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The Beasts of Tarzan (Tarzan #3)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,851 ratings  ·  127 reviews
As THE BEASTS OF TARZAN begins, Tarzan -- as Lord Greystoke -- is settled in civilized London. But two of his enemies, Nikolas Rokoff and henchman Alexis Paulvitch, are on his trail. The pair abducts Jane -- and Tarzan's son, Jack. Tarzan himself is stranded on a desert island, but with the help of Sheeta the panther and Akut the great ape he makes it back to the mainland. ...more
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1914)
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Quentin Wallace
Another action packed Tarzan novel. This one was a bit of a contradiction. On one hand this may have been my favorite of the Tarzan books so far, but on the other hand it was a little more far-fetched then even the previous novels. (If it gets more far-fetched than a human raised by apes, that is.)

I liked this one because Tarzan led a tribe of Apes as well as a panther in battle against evil. But as you can imagine, it requires some suspension of disbelief, especially when they all get on a sail
Brom Kim
Yeah, more Burroughs - read it on my smartphone. This was arguably, a bit sexist, and/or racist, again, arguably, although not for the times, considering it is early 20th century fiction.

The main thing is, Tarzan has A PET LEOPARD, and loyal band of giant apes in this one, who chew up his enemies through the course of many adventures. Come on. A PET LEOPARD!

While I cannot deny the appeal of this type of reading for me, living in cube land by day, and make no excuses for it, I think that my rea
Christopher Roth
Third in the series. After "Return of," which was a foray into John Buchan style espionage fare, this one is very satisfyingly jungle-oriented, and also includes Jane taking on some courageous action-hero duties. The story is unashamedly bloodthirsty in places—not at all like the sanitized Tarzan of film. Tarzan is quite capable of sinking down into savagery—snapping the neck of a villainous henchman, even while Jane begs him to spare the guy; then he impatiently discards the corpse over his sho ...more
Lisa Jones
The Beasts of Tarzan is tiring. I tire of Tarzan’s magical ability to make apes evolve into human, complete with language, at the mere exposure to his presence. I tire of the horrendous African stereotypes from a snowflake-white author that makes the natives appear worse than savage. I tire of Jane’s constant hysteria. I tire of Rokoff and Paulvich’s nonsensical wickedness, without rhyme or reason, just bad intent for the sake of the novel’s need for a villain. Most of all, I tire of Tarzan’s i ...more
To celebrate "Tarzan of the Apes"'s centennial this month--Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel was released in the October 1912 issue of "All-Story Magazine"--I have been compulsively reading the first novels in what eventually became a series of some two dozen books. Book #2, "The Return of Tarzan" (1913), was a fairly direct sequel to the initial classic outing, while book #3, "The Beasts of Tarzan," picks up the tale several years later. This novel originally appeared in serial form in t ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tarzan fans, adventure fans, literary historians
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Once again, I decided to listen to an audio book on a long ride, and this was the one I stumbled across. I had recently mentioned online that Tarzan of the books was articulate and intelligent, in contrast to his film version, but I knew this by reputation only, as I had never read a Tarzan book. Indeed, the book confirmed, but also complicated that view. When at home with Jane in England, Lord Greystoke speaks perfectly good English, and he can call upon that ability in the jungle as well when ...more
Joseph Pinchback
Here's the deal. Edgar Rice Burrows wrote racist things in his Tarzan books. He didn't have a terribly high view of Africans. Sometimes the racism is overt, and sometimes it's more subtle, but it's there. The question for me is whether I want to let this racism ruin what are otherwise reasonably entertaining novels. I'm reading these in order, and I felt like the first two novels had "I'm going to enjoy these books but not recommend them to my nephews" levels of racism. The racism is bad, to be ...more
I've read very little Burroughs and no Tarzan so when I found this slim volume going cheap at a con I grabbed it. The writing style is fairly simplistic but once you get past that and the casual racism (the assumption that white men are superior to the jungle 'savages' is omnipresent but not pushed down your throat; and a tribe leader that Tarzan befriends is counted as one of the eponymous 'beasts' of Tarzan) it's quite a fun story. Tarzan's arch-nemesis Nikolas Rokoff has escaped from prison a ...more
Scott Rachui
If you want to know what great pulp fiction is like, read Edgar Rice Burroughs. Writing of this style is in line with the thinking of the times...that there could be an ideal and perfect man who is both brilliant and physically superior. You can see this in other characters of the times like Doc Savage. It represented the modernist thinking that man can achieve perfection through his own efforts (and, indeed, was on the verge of doing so). While this thinking was clearly wrong, it made for some ...more
This is getting so tiresome. Stop separating the lovers and always returning to the jungle! Ugh. But I cant say that haven't still made a lot of progress. They're together, they have a son, some long time enemies are gone. They've come a long way in spite of all their setbacks. And Jane is a damsel in distress but she's never been a weakling and continues not to be. I like that! But seriously, these adventures are redundant (even within each book) and insane. But it reminds me of the formulaic w ...more
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I was glad to see Jane portrayed as a strong woman. None of the shrinking violet in this Jane! She picks up on a betrayal, follows the evil-doers to a disreputable neighborhood, gets answers, gets conveyance to a ship, climbs a ladder onto the ship...and sadly gets captured, but, hey! She was not your typical literary Victorian Lady! Later in the book she scales more ladders with a rifle slung on her back, bonks a baddie on the head with a revolver, threatens him with a rifle, and captures drunk ...more
Phil Syphe
This third book of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan series takes up the story soon after book two.Old enemy Rokof tricks Tarzan, resulting in the ape-man being left stranded on a jungle island. Of course, his being raised by chimps means this is a situation that Tarzan can not only deal with but can command.

The Beasts referred to in the title are, with one exception, fearsome apes that Tarzan manages to befriend after a contest with their leader. The other beast is a panther who injects terror int
An escapist novel, but you can't escape the racist portrayal of Africans, who compare unfavorably with James Fenimore Cooper's Indians. Aptly titled, as Tarzan's puma and army of apes come to the rescue several times. The bad guys, two Russians, have no redeeming qualities. The prose is clunky but spare enough to be easily read. H. Ryder Haggard's writing, in comparison, is more ornate and tougher going, but at least at times you feel you are in a faraway place untouched by time. While reading t ...more
As always pure nostalgia reading a ERB filled with mystical/mythical characters of my youth that I grew up with. Love it as always for its entertainment value rather than a sophisticated novel.
Third novel in the series beginning with Tarzan of the Apes.

The dastardly brute and coward Rokoff (from previous novel The Return of Tarzan) has the temerity to abduct Tarzan’s wife Jane and their infant son Jack, and ultimately Tarzan as well, for the purpose of subjecting this happy family of naturalized Brits to his convoluted, have-you-really-stopped-to-think-this-through-properly plan of revenge. The first head-slapping mistake he makes is to leave Tarzan alive.

If you close your eyes and th
Sandra Visser
This is a step back from The Return of Tarzan and more of the same that bogged down Tarzan of the Apes a bit. There's too much repetition of capture, pursuit and release, and Tarzan makes too many dumb mistakes. That Mugambi also treats the white man like his lord and master is a bit hard to digest by today's standards. And poor Jane is on the point of being ravaged ad nauseam. The jungle setting is also now done to death and Tarzan needs to experience more of a variety of adventures as he did i ...more
Okay, so here's the short version. This book is better than book 2, but not nearly as good as the first one.

Now to elaborate. The Beasts Of Tarzan is filled with the same sort of thing you can expect from all of Burroughs' novels - manly protags running around being manly, getting their women stolen from them (again and again), narrowly escaping death, and performing feats no other man could ever even contemplate before beating the bad guy (sounds like about 90% of Hollywood action movies, come
“The Beasts of Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs was published in May and June of 1914 in “All-Story Cavalier”. The better known details of Tarzan and Jane are handled in the first two books, but this book seems to get less of a mention than those two, or even then the following book in the series. For myself, I think this book contributes a key factor to the legend of Tarzan, that of his mastery over many animals, and his ability to call them to his aid.

At the start of this book, we learn that R
I have rediscovered Edgar Rice Burroughs I picked copies of a few of his books for Microsoft Reader on my phone. ( and then located them on the Kindle Store for my iPod Touch. I have re-read a few of them on the bus over the last few weeks and I am struck by one thing. INACCURACIES. I read them before I went to college and got a Bachelor's degree in Zoology, before I had spent hours watching Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, before I had visited a Zoo. His description ...more
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Matti Karjalainen
Edgar Rice Burroughs -lukumaraton on edennyt Tarzan-sarjan kolmanteen osaan "Tarzanin pedot" (Kirjayhtymä, 1990 - 12. painos). Lapsuuden muistikuvat kirjasta olivat hyvin positiivisia, ja muistelisin että olisin jossakin yhteydessä saattanut nimetä sen yhdeksi sarjan parhaista kirjoista. Huh huh.

Sarjan edellisessä osassa esitelty arkkikonna Nikolas Rokoff on päässyt pakenemaan vankilasta ja hautoo kostoa Tarzanille - ja onnistuukin iskemään pahemman kerran apinamiehen lannevaatteen alle ryöstämä
I have been on an adventure novel kick lately, and thought I would reread some of the old Tarzan books, which I had read when I was a teen.

As an adult, I am struck by the racism of the books. It throbs in the very plot. While Burroughs wants to portray "civilization" as somewhat more barbaric than jungle life, it is still Tarzan's Englishness that makes him the conqueror he is, combined with his jungle training. Tarzan's relationship with people native to Africa is always one of vast superiority
Hmm...what to say? Well, I guess...meh? I think the only reason why I gave it three stars (instead of two) was because of the Panther (Sheeta) (I also like him because I love Bageera in the Jungle Book). It seemed like it was the only character with common sense and intellect. Tarzan was often clueless when it came to "suspicious" characters that would end up betraying him while Jane, though I'm glad she developed some backbone, had a bad case of ADD once she gained the upper hand against her ca ...more
This LivriVox recording read by James Christopher was interesting to listen to. I am enjoying reading and listening to the original Tarzan series and seeing how it is different from the popular movie versions.

The Beasts of Tarzan
Edgar Rice BURROUGHS (1875 - 1950)
This is the third of Burrough's Tarzan novels. Originally serialized in All-Story Cavalier magazine in 1914, the novel was first published in book form by A. C. McClurg in 1916.

In the previous novel Tarzan reclaimed his name and title as
Tuan Nguyen
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Question 1: The beginning of the story Tarzan's son is kidnapped. We can see a whole picture of a epitome family. Rokoff suddenly stole their son for the nurse. Tarzan and Jane tried to find the child and they fell in to many dangerous situation. I remembered a TV show "Nothing's impossible!" on my country which talked about a rich family and their kidnapped child. Someone stole their child when he was five years old and put him in a penniless family. After 25 years, they foun
James Caterino
Edgar Rice Burroughs was one the early stars of pulp fiction and the massive success of his "Tarzan" and "Princess of Mars" novels resonates even today. His influence is extensive and endless. It can be seen in everything from "Tomb Raider" and "Indiana Jones", to James Rollins novels, to "Star Wars" and "Avatar".

Two things to keep in mind. Nearly all the genres of pulp fiction, from the early 20th century up until the Men's Adventure Pulps of the 1960's, are extremely politically incorrect. The
I had a feeling, just from the cover blurb, that this book was going to be disappointing. If you want to read a lot more of the exact same stuff from the second book then please read on. We've got the same villains and, lo and behold, our hero finds himself again (to review, this is the third time) in the African jungle where he must let his bestial instincts take hold.

The only fun addition in this book is that, as the title suggests, Tarzan gets some beasts. (view spoiler)
Theophilus (Theo)
I have been an ERB reader since I was a teenager. Aside from his period racial peroratives (African natives are constantly referred to as 'savages' whereas Lord John Clayton's nanny for his son in London is referred to as a Negro and his black allies are ebony warriors), Burroughs is a very good storyteller. A villian from Lord Clayton's (Tarzan) reappears in this tale, Rostov the Russian outlaw. Tarzan's wife lady Jane and his infant son are kidnapped and Rostov plans to use them to get revenge ...more
Z Coonen
I still marvel at how complex the original Tarzan character was compared to the simple stereotype I learned of as a child. This story builds on Tarzan's relationships with the jungle animals - thus the name of the book - in an only Tarzan could do it kind of way, but it's still a great read. Like its predecessors, there is language that is prejudiced but during its time was considered acceptable.
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