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 am absolutely LOVING this series, but suddenly in book five Ayla has developed a new accent and it is SOOO distracting. I hate it. It's almost hard to follow the story because it throws me off every time she speaks.
I've loved her performance in the first four books and even the fifth, I just HATE the new voice she uses for Ayla.
I'd love to but don't have an uninterrupted 33 hours!
I'm only on the first part of this 4 part book, and so far it is just as exciting as the previous Books 1-4 I've read by Jean Auel. This is an outstanding series, all of them, but after having listened through four books in this series, and now to come to Book 5, Shelters of Stone, all of a sudden Ayla has a weird, irritating accent!! I thought, "what?! where's Ayla?? Does she walk in the Next World?!?!" Everything else about this book is a continuance of the excellent research, storytelling, depth of characters, etc. as all the previous ones. But the thinking that went into the decision to give Ayla that accent was a bit flawed! They must have been drinking too much of Marthona's bilberry drink!! :-)
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The entire plot.
It doesn't belong with the series.
Excellent delivery and good differentiation of characters/
No thanks. Once was enough.
Perhaps its time for Jean Auel to end while she was ahead.
I would recommend a friend read this book, but not listen to it.
Ayla, of course. She is the primary character.
I wish so hard a more talented narrator had read this book (and series). Sandra Burr is simply not qualified to read any book in which there is the slightest scrap of dialog. Period. All treatment of people talking are cartoonish. Her range encompasses shrill boys and girls, normalish adult men, women and crackly sounding old folks. Up until now, the incompetent reading has been tolerable at best, but in this book Ayla has suddenly acquired a some vague ~*exotic woman*~ accent in which she rolls her r's and speaks in a husky, vaguely Eastern European voice. Something between Werner Herzog and SNL's The Continental. It went from cartoonish in the previous books to right over the edge in this one. It's been a struggle to find listening enjoyment. As a book, The Shelters of Stone is worth the read, but Ms. Burr has rendered the audiobook an incongruent joke.
Clan of the Cave Bear is a movie, I saw it and it was not at all representative of the book. Eew. I'd go see it if it were remade.
Shelters of Stone is a continuation of the Children of Earth series and, as other reviewers have mentioned, is repetitive to the point of annoyance. This repetition started to really grate my nerves in the previous book, The Plains of Passage. How many times does the function of a
Far too much time repeating introductions. The author has become complacent and perhaps lazy.
The first three novels were new and fresh. Subsequent stories a re-hash of 1,2, and three. I think I've read all that Ms. Auel hast to say, several times.
No more, thanks.
Stacey is dead on, except I'd say the book was boring, not "okay"!
By Stacey (Pineville, MO, USA) Dec 28, 2008
Book is okay, but could have used some major editing. Auel repeats herself too often. Can be annoying. Even more annoying is that suddenly the reader has made Ayla speak like she's Natasha the Russian spy on "Bullwinkle and Rocky." Bizarre.
The constant retelling of the same story on previous books gets into your nerves. And why the sudden change of Ayla's voice like an Irish girl. Fire the editor for too many filler notes.
i want to be ayla when i grow up! well, maybe not, but i would love to have the "living" skills she acquires during her lifetime. will there ever be another after shelters of stone?
I used to be a huge fan of this series but I was really bored with all of the repetition in this book. I can understand refering to things that happened in previous books but when Auel constantly brings up the same dumb subject over and over and over...I just want to scream. This book just seemed so "simple" and even corny. I wish I skipped this book.