loved the ending to the Power Og One.. narration of .. well shocking.. how does he do it? switching from Irish to Indian to Boer in less than two minutes of reading. PeeKay is a wonderful character..one who can box and practice law at the same time.. listening is great but I have to pick up the book to see how you spell unshobie shobie ungelosi and I want to hear the Africans sing.. Courtenay and Bower make tears come to your eyes.. so be careful driving and listening.. fabulous. wonderful, enchanting all rolled into one..you won't be sorry.. but get The Power of One first.
No, only because I tend to only listen to a book once. However, it does not take away from the fact that I thought this was a great sequal and maybe even better than
Peekay. I liked following PK and knowing what happened to him after the mines of
I thought this was a a fantastic and heartbreaking story. I enjoyed the history surrounding the characters. It was a difficult listen, only because the content was hard. The reader was fabulous.
I love the writing of Bryce Courtenay and have read Tandia three or four times. My original copy of the book, ordered and shipped from South Africa, was his original work. My second copy, which this audio book is read from, was edited for length (not well) and content to sell in the US. The structure was changed and large sections were removed. Most of what was removed didn't effect the overall arc of the story, but I miss it. I wish they would have made the original book into an audio book, instead of this one. Does that mean you shouldn't read or listen to this book? NO. It is well-written and completes the story of Peekay.
I loved Power of One and hoped to enhance the experience by listening to this one. I quit listening 2/3 through. This book had none of the charm of Power of One. It drug on and on and never really picked up speed.
Also, I found the reader's singing in a few places so BAD!! That only made me more sad. The singing parts were tiny, but so awful they are still rolling around in my head.
Overall this story was sad for me, and not the in dramatic, enjoyable & redeeming way a good book should be.
Courtenay does develop good characters and an interesting story line and deserves a solid 4 star. I am not a big fan of his endings. I listened to the Australian Trilogy and also was disappointed with the ending of final book. The narration is top rate and probably gives his book an extra star. If I read the book I probably would have been bored and quit half way through. Worth the effort and length, especially if you are into historical fiction and the anti-apartheid story of South Africa.
Tandia is an excellent follow up to The Power of One. I can't say enough good things about the narration. HB does a fantastic job with all the different accents and voices. This was a book I didn't want to end. Normally, I only listen in the car but cheated several mornings while working out-I just couldn't help it. I am pretty cautious when selecting audio books as I've gotten a few that I felt were a waste of credits. This one was worth every penny. I recommend both books to everyone!
Thank you for the powerful story. I continue to be impressed with the characters that Bower creates. Bower is an extremely talented narrator who captures the emotion and uniqueness of each character which enhances the skilfully written novel.
As a South African, some of the themes in this follow-up to The Power of One was difficult to digest, but this did not distract from the skill with which this author and narrator draw you into the worlds of their characters. This is a great novel and a great audible production.
I did sometimes feel that the author over-simplified the political landscape in South Africa and fell into the trap of exaggerated stereotyping of characters and cultural groups (e.g. the black South African freedom fighter; the liberal white englishman, the jew with the compassion for oppression, the conservative and sexually warped afrikaner and the self-enriching black opportunist). Overall, however, I felt that the personal narrative of the two main characters (Tandia and Peekay) allowed a thought-provoking and sensitive look into South African society pre-1994 and the emotional repercussions of an oppressive regime.