The second installment in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan series, The Return of Tarzan, starts with the iconic man of the jungle in America, still in shock over the engagement of his true love, Jane Porter, to another man.
Leaving for Europe, Tarzan is soon embroiled in new adventures. He takes part in a duel, becomes a special agent in Algeria, and becomes an adopted member of the Waziri tribe. Eventually, his paths cross again with Jane, who is back in Africa on a tour of its western coast.
Subtly modulating her voice to portray various characters, Shelly Frasier gives a measured, understated performance of this story of a noble "ape man".
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If you really wish to continue the Tarzan story than this book is ok. It is very far fetched with many coincidences which occur so that characters will not drop out of the narrative. It would seem that there are only about 10 people in the world because they just keep happening to bump into each other.
I also did not like the narrator Shelly Frasier as much as James Slattery who narrated the first volume.
The book itself is not too bad, but the narrator just about totally ruined it. If I'd known I could return the book at the time, I would have!
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The second of the Tarzan series is, as was the first, a wonderful story. The problem with this rendition is the narrator. She mispronounces English words, which is bad enough, but her pronunciation of the French is attrocious. Monsieur is pronounced "Miz zur," without fail. Do not fail to listen to this excellent story, but choose the other narrator that Audible offers. Although I have only experienced a third narrator, whose name escapes me, when I listened to Tarzan of the Apes (he was great!), anyone is likely to be better than Shelly.
I really like the first book. This one however went into way too much, unbelievable, detail of his life in France, U.S., and Europe. Though the book got better toward the end - dealing with his adventure in the lost city, (which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars)I hated the ending.
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