This is an awesome story and series. But the narrator drives me crazy. She reads too fast, is monotone, and lacks emotion. I good narrator would greatly improve these. I would read the books first before listening to this to gain proper appreciation for the series.
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I was pretty hesitant in purchasing this book, not because of the good reviews, but because the sequels were not so lucky. so far book one was fantastic. I love the story line as well as the reader. you can get a great book and have it destroyed by the reader. I was really into this book, I was actually there in this time. I was totally unprepared to how this was going to go. and could not wait for sequel number two. if your into this type of reading, you will like this book. and the reader.
this was pretty hard one to answer so I am not going to because I do not know haha
her voice, her accent, how she did her emotions while reading this allowed
I had high hopes for this book after all the accolades I read about it. However, I felt the story was a disappointment. There seems to be too much of what life is like day to day rather than anything interesting happening. I get that as readers we need to understand the world the characters live in and that for this book there does need to be some day to day to understand about the lives of cave people. But there was way too much of "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" for me personally.
Also, I do not usually like books where the point of view switches from one character to another so frequently. This was no exception. We would be in one paragraph and go from Ayla's POV to someone else's without a natural transition. I couldn't stand that; in fact, I almost turned it off because of it. Well, between that and too much character internal dialogue. The character's trail off on some train of thought and that bugged me just as much as jumping from one character's head to another's. I kept listening though, because I figured somewhere there would be something that redeemed it for me. I was wrong. So glad I didn't order the next book without listening to this one first.
I didn't mind the speed of the narrator as others had mentioned. If it had been slower, I would have turned it off. So that actually was a plus for me!
I loved being transported back in time to an age when understanding was a new concept and tribe and obedience to the law was essential to life. Makes you think...
The heroine stood up for her beliefs and survived to prove her justice.
She did a fine job. I have been spoiled to others abilities to really characterize.
I pretty much kept my head phones on for hours and listened in my car every chance I got!
I read this series years ago after being told of it by a sibling. Several in my family enjoyed it and consider it a classic. I LOVE the Audible aspect of listening on my I-pod as I go about my day and was glad to revisit this old friend of a book!
Beautiful look back
Ayla, I love to hear about her struggles and thoughts and all the things that she goes through.
When she used her sling to save the baby.
When she leaves and all you hear is her baby screaming mama!
This book is such a moving tale that has so much information about how early man survived. It makes me want to learn some of the things that they did.
Deb Renner Smith, an author and consultant who has a passion for books and teaching consultant with schools and teachers.
Jean Auel introduced us to Ayla and Jondalar many years ago. The audible book adds another layer to my hard cover copy, paperback, and eBook. Easy to listen to this series while on walks. Auel is extensively descriptive of how life might have been.
One of the best and earliest audio I've listened to.A pure pleasure, tho descriptive passages get pretty wordy.
The survivalist nature of the people. The clan itself was intrigueing
When she's sent away and has to survive on her own.
No, just enjoyed it.
Because the reader put their tones, emotions, etc. into their voices.
The second time Brog made her dead and she stood up and over him and taunted him and made him lose it and when his father told him that she had won and was more of a man than he was.
No, this is my first time listenin' to her.
When the second earthquake came after she had been made dead, and the old shaman died in the cave, next to her mother.
I have read the whole series before in paper back, but I really love stories like that. Where ya see someone survivin' back in early age of mankind.
The descriptions of detail were extensive but great at the same time. They really show the depth of knowledge of the author of many topics including medicine and herbs..
Ayla was a true heroin and strong character.
The book is very long....so the pace of someone else reading helps greatly.
I loved how overwhelmed Creb was to know the extent of Ayla's depth of knowledge when she was able to count so quickly. He had the insight to know that the Clan would survive because of the "others" especially "her" son.
The best book of the series.
Having read 'Valley of Horses' as a stand alone novel in my teens, I was surprised and pleased when It Finally showed up on Audible. Having only a vague recollection of the meat of the story, I was excited to hear the series the whole way through.
At first, I found the narrator's voice a bit wearing... a little too Texas at times for a story I had rather read from a european standpoint, but tward the end of the novel, I found it acceptable, and believable... not my favorite, but not horrendous.
I found the start of the novel a little hard to begin. The story just kinda Starts with very little preface or firm references... 'a girl in the woods' could be the beginning of any number of situations, and I would have enjoyed a little bit of framing so as to give me an assured sense of imagining the scenario correctly on a first try.
I think the author intended to give the reader a sense of the abrupt change and fundemental ignorance that began the main character's life, but I couldn't help but think a general introduction in some way to establish the background events we come to see later in the novel as far as Time, Place, and Forces at work would have helped.
We come to see more and more of the time and place of the story as the novel progresses, and ultimately it is this other world which draws the readers in. But, as a reader, I find the author too often represents the character's limmited knowledge by keeping the reader themselves in the dark. A narrator can so easily convey the broader contexts without losing the singular voice in other novels, yet this seems to be either a technique the author cannot achieve, or one which is speciffically omitted.
I also found the novel's writing style a little simpler than I had remembered. Comming just off of reading the Tolkien novels, most author's work may seem more simplistic (he's a far harder read) but I did find a certain simple mindedness in the characters and scenarios in some indeffineable quality. Again, perhaps this is to represent their primative lives, but I found a certain lack of deffinition in the greater picture. The novel could, in my mind, have taken place Anywhere... in pre history... I have no clear concept of the landscapes beyond simple destinations, and again, the greater picture eludes me.
This may make the novel an 'easier' read than others, perhaps I was more on par with its level when I first read it, but as a more accomplished reader these days, I found the first half of the novel just a tiny bit simple... un-nuanced in some subtextural way.
That being said, I think the story really picks up in the latter half, and once more of the world the characters inhabit is defined, the overall story exposes itsself for the good escape and fascinating new perspective it offers.
I first read the 'Valley of Horses' novel out of context and order, and I cannot help but think it made for a better pickup and read... it doesn't feel the need to keep the readers in the dark for the first chapters 'like the character is', and instead begins streight away with the Complete story... However, as an understanding of the character at the story's heart, this first of the series is a powerful backstory.