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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Narrator: James Slattery Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tarzan Series Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781455171507
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When a ship’s mutiny forces a young noble English couple out onto the remote African coast, their child is born into the wild. Their deaths a short time later leave the boy alone in the jungle wilderness—until a she-ape adopts him and raises him as her own.   

Reluctantly accepted into the tribe by its fierce leader, Kerchak, the baby Tarzan must prove himself by learning the ways of survival in the jungle: how to talk with animals, swing through the trees, and fight the great predators. In time, his strength, courage, and human intelligence earn him a place as Lord of the Jungle. But when civilized men enter the jungle, Tarzan is forced to choose between two worlds.

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale is both a reflection on civilization from an outside point of view and an exploration of the primal force within us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Tarzan legend returns us to that Eden where, free of clothes and the inhibitions of an opressive society, a man is able, as William Faulkner put it…to prevail as well as endure.”

    Gore Vidal

  • “Burroughs’ tale of the Noble Savage remains the stuff of daydreams.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Burroughs is a masterful storyteller, and his story is wonderfully suited to an audio presentation…Slattery has a good understanding of the pacing of this exciting tale and his performance is enjoyable.”

    Kliatt

  • “Burroughs created one of the few heroes everyone knows, and at that desk, he took Tarzan to exotic lands, had him face bizarre creatures and endless, exotic challenges. Those adventures spirit the reader away to a timeless time of action and heroism. And sitting in that office, I was a permanent convert. For me, and for countless others, the legend will never cease. And that’s as it should be.”

    Steve Saffel, senior acquisitions editor, Titan Books

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Clanin | 2/20/2014

    " It takes a little while to get used to the language, especially the dialogue of Esmerelda, but moves quickly once you adjust. It is definitely fantasy, but fun as long as you don't expect anything more out of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marci | 2/17/2014

    " I read this book when I was young, and I always thought I'd like rereading it. However, it turns out that I have outgrown it. Or that I have become waaaay too politically aware. Or that I now resent patriarchal, imperialist, racist attitudes! I remember ignoring all of that when I first read the book and concentrating on the adventure, which is still pretty good. Now I cannot ignore those details. Alas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn O'Rarden | 2/16/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bigal-sa | 2/13/2014

    " I was quite disappointed after re-reading this after more than forty years. Tarzan is really to good to be true - it worked for me as a schoolboy though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deana | 2/13/2014

    " I loved about the first 3/4 of this novel, when Tarzan is in the jungle and amidst the apes. Then, Tarzan "gets civilized" overnight, a testiment to Burroughs' philosophy of inherited class and intelligence. Ugh. But, it was interesting to read, and see an outdated, racist philosophy get played out through the plot, in an anthropological sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael T. Gennaro | 2/9/2014

    " This is one of my all ime favorite books. I've read it over five times and each time I get a little something extra from it. It's worth picking up if only to shove the typical Tarzan notions brought forth by the old Johnny Weissmueller movies like Cheetah the chimp and "oongowa" out of one's head. Tarzan is an incredible adventure story filled with violence, romance, and humor. In order to truly apreciate the original, onwe must think of Tarzan in an entirely new way. Tarzan is every woman's dream to be with and every man's dream to be. Burroughs makes him capable of almost any feet. Combining strength and intelligence the actions of Tarzan throughout will amaze and captivate the reader. Give it a try. It is an easy read and well worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connor | 1/17/2014

    " This book is really awesome! It's way better and more realistic than the cartoon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George C. | 1/16/2014

    " The first two thirds of the book were very good, I was a little disappointed in the ending. Some of the events toward the end of the book seemed just a little too implausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Perowne | 1/12/2014

    " Tarzan was an entertaining book, but it was also a very straightforward read. It lacked some depth and character development to be on the next level. I can't believe ERB wrote something like 20 books in this series. Seems like he pioneered the whole sequel thing before it caught on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/3/2013

    " My 10 year old read this for school, and I have to say I was worried that it was too violent for him. I had never read it before and I was shocked at it. But it was a good book and my 10 year old (a boy) did like it. Not sure if I like it enough to read the rest in the series, but maybe one or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 10/28/2013

    " Exotic, enchanting and thrilling, this book asks a lot of deep questions throughout it's story, about the man raised by apes............Timothy~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 10/3/2013

    " I seriously enjoyed this book. I never even realized it was a book until about a month ago when I was downloading classics on my Kindle. Then I found it, and was super excited because I've always loved the Disney movie based on it. And I was not disappointed. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/16/2013

    " Pulp fiction week at our house. We just saw The Dark Knight Rises and we rented John Carter. I wanted to read some Edgar Rice Burroughs and we have most of the Tarzan series, so I reread the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsella | 7/6/2013

    " I had no idea what I was missing! I didn't expect to love this as much as I did. Mr. Burroughs captures passion,romance,and the rawness of the great apes like no one else could. I'm eager to read more in the series. Tarzan's character has been adopted into many likenesses but this is my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginger | 5/25/2013

    " I'm reading the introduction to this book and it makes me sick to my stomach. I'm just going to skim to the parts about Jane and turn it back into the library. It's just too much white male racism for me to handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curious Squid | 5/20/2013

    " 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 Weavre | 1/24/2013

    " Keep in mind the original publication date when you read it, or it'll make you angry. If you remember that it was written "back then," and that we've come a long way since, it's possible to enjoy the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ~Sara~ | 10/3/2012

    " A very enjoyable adventure as long as you don't think too much while reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/1/2012

    " 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 David Tiffany | 4/26/2012

    " There is a reason this is regarded as a classic. Burroughs builds the characters, gets you interested, then leaves you wanting more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 2/29/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aleisha Z Coleman | 1/17/2012

    " FREAKIN' loved it! thank you julia for letting me borrow it and recommending it. this is the kind of classic literature that makes sense. it is "easy" to read, it is a good story, has great life lessons and you don't need a class to understand it's message:) i recommend it to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/19/2011

    " Okay, more of a 3.5, but I had a good time reading this book. It's a simple adventure and fun. Yes, racist too. But take it for what it's worth - a fun, boyish adventure book written 'back in the day'. "

  • 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. "

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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.