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Tarzan of the Apes  by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Tarzan of the Apes

63 ratings, 23 reviews

Tarzan of the Apes is Burroughs’ exciting, if improbable, story of an English lord, left by the death of his stranded parents in the hands of a motherly African ape who raises him as her own. Although he is aware that he is different from the apes of his tribe, who are neither white nor hairless, he nevertheless regards them as his “people.” When older, larger, stronger apes decide that he an undesirable to be killed or expelled from the tribe, it is fortunate that Tarzan has learned the use of primitive weapons.Although small and weak by ape standards, Tarzan is a human of god-like strength and agility to men who discover him. By studying these people, he gradually decides he is not an ape at all, but human.And when he meets Jane, a beautiful American girl marooned with her father and friends on the hostile coast of Africa, Tarzan conceives love for her. When they are unexpectedly rescued before Tarzan can find a way to reveal his feelings to Jane, he determines to become civilized and follow her into the world of people – to find her and wed her, though he must cross continents and oceans, and compete with two other suitors for her hand.This story was the subject of a successful film in 1932, with Tarzan being played by Johnny Weissmuller, who acted in a further eleven Tarzan films. According to Weissmuller in an interview with Mike Douglas, his famous ape-call was audio stitched together from a soprano, an alto, and a hog-caller! Summary by Mark F. Smith

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63 ratings, 23 reviews

Sharon Webster

March 03, 2016

Richer in detail than the movies. Well read Mark!


Barbara Allen

February 18, 2016

Very racist (consider the time written?) Reader did a great job!


Mike Gooch

April 08, 2014

Not the Disney Tarzan, I grew up with. I'm 50years old and had no clue, about the true Tarzan saga. Much Much better. Mark smith does a great job keeping you in the story, I'm starting the third book now, Can't wait to see what happens next.


Elaine Charlton

September 01, 2013

Enjoyed this classic and great narration, thank you!


Shari Kaminsky

July 22, 2013

Another fine complete work Mark Smith.I could not put it down!


Christopher Rouxel

December 21, 2012

So good! Can't wait to start the return if Tarzan


Jean Devine

November 01, 2012

I enjoy the Tarzan books. The reader spoke clearly. However, he mispronounced some words, i.e.. he continuously pronounced foliage as follage. It also aggravated me that he tried to imitate the voice of the characters as if he were reading to 4yr olds. Just because someone has poor eyesight doesn't mean they have undeveloped brains. Please credit the listener with some intelligence.


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Elizabeth Grant

July 16, 2012

Thanks to the recorder of this book! I have loved the Tarzan movies ever since I was a child. I never thought I would get a chance to enjoy the books. I have started the first one and am loving every minute of it!!!


Nicole Stevens

July 12, 2012

Very enjoyable read :)


Kami Golembeski

June 12, 2012

Well read. Classic.


William Frisinger

May 19, 2012

Very good book and read well. The style is dated but that is not a serious problem.


Penelope Isenberg

April 27, 2012

I really enjoy Edgar Rice Burroughs. His books are amazing.


Tim Wimmer

April 10, 2012

Great book.


Horacio Vivar

April 09, 2012

muy devirtida


Cynthia Anderson

March 23, 2012

Great book! Adventure and romance all in one!


Brooklynn Scotty

March 08, 2012



John Hurt

March 06, 2012

Very well done and a great story to boot, loved it!


Tasha Sydnor

March 02, 2012

Great books the Reader was pretty good but a little slow. But I really like this book I loveaudiobook.


Ken Sponsler

February 09, 2012

Good story, well read.


Kristina Holland

October 11, 2011

Beautifully written and read. It will make you want to darn a loin cloth and swing free from tree to tree.


Betty NeSmith

October 09, 2011

Action, adventure, intrigue, romance, this classic has it all. A fascinating tale that will hold the attention of young and old readers alike.