©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!
I loved Power of One and was disappointed when it ended. I was hapy to learn that the story continued. Although not quite as good, i enjoyed this book very much. Sames talented narrator. I could listen to him forever.
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.
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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