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.
Yes, because Sandra Burr is a great narrator. She brought Ayla to life and really made the story captivating.
Ayla, because she is a survivor.
Not yet, but would not hesitate to pick up another audio book narrated by her.
Yes. I am PC gamer and instead of listening to the game, I listen to the audio book.
If you have not read/listen to this series, do yourself a favor and pick it up. I was hesitant about listening to tales of cave men and historical stuff so for the longest time I avoided the series. It was not until a coworker who press me into giving it a try that I was so happy I did. The story telling that the author weaved was absolutely entertaining. She made me care for Ayla and cheer for her. The only regret I have so far is that I waited so long to listen to this series.
I don't like ranking books that I have read or listened to. I love them all equally for different reasons.
SO MANY! However each memorable moment for me was a poignant moment in the book, and write about it would spoil the book for anyone who happens to read this review.
Sandra was very good at maintaining the same pitch and tones for the different characters (of which there are many) throughout the entire book (which is quite long).
No, only because I like to listen them over several days.
Fascinating story, good narration. I had read this as an assignment in high school and remember liking it then, however I feel that I have a greater appreciation of the book now many years later with more life experiences.
Ala would be the obvious first choice, but I found that I developed a great admiration for Brun, Esa, & Creb as well. Ala is the focal point of the book/series so she is most prominent. Brun shows great leadership, Esa & Creb devotion and love for one that is so different from themselves.
I believe this was my first Burr performance, however I've already started on book 2 in the series and look forward to the rest of the series under her skillful narration.
Many, many moments moved me, but I don't want to spoil them for first time listeners. I will say that the life of the clan opens your eyes to just how much we have available to us with today's modern conveniences.
This book is well worth the investment in time it takes to listen.
I was dubious when I ordered this book on Audible. Could it possibly stand up to the joy I felt reading her books over the many years? When it started I was unimpressed; but as it went on, I became entranced just as I did when reading the books originally. I ordered the next one (my favorite) as soon as it ended, and I suspect I will read it next before the half dozen books waiting for me in my Library. What better holiday treat could there be?
Right up there with Anne Mccaffey. I have loved the Earth's Children series since I first started reading them back in 1980, with Clan of the Cave Bear through The Land Of Painted Caves. Now to listen to the stories again it's like coming home to an old friend.
I love how real it all sounds.
I have not listened to her before, but her voice and inflection are perfect for this series.
See your prehistoric life, not as anthropologists have tried to make you believe, but come to life in full rich detail.
If you miss any of this series, well as one foodie chef is fond of saying, your Mama's should slap you into next week.
Although it started out a little tedious for me, the plot drove me forward. The story centered around a clan of Neanderthals helping Ayla survive, and the reader was introduced to a lot of information about how they lived and what it was like. I appreciated the descriptions, though it seemed overly-educational and less storyteller-ish much of the time. The author also seemed to switch perspective almost at random, but I didn't mind that too much.
The characters in this story were well developed and very interesting. I have not read the rest of the series, and I might not check out the sequels, but this particular novel was a good read. You become invested in Ayla's life and well-being and it is also fascinating to see the author's research and interpretation of Neanderthals brought forth. The topic of sex is not ignored, but it is also not spoken of in much detail, which I further appreciated.
I didn't like the narration very much, and I could tell the production was low quality. Sometimes it changed volume or it sounded like there was some slight noise in the background, like an air conditioner running. I'm not sure what it was that annoyed me about the reader herself, but I didn't fully appreciate her voice and there was a word or two that she pronounced strangely. I think I also disliked it when she tried to do different kinds of voices. For the most part it was tolerable after the first few chapters. Since I know I won't read a physical copy, I stuck with it out of curiosity.
Overall, a good choice to read, just be prepared for the annoying narration and occasional textbook-like pieces of clan life.