©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 )
Courtenay does develop good characters and an interesting story line and deserves a solid 4 star. I am not a big fan of his endings. I listened to the Australian Trilogy and also was disappointed with the ending of final book. The narration is top rate and probably gives his book an extra star. If I read the book I probably would have been bored and quit half way through. Worth the effort and length, especially if you are into historical fiction and the anti-apartheid story of South Africa.
Tandia is an excellent follow up to The Power of One. I can't say enough good things about the narration. HB does a fantastic job with all the different accents and voices. This was a book I didn't want to end. Normally, I only listen in the car but cheated several mornings while working out-I just couldn't help it. I am pretty cautious when selecting audio books as I've gotten a few that I felt were a waste of credits. This one was worth every penny. I recommend both books to everyone!
Thank you for the powerful story. I continue to be impressed with the characters that Bower creates. Bower is an extremely talented narrator who captures the emotion and uniqueness of each character which enhances the skilfully written novel.
As a South African, some of the themes in this follow-up to The Power of One was difficult to digest, but this did not distract from the skill with which this author and narrator draw you into the worlds of their characters. This is a great novel and a great audible production.
I did sometimes feel that the author over-simplified the political landscape in South Africa and fell into the trap of exaggerated stereotyping of characters and cultural groups (e.g. the black South African freedom fighter; the liberal white englishman, the jew with the compassion for oppression, the conservative and sexually warped afrikaner and the self-enriching black opportunist). Overall, however, I felt that the personal narrative of the two main characters (Tandia and Peekay) allowed a thought-provoking and sensitive look into South African society pre-1994 and the emotional repercussions of an oppressive regime.
I really loved the first book from this author, The Power of One, so I had to get this one. I thought that this was EVEN better! If you haven't listened to either, start with the first one and move to this - that way you can follow the characters. This story was true to life with the history of the apartheid. Enjoy!
After loving "The Power of One" I was eager to find out what happened to the characters. Tandia introduces more characters and does tell you what happened to them, but it lacked something. Maybe it was the personal connection the author had with Peekay in the first book--and Peekay's later life story too much a departure from the author's life. Or maybe Courtenay simply couldn't identify as closely with Tandia.
However, I continue to be in awe of Humphrey Bower's narrative skills. It was due solely to his narration of "Shantaram" that I got "Power of One" and I'm glad I did. I almost gave up after Courtenay disappointed me with "Tandia" but I'm currently listening to "The Potato Factory", and it's another winner by Courtenay.
Bruce Courtenay is a consumate writer ! He has opened my life to subjects I only knew from reading histories and the characters are rich in detail with intimate details of life. The great dramas are tempored by wonderful humor. The reader of all his books so far, Humphrey Bower, is a truly gifted linquist and dialoque actor, one of the greats. This book and his others are a truely important part of my collection.
Loved it just as much as the Power of One... what a story! Bryce Courtney is amazing and the reader just as great!
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