life.
He has as many different voices and emotions as there are characters. He sings the songs; quotes the quotes etc.
I discovered audiobooks to use my time driving and got addicted. When the narrator is good - it is an even more amazing experience than just reading a great book.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I don't generally listen to a book more than once. This was a precious book that I will cherish always. The characters were so real I felt I knew them and could visualize what they looked like. Bryce Courtenay is a master at character development and I actively search out his books, having read 5 of them so far.
I would have trouble singling out one character. Mama Tequila and Juicy Fruit Mambo were certainly on the top of the list as they were memorable in their own ways. I would be remiss if I left out Tandia who surmounted unbearable pain and adversity to triumph.
I think this was the best performance so far, among all of Mr. Courtenay's books that I have had the privilege of "reading". The voices of the various African characters and Boer individuals made it easier to follow what was happening, but even more, helped me bond to the various people in the book.
The ending moved me to tears, and without giving away that part of the book, I will only say that it was appropriate and highly emotional.
Mr. Courtenay and Mr. Bower are artists beyond compare.
The entire book
The Power of One, just as unbelievable as this one ...
Tandia herself, because of the hardship she had to endure.
I would definitely recommend this audio book. The story picks up right where The Power of One left off--the narrator is, again, brilliant and makes the story comes alive.
I loved Doc -- absolutle!
They were all wonderfully portrayed. I guess my favorite was Doc.
I would take Peekay and Tandia together so they could have some quality time with each other!
This book comes alive with the narration. I got a good sense of South Africa during apartheid and how it affected everyone's lives.
I enjoyed the book enormously, many years ago. I enjoyed this performance of the book just as well - which is high praise indeed.
The Power of One. Also magnificent!
An African story; a human story; a great story.
It is by far one of my favourites.
I like that it is the sequel to the Power of One and follows the story of one boy into adulthood while expanding into different characters and storylines. It is set in a really interesting and dreadful time in South Africa's history, to read or hear this book is to really imagine what it was like at the time.
He is fantastic, enough said.
Yes. and for 26 hours, that is a big ask.
Read this book.
As good as Power of One, perhaps better even. I can't decide, but i almost think i liked Tandia more. I especially enjoyed the characters of Mama Tequila and Juicyfruit Mambo. Loved them! Great story.
Yes, because it is a most entertaining book. I looked forward to listening to this every night
When Tandia told PK she loved him
Yes I listened to The Power of One and it was also just as good, i would rate them both the same - Fantastic
Mamma Tequilla because she was such a colourful character
perhaps, but I'd be very wary
The characterizations were good, but the exaggerated emphasis indicating shouting was far too prevalent
Even with all of the words, the book seemed like more of an outline than a novel. The characters are never truly developed. fortunately the characters of Peekay and Hymie are established from the first book. This was really a disappointment. On the other hand, many never have a book as good as The Power of One.