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Tarzan of the Apes | [Edgar Rice Burroughs]

Tarzan of the Apes

Deep in the heart of the Congo a small baby is adopted by Kala, a fierce anthropoid ape of the tribe of Kerchak. Here, protected by his savage foster mother, Tarzan (for so she named him) learned the secrets of jungle life - how to talk with all animals, how to move like a shadow, how to swing freely through the teeming forest, how to fight barehanded the great carnivores. Here he acquired the strength and agility of his guardian apes, and the same keen sense of smell and sound that all wild creatures need to protect themselves.
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Deep in the heart of the Congo a small baby is adopted by Kala, a fierce anthropoid ape of the tribe of Kerchak. Here, protected by his savage foster mother, Tarzan (for so she named him) learned the secrets of jungle life - how to talk with all animals, how to move like a shadow, how to swing freely through the teeming forest, how to fight barehanded the great carnivores. Here he acquired the strength and agility of his guardian apes, and the same keen sense of smell and sound that all wild creatures need to protect themselves. Here he cemented his lifelong friendship with the tribe of Tantor, the great grey elephants. And here, in time, his human intelligence brought him to the leadership of his own tribe.

Fierce, proud, free, superlatively stong and nobly made, Tarzan of the Apes proved himself truly the unconquerable Lord of the Jungle. But civilization holds traps for the jungle-bred. And even Tarzan was not immune to the craft and guile of human beings.

Public Domain (P)1994 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    "Wonderful"

    I must admit if I had to read this book I would never get through it. However, the audiobook is wonderful and captivating, with just the right amount of supense. This is largely due to the excellent narrator. I purchased this audiobook on impulse and it was never a disappointment.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 04-04-08
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 04-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than when I was a kid"

    I read and re-read the Tarzan series over 40 years ago and was re-introduced through the audible version. I enjoyed Tarzan of the Apes as much or more now than when I was a kid. A great read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rafe Rochester, NY, USA 10-27-07
    Rafe Rochester, NY, USA 10-27-07 Member Since 2006
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    "terrific job!"

    Tarzan of the Apes is by now a venerable classic. But it is the narrator who makes this audio version really live. He does an absolutely terrific job!

    A surprisingly good story and a wonderful listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-11-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Tut, tut. I loved this book!! 4 1/2 stars."

    What fun--and what a beautifully written and narrated old-fashioned adventure. It is so wonderful to go back and read the original books after they were murdered and maimed by Hollywood. You get to know the story the author actually told.

    This is a seriously written tale. It does not feel dated and has a surprising ending, not what I expected, which is a plus in my book. Be forewarned, there is a second book that continues the story.

    And, don't be waiting for the famous statement, "Me Tarzan, you Jane." That is Hollywood pap and will not be found in this delightful book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 10-30-10
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 10-30-10 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "Primeval Man and Primeval Woman on a Date"

    The egregious plot contrivances and dated and appalling racism of Tarzan of the Apes cannot completely mar the well-written and compelling romantic adventure story, the first that Burroughs wrote about Tarzan. Burroughs' African jungle and its man-god are impossible, but he writes them with a sincere conviction and vivid imagination that induce us to believe them. James Slattery does a fine job reading the novel, with perfect pacing and articulation and an appealing gravitas and savory flavor that bring to life characters like the instinctive noble wild man Tarzan, the essentially good Clayton, the absent-minded and pedantic Professor Porter, the conflicted Jane Porter, and the practical and loyal D'Arnaud. An enjoyable and strangely moving listen indeed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jcg 05-25-07
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    "A classic"

    Never had read or heard the original Tarzan, my experience had been only through the movies. Glad I purchased the novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Louisville, KY, United States 03-20-10
    Robert Louisville, KY, United States 03-20-10 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Read with a Great Narrator."

    Before I read this book the only foreknowledge of the story that I had, shamefully, was the Disney movie story. I was happily surprised to see that it was NOT like the movie; it was better. The story is more believable and captivating. The characters, mainly Tarzan, are developed well and the plot is riveting.

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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 02-05-14
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    Definitely not a children's story. Pretty violent, certainly not gratuitous, but violent nonetheless. The story or Tarzan's survival, being raised by apes, and his intellect and self educating was well told.

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    Bernie vancouver, WA, USA 03-26-06
    Bernie vancouver, WA, USA 03-26-06
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    "Captivating"

    The audiobook kept me captivated, I could not put it down

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 12-04-13
    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW -- Worth More Than 5 Stars!!"

    All I can say is "WOW!" This book bears no resemblance to any of the books I've read, nor movies I've seen, about "Tarzan of the Apes" -- it was so riveting I could not stop listening to it!

    1st published in 1914, "Tarzan of the Apes" seems remarkably violent for the era in which it was written--no doubt the reason for subsequent adaptions. One would think that because it was written so long ago, it would no longer captivate the imagination, but it has lost nothing with time. I am so glad I had the opportunity to listen to it, performed by such an accomplished narrator.

    The action and adventure engages ones imagination in such a way that you feel as though you are there witnessing the events as they unfold -- It's made me into a Tarzan fan.

    I will now purchase "The Return of Tarzan". The second book takes up where this one ends.

    As a book that engages all your emotions, and leaves you wanting more, I highly recommend "Tarzan of the Apes".

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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