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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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    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.

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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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    Regina Round Lake Beach, IL, United States 07-18-13
    Regina Round Lake Beach, IL, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding Book !!!"

    What a beautiful story. I loved "Power of One," but this book I couldn't stop listening to. I was truly sad to have it end. I would listen again right away, but it is a bit intense for that.
    I'm so sorry that I didn't discover Mr. Courtney until after he left this world. What a gifted author !

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    Laura 06-16-13
    Laura 06-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Courtenay has done it again!"

    I loved this book! For the first half of the book it jumped between two stories. Both characters were so interesting and the stories were so good. I knew that at some point the two would come together. The narrator was wonderful! I recommend this as well as any other books written by Courtenay!

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    Liz 06-11-13
    Liz 06-11-13
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    "Must read after the Power of One!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tandia the most enjoyable?

    The power of perseverance and the developing love story between Tandia and PK.
    Humphrey Bower's is such a wonderful narrater, you have no problem knowing which charactor is speeking at any time.


    What other book might you compare Tandia to and why?

    The Power of One you need to read first and also I enjoyed the book "A Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandella for the nonfiction account of this time period.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tandia gets to go to her first boxing match with Mama Tequila.


    Who was the most memorable character of Tandia and why?

    Tandia of course because she is always so graceful no mater what is thrown at her.


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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-06-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story"

    Excellent story and narration, now we need another author to write the 3rd in the Trilogy.

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    Candice 05-31-13
    Candice 05-31-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Capturing the true spirit of mankind (or unkind)"
    If you could sum up Tandia in three words, what would they be?

    A heartbreaking story


    Who was the most memorable character of Tandia and why?

    Juicy Fruit Mambo was very memorable firstly because he's a character of a similar name in Jack of Diamonds but mostly because of his utter loyalty and humility to Tandia.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a rather true depiction of what life was like in South Africa for a non-white person. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth... The story reminds the world of the reason for the hate bred in the hearts of those that lived on that piece of land at the bottom of the African continent. It is a reminder of how unreasonable humans can be, and have been. There is more than one side to every story and Bryce plays a pivotal role in portraying these sides. An artful story that draws you into the depths of human hatred... and then love.

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    silja 04-08-13
    silja 04-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Powerful stuff!"
    What did you love best about Tandia?

    It is full of knowledge about the Apartheid regime and conditions of different ethnic cultures in South Africa, and even though it is heartbreaking sometimes, it is so full of LOVE and wisdom. I don't like boxing, and I am enganged in a book on the world master ship in boxing, just because the setting and the writing is so amazingly good!


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    Jill Sale, Australia 04-01-13
    Jill Sale, Australia 04-01-13
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    "Classic Courtenay"
    Would you listen to Tandia again? Why?

    I don't tend to listen to books twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While entertaining it brings history to life and is thought provoking.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene, it was unexpected but I was disappointed the book was over.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did both.


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    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-19-13
    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-19-13
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    "Read this review to avoid a SPOILER for this book."

    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.

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