Tandia and the Power of One are perhaps that best books/novels that I have read /listened to so far. At the end of these two books, I feel a deep love for Africa itself and feel as if the lead character PeeKay is someone I really know. The author has a wonderful way of describing about the native customs/beliefs of Africa with respect and without trivialising them. This is rare as most westerner academics/authors who study non-western customs rarely understand them and frequently trivialize them using their limited knowledge. Obviously, the author, Bryce Courtenay, is a real son of Africa, just like how PeeKay is potrayed.
The narrator deserves a special mention. I dont think I would have enjoyed this book as well as I did if I read it off a book. The different voices and tones and accent that Humphrey Bower uses throughout the two books is really entertaining.
I for sure will listen to more books from this Author-Narrator combo both for content and entertainment.
This is an awesome book. Helped me gain a new perspective into the history of African-Americans. Very well written and well read by the narrator. The writings and the narration on the early life of Kunta Kintae is very vidid and make the story come alive. A must read for anyone who is interested in 'faction' (the word used by Alex Haley to describe this work of fiction that is primarily based on key facts).
I wish this book had a better reader. I have listened to the entire book in several bits and pieces and I know the full contents of the book. Despite several earnest attempts, I was never able to listen to the entire book without switching to some other book in between to stay awake -- the reader is that bad. I wish I had stayed away from the audio version and bought the book itself!
Though the things the book discusses are interesting, I feel the contents of the book could have been covered in 1/3 of the time. The authors keeps saying the same thing in several different ways... Probably an abridged version might have been better... but I still dont regret listening to it as it made the fundamentals of economics -- atleast the free market economics clear.
This is really a wonderful book with many thought provoking ideas. Though the ideas themselves are not totally new and though they are common sense in most cases, just someone clearly specifying them in a clear manner helps. I have listened to the book several times and have definitely benifited from it. I will recommend this to anyone who wants to excel in whatever they are doing -- you just have to translate the author's advice to your situation.
While Humphrey Bower has done a wonderful job reading the book, as usual, Courtenay has not lived upto the mark -- especially when you compare this work with Power of One and Tandia. Those two books were simply awesome and left me with a great feeling after reading them.
Bryce once again shows his strong feelings against racism as in his first 2 books, which is appreciable. But the quality of the oveall story is no match to his first 2 books.
I dont think I will listen to this book again unless I am bored to death!
This is a good book for anyone wanting to know the basics of current cosmology and even some of the famous branches of physics like relativity and quantum mechanics. The reader had done a pretty good job of maintaining the tempo and I am surely going to listen to this book atleast once more!
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