My husband read this years ago and insisted that I read it. I enjoyed all the details that supported this theme and the relationships between the characters I love the main character was a very likeable person there was just enough conflict to keep the reader engaged and interested I would highly recommend this book!!
Yes! Most definitely !
Her ability to pronounce and differentiate the characters names and personalities is exceptional!
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I read all 3 novels over 25 years ago. I don't have the patience to write a proper review but this listen is great. Do you love history? How did we evolve?,,,,, presented in a totally entertaining way,,,,, without the boredom of typical boring history classes. Men, understand women in a different way from thousands of years of history. See women in awe and love and respect. I am now in the second book and can't wait for the 3rd. You may love this series!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
LEARN TO UNDERSTAND WITH YOUR HEART AND MIND
I believe this is my third time to read or listen to this. I know I read it in the eighties and I believe this is my second time to listen. Ayla is a strong female character in a world dominated by men. A world where a woman can not speak to a man without permission. Auel researches her books more then the average writer. Her books are normally published years apart, because of the amount of research she does. To some, the detail of the medicines, herbs and rituals may be overly taxing. The first time I read it, I thought what a great book, but so much survival detail. At an older age, I find myself appreciating the work that went into making this series as accurate as possible. The story of Ayla is the main reason for listening. She will tug at your heart strings, sometimes breaking them. I am sure this is not the last time I will listen.
Almost every book in this series is a five star listen for me. This book and the follow up Valley of Horses are my favorites. This is a classic. This could fit in lots of genre's and it is a classic in all of them. The ending is controversial for this book. I recommended the book to my mom and she loved it until the ending and then she refused to read any more in the series. It made her that mad. This book causes that much emotion. It is not a text book.
I thought the narrator was okay. Not great, but also not distracting.
I read these books year ago and thought they were great. Listening to them, I found the narrator to add little to the story, even frequently distracting me, with little variation in her voice characterizations. The story is unique and worth listening to, but I didn't find it as gripping as the book and can't recommend the narrator. I'm glad to have refreshed my memory about the story line but won't listen to it again.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This could be a very good book, but it reads too much like a text book. The characters are good, believable and even enjoyable, but only towards the end of the book does the story line actually become interesting. It was laborious to even decide to keep listening. I wasn't crazy about the narrator, but I don't mind a mediocre narrator if the story is good. Since I did finish the book, I must admit the writing was good enough to make me care about what happens to the characters, but it might not be good enough to entice me to pick up the next book in the series.
For the last 31 years I have read this book about 16 times if not more. this is the best series of books I have ever read and will always love them the next 31 years. my sister had a stroke and I gave her this series of books on a CD and I told her this is a gift that keeps on giving year after year she has died now and I missed her so much but we did share this series together and I miss her so much because we never stop talking about it she has read it as much as I had and I miss her because no one understands Ayla as much as we did together. I like to thank Jean Auel for her work that she has done on this series and all the researchers that helped her and would love to know if she will ever write the seventh book. I miss Ayla. I want to know more about her I want to know about her daughter what happen to her son what happened to her husband many things I want to know but if the painted caves is the last book that she will ever write about Ayla she has given me a lifetime of entertainment thank you so much Jean Auel.
This is one of my favorite books. I enjoyed listening to this book, as I have read and reread this story many times. It is a deeper experience to listen to it. I was able to lose myself to the story. I felt like I was Ayla hugging Creb.
I especially enjoyed listening to the part where Ayla experiences the memories and travels with Creb to the beginnings of life.
I will definitely listen to at least the next two books in this series. I hope they are narrated by the same narrator.