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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 junglebred. And even Tarzan was not immune to the craft and guile of human beings.
Public Domain (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Uncomfortable love letter to Eugenics

The whole concept of the superior white being is so prevalent in this story it’s quite shocking. The undertones of racism and eugenics theory made it hard for me to fully get into the story.

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a true classic of storytelling

i have seen tons of Tarzan films and while some are good , none are as good as this the original story. such a great story full of love , socail politics, the brutality of natural and even some humour!!

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A masterpiece

I didn't want it to end. How the movies have poorly portrayed this beautiful story!

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  • Dee
  • 02-01-07

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.

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  • Jefferson
  • 30-10-10

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.

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  • Jonnie
  • 04-04-08

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.

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  • Rafe
  • 27-10-07

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.

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  • J. McGee
  • 03-08-15

The story shows its age

I listened to this book with my children and it took all I had not to stop listening because of the portrayal of black people and women in the story, but I had to consider the time of its writing and used it as a teachable moment with them instead. The kids loved it though. I thought the narration was well done.

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  • jcg
  • 25-05-07

A classic

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

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  • David
  • 05-02-14

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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  • 20-03-10

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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  • Damian
  • 25-08-21

After all these years, still magical...

For many Baby Boomers, picking up an Adventure Story, was our XBox. And how lucky we were to have had Tarzan...already several generations old in the 1960s when I first read of the Ape Man. But the story is timeless, as is the character...and how happy I was to revisit this masterpiece.

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  • Kaui
  • 30-08-16

entertaining listen but there's no resolution

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As an adjunct to seeing Disney's reboot of Tarzan at the theaters this summer, I picked up the book on which the movie is based. Having never read Edgar Rice Burroughs before, I found out the hard way that not only does he write kind of like a Harlequin romance author (Barbara Cortland, I apologize) but also this book is a terrible soap opera. The end of the book is not the end! It's a shameless severance of a love story, which hooked me so badly I had to read the second novel! That being said, I found the book reasonably enjoyable - certainly more enjoyable than Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. However, I do not recommend this book as the second book, while resolving the love story, is not well-written (I get ahead of myself here) and thus not worthwhile at all.

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