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The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children 1 | [Jean M. Auel]

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children 1

Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.
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Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.

©1980 Jean M Auel (P)1992 AudioGO Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Beautiful, exciting, imaginative." (New York Times)

"A major best seller...a remarkable work of imagination." (Daily Express)

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    Joshua Rustenburg, South Africa 02-20-13
    Joshua Rustenburg, South Africa 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Live it!"
    If you could sum up The Clan of the Cave Bear in three words, what would they be?

    An ancient journey!


    Any additional comments?

    A great story! Jean M. Auel takes you on a journey through a time we can not walk through on our own! Great experience!

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  • miss
    10/8/14
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    "Read it, don't get the audiobook version"

    This is a lovely story, but it doesn't work as an audiobook. Read it instead!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claudia
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    5/3/13
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    "Interesting Research"

    Jean Auel has obviously spent a great deal of time and effort not only researching Neanderthal Man, but also present-day hunter gatherer societies, and then superimposed a story to present her findings in a captivating, easily accessible form. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the result, although I found the narrator's voice strangely lifeless, indeed more suited to reading an academic paper than a narrative. Auel is, however, no real story teller. The narrative remains driven by by her wish to acquaint the reader with her research, the imaginery additions are not convincing (clan memories accessed through the generations?), and the characters, though quite engaging, are never more than functional. All the same, I recommend this book. It allows an interesting insight into man's early history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Omagh, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "The history of each one of us"

    This excellent story transports us back through our genetic code and explains how we react to things and how our instincts really operate in times of crisis, etc. The author has used intelligent research to bring us this little part of ourselves and our history

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Llandovery, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A look at history"

    The story is agreat insight into ancient history, complete with many facts. But is also very exciting.. As an audio book it leaves the mind open to experience the words.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/7/15
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    "loved it"

    Seems very accurate from scientific point. Makes one reflect on evolution and explains how our world is the way it is by describing very probable founds of society.
    I was not 100% on the performance not quite sure why. It could be the voice or intonation, not sure, but still strong 4*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    1/7/15
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    "Loved it"

    Have read this several times but listening to it as an audiobook brought another dimension to the story. When reading a good book I have a terrible habit of 'skimming' when I really enjoy it to find out what happens next but with the audiobook you can't do that which really improved it for me! I usually listen when walking my dog who is also benefitting from longer walks! Thoroughly recommend. Can't wait to start next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Lanark, United Kingdom
    12/5/14
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    "Cave woman extraordinaire!"

    A time from the past brought to life for thr present, and so wonderfully done. The Europe of our far distant ancestors painted so lyrically and simply allowed being transported back in time. The narration was superb, and the book came alive through this recording. This has long been one of my favourite reads, and has been reborn as a favourite listen. Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ZoeMbubbles
    UK
    11/11/14
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    "Something isn't quite right"
    What disappointed you about The Clan of the Cave Bear?

    The writing style. It was like I was trapped between a text book and a story. Information kept being repeated and repeated and the description was overbearing. I'm not even sure all the information was factual but it is certainly written as if it were.


    Has The Clan of the Cave Bear put you off other books in this genre?

    Maybe, I might try something like it in the future but I will avoid this author.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I couldn't say. The way it was written, I'm ashamed to admit I never made it to the end of the book. I kept trying and trying but I was constantly thinking "really?! Again?? I get it.." and similar thoughts


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, this book was recommended by a friend who enjoys similar books to me. I had read other reviews but I decided to give it a go anyway. Mistake!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Bridgend, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "A Personal Favourite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Clan of the Cave Bear to be better than the print version?

    I've read the print version of this book many times, so was dubious of the audiobook - but I must say I was really pleasantly surprised! The narrator was excellent, and brought the book to life for me in a whole new way.


    What other book might you compare The Clan of the Cave Bear to, and why?

    I personally love historical fiction, so found this book fits into that genre completely. If I had to compare it to others i've read and enjoyed - it would probably be Diana Gabledon's 'outlander' series. These are available on audible, but i've yet to purchase the audio version.


    What about Rowena Cooper’s performance did you like?

    The performance of Clan of the Cave Bear was steady and easy to listen to. Rowena Cooper really picked up the nuances of the story and writing style - I was hooked from the first few minutes!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a hell of a book in length, so not suitable for listening to all in one sitting, but I found it very hard to stop listening. You'll get drawn in and not want to stop!


    Any additional comments?

    All in all - if you have read the book, and enjoyed it, LISTEN to it! If you haven't, give it a go - it's a brilliant piece of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moaks
    Rotherham
    7/7/14
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    "A beautifully read and wonderful story."
    Where does The Clan of the Cave Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the best audio book I have downloaded so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read the book three times but this was my first time listening to it. Jean Auel's thorough research describes the world in wonderful detail and helps the listener imagine each scene with crystal clarity.


    Have you listened to any of Rowena Cooper’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I'm currently working my way through the rest of the Earth Children's series and I'm happy that Rowena Cooper has recorded them all. As you form a kind of attachment with Ayla, the main protagonist of the series, I also find the same kind of attachment and comfort in Rowena's voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Every journey of a lifetime has a beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get enough of Auel's work. Since reading Clan of the Cave Bear in the late 90's, then the following books in the series, I found that the story, images and nature of the novels always remained close to my heart, I can imagine myself completely within the world that Auel so vividly describes. When I came to name my daughter, I could think of only one name; Ayla.

    So put this audio book on, close your eyes and relax while submersing yourself in the beautiful world that Jean Auel has created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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