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.
©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.
Excellent reading loved the narrator, well researched by the author, I have listened to this book a couple of times.
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.
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 read so I can write
When these books were written I was about 20 years younger and perhaps much more patient. I loved reading all of them. Now, I am finding them terribly boring. I can't even count how many times I've been told that Jondalar is 6'6 or how many times Ayala has been described in detail to me. Even the sex is so repetitive it is booooooooring. I made a rash decision when these books first found their way to Audible and I bought them all. I'm not certain I am going to be able to listen to all of them.
Yes, this book is historical fiction but not like any other. It's about people of the Ice Age. It's based on fact but a story is made by the author that you could never imagine.
Ayla is my favorite
I will always adore the story of Ayla and Jondalar. I’d read this series many years ago, and was pleased to listen to the audiobook . Auel does a great job weaving together history and characters. I did find that her repetition of all the back-story became tedious. Somehow I didn’t notice it so much in the print version, but in the audiobook, without the luxury of skimming through stuff I already knew – well, it grew tiresome hearing over and over about what happened in the previous 2 books. I wish these novels weren’t intended as stand-alone sequels…I feel that detracts from the heart of the story. However, book three has plenty of storyline to make it worthwhile. I listened to the book at “fast” speed on my player, but I could tell the narrator did a good job.
Long Tall Sally
Actually, I am going to finish the series and start all over again.
Ayla is fascinating and empowering to me as a woman. These books have created new interests in several areas. I want to research medicinal plants and anthropology. I especially like how she weaves her story with acute attention to detail. I can almost see, feel, hear and touch through her words.
.Only in one brief section, the audio seemed to slow down.
I can't imagine how a movie could make this any more enticing. I love framing my own pictures in my mind, rather than how Hollywood would present it.
This series of books have taken me on an incredible adventure. It is seriously addictive. I find myself creating excuses to 'stop the world' so I can drop into Ayla's 'world' and be wrapped up in her fascinating reality.
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