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The Land of Painted Caves Audiobook
The Land of Painted Caves
Written by: 
Jean M. Auel
Narrated by: 
Sandra Burr
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The Land of Painted Caves Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to more in the Earth's Children series.

©2011 Jean M. Auel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Chris Rowe Raleigh, NC USA 12-07-12
    Chris Rowe Raleigh, NC USA 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "No Need To Pile On"
    What would have made The Land of Painted Caves better?

    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.


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    elizabeth m anderson southborough, ma United States 12-06-12
    elizabeth m anderson southborough, ma United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Poor character development"
    Would you try another book from Jean M. Auel and/or Sandra Burr?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Jean M. Auel’s story?

    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.


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    Judy 08-31-12
    Judy 08-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Repitious"
    What did you like best about The Land of Painted Caves? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gone with the wind


    Do you think The Land of Painted Caves needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think the story is now complete


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    Valerie Cherry Valley, CA, United States 07-15-12
    Valerie Cherry Valley, CA, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I couldn't even finish it."

    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.

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    Donna PEACHTREE CITY, GA, United States 07-15-12
    Donna PEACHTREE CITY, GA, United States 07-15-12
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    "Awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Finding Ayla's son finally.


    What could Jean M. Auel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    What character would you cut from The Land of Painted Caves?

    Jondalar - what a jerk.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Laura Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 05-25-12
    Laura Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 05-25-12
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    "Meet the Flinstones..."

    I LOVED Clan of the Cave Bear, I really liked Valley of the Horses, I liked Mammoth hunters, I was kind of alright with Plains, and happy with Shelter.... But, this book was so so so inferior. The characters are shallow, the conversations belong in a junior high reading book, the plot is non existant until about the last 10th of the book, the descriptions of caves go on forever, the mother song is sung over and over and over again! If you have to read this book I suggest the library so you can at least skim the majority of the story.
    I pray this is the last of the series...

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    judy United States 03-11-12
    judy United States 03-11-12
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    "I could not finish it"
    What disappointed you about The Land of Painted Caves?

    the inane conversations the endless introductions of people was there a plot?


    Has The Land of Painted Caves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    her first 3 books were great I devoured them but I think Ive had enough where else can she go with these characters so I guess Im done


    Did Sandra Burr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I suppose, I cant fault her for the material she did the best she could


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

    disappointment at first then just complete boredom


    Any additional comments?

    can I have my credit back?

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    Andy Blum Brigantine, New Jersey, United States 02-24-12
    Andy Blum Brigantine, New Jersey, United States 02-24-12
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    "How Depressing."
    What would have made The Land of Painted Caves better?

    I was afraid this would happen. I was hoping for the best. But Jean.. maybe your heart just wasn't in it anymore, so why didn't you just leave it alone. Tell your fans you were sorry and call it a day.

    The ONLY decently written part of the book was Ayla's calling to the Mother. That was heartbreaking.

    In general I felt my favorite characters were not done justice, Big Z9 was made into a blubbering idiot (like she really would have misread all of Alya's post miscarriage illness, being an extremely competent healer herself -


    What could Jean M. Auel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite it.


    Did Sandra Burr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.I actually understood the new accent, it was supposed to be how the Zelendoni heard her speak. We were supposed to be hearing Alya the way they heard her. Anyway that was my take on it. I appreciated it.


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

    Dissapointment, anger


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SARAMK Highland Village, Texas, United States 12-27-11
    SARAMK Highland Village, Texas, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2015

    SaraMK

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    "So very disappointed!"
    What disappointed you about The Land of Painted Caves?

    I had waited so long for the sequel to her books and have not even been able to finish! I will continue listening, but only because I need an ending of some sort. She has taken the characters away from what I believe they would have done. It is very receptive - we get she has an


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jean M. Auel again?

    Anything but this.


    What three words best describe Sandra Burr’s performance?

    Engaging, well done.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you have been waiting to purchase this or redeem your credits for it. Don't - leave your memory of the series at the Shelters of Stone. I wish I had!

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    mhurban 11-30-11
    mhurban 11-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Painted Caves"

    We had enjoyed reading all the prior stories but were very disappointed in this version and did not finish listening to the complete book. Too many names, caves and references to books that were published years ago. Very disappoining.

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