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"The Return of Tarzan" is the second in his series of books about the title character Tarzan, with the first book edition published in 1915. The novel picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off, and is equally exciting.
In "The Return of Tarzan", Tarzan learns that he is the true Lord Greystoke, but does not claim his title, because of his love for Jane, who has promised to wed Tarzan's cousin William Cecil Clayton. Clayton inherited the title, Lord Greystoke, when Tarzan's mother and father were declared dead. If Tarzan took his rightful place as Lord Greystoke, it would leave Clayton penniless, and Jane would suffer without money--so Tarzan walks away.
Disappointment in love, Tarzan returns to the jungle where he has many strange adventures--even before Tarzan reaches his jungle home, events take him to places he never knew existed...there's ocean cruises, Paris, desert adventures, spying for the French Secret Service, beautiful women, lost cities. etc., etc.
Tarzan makes an enemy of the powerful Russian, Nikolas Rokoff, who dogs his trail plotting and planning his demise. The action-packed gripping scenes and nasty villains are easily visualized due to Burrough's wonderful storytelling, and Robert Whitfield's great performance. The many twists and turns the story takes keep you riveted, unable to stop listening.
I've thoroughly enjoyed books 1 & 2 and highly recommend them. They really should be read in sequence.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Great narration of an even more incredible book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
It's getting really hard to enjoy the Tarzan novels in this day and age. The absurdly oblivious racism just drips through the speakers. There's little in interesting plot to redeem it, either. A highly improbable sequence of coincidences and unbelievable good fortune.