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Tarzan of the Apes Audiobook

Tarzan of the Apes

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This book was an instant best-seller and became (and remains to this day) an international sensation, much like Harry Potter today. The story of the infant son of an English Lord and Lady marooned on the coast of Africa made its author famous and wealthy. Adopted by the she-ape, Kala, Tarzan becomes a "mighty hunter, mighty fighter" - the first superhero in American literature.

This audiobook presents the original, uncensored 1914 McClurg first edition text. Most versions of this book on the market today use an altered, politically correct text that was released in 1966.The narrator is David Stifel, "That Burroughs Guy", who hosted "The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs", a six-year podcast of Burroughs's books serialized a few chapters at a time. Mr. Stifel has narrated over 20 titles by ERB, and has contributed to several popular academic studies of Mr. Burroughs.

Public Domain (P)2017 David Stifel

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  • Joseph Mahoney
    Golden Valley, AZ USA
    11/09/17
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    "Tarzan-The Lord of the Jungle!"

    Tarzan of the Apes is one of those classic books by Edgar Rice Burroughs that stands the test of time. The movies never truly do this book justice to get the full visceral feeling that you do reading or hearing the book as the author wrote it in the original form. With these works all in the public domain, I hope that the company that put this version out continues with this narrator and does not change anything. The story of Tarzan is well known. The production quality on this version is excellent! I highly recommend getting this version of Tarzan of the Apes.

    David Stifel provides the narration on this epic story. Mr. Stifel does a simply amazing job. This is the first performance I have heard from him but I was blown away. He was Tarzan. He did an amazing job with the cast of characters throughout the story. I look forward to hearing more of his performances in the future.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    18/09/17
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    "One has to withhold 21st Century norms"

    It is difficult to say anything new about this early 20th Century classic. You know the story; it is ingrained in our modern psyche: parents die, their baby is raised by apes, becomes king of the apes, meets white men, fights an inner struggle of wild man versus civilized man. But there is so much more that makes the original story told in its entirety worth the listen. It is a story about values, societal convention, rules, racism, cruelty and above all, man’s true nature.

    One has to withhold 21st Century norms to appreciate the novel. We know so much more about the nature of animals and the great apes in particular. Burroughs anthropomorphizes the “beasts” in such a way as to make them sound ridiculous to the modern ear. Lions who take revenge and kill for pleasure, apes who plot to be the leader of their group, and gather to tell stories of conquest. We have to remember the time in which it was written, where the jungle was perhaps the most frightening place imaginable, ferocious animals who they imagined would kill an unarmed man instantly and efficiently.

    There are many nods to the cruel subjugation of the “blacks” brutalized by the whites, including the barbarity of King Leopold of Belgium. But there is blatant, and to our ears, unforgivable descriptions of the superiority and nobility of the white gentleman. His breeding, manners, strength, masculinity, mental acuity, and handsome features were considered to be the pinnacle of human evolution. Tarzan, even though he was raised by the brutish apes, reaches into his inner whiteness and raises himself to superhuman abilities. He teaches himself to read and write from leftover books even though he has never heard a word of English, to use a bow and arrow from watching natives, and to speak French in a few days from the soldier he saves. It is pretty hard to believe but is definitely fun. Tarzan is the first Superman.

    Let’s not forget the horrible sexism, the women who faint dead away when in danger, or their inability to protect themselves, or a ridiculous promise of marriage to protect the honor of a foolish father. The story is so full of stereotypes that it sounds silly at times. The absentminded professor who is so distracted that he wanders off into the jungle, then when confronted by a lion, chides his associate as to the incompetence of the zookeepers. Clearly, it is an attempt at humor but sinks so deeply into the absurd that even a 19th Century reader would cringe.

    For all its flaws, Tarzan of the Apes is absolutely worth listening to. It is a piece of our heritage, our shared genetic memory at this point. Many of us have watched the sterilized interpretations of the many movies. But one has to go back to the original to understand Tarzan as the allegory he truly is. That man can rise up to be more than his environment, can set aside his beast-like nature to be noble in the midst of cruelty and unfairness. Tarzan is that spark in each of us.

    The novel is performed by David Stifel. He has a pleasant voice and is completely appropriate for the story. His accents are generally good and the characters are easily discerned. He does an admirable job with the many mutineers. There is some hesitation with the female characters and he seems to stumble over one, in particular, Jane’s illiterate black nanny. It would be unfair to blame the narrator, however, as the woman’s dialogue is written in a horrible and cruelly racist manner. He outshines himself with the ludicrous Professor Porter and his hapless associate. What fun those two are. Overall it is a very fine performance of a very challenging novel.

    Tarzan of the Apes is a 100-year-old classic and must be listened to in that way. We must suspend our modern knowledge and experiences to be entertained by its varied characters, some noble, and so many base. It is important to listen to the original to appreciate the many modern interpretations of this important novel. Put it into the context of its time and you will thoroughly enjoy the ride.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brent fish
    17/02/18
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    "a great story, misplaced in time"

    both the story and narration could be upheld as examples of styles long lost. When listening, one could nearly forget this century, and imagine the teacher of a one room log school house reading this as an English lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ray Johnson
    Ohio
    15/02/18
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    "A classic reborn"

    I actually read this book before I ever seen Johnny Weissmuller on the silver screen. I love Burroughs and flew through his books. I've always thought of Tarzan of being the American version of Biggles. Always with a new amazing adventure, death defying feats, and overcoming impossible odds. As a kid, I watched every Tarzan film, did his call, and would swing around on ropes like I was in the jungle. I even had a leopard loincloth from my parent when I was 11, so yeah, I know Tarzan.

    Chances are, that you know the story already, but if not you are in for a real treat. David Stifel brings this tale to lfe in a way I have never experienced before. His narration takes you to the jungle, lets you live with the apes, and makes you more intimate with Earl Greystroke. He really is the best reason to get this new version of a classic book. The man transports you to a different time, a different place, and does so in so subtle a manner that you won't realize you are on a new continent until he stops talking.

    This is a combination of a brilliant author and a deft narrator combining their talants to improve on a masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book Junkie
    IN
    15/02/18
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    "Classic for a reason!"

    The wildness of Tarzan of the Apes will stay with you long after the book is finished. For instance the pure savagery of a high seas mutiny or the jungle savagery of this classic made me feel as if I was right there along the way. This story runs the emotional rollercoaster and provids plenty of action to enjoy. Mr. Stifle did a good job narrating. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wanda
    Florida
    22/09/17
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    "Tarzan of the apes"

    I think I have watched every movie about Tarzan but never have I heard the story of the beginning. Very well read and narrated. The ending brought tears to my eyes.
    Waiting on the edge of my chair for his return.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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