Jean M Auel transports you to another world, and yet, it is our world, just 1000's of years ago. There is a great story line as well as scientific based information about how the first humans survived and thrived. I would recommend this book to my friends.
Well read, consistent but often too fast.
While the narration is well done, the speed of the reading is very fast. Also, there is little or no break between paragraphs or story changes which makes it difficult to follow the story sometimes.
I had loved reading this novel many years ago. The story is about a young human girl who survives an earthquake and is rescued by a clan of Neanderthal-like people. This novel takes place in the final days the Neanderthals. The author researched the era and also takes good fictional license and crafting this fun story. I enjoyed it both for getting a sense of what life might have been like in those days, and for the light, beach-read quality of the actual story. The book a little awkwardly moves between telling about clan life and telling the story of Ayla, the young girl. The narrator speaks much too quickly, but by a third of the way into the novel, I was used to her. I think that the print form is a little better vehicle for this story, but I still enjoyed the audible edition.
There's always time for reading
While the story is okay--and an interesting window into archaic peoples' lifestyle--the recording is very dated and reader very amateurish. The reader sounds like she is recording a children's book and it sounds like it was a cassette recording that was first done when the book first came out.
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.
It felt like an anthropology text revised to be a story. The story did not grab me, and the characters did not make me like them. But I finished it, cause I paid for it...
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.