Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
After the first three books, this was painful to listen to. I really love this story and the book just repeated itself over and over. I can't listen to the last book after reading the reviews, I believe them to be true.
I don't like the way the narrator (Sandra Burr) changed Aylas' accent. Now she sounds like an old lady. Not at all like the Ayla I'm accustom to. I'm currently listening to it now, and wish I had the pages to read it myself. NOT HAPPY!
I could only rate the performance of the Narrator.
I have 4 books in this series and the last one...why was Ayla voice changed? It is so distracting I cannot continue.
None. I couldn't go past Ayla's voice right at the beginning of the book.
Sandra Burr was great throughout Books 1-4. Why the change?
I am going to return Book 5 and buy the book so I can complete the series. I have been a member of Audible for a long time and this is the first review that I felt compelled to write.
Wow, I could close my eyes and feel, smell, and taste the area and time. This book is one of five books in the series however audible doesn't carry them any more.
This review is based on the Performance only
Enjoyed the first three books, the fourth was quite slow - but I thought for sure when I got through the long journey my patience would be rewarded. I was SHOCKED at the change in the narrators performance. I'm only two chapters in and I'm hesitant to continue. So very disappointed! I had to check the credits because I thought for sure it was a different narrator. Awful - just awful
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If, for on other reason that listening to "Earths Song" or "The Mothers Story", listing to his book was a wonderful continuation of the story of Alya's journey towards becoming a woman.
As far as 'Earths Song', author Auel has written a piece of poetry that actually brought tears to my eyes. 'The Others" creation story is one of drama and beauty and I'm tempted to go buy a copy of the book simply to have the words. Sandra Burr does her usual excellent job of narration.
I really don't understand all the negative reviews, especially those 'blaming' Burr for the Slavic accent Alya comes out with in this book..Please know it's the producer who makes this kind of decision, not the narrator. After looking at a map of the last Ice Age, it appears that Alya was raised in what are now the Slavic countries plus there is so much commenting in the book about her unusual accent, I believe the producer decided to let Alya grow up and gave her an unusual accent to go along with all the commenting. Made sense to me and it's surely no reason to miss this book. I also have never found the repetition of the story to be a personal difficulty to listen to. Each time they tell the story it's interesting and meaningfull.
I have learned so much about ancient history, the ice ages, glaciers and living in a world so very different than ours..this series is almost a primer on wildcrafting, living off the land and survival. Theres no way I couldn't finish this series..I've enjoyed watching Alya grow up since the first book was publishers and now on Audible.
What a pleasure.
I cannot tell you what was my favorite part. These books give you so much detail about life in the Ice Age I can only hope that Jean Auel to find it in her heart to write another series about the life of Ayla and her family please teen don't leave us with just Ayla and tell us nothing about her son. Thank you again for some fantastic reading
As in other books of this series, there is a lot of new details as well as an abundance of repetitive stories. This book could have been written in a much shorter version without being redundant. Sandra Burr continues to use many clear voices in depicting the characters. It would have been better, if she had been consistent with Alah's voice throughout the series. The accent used in this book would have been appropriate.