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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781490624884
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When Tarzan is orphaned as a baby deep in the African jungle, he is saved from certain death when he is adopted by a she-ape. Raised as one of her own, Tarzan learns the way of the Kerchak—the tribe of great apes who rule the jungle. They teach him how to survive, to hunt, to swing through the trees, and to communicate with the other animals of the jungle. By the time he is a young man Tarzan has the courage and strength of ten men. But it is his human brain that allows him to be the King of the Apes and Lord of the Jungle. But when his jungle domain is disturbed by the arrival of “civilized” men, Tarzan begins to wonder about his true identity.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chuck Engelhardt | 2/13/2014

    " I believe that 'Tarzan of the Apes' was originally written as a magazine serial and it reads that way. Limited space of a periodical made the story depend a lot on random chance to make it move quickly. Still, I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petra | 2/13/2014

    " NOT like the movies. Those glossed over much of what this book tackles head on. Like "She," it is a product of its time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/9/2014

    " Geez, no wonder we had generations of people who had (have) misconceptions about the great apes! This book is one big misconception... Reading Edgar Rice Burroughs is very eye-opening, and I highly recommend it to anyone concerned about society's evolving attitudes on wildlife issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 2/8/2014

    " Where's the part where tarzan gets the girl???? I suppose is in book 2.... Great book, A classic must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reka | 2/8/2014

    " So very racist, sexist, and in many places hilarious when needed to be taken seriously.. Never the less an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn O'Rarden | 2/3/2014

    " Start to finish non-stop action. I was surprised at the great flow and character development. Great read if you want an action book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 foo4luv | 1/30/2014

    " The Tarzan books are great for light reading. Jane's rather a ditz, but that's a sort of sign of the times in which the book was written. When BratzBasher and I read it together, we laughed at the outlandish impossibilities and all the other ludicrous stuff (such as how many times Burroughs waxes poetic about Tarzan's physique) and thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was: a fun adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/30/2014

    " I loved pretty much every word of this book. That is, until the ending. I found the ending totally disappointing. However, I loved the action, the love story, and found it a light, enjoyable, fun read. Nothing too deep or meaningful, but a fun read nonetheless. If I cared to look deeply into the politics and prejudices into this book, there's all kinds of ridiculous things in there, but I choose instead to simply enjoy the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb Ball | 1/29/2014

    " it was a prety good book. it is a big advocate for evolution and darwinism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel Earl | 1/27/2014

    " I read this book for class. And it was great. It's an easy read, and it is really interesting. It made me think about what it means to be human and what the differences are (or should be) between man and animal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 1/27/2014

    " A surprisingly engaging book, from the opening paragraph to the next-to-last chapter. The explorations of mind over brute strength drove the story more than I had been led to believe they would given various bad Hollywood interpretations, and much of the stereotyping just makes you shake your head. Entertaining enough, though, to inspire me to read more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/18/2014

    " Well, this was gripping and entirely different than what I expected. Excllent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/18/2014

    " Another fascinating romp through Edgar Rice Burrough's imagination. Sure, it's all farfetched and campy in places, but I thoroughly love the book for the fact that it's simply a fun adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Noble | 1/18/2014

    " Yes, Burroughs is clearly racist. This book is pure pulpy awesomeness, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/11/2014

    " As is always the case this was way better and different from any of the film versions that I have seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/6/2014

    " I've read at least 10 of these books, but honestly, only the first 3 are any good. Actually pretty good novels. I've re-read those three 2 more times. Later down the road, Tarzan fights Nazi's, but I haven't read those books yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/2/2014

    " The first part of this book was FASCINATING. The end got a bit dull since he was just running around saving people. Great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 12/27/2013

    " Well, this was an interesting book, though I had a hard time finishing it. It was moved slowly at first. I really started to like it when Tarzan left the apes. Then I lost some of my interest when Jane came in because I didn't really like love-sick Tarzan. And when Tarzan left the jungle I was sad. And I didn't like the ending. I thought Tarzan should have told Jane who he was. Jane made me mad. But over all, I liked most of the stuff. It was exciting at several different places and I liked all of the characters (even Jane, although she was silly at the end). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/22/2013

    " Well, this was gripping and entirely different than what I expected. Excllent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/17/2013

    " It's on the 1001 list. I had never read it, so I figured why not? I actually enjoyed this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalya | 12/10/2013

    " Great read I will be reading this to my kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 12/9/2013

    " Outdated style and content, but a heck of a good idea and a few nice scenes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeff | 11/28/2013

    " This was so ridiculous and just plain disappointingly bad, if I didn't have to read it for a class I would have stopped early on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 11/20/2013

    " If you have not read this, you definitely should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Stirton | 11/19/2013

    " I read the OUT LOUD to Bennett, hoping to reignite his love of reading FOR FUN. Seems like all his reading now is for school, and fun always seems to involve a computer screen, boooo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/10/2013

    " Interesting book. I listened on librivox. The Tarzan story was very different from what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 10/20/2013

    " Tarzan was one of the first stories I can ever remember reading. It's still great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dmack | 9/27/2013

    " read many years ago; i should re read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 9/20/2013

    " Read this for school, I remember thinking it was a decent adventure story except for its racist overtones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton | 7/31/2013

    " A lot more brutal than the disney interpretation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 7/29/2013

    " I was torn between 4 and 5 stars. Hollywood has captured about 20% of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 7/9/2013

    " I didn't realize there was a sequel, so I first thought the end was terrible. But if you read this one, you have to read the second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris The Story Reading Ape | 6/18/2013

    " My first sighting of Tarzan was a black & white movie, but I still enjoyed this book, then when the colour movies came out, I was wanting to swing around and have a pet chimp as well.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 6/8/2013

    " This is great writing, I enjoyed this book more that I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 4/21/2013

    " I've read this at least twice before, but it's good and I like it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 4/18/2013

    " I read this when I was in high school and enjoyed it. I thought I would read it again and see if it was still good. Surprisingly, it stands up through the years. It is a little outdated, but still a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/7/2012

    " Banned on Sarah Palins booklist "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petra | 11/24/2012

    " NOT like the movies. Those glossed over much of what this book tackles head on. Like "She," it is a product of its time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curious Squid | 11/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Really fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Prather | 11/7/2012

    " While I have seen tons of media based off the story of Tarzan, I was amazed at how the original book actually played out. I must admit I found the book truly a joy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 10/3/2012

    " This is a good book, I learned a lot about this old story that I never knew before, a good read and look into the human charachter and nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 9/24/2012

    " I read this book in high school and I totally loved it. It was well written and a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dreyden | 6/18/2012

    " Awesome book, until he became a modern gentleman. Seriously? The first scene of him in Return of Tarzan, he's smoking cigarettes and sipping absinth? I guess back in the day it was more believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 6/8/2012

    " I liked the idea of the book so much that one day I decided o buy it and read. I enjoyed it so much that I decided that I wanted to read the whole series of Tarzan books. Little did I know that there are twenty-four! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Butterflykatana | 5/15/2012

    " What to say thats not been said before But as a life long fan of the golden age heroes. I could not put the book down carried it with me so I could read the funny bugs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 4/30/2012

    " I have always wanted tobread the true story of Tarzan. I loved the first 2/3rds of this book but was pretty disappointed how it ended. I was especially turned off by how quickly Tarzan became a "gentleman.". I kind of wxnt to read the next one but probably won't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Cooper | 3/4/2012

    " [Book:] Great read, lots of action! The version I read was edited as a children's version of the book, 200-ish pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gus | 3/3/2012

    " I read almost all 24 volumes of the Tarzan series as an adolescent. They are a bit dated but so enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Hoskinson | 10/9/2011

    " A classic adventure story. It's nothing like what I'd imagined, but I really enjoyed reading it. It's much more in depth than "Me Tarzan, you Jane." Another good recommendation from my dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valpascale | 9/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this, kind of to my surprise. It definitely has some antiquated notions (understandable considering when it was written), but it was a fast paced, fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 8/14/2011

    " Super racist, but also super boring. Burroughs was paid by the page, and it shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 8/13/2011

    " Enjoyed the story and writing style-- man in the wild/ fantastical described in a rather elevated use of english, old world. However, I guess some parts would be characterized as lacking political correctness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 8/9/2011

    " The first part of this book was FASCINATING. The end got a bit dull since he was just running around saving people. Great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton | 6/19/2011

    " A lot more brutal than the disney interpretation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 5/20/2011

    " I absolutely loved it! So adventurous and exciting. I can't wait to read or again with my little sons. Perfect for younger boys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curious Squid | 5/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Really fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/29/2011

    " An excellent novel about human instincts, love, survival, and the world viewed from an outsiders perspective. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and recommend it to anyone who can stomach some moderately graphic scenes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/26/2011

    " It's on the 1001 list. I had never read it, so I figured why not? I actually enjoyed this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/25/2011

    " I only gave it three stars because I'm torn about the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/11/2011

    " This is where all those grade-C movies -- Johnny Weissmuller, anyone? -- got their start. As a grade-schooler, I thought these fantasy-adventure novels were great. As an adult I can see the limitations in the writing, but . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/10/2011

    " I've read at least 10 of these books, but honestly, only the first 3 are any good. Actually pretty good novels. I've re-read those three 2 more times. Later down the road, Tarzan fights Nazi's, but I haven't read those books yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/30/2011

    " Read it. You won't be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie (certified bed reader) | 5/19/2010

    " It may come as a surprise to anyone who knows me, but Tarzan of the Apes is one of my all-time favorite books. Quite possibly my absolute favorite ever. A timeless tale that I still enjoy returning to whenever the mood strikes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/18/2009

    " This was a surprisingly engaging read. It was a little hard to not get too hung up on the racism and sexism of Burroughs's time, but the constant action kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/12/2008

    " This book successfully ruined the Disney movie for me. I wish the script writer had stuck more closely to the author's idea. (Isn't that usually the case?!?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dergrossest | 10/7/2007

    " They don't write 'em like this anymore. This is not Johnny Weismuller wrestling with mechanical crocodiles or Disney's feel-good pablum: ERB's original Tarzan is a hard-boiled, stone-cold bad-ass taking on adventures as tough as he is. Must reading for young adults and still fun for oldsters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lore | 6/7/2007

    " Some of my favorite books when I was a kid. My favorite part still is when Tarzan is eating the warm flesh of a fresh kill... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monte Lamb | 4/27/2007

    " I was surprised at just how good this book was. In fact, it was really good until the last 2 chapters IMO which stretched the imagination just a little too far. Except for this, the book was nothing like the old movies. Instead, it wove a great story in an extremely well written novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawson | 3/1/2006

    " Certainly the best of the series. Once you have read about four of the Tarzan books, you have literally read them all (and yes, I have). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patricia | 7/11/2002

    " If you haven't read this the original, you really need to. But read it in context of the times when it was written. This ain't no Johnny Wiezmueller Tarzan! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen | 6/23/2002

    " 2.5 stars. Not one of the "classics" that I particularly enjoyed. It has been over 20 years since I read this and I may put this on the list to re-read at some point to see if my opinion has changed. For now, my recollection is that it was okay but forgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ó Ruairc | 6/13/2002

    " A matchless tale by Edgar Rice Burroughs. One of my all-time favorite reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derk | 7/3/2001

    " The first, the best, but I think I read them all "

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About the Author
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950), born in Chicago, was educated at Michigan Military Academy and served briefly in the US Cavalry. He began writing while working as a pencil-sharpener salesman, publishing his first piece in 1912 to great success. He authored numerous science fiction and fantasy series but is most famous for his Tarzan books; the suburb of Los Angeles where he lived eventually became known as Tarzana.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.