©1992 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)
"Humphrey Bower is brilliant....[Tandia] will resonate in the hearts and minds of listeners long after the final chapter." (AudioFile Magazine )
I was so happy to find out how it went for Pekay. It was seamless. It will have you on the edge of your seat, bring you to tears, and give you a few laughs.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is my fifth Bryce Courtenay book, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I've listened to The Power of One, The Potato Factory Trilogy (which I also highly recommend), and now Tandia. Humphrey Bower narrates them all . . . flawlessly. I have learned so much about the history of Africa in listening to The Power of One and Tandia. Sadly, evil is so prevalent in the political and the powerful. And it has been so since the beginning of time. The beautiful story of Peekay, as a child and now as an adult, who chooses to fight for right is a rare jewel. To reject corruption and embrace truth in the face of even death . . . awe, this is the magic of the tadpole angel.
Great continuation of "Power of One". This book answered the questions of what happens to PeeKay but also shows another perspective with Tandia's life. Great listen!!
This is a beautiful and emotionally wrenching story set in South Africa under Apartheid. The narrator is outstanding. I will definitely look for other books by this author, or narrated by this narrator.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
YOU GOT TO USE PRETTY, WHILE YOU GOT PRETTY
This is a sequel to The Power of One. The book starts with Tandia and she is a main character, but it is really mostly about Peekay. I believe it has even more boxing matches in it then the first book did. This book is not as strong as the first book, but it is a good listen. Do not worry about the 26 and a half hours, they will go by fast.
PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE THROUGH PEOPLE
What made this weaker then book one was the last nine and a half hours. I think BC wanted to spend more time to say what he had to say, but the book was already so long. The result is that the last part of the book is more non-fiction, lecture about apartheid. It seems rushed and this results in less interesting writing. I wish he would have just ended the book and wrote a third book. There are still some good parts in the last nine hours and it is worth your time.
THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS
Other small complaints are: hard to believe these fighters break ribs, hands and take so much punishment and then within months are back in another big fight, Peekay falls in love with the girlfriend of a good friend twice and each time, it is okay by them, and it is sad that a white man has to be the hero of the black people, I thought it might end up being the Zulu Chief or Tandia, but BC could not let that happen.
ISN'T THAT A LITTLE DRY EYED
Don't let my small complaints keep you from first getting The Power of One and then getting this book. Both books are great.
A MOMENT OF MOMENTS OR DAY OF DAYS
While the story writing fell just short of getting the fifth star, Bower's narration brings the entire experience up a notch. He is an excellent narrator.
I listened to the audio mainly to continue in PK's story.
I might, but the difference between Power of One and Tandia was startling, and I would like to find more like the first book.
The boxing scenes came to "life"
The Power of One felt like "Africa", the way PK grew up, the developing political scene worldwide, the descriptions of young PK's first train trip, the chicken, his growing up with close ties with all the tribes, his love of the botanists, the descriptions of mining, descriptions of country, the author had to have experienced some of that to write so descriptively, so movingly. Power of One = 10 stars. But "Tandia" was so different, almost as though a sequel had been just required, actually as though it were written by a different author. "Tandia" presents the reader with quite a few leaps and bounds in the disjointed script to get all the right characters into the right places, ie to tie it all up. The ending of Tandia, not where PK dies, but the whole sequence of the flight up the escarpment and over the saddle rang particularly contrived. Once it was mentioned that sure death would result if any of the pursuers would be caught out in the terrible freezing of night, yet that was never mentioned again as PK, Yani, Dum, and Tandia were being faced with sundown. One aspect that disappointed me in Tandia, was the near complete lack of "nature", I don't think any wild animals were ever mentioned, hard to get a feeling of the landscape, where the "Power of One" came alive with the feel. There is nothing better than the Wilbur Smith books for a presentation of South Africa's nature, but the narrator of the Wilbur Smith books is hard to listen to.
A better story.
I really enjoyed the Power of One, and was expecting that caliber of writing for this one. Unfortunately, I did not get that. The first book was very lyrical - almost magical as if the author were telling a story from the mists of time. In Tandia, the plot wandered around, had very abrupt jumps from one person's story to another's, and just did not flow like the first book. And PeeKay says something so sexist (which he seemed to think was a compliment) to Tandia towards the end that I almost stopped listening. The ending was somewhat bizarre. I just can't recommend this one.
Where 'The Power of One' looked at the maturation of one boy in the oppressed state of South Africa, "Tandia' brings the ugliness of Apartheid to the reader like a punch in the gut! Bryce Courtenay tells a beautiful story and develops his characters slowly and in great detail. He makes you smile, elicits tremendous empathy, laugh and makes you cringe at the details of life in a separated S. Africa. A wonderful follow up presented so spot on by the inimitable Humphrey Bower.
I really don't understand how anyone could write this beautifully. This is a traumatic listen in many ways - Courtenay doesn't pull any punches on his disturbing subject matter, all based in the horror of apartheid, from rape to murder to the worst injustices you can imagine. But the incredible transcendent beauty of the story, the vivid, breathing characters, the reality of their struggles and the strength of their passion, make it a book well worth listening to. There were times I felt like I couldn't possibly listen to another word because my heart was breaking, and more than one night when I stayed up way too late listening for what happened next. If you are looking for a light, pleasant read, then get something else. But if you want something that will transport you to another world, and engage your heart and mind for days, weeks and months to come, then don't hesitate - buy.
After listening to Brother Fish, I wanted to experience another Bryce Courtnay novel and this did not disappoint.
The amazing characters once again drew me in and I felt the struggle of black South Africans.
Tandia experienced terrible brutality, but her strength of character helped her survive.
Another great story, brilliantly read. Don't miss it.
This is the sequel to power of one, and is just as good, and more adult, with more violence in some parts.
Lots of good boxing matches, to go along side the political plots which often come with South African books of the 2nd part of the 20th century.
A good return for your credit with well over 20 Hours of audio with a great reader.
"Tandia and Peekay"
the wonderful story of Africa its people and their lands..
Pee Kay i followed him through The power of one. And this wonderful book let me stay with him,right to the end of his fantastic journey.
oh ! that is a hard one to answer,as all his characters are just so pitch perfect.. The whole ; Sheebang !!!
not possible its very long, but I did find it difficult to put down... I wanted to put a Do Not Disturb Me sign near me most of the time...
Bryce Courtney is some story teller,I have read a good few of his books and loved them. Tandia is particularly good,it showed me just how bad things were in South Africa for the black and coloured people.If you have a Heart and a Soul, I think you will love this book.
"Another wonderful Bryce Courtenay story"
This is a story that can be read on it's own, but has more meaning when read after The Power of One. It is as powerful, emotive and rewarding as that first novel covering similar topics from an opposite point of view and a female voice. The characterisations are, as ever, wonderful. From the moment the book starts you are drawn into the events by a shocking incident that sets the basis for the main character's struggle through the rest of the book.
Can't recommend enough!
"Part two of a tragic story"
When I read the power of one my mind was baffled with juxtaposition of innocence and strength in a terrible situation. Tandia follows on from this with a powerful portrayal of what happened next. The twist of two voices is a unique story telling feature and shows the story from two points or view. The ending ..... Now that was not expected..... Listen and you will be amazed.
An excellent story with carefully woven characters and narration, with superb narration. I really enjoyed listening to this book - high recommended.
"a brilliant follow up to the Power of One.."
you get absolutely engrossed into all the characters of this book.. it's a book you can't stop listening too!
"The most head bangingly upsetting story ever.
After the inspiring triumph of the power of one, the joy it brought me to read as a boy the first time and the second day as a young man I thought the same of tandia. Yet as it progresses you come across one crushing g truth, the knowledge that the Timine of South Africa and the book mean there can be no triumph for these people. The only thing that saves you is k own g that they are right and just. The feeling of helplessness and sorrow and human nature so brilliantly captured in this book resonates today. We must be and can be better. We should never hate as hate is all destroying. Just bloody brilliant book
"Brilliant story and brilliantly read"
Another Classic from Bryce Courtney that you just can't stop listening to for 1 minute
"Great , brutal, gentle , emotional"
Fantastic story , injustice pull at heart . Humphrey bower is an incredible performer , his voices made it
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