©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 )
Loved it. Not quite as much as "power of one" but it was well worth the read. I loved the story of peekay continuing. This book has its share of profanity and also some difficult scenes involving rape and abuse. If you were ok to read the "dragon tattoo" series of books then you can easily handle the scenes in Tandia.
Bottom line I loved "Power of one" and "Tandia" .
perhaps, but I'd be very wary
The characterizations were good, but the exaggerated emphasis indicating shouting was far too prevalent
Even with all of the words, the book seemed like more of an outline than a novel. The characters are never truly developed. fortunately the characters of Peekay and Hymie are established from the first book. This was really a disappointment. On the other hand, many never have a book as good as The Power of One.
loved the ending to the Power Og One.. narration of .. well shocking.. how does he do it? switching from Irish to Indian to Boer in less than two minutes of reading. PeeKay is a wonderful character..one who can box and practice law at the same time.. listening is great but I have to pick up the book to see how you spell unshobie shobie ungelosi and I want to hear the Africans sing.. Courtenay and Bower make tears come to your eyes.. so be careful driving and listening.. fabulous. wonderful, enchanting all rolled into one..you won't be sorry.. but get The Power of One first.
No, only because I tend to only listen to a book once. However, it does not take away from the fact that I thought this was a great sequal and maybe even better than
Peekay. I liked following PK and knowing what happened to him after the mines of
I thought this was a a fantastic and heartbreaking story. I enjoyed the history surrounding the characters. It was a difficult listen, only because the content was hard. The reader was fabulous.
I love the writing of Bryce Courtenay and have read Tandia three or four times. My original copy of the book, ordered and shipped from South Africa, was his original work. My second copy, which this audio book is read from, was edited for length (not well) and content to sell in the US. The structure was changed and large sections were removed. Most of what was removed didn't effect the overall arc of the story, but I miss it. I wish they would have made the original book into an audio book, instead of this one. Does that mean you shouldn't read or listen to this book? NO. It is well-written and completes the story of Peekay.
I loved Power of One and hoped to enhance the experience by listening to this one. I quit listening 2/3 through. This book had none of the charm of Power of One. It drug on and on and never really picked up speed.
Also, I found the reader's singing in a few places so BAD!! That only made me more sad. The singing parts were tiny, but so awful they are still rolling around in my head.
Overall this story was sad for me, and not the in dramatic, enjoyable & redeeming way a good book should be.
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.
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