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Heather Gordon

Windsor, Ontario Canada

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  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (785)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Disappointed after 25 years."
    Overall

    I picked up my mom's copy of Clan of the Cave Bear when I was 13 and read it till 3 a.m. This book has been tedious and repetitive. While I found the greater discriptions of the religion of the Zelandonii to be interesting I wondered not why she made descriptive reference to occurences that happened in other books but why whenever they were referred to in this book she had to make a detailed retelling EVERY time. It wasn't so much that she stole from her past books but that she did it repetitavely about the SAME story in a number of incidences. While I am sure some readers don't mind be reminded of what happened 3 books ago they can probably then remember for the remainder of the book. I was pleased that the minutely described sex scenes were kept to a minimum in this book because after Plains of Passage I felt she was spending a little too much time on the sexual lives of Ayla and Jondolar but the trouble with Jondolar and Ayla later in the book felt a little too much like a repetition of what happened in the Mammoth Hunters. I did enjoy the story on some levels but with the repeating removed this book would have been half the length it is now. I am not saying don't get it...just be prepared to recognize alot of it....definitely the weakest book of the series that I personally have been reading for 25 years and has been around since 1978.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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