©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 )
Not familiar with the author, I bought this one on the basis of other reviews. I was not the least bit disappointed. While the book is emotionally difficult at points, and quite graphic, it is beautiful, informative, and very compelling. The narrator does an exceptional job, and I am sorry to have it end.
This was just a great book. It was my first Bryce Courtney book but it won't be my last. Such rich full character and the reader was very good. I have recommended this book to others as it should appeal to all.
I have long since been a fan of Courtenay and this was no exception to his brilliant work! It was captivating and moving and I couldn't stop listening to it!
All but the ending
It was a good 2nd story to The Power of One, but the ending was rushed, and pointless... So,sad to have such a great story end that way!
Tandia is the 6th Bryce Courtney book we've listened to on road trips from Canada to Mexico. We are consistently amazed by Mr Bower's narration and attention to accents. This story, the follow up to The Power of One is also exceptional.
As a voice actor myself, I aspire to Humphrey's believability.
An incredibly well thought out and written story of undying love and benign hate. I doubt I have enjoyed a story more than The Power of One and Tandia. I can not recommended it enough.
There are some parts that are not for the faint of heart and even some sensual paragraphs. Got me, who would ordinarily find sexual content distasteful, I was well impressed with how Mr. Bryce presented these scenes with the utmost care and eloquence removing any sense of the profane.
The Narrator did as good a job as I can imagine is possible, and quite likely made this an even better story for me than had I read the pages myself.
Overall, I was disappointed in the book. It was very long and I had high expectations because I have enjoyed the other books by Bryce Courtenay, especially "The Power of One."
The best part of the book was the characterization of the Madam of the Flesh House. They could have made her the lead character and it would have been a fun book to read.
The historical references about the apartheid were interesting, however, Peekay and Tandia characters were not developed well and even though I liked Peekay, the boxing became a little boring after a while. The same can be said about Tandia. I really didn't like her by the end of the book, and I am not sure if that is what the author intended.
The narrator, Humphrey Bower, did an excellent job.
Courtenay (his death is a great loss) left us with two powerful companion novels. Narration couldn't, by Mr. Bower is magical; hard to imagine it being any better. Having just returned from South Africa, I'm grateful for both "The Power of One" and "Tandia" as complements to the non-fiction histories I've been absorbing. The only element missing in the recording of "Tandia" is the South African music included where appropriate in the previous novel, which nearly had me in tears. For story telling, character development, narration, and sensitive treatment of S. Africa's racially complex history (and, as Americans we can hardly throw stones), I found Courtenay's Audible legacy, together with Bower's performance, spell binding and unforgettable.
Fantastic story. While not necessary, do yourself a favor and first read "The Power of One." Both books are read by the same person, who has done an excellent job on both.
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