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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???
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.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I had never read or listened to the original Tarzan story until now - it's very captivating. I really liked how ERB mixes the timeline to show what various characters are doing at the same time. However, as much as I enjoyed the story, David Ian Davies and One Voice Recordings have produced a very low quality audiobook. Editing is horrible as mistakes are corrected with spliced in audio. The voice Davies uses for Esmeralda is his voice inconsistently sped up! His pronunciations are off - he used the American pronunciation for guillotine when it was a French character who spoke it! He called the French city of Lyons "lions".
There are two other audiobook versions of this novel available at audible.com. I recommend you stay away from this one and choose one of the others
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Tarzan must tap into the need for a myth because this is as fascinating on tape as I found the book as a young teenager. Some is politically incorrect but that was the climate of the time it was written and shows how far we have come since. Besides, the story rips along at such a pace that you are totally caught up in the events. A great listen which all ages would enjoy.
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What made the experience of listening to Tarzan of the Apes the most enjoyable?
The story is fabulous, and one that I had not read, although I saw the films when I was a child. More details in the book than in the films. If you can get over the old fashioned attitudes to non-white people then you will be Ok. I suppose this was how "foreigners " were regarded when the book was written .
Who was your favorite character and why?
Tarzan. A very vulnerable but likeable person.
What does David Ian Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He brought it to life..
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, but I was infuriated with the father of "Jane" ..and his pomposity. I think we were supposed to be, so it worked!