©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 )
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!
Mr. Courtenay's vivid description puts you there. Tandia along with the Power of One are two of the best books I have listened to. Mr. Bower is a brilliant performer capturing all of the characters with his voice and expression.
PK's continued journey overcoming trial after trial.
These two books are exceptional. The Power of One is my favourite book of all time and its sequel, Tandia, is the more grown-up, even harsher adult continuation of the first. So many times these books move you and inspire you. They make you exhausted and emotional. Tandia is no different.
The narrator, Humphrey Bower, is truly gifted. I didn't think that I could enjoy these books more than I did when reading them through the years (multiple times for the Power of One). But that was incorrect, due to the fantastic skills, accents and tones that the narrator is capable of.
Moving, incredible books by Bryce Courtenay and really well performed by Mr Bower. The perfect combination.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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 loved this story of South Africa in the sixties. The narration was extraordinary, the best I have ever heard giving a distinct voice and accent for each & every character even to the most minor. If you did not know of south Africa's racism and bigotry period, you will be better educated once you finish this book . Highly recommended.
Well written and enchanting.
Very well researched. The people are most vivid and interestingly described.
Although the characters are a bit too good and beautiful to be true, this is a good read!
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