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Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 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.

©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"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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strong performance

As this was the second book I read as an adult I decided to see if I enjoyed it as an audio book and it didn't disappoint! Beautiful story with powerful characters. Well read by Humphrey Bower!

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Heartbreaking

Absolutely stunning and tragic. South Africa's history is heartbreaking. Beautifully written and narrated sequel to The Power of One.

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great book

great story great narrator one of my favorite books. this is a must listen too book

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Exquisitely read, powerful story.

I never knew a ‘sequel’ to the famous ‘Power of One’ movie existed! Tandia continues the story of Peekay in a very satisfying way. Bryce Courtenay is a master of creating a cast of beautiful heart-warming characters, Dickensian in scope. Humphrey Bouwer, who reads all Courtenay’s novels deserves the Academy Award for Best Voice Actor. Having listened to Bouwer read 7 of Courtenay’s novels I can’t praise highly enough his powerful, evocative reading voice and his mastery of so many fascinating and endearing accents.

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Transformative.

Ahhh, what a book. Just like when I was 13 after finishing "The Power of One" I was so in love that I poured straight into "Tandia", though now I am 38. To my delight, more so than I remember, it felt like simply continuing "The Power of One". My first thoughts were, "yes! Another precious 27 hours with Peekay, Bryce Courtney and Humphry Bower." Of course, as it always does with a great book, the time went far too quickly and I miss it terribly, immediately after. It's funny, I remembered more bits and pieces of "The Power of One" than I did "Tandia". I think this might be because of the deeper political themes and probably the tragic and violent elements too did not have enough foothold in my young, privileged, white, male mind. Not so now, as I've walked around with the characters and movements, even in my dreams, since the first chapter. I can not recommend this highly enough, just like the first book. The recommendation comes with a more fervent warning though, as there is violence of several of the worst kind throughout this book and people who have experienced trauma could be easily disturbed, I would think. That being said, none of it is needless or gratuitous, and I'm sure it pales against the billions of lived experiences by those affected by the horror of Apartheid. At its heart this book seems to be about the transformative power of Love itself. Mr Courtney has gone to great lengths to point out that this ultimate transformation is not instantaneous and requires the utmost attention and care, while demonstrating - heart achingly - that the transformation does exist in every act and thought, and the power of one act, one life, one star, can carry throughout the universe of Life. I could go on and on about the glory of these two masterpieces but it only makes me miss them more. And it makes me miss Bryce Courtney too. What a wonderful man.

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Incredible story

So much more than just a story of forbidden love. It’s a roller coaster ride of a slice of South African history told in a work of fiction. So unpredictable, sometimes shocking, with an ending unexpected and clever.

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A complex case study of racismin South Africa

A firstperson narrative ofaboy's tragedies and triumphs through childhood up to young adulthood. Pk, the main character learns to survive boarding school, born again christianity and racism and apartheid which was so much a part of South Africa. He finds and looses friends but always triumphs through his own abilities and resilience. We meet inspiration characters, who believe in the potential of this clever, and often lonely boy growing to be a man. Sometimes, the characterisation of a child seems to be lost, as the dialogue is mature and the ideas being described are well developed. Narration is great - Humphrey Bauer's voice is gravelly, and he uses it to create a range of nuanced accents from Zulu through Afrikaans to to English aristocracy.

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Great follow up story from The Power of One

Marathon was great. Story pace and interest was also pretty good. excellant sequel to the Power of One.

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fantastic performance

i loved it as a boy in South Africa but it hasn't aged well, not as engaging as The Power of One

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The best book I have ever read

This book is a gift to all people. It is a literacy masterpiece and humanitarian Bible.

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  • Thomas Andrews
  • 17-05-2006

Thanks for this wonderful collaboration

I read Power of One several years ago and was a fan of Courtenay already. I found Courtenay on audible when Brother Fish was released and bought that. I was immensely impressed with the Humphrey narration and wanted more. Then I discovered this sequel to Power of One and snapped it right up. Having just finished it, I was sorry to have it end. Humphrey's narration of this book was, like that of Brother Fish, superb. The best I have found on Audible. That is important since I try to buy only books over 20 hours for my bike commute. I was moved by this sequel to Power of One and would recommend it to anyone-- although I would strongly recommend reading or listening to Power of One first. There are enough back references that much will be lost without the experience of Power of One. (And the movie is no substitute; not even close. I saw the movie when it first came out and it kept me from reading the book for years. The book is lightyears better than the movie.) In Tandia, I am impressed with Courtnay's ability not to paint all Afrikaaners with one brush, and the same for the South African blacks and the rest of the cast. I am even more impressed with his ability to deal with themes of racial pride, hatred and tolerance; culture; religion; love; and faith without trivializing them. Thank you Courtenay and Humphrey for this wonderful collaboration !!!!

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  • Iva
  • 01-01-2008

A wonderful story

I listened to the Power of One first, and was drawn deeply into Peekay's world, South Africa during apartheid, in no small part through the masterful reading by Humphrey Bower. Tandia, the sequel, is a more grown up tale, which is just as it should be as Peekay embarks on adulthood only towards the end of the first book. Tandia is where we see Peekay finally realise his full potential and where he puts into practice the convictions he developed as a child. Without this book, the story would have been half told. This book also introduces a number of unforgettable non-white characters who give a richer perspective on life in South Africa during this period. The author's love for his country of birth clearly shines through. A beautiful, emotionally draining story. The ending left me desperately wishing for a sequel.

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  • Bridget
  • 11-05-2012

Great narrator but hideously abridged.

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Humphrey Bower is the best Australian reader I've heard. Period.

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Tandia, although darker, is a worthy follow up to The Power of One, telling the story of life in apartheid South Africa from the other perspective and following on with Peekay's story.

Sadly, despite what Audible have been told by the publisher, this audiobook is definitely abridged. I've read the hard copy before and was surprised when both minor and pivotal scenes were cut. Further more, a number of plot points that are edited out are constantly referred back to later in the story – enough to cause confusion in a listener who lacked prior knowledge of the story.

A very lazy job of editing a very well performed audiobook.

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  • Matthew Martin
  • 25-11-2009

The story of Peekay continues

Bryce Courtenay is one of my new favorite authors. He has excellent descriptions of his charactors and Humphry Bower is simply the best narrator I have ever heard. His range of charactor voices is unmatched.

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  • Jim
  • 04-11-2008

Quite possibly one of the best books ever!!!

This was the fifth book I have read by Bryce Cortenay. The Potato Factory trilogy really got me hooked. I put off listening for almost a year, but after listening to Shantaram, also narrated by Bowers, I went ahead and took the plunge. The combination of Cortenay and Bowers is simply unbeatable. The Power of One was really good, but the follow up, Tandia was greatness all the way up the last line. I highly recommend this book...you won't be disappointed

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  • Nathan
  • 12-07-2007

Excellent as always!

This is my second book by Bryce Courtenay. The first was "The Potato Factory." Both books were excellent, and the narrator is beyond excellent. I actually stopped my iPod at one section of "Tandia" and replayed about 5 minutes just for the sheer pleasure of the language and the narrator's interpretation. The only bad thing I can say about Bryce Courtenay is that his books are epics and require a commitment to listen to a very long story. It's worth it!

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  • Gail
  • 22-01-2012

Powerful!

I hope this review doesn't get buried in the 25th page of reviews but never the less I have to add mine to the pile! This sequel to the Power of One is so worth the credit. Following the life of P.K. the story picks up in a very colorful and vivid way to see how the love of one's people and county in paid in blood. It's funny and is sad. It's an African "BraveHeart" story which is written in a way that you are proud of people who die for the cause of equality of all races. It is a love story that encompasses more than just P.K. and Tandia, but for friendships and freedoms. The narration is superb!

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  • JJ
  • 18-09-2007

Tandia by Bryce Courtney

Well developed characters and detailed plot.
Sometimes wonder if Courtney's books could be shorter but I am never disappointed in the time spent listening.

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  • Debbie
  • 07-03-2014

Fighting for RIGHT

This is my fifth Bryce Courtenay book, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I've listened to The Power of One, The Potato Factory Trilogy (which I also highly recommend), and now Tandia. Humphrey Bower narrates them all . . . flawlessly. I have learned so much about the history of Africa in listening to The Power of One and Tandia. Sadly, evil is so prevalent in the political and the powerful. And it has been so since the beginning of time. The beautiful story of Peekay, as a child and now as an adult, who chooses to fight for right is a rare jewel. To reject corruption and embrace truth in the face of even death . . . awe, this is the magic of the tadpole angel.

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  • Anand
  • 26-05-2007

awesome book!

Tandia and the Power of One are perhaps that best books/novels that I have read /listened to so far. At the end of these two books, I feel a deep love for Africa itself and feel as if the lead character PeeKay is someone I really know. The author has a wonderful way of describing about the native customs/beliefs of Africa with respect and without trivialising them. This is rare as most westerner academics/authors who study non-western customs rarely understand them and frequently trivialize them using their limited knowledge. Obviously, the author, Bryce Courtenay, is a real son of Africa, just like how PeeKay is potrayed.

The narrator deserves a special mention. I dont think I would have enjoyed this book as well as I did if I read it off a book. The different voices and tones and accent that Humphrey Bower uses throughout the two books is really entertaining.

I for sure will listen to more books from this Author-Narrator combo both for content and entertainment.

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  • Rachel
  • 30-09-2009

excellent read

This is the sequel to power of one, and is just as good, and more adult, with more violence in some parts.
Lots of good boxing matches, to go along side the political plots which often come with South African books of the 2nd part of the 20th century.
A good return for your credit with well over 20 Hours of audio with a great reader.

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  • Rob
  • 16-11-2008

Another triumph

After listening to Brother Fish, I wanted to experience another Bryce Courtnay novel and this did not disappoint.
The amazing characters once again drew me in and I felt the struggle of black South Africans.
Tandia experienced terrible brutality, but her strength of character helped her survive.
Another great story, brilliantly read. Don't miss it.

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  • Jinty
  • 16-04-2014

Tandia and Peekay

What did you like most about Tandia?

the wonderful story of Africa its people and their lands..

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pee Kay i followed him through The power of one. And this wonderful book let me stay with him,right to the end of his fantastic journey.

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

oh ! that is a hard one to answer,as all his characters are just so pitch perfect.. The whole ; Sheebang !!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not possible its very long, but I did find it difficult to put down... I wanted to put a Do Not Disturb Me sign near me most of the time...

Any additional comments?

Bryce Courtney is some story teller,I have read a good few of his books and loved them. Tandia is particularly good,it showed me just how bad things were in South Africa for the black and coloured people.If you have a Heart and a Soul, I think you will love this book.

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  • Lindsey
  • 11-12-2013

Another wonderful Bryce Courtenay story

This is a story that can be read on it's own, but has more meaning when read after The Power of One. It is as powerful, emotive and rewarding as that first novel covering similar topics from an opposite point of view and a female voice. The characterisations are, as ever, wonderful. From the moment the book starts you are drawn into the events by a shocking incident that sets the basis for the main character's struggle through the rest of the book.

Can't recommend enough!

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  • Natalie
  • 07-04-2013

Part two of a tragic story

When I read the power of one my mind was baffled with juxtaposition of innocence and strength in a terrible situation. Tandia follows on from this with a powerful portrayal of what happened next. The twist of two voices is a unique story telling feature and shows the story from two points or view. The ending ..... Now that was not expected..... Listen and you will be amazed.

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  • Caryn
  • 08-12-2011

Superb

An excellent story with carefully woven characters and narration, with superb narration. I really enjoyed listening to this book - high recommended.

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  • Lareine
  • 25-09-2020

Powerful book

Wow, a powerful story, well told. I’ve lived in South Africa during the latter years of Apartheid, and was born in Rhodesia, so can easily believe that this all went on, though I didn’t see any of the atrocities towards blacks and coloureds. It still shocked me. The Afrikaners were a tough and religious lot, and I know they hated those of colour, since many have coloured blood in them, and I know they liked to mix with blacks in secret in the “homelands”. I liked the narrator, but there were some poor pronunciations which were annoying, and a few discrepancies in little details. I know it’s irrelevant to the story, but can I just say that bluebells do not flower in early spring like daffodils! They’re not out till early May in the UK! That aside, it was a great book, and I was sad when it was over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-2020

Wonderful storytelling

Just completely opened my eyes to the horror of Apartheid. Compelling reading but read The Power of One first.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-2020

Great story

I love Bryce Courtney Great writer and iv listened to some great stories. The Potato Factory . Tommo and Hawk Solomon’s Song The power of One Tandia Although the storyline for Tandia has been great the ending was an anti climax. Disappointing.

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  • StewieMcStewFace
  • 29-06-2020

thumbs up

thoroughly enjoyed the story and very well narrated. I chose this as I had listened to the first book. the power of one.

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