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Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
By: (1875-1950)

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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Tarzan of the Apes


Edgar Rice Burroughs


I Out to Sea II The Savage Home III Life and Death IV The Apes V The White Ape VI Jungle Battles VII The Light of Knowledge VIII The Tree top Hunter IX Man and Man X The Fear Phantom XI "King of the Apes" XII Man's Reason XIII His Own Kind XIV At the Mercy of the Jungle XV The Forest God XVI "Most Remarkable" XVII Burials XVIII The Jungle Toll XIX The Call of the Primitive XX Heredity XXI The Village of Torture XXII The Search Party XXIII Brother Men XXIV Lost Treasure XXV The Outpost of the World XXVI The Height of Civilization XXVII The Giant Again XXVIII Conclusion

Chapter I

Out to Sea

I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other. I may credit the seductive influence of an old vintage upon the narrator for the beginning of it, and my own skeptical incredulity during the days that followed for the balance of the strange tale... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 9 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 14, 2014
The book is very interesting. I was surprised by the ending but I wasn't disappointed by it. Listening to this book was very enjoyable.
Reviewer: - June 1, 2014
Subject: Good audiobook...
Excellent Reading!
Reviewer: - January 8, 2014
Subject: Wow - This was great!
I grew up watching Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan. Though obviously different than the TV show, this book is awesome, and awesomely read by Mark Smith. I loved every minute of it - thanks Mark for the great read!!
Reviewer: - July 14, 2013
Subject: Excellent Read!
Mark Smith did wonderfully. I loved the story :)
Reviewer: - June 12, 2013
What a wonderful book...Great reading by Mr. Smith!!!
Reviewer: - June 3, 2013
Subject: Excellent reader
This was the first online audiobook I have listened to. Mark Smith did an excellent job reading, at a level pace easy to listen to and digest. The story itself is very different from the children's version I was familiar with, but it is a remarkable book with lots of cliffhanger chapter endings. Wonderful!
Reviewer: - May 6, 2013
Subject: children
I love it!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: - March 24, 2013
Excellent narration!! You kept me spellbound to this book. What a surprise ending! Thank you :0)
Reviewer: - February 25, 2013
Subject: Great reader
Really enjoyed the book and Mark Smith is one of the best readers I have listened to. He is consistent with his reading and the volume of his recording. He is not just a monotone voice reading words. GREAT job.

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