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.
The land of Painted Caves ranks among the top of all the books we have listened to over the years. Jean M. Auel held my husband and I spell bound in Aayla and Jondular's story from book one,but we were thrilled with how she tied that world together in her final novel. We feel that she highlighted her research so well on Aayla's Donier tour. We appreciated her desire to take us along with her!
I could compare this book to any of Diana Gabeldon's Outlander series of books. Both authors have a wonderfully unique way of writing their extensive research into the story line so well. We are in awe of Jean M. Auel's commitment to create an imagined yet believable world and lifestyle of early man. We recognize the research in her books through the indepth descriptions.
This is a very hard question to ask. Each scene in the book blended so well with the next that without any one of them, they would lose their potency. I will admit to it being difficult to "catch" up when years passed and we missed some of the developing stages of Jonaayla.
I did laugh, and I did cry, in several places in this book. I may not have done so if I read the book as a stand alone. Having the first five in the series precede it made it easier to be more involved in the final installation.
My husband and I were thrilled to be so absorbed in Jondular and Aayla's world that we were sorry it was over. We wish there were more installments of Earth's Children to look forward too. We are grateful to Jean M. Auel for her willingness to share this story with the world.
If the author had removed the incessant word for word repetitions of virtually all the highlights of all the other books in the series and omitted the endless repeats of said repetitions, the book would probably have been 30 minutes long. They ruined the story and did not add to it at all. By the time a 5th book is written, only the true fans remain, so ad nauseum repetitions are a disservice to the reader. By now, I can recite the Mother's song and the history word for word myself I heard it so many times (at least 10). Really? What was the point except to fill up pages?
no - just turned me off from this author.
All of them. She did a great job narrating. I can only imagine how tired she got of repeating the same thing over and over and over.
Merona - too predictable and shallow, poor character development.
Making Jondolar suddenly stupid, shallow, and conniving in the last book - when he'd never shown the inclination toward either shallowness or infidelity - was a huge deviation from character. Listening to this book was a chore in comparison to Book 1. Each book became more and more diluted with word for word repetitions of previous books. I would not recommend reading past Book 3 of Earth's Children series. Or, just read Book 5 and you'll get the whole 5 stories summarized (repeatedly!) in 1 book.
I would only if you read the whole series. Don't like to leave things unfinished
Yes, except for the last book I loved the series.
Good character creation
There was too much repetition and overly detailed descriptions in this book. It could have been half as long.
I have been a huge fan of the Clan series since Clan of the Cave Bear and have been very disappointed in this book. It's BORING!!!! I am in the middle of part 3 and nothing exciting has happened yet! The dialogue is terrible. There is no real story. If I have to hear one more time about Ayla's accent or how she is a foreigner I will scream. Oh and in the first part, I could swear Jonayla was under 3 years old as Ayla was still breast feeding and she was going to continue until she was 3. But then in the 2nd or 3rd part, the girl is riding Gray and we find out she is 4. This is supposed to take place over a summer, so I'm confused. If this book is the final book, then the author would have been better to just leave enough alone and wait until she had an interesting story. All they do in this story is go looking at caves. Maybe it would be more exciting if they had been trapped inside by a cave bear or something but no, they just look at the pics on the walls. Besides, Ayla's perfect aim and preparation would have knocked out a family of bears in the blink of an eye. There is very little dialogue between the characters and what there is isn't very interesting. There is also lots of references to the previous books. Maybe that is to refresh our memories? But maybe it is just to have something to write about. Now if it is to refresh us on the series and prepare us for an interesting next book, then great. If this is really the last book in the series, then it's just disappointing. I will continue to get thru the book, I can only hope that something besides more caves awaits in the remaining pages.So is there anything good about it? I have stayed with it so far, so yes. One thing that I love is the way the author paints a picture of the area they are in, I enjoy the details of the land, the food, the herbal medicine etc. I have missed the characters, so even though it's a boring story there is something that is keeping me listening. It might just be hope though, that something really good/interesting may actually happen.
I was not crazy about the narration. It's slow and every word enunciated, I tried to put it onto the next speed but that is actually even worse. The speech just doesn't sound natural.
There is too much cave visiting and there just doesn't seem to be a point to it. We don't need to hear about Ayla having an accent or being a foreigner every time new people come into the story. It's so redundant.
This book was so hard to listen to only made it through a few chapters. The narrator droned on a narrative style writing that was just awful. I'd read early ones in this series, that were a better, never tried to listen to one. Not again. Myra Coots
Maybe not, depends on what they are, but not by this author or this narrator.
The endless detail into each and ever little thing they did.
More action is need to hold my interest.
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.
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