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

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

Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly.
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Publisher's Summary

A remarkable epic of one woman's odyssey - filled with mystery and magic.

Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them.

To the Clan, her fair looks make her different - ugly. And she has odd ways: she laughs, she cries, she has the ability to speak. But even more, she struggles to be true to herself and, with her advanced intelligence, is curious about the world around her.

Although Ayla is clearly a member of the Others, she is nurtured by her adoptive parents, befriended by members of the Clan, and gradually accepted into the family circle. But there are those who would cast her out for her strange, threatening ways.

So the conflict between the ancient Clan, bound by heredity to its traditions, and the girl in its midst, of a newer breed destined to alter the face of earth, could never be resolved. And it is this same struggle that leads Ayla to venture where no Clan woman has ever dared. Driven by destiny and a will to survive, Ayla breaks the forbidden taboo.

Listen to more in the Earth's Children series.

©2004 Jean M. Auel; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Imaginative, exciting." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Jean Auel has performed a minor miracle." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Dan Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada 02-13-11
    Dan Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada 02-13-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting"

    This book is one of those that once you start reading you don't want to put down. Chapter after chapter has new and interesting things happening between the people and culture of the clan and the Girl Ayla from the others. Highly recommended reading.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Wasilla, AK, United States 06-13-08
    Terri Wasilla, AK, United States 06-13-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Clan of the Cave Bear"

    Jean Auel interacts early mankind with one of our own. The Pleistocene Ice Age is a grueling world to live in and all must learn to work together to survive.

    A most superb tale of the different daily physical and mental roles between man and woman, their thought process and survival. How medicines were made, foods stored, tools and clothing designed all provided by nature. A hard life with joy and sorrow.

    The book continuously picks up momentum and keeps one reading. Not simply a survival story as we know survivalist in our day in time but the story of lives. Humanity working together finding out the consequences of not working well together.

    A myriad of logical emotion and strength. Although the narrator moves a bit quick for me it is an excellent listen. I will listen to it again.



    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Coal City, IL, USA 09-11-08
    Sharon Coal City, IL, USA 09-11-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Clan of the Cave Bear"

    This is, by far, one of my favorite series. It begins with "Clan of the Cave Bear." Jean Auel brings us a detailed and wonderful saga, a poignant story that goes right to the heart. Like Beth, for me, it ranks up there with the "Outlander" Series by Diana Gabaldon. I do wish Audible would get the third book, "The Mammoth Hunters." It's weird to have a missing book, especially smack dab in the middle of the series.

    Although the story is fantastic, I wish the narrator put a bit mroe emotion into the reading. At times, it was a bit stagnant. All in all, I enjoyed it very much and I'd certainly listen to it again.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    B. Westman Maine 08-14-08
    B. Westman Maine 08-14-08 Member Since 2006

    Bluejeans

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    "Worth an annual read"

    I love this book. This is my third time through it, once reading and twice listening. Sandra Burr reads a little fast at times and some of the "voices" are not quite right, but this is still a very enjoyable edition of this most wonderful story. Sadly, Audible is missing the MIDDLE book of the five-book series. This one ranks right up there with the Outlander Series for me.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 03-10-11
    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 03-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Better after 30-some years!"

    I read The Clan of Cave Bear when it first came out a very long time ago. I loved it and read it again a few years later. As each new book in the series became available, I bought and devoured them. None were as good as the original, but I relished the detail provided in each on natural history and different cultural practices. Of course, all of it is a fantasy. How realistic is it to attribute the domestication of animals and the inventions of so many technologies to one prehistoric young woman? But the books were all fun to read, and I enjoyed them on that level.

    Having discovered that the final book in the Earth's Children series will be coming out at the end of March, I decided to listen to the original story of Ayla and the Neanderthals on my iPod, especially in light of new DNA evidence pointing to our genetic connection with them. I absolutely loved listening to the audiobook version of my old favorite! I went about my business, earphones on, for three days until I had finished it. Then I downloaded The Valley of Horses and continued Ayla's saga. My goal is to complete all books in this series before The Land of the Painted Caves is released. Hopefully audible will have it available.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear is definitely the best of the series in terms of plot and character development. I recommend this audiobook highly and I'm looking forward to listening to Painted Caves! Ayla seems like an old friend and I have missed her between books.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    cindy ramona, CA, United States 11-22-09
    cindy ramona, CA, United States 11-22-09
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    "huge, epic and educational"

    the best value on this website. The reading is fabulous, the story long and engaging and most importantly, EDUCATIONAL!!! Yes, there are things here that will make you think "no way."....but then that fleeting moment is gone, caught up in some twist of the plot or some insight that the author has made about culture at the time, and off you go again. Highest recommendation. Now, if I could only locate the rest of this series on this website! [=

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    history buff louisiana 08-26-09
    history buff louisiana 08-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "THE SAGA BEGINS!! GREAT SERIES!!"

    this is the first in a series of wonderful, fabulous books taking ayla from 5 years old to her 20's. where is she now, jean?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jason Havelock, NC, United States 12-18-13
    jason Havelock, NC, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the whole series!"
    What did you love best about The Clan of the Cave Bear?

    I really came to love all the characters. I also love the fact that the author really did her research and you learn how things were done in pre-historic times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clan of the Cave Bear?

    Ayala, learning to hunt and use the sling.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    Ayala she is strong, smart, honest, loyal,and beautiful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The births and the deaths.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this series 4 times and love it just as much each time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 04-30-09
    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2015
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    "LUV THIS SERIES"

    Wonderful story. I stumbled across this series when audible was offering a special on the first book in a select set of series. Thought I would give it a try since I had seen and loved the movie Clan Of The Cave Bear. Firstly ... I was surprised to find that it was a series. I fell in love with the "real Alya"! No comparison between the movie and the sieries. I immediately HAD TO HAVE all 5 books. So much was changed and even more was left out that I am still amazed. Well written and while the reader is on shaky ground with the first book ... she improves dramitaclly as she continues the series, finds her footing with it, and develops and makes distinct each character by book 5 ... adding to the charm of this wonderful story. So much so that I can not imagine anyone else reading it. I can't wait for the 6th book. Thank you audible for re-opening my love of the Clan and my interest in pre-history. Well worth listning to!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Harrisburg, PA, United States 09-08-13
    Heather Harrisburg, PA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The best of the books so far"
    Where does The Clan of the Cave Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to the first 4 books in this series, and the first book is definitely the best.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Jacki
    Blackpool, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Love, love, love"

    And love this story. Bet series ever. You have got to read it, it will make you mad and sad, happy, excited, shocked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Hever, Kent, United Kingdom
    2/28/09
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    "Needs Pruning!"

    I enjoyed some parts of this book very much. There is lots of interest, action and plot movement, the beginning is good, and the end is excellent. However I was very irritated by the amount of repetition and reiteration. I don?t normally buy abridged books as I love detail and description, but I did feel that this is one book that would benefit from sharper editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni
    Chipperfield, United Kingdom
    2/2/09
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    "fascinating and imaginative story"

    This story was an insightful and imaginative look into a shared history.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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