• Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

  • By: Robin Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Suzan Crowley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

By: Robin Maxwell
Narrated by: Suzan Crowley
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Publisher's Summary

The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, Jane Porter is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.

When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets - and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.

Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.

©2012 Robin Maxwell (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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This Really Works...Great Story!

I was hesitant to give up a credit for this. I mean it IS a Tarzan story. But I am so glad I did. This story goes much further than the old one dimensional Tarzan movies: “Me Tarzan, You Jane” with the cannibal natives and some guy in a loin cloth wrestling tigers and alligators. The story is clever, thoughtful, entertaining and suspenseful without being over the top. I am sure that fans of the Outlander series and Davina Porter will especially enjoy the story and Susan Crowley’s excellent, though at times, emotional narration. Two thumbs up for this great adventure.

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Charming Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, I really enjoyed the story, the narrator was terrific. It 's an old story but the author told it with a new perspective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane, the story gave her character a fullness that no other book has

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many

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

The part wher Jane struggles over awakening Tarzan's repressed memories of his parents

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Wonderful story!

Told from Jane’s perspective with details only she could share. It took me to a different world with a real alpha male.

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I’m not sure what other reviewers heard?

I greatly enjoyed this presentation, it is not a reboot of ERB creation. It’s something different. Something good and worth your time. In many ways it is a more real presentation of the characters. Still fantasy but more believable in many ways. It was a complete story line performed excellently. Yes it is more real to the point of a PG13 rating but only in a few places and for continuity of story and character development.
I feel many of the criticisms read in reviews reflect a less attentive and incomplete hearing of the story. Great job!

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Love this Tarzan Retelling from Janes POV

I found this retelling of Tarzan from Jane’s POV to he really interesting and engaging. I wasn’t bored for a single minute and just when you think you know the story and what will happen the author throws in a detail or twist to keep you on your toes. Jane is a very independent and precocious 20 year old young lady, who attends her father’s anatomy lessons and other college courses. Encouraged by her doting father, both are taken in and deceived by a cruel man who nevertheless gets them to Africa and of course that is where all hell breaks loose and the romance begins. Lovers of romance novels may be disappointed in the lack of details of the intimate scenes but will surely enjoy the heat, love, and affinity that grows between Tarzan and Jane as they become each other’s teacher and protector in a very equal and egalitarian way. They will also not be disappointed by the HEA at the end though perhaps be as eager for more details as Edgar was at the end. Enjoy this fast paced and fun retelling, I sure did!

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Why change the story so much?

Clearly the author is a talented writer but seriously, why make so many changes to the story and WHY put sex in it as well?

The performance/reading of this was fantastic but if you are a Tarzan fan, you may just end up pissed off after listening to this crap.

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Tarzan

Jane was the highlight of the book and the narrator of this story. This book is hands-down the best Tarzan story I have ever read !

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Awful

I loved the Tarzan books when I was young; in particular, number 19 "Tarzan's Quest" where Jane is a capable character leading a group of plane crash survivors make their way out of the jungle.

This book, however, is terrible. Poorly written and poorly read. I felt second hand embarrassment for the reader when she was overwrought during dramatic sections of the book. I also refuse to believe that a Victorian lady would write the phrase "my milk swollen breasts" in her diary entry; implausible at best, and jarring enough to take you out of the book.

I really looked forward to reading a story about Jane. This was so bad I stopped two thirds of the way into it. I just couldn't stand listening to the reader or the story any longer.

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Great for mature readers that enjoy adventure and science in a British accent!

Great book to read if you want a story about an adventurous and brave woman that is full of rich information of 19th century history, biology, anatomy, anthropology, paleontology, linguistics, and archeology mixed in with romance and battle with two antagonists. It gets 5 stars for performance because her British voice was melodic and soothing and this was my first audiobook where the narrator actually screamed and cried! The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 in story is because it got just a little too unrealistic in a couple parts and I thought it could have been portrayed a bit better. But overall a great story recommended for women in 20s-30s who enjoys science, romance, and adventure! Warning: sex, violence, and nothing like the Disney cartoon!

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21st century woman in the 19th

I read Tarzan as a kid and loved it and was prepared to love this story. While the story was good over all, I was turned off by the radical feminism of the title character. I honestly disliked Jane for most of the book. I also disliked how long it took for the story to get to the Tarzan-Jane relationship. The Jane I remembered from the original stories never made an appearance in this book. On the positive side, the story is well written, very descriptive, and the narrator was excellent.

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  • EJ
  • 01-05-14

Appalling narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The worst book I have purchased. The female narrator shouts loudly everytime she speaks the words of the father. Utterly confusing, it starts with Jane giving a lecture in America, jumps to her sitting in a huge nest up a tree in West Africa then to a lab in Cambridge. I gave up and returned the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-17

Good but...

I really enjoyed this book. I loved that Jane was strong and independent, I loved that a lot of the political landscape of the Times was incorporated, even if it was not necessarily a major plot point as this makes the world more tangible. However, in the interests of reversing the gender roles, Maxwell went a bit overboard in the other direction.

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  • Lewis Anker
  • 06-20-16

For true Tarzan Fans

I Absolutely loved this unique telling of the Tarzan tale. The Tarzan books were the first books I ever read and stimulated my love of reading and I feel that this story pays true respect to the original story. The reader does a fantastic job and had me on the edge of my seat. Edgar Rice Burroughs would be proud.