The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, Jane Porter is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets - and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.
Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
The worst book I have purchased. The female narrator shouts loudly everytime she speaks the words of the father. Utterly confusing, it starts with Jane giving a lecture in America, jumps to her sitting in a huge nest up a tree in West Africa then to a lab in Cambridge. I gave up and returned the book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was hesitant to give up a credit for this. I mean it IS a Tarzan story. But I am so glad I did. This story goes much further than the old one dimensional Tarzan movies: “Me Tarzan, You Jane” with the cannibal natives and some guy in a loin cloth wrestling tigers and alligators. The story is clever, thoughtful, entertaining and suspenseful without being over the top. I am sure that fans of the Outlander series and Davina Porter will especially enjoy the story and Susan Crowley’s excellent, though at times, emotional narration. Two thumbs up for this great adventure.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, I really enjoyed the story, the narrator was terrific. It 's an old story but the author told it with a new perspective.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jane, the story gave her character a fullness that no other book has
Which scene was your favorite?
There were many
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The part wher Jane struggles over awakening Tarzan's repressed memories of his parents
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Jane was the highlight of the book and the narrator of this story. This book is hands-down the best Tarzan story I have ever read !
I loved the Tarzan books when I was young; in particular, number 19 "Tarzan's Quest" where Jane is a capable character leading a group of plane crash survivors make their way out of the jungle.
This book, however, is terrible. Poorly written and poorly read. I felt second hand embarrassment for the reader when she was overwrought during dramatic sections of the book. I also refuse to believe that a Victorian lady would write the phrase "my milk swollen breasts" in her diary entry; implausible at best, and jarring enough to take you out of the book.
I really looked forward to reading a story about Jane. This was so bad I stopped two thirds of the way into it. I just couldn't stand listening to the reader or the story any longer.
Great book to read if you want a story about an adventurous and brave woman that is full of rich information of 19th century history, biology, anatomy, anthropology, paleontology, linguistics, and archeology mixed in with romance and battle with two antagonists. It gets 5 stars for performance because her British voice was melodic and soothing and this was my first audiobook where the narrator actually screamed and cried! The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 in story is because it got just a little too unrealistic in a couple parts and I thought it could have been portrayed a bit better. But overall a great story recommended for women in 20s-30s who enjoys science, romance, and adventure! Warning: sex, violence, and nothing like the Disney cartoon!
I read Tarzan as a kid and loved it and was prepared to love this story. While the story was good over all, I was turned off by the radical feminism of the title character. I honestly disliked Jane for most of the book. I also disliked how long it took for the story to get to the Tarzan-Jane relationship. The Jane I remembered from the original stories never made an appearance in this book. On the positive side, the story is well written, very descriptive, and the narrator was excellent.
If you could sum up Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan in three words, what would they be?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Well,that would be Jane.Quite the character she is.How could any man resist her? Strong willed,smart,sexy,and full of life.
Which character – as performed by Suzan Crowley – was your favorite?
Again Jane. But surprisingly ,Ms.Crowley was quite adept at doing a variety of voices,male and female.When she voices Ral,you can feel the evil in him.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did not want to put it down!
Any additional comments?
Having already read the book,I was hesitant to purchase the audio.I'm certainly glad I did.Susan Crowley absolutely brought this book to life! Such emotions in Jane.I actually got goosebumps.Loved It.