Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are the "Others". She approaches them with a mixture of fear and curiosity.
It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory - dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic - who Ayla finds herself drawn to the most. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovers, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother.
Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla's life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.
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©2004 Jean M. Auel; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
I read these novels when they were first published, when I was working towards a BS in Biology. My faculty adviser recommended Book 1. I was young when I first picked up the books in this series, and loved the whole series. I had never read romance novels, so I guess I was naive. Revisiting the series 20 years later, I realize the constant sex scenes are repetitious in the phrases, settings, circumstances, and dialog to the point of being boring, akin to romance novels that fill voids with prurient content. The effort to make each novel "free-standing" is distracting and boring, and shows that the editors think that the reader is so stupid as to not remember, and hope they can make additional profits when the bookstore browser picks up a book in the middle of the series.
Ms. Auel has produced a great work of historical fiction for an era rarely tackled, except in approximation in fantasy novels. I'm sorry she chose to switch genres from historical fiction to romance novel with gratuitous sex and endless reprise.
This book has alot of fasanating historic information and some fun and entertaining adventures. Unfortunately it is hard to stay focused with all of the explanations of oral sex and giant memberss that only one chosen by the cave lion could fully handle. The charactors become riduiculouslsy stupid in the ways of the heart and communication, and the author uses this to write endlessly of inter-racial sex, general bone-headed main charactors, and rexplaning everything from books 1 & 2. This is where I stop listening to these books. I have an internet full of porn if I want sex, sex, sex. I was really enjoying the first books, but this is just silly.
Excellent reading loved the narrator, well researched by the author, I have listened to this book a couple of times.
Though this is a very good book to have digitally, the narration leaves something to be desired. The pacing is too fast, without adequate pauses between sentences, and you can often hear the changes in pitch when certain sections are sped up or slowed down. It makes it a little stressful to listen. Also, there are several words that the narrator consistently mispronounces. Still, all in all, the content is interesting enough to keep me on the treadmill.
This is the worse book I have ever listened to from Audible. I don't know how any one can give this 4 stars. The narrater is without a doubt the poorest I've ever listened to. If I could return it I would, total waste of my credit. I listen to 2 to 3 books a month and have for years.
I should have payed attention to the other reviews.
This one is a return.
Yes, this one was a bomb.
Yes, I like her work.
A waste of time
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Part 3 of a 3 part trilogy chronicling the early life of a female born to survive a prehistoric earthquake, early childhood being raised by "knuckle dragging" pre homo sapiens humans, and being abandoned to survive alone. Cast out of the Clan at the age of a teenager she is now skilled with medicinal herbs, hunting skills, and early notions of what causes" the spirit" of a man or woman to create a newborn baby. Ayla, the primary character dispels myths, in her mind, of what she was told as a child of the reason for what we today would think of as religion or sacred history or mythology. She learns new things via travel and her use of horses as a friend and beast of burden. She discovers how to strike fire within seconds, which revolutionizes the ability of humans to bring heat relief within minutes, enhancing survivability. She discovers cultural differences from other people through her travels, aided by her discovery of horses as a mode of transportation, Then we learn how connection to other human communities helped humankind grow at a exponential learning of hunting and better socialization skills/discoveries e.g.. sex for pleasure vs. sex for increasing your hearth. I read this trilogy decades ago. Now I've enjoyed these 3 stories in audiobook format 2 times before I wrote these reviews on all 3 of Jean Auel's novels. Enjoyable way to enjoy prehistory. Great narration. Jean Auel made me wait too long to allow Ayla and her lover to finally find peace with their commitment. That frustration made me "drop a star" on the "Story" rating. I loved this trilogy and recommend highly.
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