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On a mission deep in the jungle, Oxford anthropologist James Litchfield comes face-to-face with a local legend: a wild man who wanders with mountain gorillas and lives as one of their own.
The chance encounter with the savage, whom James calls Michael, leads to a game of observation and exploration. Their mutual curiosity turns to an attraction, one that Michael has never experienced and James is desperate to deny.
When members of the expedition unearth James's secret discovery, a living specimen of man at his most primitive, Michael becomes a pawn in their quest for fame.
As their relationship deepens, James is compelled to protect Michael from the academics who would treat him as nothing more than a scientific acquisition and London society, which threatens to destroy their passionate bond....
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By Uncle B on 01-22-17
So much more than Gay Tarzan
I bought this book expecting a gay take on Tarzan, and there is that element to it. The book takes things deeper than straight Tarzan tales ever do in how our hero adjusts - and in ways doesn't adjust - to the civilized world. The love story is really touching and sweet, the sex was steamy and memorable and the tension when cruel fate is keeping the lovers apart was really intense. Highly recommended.
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By Erin S. on 04-02-18
From One Jungle to Another
What made the experience of listening to Jungle Heat the most enjoyable?
The narration is very well done, and the story itself is well written.
What does Philip Rose bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Philip definitely gives voice to all the different characters. He performs very well, giving a good range to the characters and differentiating them from each other.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could really take it or leave it. I listened to it over a couple of days. I wasn't drawn back to it like other novels, but I also wanted to finish it.
Any additional comments?
At the core of it, it is "a gay Tarzan" story. When that first became evident, I was amused in a comical way. I have never personally been one for the "taming the wildman" story, unless it's a comedy like George of the Jungle. This book does balance on a fine line of societal innocence versus natural attraction and desire.
I do appreciate the, perhaps, deeper point that an attraction to the same sex is a natural inclination, which most likely anyone looking at this book would already know. But the conflict of what is natural and what society deems is wrong is a nice underlying point.
I didn't think there was anything outstanding about the novel, but that is part in parcel when you generally adapt an incredibly well known story. I actually think that this book could be a sort of exception tale for children _if the sex were removed_. It does subtly address a lot of little nuances that would teach good lessons if the focus were on friendship and love. As it stands, it's well written, well performed, and only lacking in that so much of the core concept and tale is not unique in really any way.
While I would not spend money on it outside the Romance Package option, I think that it was certainly worth the listen in that context.