©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 )
For some unknown reason, Bryce Courtenay himself does an introduction to this book in the audible version and in the process he reveals things that will happen that I don't want to know about. I would rather discover the story as the author has written it, and you would think the author of the book would want you to do that as well. I'm only about 3 hours into the book so far, but I find myself thinking about this "thing" I know will happen sometime later in this book when I would rather have it unfold within the story line naturally. Yes, I'm one of those people who don't want to know anything about a book or movie before I see it. So, if you don't like spoilers either, FAST FORWARD the first 2:15 of the book to skip over Bryce Courtenay's introduction. By the way, I checked the print version just to see if he did the same introduction there, and he didn't. This is only done for the audio book and for me it was a real bummer... If you're dying to hear what he said, just wait until you finish the book, and then listen to the introduction. What he says, works much better as an afterward than a forward.
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.
Cape Town, South Africa
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!
Yes. The narrator - like a great actor to a movie - adds a lot to the characters and the story.
How the interactions between the "kids' gang" and Tandia is brought to life.
He has as many different voices and emotions as there are characters. He sings the songs; quotes the quotes etc.
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.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Courtenay and Mr. Bower are artists beyond compare.
The entire book
The Power of One, just as unbelievable as this one ...
Tandia herself, because of the hardship she had to endure.
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.
I loved Doc -- absolutle!
They were all wonderfully portrayed. I guess my favorite was Doc.
I would take Peekay and Tandia together so they could have some quality time with each other!
This book comes alive with the narration. I got a good sense of South Africa during apartheid and how it affected everyone's lives.
I enjoyed the book enormously, many years ago. I enjoyed this performance of the book just as well - which is high praise indeed.
The Power of One. Also magnificent!
An African story; a human story; a great story.
It is by far one of my favourites.
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.
He is fantastic, enough said.
Yes. and for 26 hours, that is a big ask.
Read this book.
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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