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Tandia Audiobook

Tandia

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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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    Vince 10-19-14
    Vince 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Non stop, Heart wrenching, Exhilarating!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tandia the most enjoyable?

    The lead book with "PK" in the "Power of One" and the seamless continuation of the story with the introduction of Tandia and her struggles as a "non white" person in South Africa. This is a disgusting and shameful era and the way it was presented kept me listening non stop. It was near impossible to put down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    PK is the hero. Always the champion . . . bright, honest with others and with himself to a fault, but also not perfect. Constantly adjusting based on the situation, but always mindful of others, whether black or white.


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

    King Edward Juicy Fruit Mumbo, Humphrey Bower has so much range and talent. It was like listening to 10 different readers.


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

    Too many to remember. Laugh, joyous, sad, tearful, proud.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the Tommo and Hawk trilogy and now Power of One and Tandia. Between the writing of Bryce Courtney and the reading of Humphrey Bower, they're the most enjoyable audio books I've experienced since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series".

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    book worm 07-21-14
    book worm 07-21-14
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    "After Power of One, not a contender"
    What did you love best about Tandia?

    I listened to the audio mainly to continue in PK's story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bryce Courtenay? Why or why not?

    I might, but the difference between Power of One and Tandia was startling, and I would like to find more like the first book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boxing scenes came to "life"


    Any additional comments?

    The Power of One felt like "Africa", the way PK grew up, the developing political scene worldwide, the descriptions of young PK's first train trip, the chicken, his growing up with close ties with all the tribes, his love of the botanists, the descriptions of mining, descriptions of country, the author had to have experienced some of that to write so descriptively, so movingly. Power of One = 10 stars. But "Tandia" was so different, almost as though a sequel had been just required, actually as though it were written by a different author. "Tandia" presents the reader with quite a few leaps and bounds in the disjointed script to get all the right characters into the right places, ie to tie it all up. The ending of Tandia, not where PK dies, but the whole sequence of the flight up the escarpment and over the saddle rang particularly contrived. Once it was mentioned that sure death would result if any of the pursuers would be caught out in the terrible freezing of night, yet that was never mentioned again as PK, Yani, Dum, and Tandia were being faced with sundown. One aspect that disappointed me in Tandia, was the near complete lack of "nature", I don't think any wild animals were ever mentioned, hard to get a feeling of the landscape, where the "Power of One" came alive with the feel. There is nothing better than the Wilbur Smith books for a presentation of South Africa's nature, but the narrator of the Wilbur Smith books is hard to listen to.

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    Simon 05-10-14
    Simon 05-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great entertainment"
    What did you like best about this story?

    A great story while explaining the time and context of South African history. The boxing matches were enthralling.


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

    I haven't listened to Humphrey Bower before but I'd be happy to listen again. I am an Australian living in South Africa, so his voice was very easy for me to listen to! His timing, accents and voices were very good.


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    Kristin Nichols 05-04-14 Listener Since 2008

    I am a massage therapist and Makeup Artist from NZ. Brought up on a dairy farm in the Waikato region. My partner is an Army officer.

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    "Another winner by Bryce Courtenay"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed Tandia as I could visualise the characters and live the story in my heart with the clever narration done by Humphrey Bower. His Voice is fabulous and his ability to bring alive each of the characters never ceases to amaze me. The Story was a continuation of the Power of One which I enjoyed immensely. I really enjoy Bryce Courtenay's writing style as he is very descriptive and creates fantastic visual imagery in your mind to bring the story alive. He develops the characters through the story and you get quite attached to them and emotionally connected with their highs and lows.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bryce Courtenay? Why or why not?

    Yes I have enjoyed several and would be happy to experience more of his writing.


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

    I really enjoyed Humphrey Bower's ability to define each of the characters with his clever voice changes. I especially enjoyed Mama Tequila.


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

    Drama and Passion under the violent African sun.


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    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 12-12-13
    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 12-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tandia is actually a sequel to THE POWER OF ONE"
    What did you like best about Tandia? What did you like least?

    Continuation of the action and themes of THE POWER OF ONE.Powerful and heroic characters. Some important themes concerning race relations in South Africa.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story is the color of the many unique characters. Several present insights into race relations in South Africa and human nature in general which really carry the novel beyond a simple story.


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

    Many of the characters are unique and woven together into an interesting, at times exciting story. The performer, Humphrey Bower does an absolutely 5 star performance with all the characters, from English, to Indian, to several African tribes, to German, to Afrikaner, etc. As with THE POWER OF ONE, the central hero of the story is P.K. and his persona and the devotion and inspiration he commands of the Africans remains the central part of the story. I would not read Tandia without Reading The Power of One first.


    Did Tandia inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The reason that I do not rate this novel higher is mainly that it is a long sequel to a long original novel. If one is looking for a sequel to the Power of One, it great.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-24-13
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "If you like, Power of One, you'll like Tandia, too"

    Please read (listen) to "Power of One" first, then listen to Tandia. A glimpse of South Africa told through the eyes of a young multi-racial woman who joins others in the political movement for freedom in SA. If you like Courtenay, you'll enjoy this listen, too.

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    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 11-13-13
    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.

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    "Great sequel to The Power of One"

    I thought that Tandia was a really good sequel to The Power of One. I enjoyed reading more about Peekay’s life, boxing, and relationships. I thought it was interesting that the summary makes the book emphasis seem to be about the struggle of a black/white relationship in South Africa when that only occurs in the last few chapters of the book. I’d say this book really isn’t about the relationship between Tandia and Peekay. It’s more of a story about the survival, strength, & victory of Tandia – an abused but victorious black woman. THEN it’s about Peekay’s story and lastly it covers and his relationship to Tandia. I didn’t like the ending. The ending was so disappointing and that is the only reason I rated this book 4/5 stars instead of 5/5.

    Spoiler Alert:
    Let me elaborate as to why I really hated the ending of this book. Bryce Courtney killed off a couple beloved characters (Dee & Dum) with only a few words and not much response/remorse from Peekay. First he killed off Dee with a single shot fired by the antagonist. Then he has Dum jump off a cliff in an effort to protect Peekay from death. But then that proves to have been for nothing because Peekay chose to jump to his own death anyway. And right after Dum sacrifices her life for Peekay the next phrase completely dismisses the extent of her loss by this phrase:

    “Peekay lay still for a long time. The moon came up, full and glorious. A bright light in the African night. He always liked the full moon. He was back in the night country…”

    Where is the remorse for the loss of someone he grew up with? Seemed a very strange ending for those two characters that were part of both books and supposedly loved like family by Peekay. It also seemed that Peekay gave up on his own life quickly too. I absolutely did not like this ending.

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    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 09-19-13
    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Too bad no fourth book"
    If you could sum up Tandia in three words, what would they be?

    Great characters, enveloping


    What other book might you compare Tandia to and why?

    Like the Stephen King book I just finished, I was compelled to stick in m earbuds driving shopping, cleaning...It was an engaging book.


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

    Yes the other books in the series, good performance.


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

    The power of us


    Any additional comments?

    I read the 3 books in the series and was disappointed to see the author had passed. I would have liked to keep readying.

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    Patricia ENID, OK, United States 09-09-13
    Patricia ENID, OK, United States 09-09-13
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    "Good until the final chapter. Disappointing end."
    Where does Tandia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #2. It was almost as good as Power of One & continued the story line which left me wanting more. Throughout both books there was great detail given in every area.

    But the ending of Tandia seemed rushed through the last 2-3 chapters. Then just ended with a fizzle - a half hearted promise for the future of South Africa.

    Just a bit more time spent with the path of woman, Tandia would have left an ongoing picture in our story telling brains, of what could be. I felt cheated after following the characters on such a long & treacherous path! To read these long epic stories, the reader is 'greatly invested' & to be let down put me in a gloomy mood for a couple of days.

    Some early characters should have been re-introduced, such as Hoppy.

    Narration was surperb.


    Would you recommend Tandia to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Best to leave Peekay to the first book. The Power of One


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

    Yes, & just as good.


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

    Peekay, but tell him to leave Tandia alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce seems overly caught up in foul language & blaming religion for most everything. The story could be told to a wider audience, especially teenagers without so much demeaning language. I agree that often times religion is used as a tool or a battering ram for people to use to justify their thoughts & actions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn McQuade 07-31-13
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    "Bryce Courtenay's best"
    What did you love best about Tandia?

    Great storyline and excellently read by Humphrey Bower. Characters felt real.


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

    Excellent accents and veryeasy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Verydescriptive and obviously well researched.

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