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

Great Story, Flawed Production

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
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- Dubarnik

Book Details

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