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Tandia | [Bryce Courtenay]

Tandia

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.
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Publisher's Summary

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

©1992 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)

What the Critics Say

"Humphrey Bower is brilliant....[Tandia] will resonate in the hearts and minds of listeners long after the final chapter." (AudioFile Magazine )

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "All Courtenay are five stars"

    Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite writers. Very sorry to hear of his death. Every book I have read or listen too I have given five stars. Original well written entertaining with great characters.

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    Ursula 01-21-13
    Ursula 01-21-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Magnificent!"

    My review for The Power of One is echoed here. Bryce Courtenay continues to enthrall his readers with the magnificence of this South African story in this sequel to The Power of One. Tandia is long but finished too quickly, and I am still sad that it is over! I urge all lovers of The Power of One, of PK and his vivid cast of friends and foes, to read Tandia - I can not think why this book did not have the same international success as its prequel. Once again Humphrey Bower is just superb! As a critical South African listener even I was impressed with his accents. This author and narrator are indeed the most perfect match!

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    Margit 10-29-12
    Margit 10-29-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Great book - amazing narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tandia to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator - like a great actor to a movie - adds a lot to the characters and the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tandia?

    How the interactions between the "kids' gang" and Tandia is brought to life.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has as many different voices and emotions as there are characters. He sings the songs; quotes the quotes etc.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I discovered audiobooks to use my time driving and got addicted. When the narrator is good - it is an even more amazing experience than just reading a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 10-23-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 10-23-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "My heart is broken"
    Would you listen to Tandia again? Why?

    I don't generally listen to a book more than once. This was a precious book that I will cherish always. The characters were so real I felt I knew them and could visualize what they looked like. Bryce Courtenay is a master at character development and I actively search out his books, having read 5 of them so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have trouble singling out one character. Mama Tequila and Juicy Fruit Mambo were certainly on the top of the list as they were memorable in their own ways. I would be remiss if I left out Tandia who surmounted unbearable pain and adversity to triumph.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this was the best performance so far, among all of Mr. Courtenay's books that I have had the privilege of "reading". The voices of the various African characters and Boer individuals made it easier to follow what was happening, but even more, helped me bond to the various people in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending moved me to tears, and without giving away that part of the book, I will only say that it was appropriate and highly emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Courtenay and Mr. Bower are artists beyond compare.

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    Barry Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Barry Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 10-01-12
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    "What a great book."
    If you could sum up Tandia in three words, what would they be?

    Epic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tandia?

    The entire book


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Power of One, just as unbelievable as this one ...


    Who was the most memorable character of Tandia and why?

    Tandia herself, because of the hardship she had to endure.


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    Kathleen Zinskie 08-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great follow-up to The Power of One"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audio book. The story picks up right where The Power of One left off--the narrator is, again, brilliant and makes the story comes alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Doc -- absolutle!


    Which character ??? as performed by Humphrey Bower ??? was your favorite?

    They were all wonderfully portrayed. I guess my favorite was Doc.


    If you could take any character from Tandia out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Peekay and Tandia together so they could have some quality time with each other!


    Any additional comments?

    This book comes alive with the narration. I got a good sense of South Africa during apartheid and how it affected everyone's lives.

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    Jon Balwyn North, Australia 08-08-12
    Jon Balwyn North, Australia 08-08-12

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    "Wonderful story; beautiful performance."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tandia to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the book enormously, many years ago. I enjoyed this performance of the book just as well - which is high praise indeed.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Power of One. Also magnificent!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An African story; a human story; a great story.


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    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
    Hilary Taylors Lakes, Australia 07-30-12
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    "Full Circle"
    Where does Tandia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is by far one of my favourites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it is the sequel to the Power of One and follows the story of one boy into adulthood while expanding into different characters and storylines. It is set in a really interesting and dreadful time in South Africa's history, to read or hear this book is to really imagine what it was like at the time.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He is fantastic, enough said.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. and for 26 hours, that is a big ask.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book.

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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 07-29-12
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 07-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great sequel to Power of One"

    As good as Power of One, perhaps better even. I can't decide, but i almost think i liked Tandia more. I especially enjoyed the characters of Mama Tequila and Juicyfruit Mambo. Loved them! Great story.

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    Wendy Australia 07-29-12
    Wendy Australia 07-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "AWESOME, absolutely loved this bood"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a most entertaining book. I looked forward to listening to this every night


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tandia?

    When Tandia told PK she loved him


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I listened to The Power of One and it was also just as good, i would rate them both the same - Fantastic


    Who was the most memorable character of Tandia and why?

    Mamma Tequilla because she was such a colourful character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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