Excellent story and narration, now we need another author to write the 3rd in the Trilogy.
A heartbreaking story
Juicy Fruit Mambo was very memorable firstly because he's a character of a similar name in Jack of Diamonds but mostly because of his utter loyalty and humility to Tandia.
This story is a rather true depiction of what life was like in South Africa for a non-white person. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth... The story reminds the world of the reason for the hate bred in the hearts of those that lived on that piece of land at the bottom of the African continent. It is a reminder of how unreasonable humans can be, and have been. There is more than one side to every story and Bryce plays a pivotal role in portraying these sides. An artful story that draws you into the depths of human hatred... and then love.
It is full of knowledge about the Apartheid regime and conditions of different ethnic cultures in South Africa, and even though it is heartbreaking sometimes, it is so full of LOVE and wisdom. I don't like boxing, and I am enganged in a book on the world master ship in boxing, just because the setting and the writing is so amazingly good!
I don't tend to listen to books twice.
While entertaining it brings history to life and is thought provoking.
The final scene, it was unexpected but I was disappointed the book was over.
It did both.
For some unknown reason, Bryce Courtenay himself does an introduction to this book in the audible version and in the process he reveals things that will happen that I don't want to know about. I would rather discover the story as the author has written it, and you would think the author of the book would want you to do that as well. I'm only about 3 hours into the book so far, but I find myself thinking about this "thing" I know will happen sometime later in this book when I would rather have it unfold within the story line naturally. Yes, I'm one of those people who don't want to know anything about a book or movie before I see it. So, if you don't like spoilers either, FAST FORWARD the first 2:15 of the book to skip over Bryce Courtenay's introduction. By the way, I checked the print version just to see if he did the same introduction there, and he didn't. This is only done for the audio book and for me it was a real bummer... If you're dying to hear what he said, just wait until you finish the book, and then listen to the introduction. What he says, works much better as an afterward than a forward.
Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite writers. Very sorry to hear of his death. Every book I have read or listen too I have given five stars. Original well written entertaining with great characters.
Cape Town, South Africa
My review for The Power of One is echoed here. Bryce Courtenay continues to enthrall his readers with the magnificence of this South African story in this sequel to The Power of One. Tandia is long but finished too quickly, and I am still sad that it is over! I urge all lovers of The Power of One, of PK and his vivid cast of friends and foes, to read Tandia - I can not think why this book did not have the same international success as its prequel. Once again Humphrey Bower is just superb! As a critical South African listener even I was impressed with his accents. This author and narrator are indeed the most perfect match!
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.