Tarzan of the Apes : Tarzan

  • by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by David Ian Davies
  • Series: Tarzan
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why has this classic been so popular over the years with its presence in films, books, radio, and television? It is the mythology of the primordial steps of man's advancement. We follow the fascinating progress of mankind from the savage jungle to our present time in every one of Burroughs' 28 chapters. David Ian Davies has achieved great success in capturing each character with their own unique sound. This removes the overall effect of just listening to a narration, but takes us to a more realistic imagery similar to hearing a full-cast performance.

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I did not know that!

I took up this download because the price was really good, and anyway why not? I haven't heard any pulp fiction, and I am waiting for my next subscription date to roll around,

This is the "true" story of Tarzan -- the original book before the movies got to it. It is quite an excellent story and I was surprised how affecting it was.

The movies are good, but the novel is really rather better. I did not know that Tarzan had taught himself to read English. The author loved showing how Tarzan was not as barbaric as some of the civilized people in America.

The story portrays the very essence of male and female differences and relationships -- and then we have culture ... to mix it all up and make it more complicated and interesting, I guess. Few men resemble Tarzan today, nor have his personal ethics, and I am not sure how many women resemble Jane today. The characters are three-dimensional, by the way, and "real."

How on earth did Tarzan end up in Wisconsin???

's true.

The reading was good but patchy in technical quality. I thought it kind of added to the idea of a book read from straight out of the jungle itself so I wasn't offended at all.

Ben
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- Benedict

Burroughs' Noble Savage

Tarzan is one of those characters who came out of the post-Victorian, pre-WWI age that seem almost to exhibit a place larger than the actual book(s) he was born in. Like Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan is both a type and a rejection of type. It is amazing to see the arc this character has taken over the last century. From the actual books written by Burroughs to the various movies, comics, cartoons, and the eventual Disneyfication of the story.

I read this book shortly after getting LOA's 100 year anniversary edition of both Tarzan and Princess of Mars. It was classic pulp. Like other magazine stories told during this time (the Most Dangerous Game, etc) it points to a certain level of supple, straight, superman that exists beneath the clothes of civilization. There must be some base-level appeal for us modern men where we feel compelled to dream we could, with only a knife and a rope, if put in the right situation, conquer the wilderness. There is a king of the jungle/nobel savage in all of us. It is the same impulse that drives viewers to watch 'Man Vs. Wild' and 'Naked and Afraid', etc. Civilization provides us with many comforts, but it also robs us of something. Burroughs recognized this missing treasure. His Tarzan novels (and to a degree his Mars novels) exploits and explores this missing link to our past. He is able to illustrate that underneath our jackets and ties there might be a bit of the savage inside this actuary and a beast inside that accountant, just waiting an opportunity to break free.

This recording's narration was good, but the recording's overall quality was poor.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2001
  • Publisher: One Voice Recordings