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 10 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.
I truly enjoyed listening to Tarzan of the Apes. After sampling all the versions currently available I ended up choosing this version, narrated by Simon Prebble, and I am so glad I did. The narration was just perfect and my only disappointment was that he does not narrate the other books and I had to choose another narrator for book 2.
As for the book itself...it is a lot of fun. Edgar Rice Burroughs is becoming one of my favorite authors, having also enjoyed the John Carter books. Tarzan has a lot of different adventures and he doesn't meet Jane until well into the story...but EVERY adventure Tarzan has both before and after meeting Jane is interesting and fun to listen to. Due to the length...I was not able to listen to this all in one sitting but I REALLY wanted to and had a hard time turning it off.
The ending was rather sad and left me wanting more...so I have already downloaded and listened to the second book. You will not be disappointed in continuing this story if you enjoyed this first book.
Highly recommend for a fun adventure story.
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I'm very fussy about narration and this performer is as good as they get. I am not writing more because I'll die if I don't download book 2 immediately.
The narrator is perfect. The prose is succinct yet expansive. The conjured imagery is beyond modern silver screen technology. Don't miss this.
I tried to hang in there for the story--which had great potential--but the ending stuck.
I downloaded this upon recommendation from my daughter. I loved it! My only regret is that I could not sit and listen from beginning to end without interruption. I HIGHLY recommend this particular narrator, he definitely brought the characters to life. He had me in stitches at times!
This is a great book. There was always something happening. A good all around story.
Loved this book as a kid. I saw there is to be a Tarzan movie in 2016. Hopefully. they will actually follow the book for a change
I will have to read the rest of the books now. I did not expect to fall for this story.