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.
Book 6 so it really tied a lot of things together. Also, I was REALLY glad the graphic sex scenes was GREATLY reduced!
I'm disappointed in the graphice sex scenes. It just was NOT necessary!
Yes, Sandra Burr and Audiable brings this amazing historical fiction alive. I read Clan of the Cave Bear, years ago, and wanted to try a audio book. Well, now I am hooked and love listening to this very talented story reader. I have listened to five of her series and have only the sixth one to go. On the go, you can listen driving, at the gym, or listen with the lights off. Just plug in the ear phones, turn off the enviorment around you and sink into the wonderland of a well told story.
Ayla and Jondalar had a baby and Winnie had a filly.
All her many real life voices and how she Winnie's like a horse.
This audio book was fantastic! I was able to fully escape into the story during my commute as well as have my own story time before bed.
Shelters of Stone was a wonderful first experience to Audible
Ayla's character is my favorte, but Sandra did a fabulous job with all the characters and animal sounds!
Ayla because she is my favorite character from the whole book series. She's such an amazing character, I named my daughter after her.
I don't agree with the reviewers that complained about the book or about Sandra Burr's reading of it. In my opinion the story was excellent and Sandra did an excellent job narrating these books. The reason I said Sad is because the story, the series is over. I love this series and I'm sad there is no more. Jean Auel did a great job in writing all of the books. I don't know who chose Sandra to narrate, just want to say great choice. I have loved this series from the very beginning but listening to the series gave it more meaning for me. Great author and great narrator.
Loved the book in printed form, but the audible version is SO much better! Really made the story come alive. Just wish Jean Auel had written another book; was sorry to hear the story come to an end.
Why did I have to read these so fast? Now there are no more cave-bear books.
Sandra Burr. Listen to her performance of these books, if you get the chance.
I feel I have already reviewed this series. I think before I ever read them again I will try to find pictures of the places, the caves, the types of people that these books are about. It would be cool if Jean M. Auel could write a companion picture book. I must admit to having my curiosity piqued about the preherstoric times, when womyn were warriors. I am glad that the author spent so much time researching for these stories. Her knowledge of the geography, flora and fauna made the world of Ayla come to life.
If you haven't read these yet, you owe it to yourself. If you have read them, trek back to the Caves.
I like how she changes her voice from one character to another. Very good.
Donna Lee Walker
Yes I think it is better ... Jean writes to make you feel like you are right there.
too many to mention
I think the name is just right
Continuing saga, probably best enjoyed by fans of the series, as the book is extremely long and detailed. I'm really glad I listened to it rather than reading the sometimes ponderous detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, as I have all the others, because the author does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and giving them believable adventures in a unique prehistoric environment.
I was hesitant to buy this title because the reviews weren't that good, but after listening to the Shelters of Stone - I wanted to learn what happened to Ayla and Jondalar. I love the detail and feel it is necessary to understanding the story. After all, this is prehistoric times, and the detail really adds a lot to the story. I hope Jean Auel has 1 more novel left in the history of the Earth's Children.
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