©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 )
I bought this book because i loved the first one, the Power of One, but most of all because the narrator makes me believe that each of the characters is real, and you know instantly which character is speaking.
Brother Fish was my first Courtenay book and I've joyfully consummed his library ever since. Like so many of his books, Tandia is a continuation of another story, delving deeper into the culture and history of South Africa. Mr. Bower is a superb narrator with a variety of dialects and intonations. Keep writing Mr. Courtenay and keep narrating Mr. Bower!
excellent book and expertly narrated...if you're looking for a thriller with much suspense, excitement, and substance, this is it..it is a good look at south africa at the time of apartheid...although over 20hrs., did not want it to end...
only con was the ending which I would have preferred different
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
there's so much graphic violence in this title that I'm having a hard time finishing it. It's important to know that such cruelty exists in the world, but I have a hard time hearing it in such extensive detail.
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to finish the book. I keep skipping ahead to another section, thinking it might be less gruesome, but haven't found that to be the case.
On several titles, I've found myself wishing for an abridgement which cuts out the most painful details of human cruelty.
Overall, I enjoyed Tandia quite a bit. It wasn't as good as The Power of One, but still quite enjoyable, especially if you fell in love with the characters in the previous book, and really want to know more about their journey. That said, it feels like there are major sections of the book that are missing. Significant events are referenced, but they aren't there in the narrative. Additionally, the print version of the book is almost twice as long as The Power of One. The audio version, on the other hand, is only about 25% longer. Something is amiss. Interestingly enough, on Amazon there are similar complaints about the Kindle version, but none about the print version.
Great conclusion to the first book. Power of one.
Seemed rushed at the end
The Power of One is one of my favorite books and movies, so I was expecting quite a lot from this book. It did not disappoint. It is an amazing story, and the narration is as good as I have ever heard. I was so sad to come to the end - I wanted it to just keep going.
I'm impressed when a long book can keep my attention . I couldn't put this book down and was sorry when it ended.
This was my favorite Courtenay book, by far. Other long books that kept my interest like this was 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'Outlander' and '1Q84'.
I highly recommend this book.
The story is full of stereotypes and Tandia comes across as a weak, weeping character. The ending isn't satisfying and it seems like Courtenay got tired of writing and just decided to end it. Actually I was glad when it was over, the plot wasn't going anywhere.
For me, it more or less ruined the satisfying result of The Power of One.
I have listened to both "Tonto and Hawk" and "Brother Fish" and thoroughly enjoyed both. In the preface to "Tandia" Courtney says it was a "practice" book (his second book I believe) and he was surprised at the reception, as he was with his first book (featuring one of the main character of "Tandia").
While I enjoyed the book, I could see why Mr. Courtney thought it a practice book as it was not up to the standard of the previous books of his I listened to. If he had not said it was a practice book, I would have wondered about the difference in quality. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
One problem I did have was with the narration. However, that may be that I found the accents to sound contrived,though they may be authentic to South Africa with which I am not familiar.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, with the understanding it is not up to the standard of Mr. Courtney's later works but interesting nonetheless.
In comparison to Mr. Courtney's other books I do not rate this five stars I would ratee this in comparison to to the other works of his I have read and in comparison to other books I have listened to.
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