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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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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Never had read or heard the original Tarzan, my experience had been only through the movies. Glad I purchased the novel.
"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.
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.
"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.
enjoyed hearing one of the classic books I heard so much about
will continue reading future stories of Tarzan
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