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. The wisdom that Ayla gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthen her as she moves closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.
Whatever the obstacles, Ayla’s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life: searching for wild edibles to make delicious meals, experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandoni must take, honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla’s mentor - the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia - takes her to see. These caves are filled with remarkable art - paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear. The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death. But through those rituals, Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change the world.
Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a long ago civilization that serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.
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©2011 Jean M. Auel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I like the story, but I was very disappointed about how the audiobook played in ITunes. I import all of my audible audiobooks into ITunes and this is the first time I've had a book not play correctly.
The book continually reset to the beginning every time I restarted it, very frustrating. I ended up downloading the book the audible app and playing it there.
Oh my, where was the editor(s) for this? So much redundant material in this novel, summarizing the first 5 novels at every turn. There is new content, but the listener is beaten over the head with it repeatedly (doni tour and the mother song, oh spare me!). Proper editing would have reduced this novel to about half of its current size and we wouldn't have lost a thing. As it stands, a new listener could listen to just this and get a good grasp of what happened in the first 5 novels. If you've invested time in the first 5, suck it up to finish off the series but be prepared to wade through a lot of stuff to get there.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Everything I can think of.
I could not get into it very much... Though I loved all Ms. Auel's other books, most notably Clan of the Cave Bear. But even the other books were far superior
Ayla's voice was intensely annoying and completely unlike anything I would expect... she had an accent which distracted me... though the story was so boring there was nothing to get me past the voice.
No, I was unable to find any.
does she really have anything else to say??? i have been reading this series since the 90s
i think auel is done- find some new characters .
Yes, because after spending days listening to Ayla's world you get attached to it. It's like that rambling aunt who always tells the same boring stories. You love her.. And the stories make you feel like home, but god does she ever stop? If I never have to hear the Mothers song again it will be too soon. And Jondar, really? That is some stupid stuff.
That's so hard to remember. Probably someone from the lion Camp. Her Ayla was a lot better before they reached the zelanonni too. She became Irish the last 2 books.
Marona. Unnecessary plot line.
The caves were described in amazing detail. It was fascinating the first 5 times after that, the next CAVE AFTER CAVE AFTEE CAVE was too much. I stopped caring. Which suprised me because she managed to fascinate me with basket weaving and plant gathering of the first 2 awesome books.
Wasn't this supposed to be the last installment of the Ayla story? That was my understanding and, to be honest, the only reason that I fought through it. I have to assume that it is not the last because the same questions that all of us had were not answered. The story had nothing really, it wad quite dull. Occasionally there were story line set-ups that in past books would have gone into a very exciting direction that just went nowhere. If you want to listen, start in the middle of part three and go from there. The beginning could have been titled The Land of Ancient Domestic Life. By the way, I thought that Sandra Burr did a very good job reading.
Jean Auel's Earth's Children series captivated my attention from the beginning and I looked forward to this installment of the story. I feel as though the author lost interest in her characters and their story however and was disappointed as a result.
It seemed the author was more interested in educating the reader about the vegetation, customs and beliefs surrounding the time period as opposed to developing the story and the characters.
I am happy to finally finish this series that I started many years ago- I've read the first four books 3 times now; but, this last book is vey repititive with stories that happened in the first couple books.
Gone with the wind
No, I think the story is now complete
I read all the other books in this series and looked forward to this one. I was very disappointed. The story, like other reviewers say, was a repetition of some of the other books. I kept waiting for something new and interesting to happen but it never did. Still, I might have made it through if not for the narration, which is some of the worst I've ever heard (I've been an Audible member for years.) It sounded like the narrator was reading to a class of first graders, so slowly it made me want to pull my hair out. The accent she gave Ayla was horrible. It made her sound like a prehistoric bimbo. She sounded so childlike. Actually, every character sounded childlike with the slow and tedious way she read their lines, as if they all had just learned how to speak and were struggling to find the correct words. I tried hard to finish this book but just couldn't do it. This series has jumped the shark in a big way and the narrator made it all the more painfully obvious.
Finding Ayla's son finally.
So much more. This is the most boring of the series. The narrator was awful with the accents and trying to mimic a man's voice. For people that were supposed to be intelligent for their time, they appeared stupid. Too much emphasis on the "Mother" and the caves and not enough depth to the people. Would have loved to see Ayla reunited with her son.
By trying to be both male and female voices and the accents were so annoying I thought I would never get this book done. Too much repitition of things past. You would only read this book if you read the others.
Jondalar - what a jerk.
The author did her readers a great disservice. Most wanted to see Ayla reunited with her son and develop that story line. The Painted Caves should have just been a blip in the book instead of the entire book. Women were depicted as too perfect with a bunch of imperfect men to deal with.
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