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 betw..Show More »een the people and culture of the clan and the Girl Ayla from the others. Highly recommended reading.
I don't know why I enjoy the story of Ayla and Jondalar, but I do. Both characters have a definite Mary-sueish quality to them but the rich descripti..Show More »on of life in prehistoric Europe still manages to engage me even after several readings. I'm happy to find the entire, unabridged reading on Audible.
Unfortunately, this version is let down by the narration. The reader is competent enough, but I find her voice quite nasal, and she reads too quickly for me to really enjoy the story. The 'flashbacks' to Ayla's Clan life were particularly irritating to listen to. I eventually became accustomed to the reading, but I would have preferred it had she been a little less rushed.
I gave this 4 stars, but would have given 3.5 if I could.
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 wh..Show More »en 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.
I read the first book in this series shortly after it first came out and was captivated by the story and the setting. Auel had an excellent idea for a..Show More » story and did a bang up job of telling it. The next four books in this series I grabbed as soon as they were released. When these books became available as audio books on cassette I bought them and listened to them again and again over the years. Now I have the entire series again through Audible. Good investment in money and great investment in time. Personally I think Sandra Burr does a good job with the series. My only complaint is that it has been 31 years since the first book in the series came out and Auel said at that time it would be a six book series. For anyone that's interested book 6 'Land of Painted Caves' will finally be released in book stores on March 29, 2011. I hope Audible makes it available then as well I've been waiting on for 31 years. Actually the five books of this series that have already been published read more like one exceptionally long book. I know a lot of people don???t care for the detail that Auel goes into but I like it. I will admit that this book does get a little slow at times, but not bad.
I just got the 5th book in the Earth's Children Series read by Sandra Burr. The others were amazing, I just don't understand why Ms. Burr decided to v..Show More »oice Ayla as though she were a Russian Spy with a speech impediment in this one. Jondalar doesn't sound the same and she doesn't even pronounce the names of the Sharamudoi, Kreb, and Durk the same. It's very hard to deal with since I am listening the books back to back.
I was very disappointed in Rowena for changing her pronounciation of Zelandonii. In Valley of the Horses, it was established that it was pronounced Z..Show More »elandonyee, but in this book (where it's repeated a hundred times!) she changes it to Zelandonee-eye. Soooo frustrating. There were a few other things that got on my nerves: The River she pronounces as Thee River, more often than not. I think this is more an error on Jean's part, though. It is extremely distracting and very unnecessary. This is the last book I care for in the series. The final book is not to my taste at all and I have no desire to purchase the audible version, having already read the printed version.
I've been in love with Ayla's story from Clan of the Cave Bear and the minute I closed the page on each and every book Ms. Auel created I was wishing ..Show More »for the next one. The wait was pretty long, but more than worth it every time. Except this time. I am so disappointed with book number 6 I actually had tears of frustration in my eyes while I was listening to it. As far as I can tell it breaks down into three main themes #1. Remembering old times (a nice way of saying stealing unabashedly from the other 5 books) #2 Discribing in mind numbing detail every painting in every cave that has ever had an echo in it ( I've heard of the title of a work saying it all, well this one says about 15 hours of it) #3 Action scenes that,while few and far between, are not even half hearted disguised rehashing of events from (you guessed it!) the other five books. With a minor theme in ( though it's majorly annoying ) multiple repetitions of "The Mother Song!" and no I haven't devolved into vulgarity, that's actually the name of the song. The only thing I can guess is that Ms. Auel sat looking at the 5 enormously large novels she wrote and decided enough was enough. As in new ideas, a new plot, etc...and now I am going to take an antacid and make myself a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea....
Having practically grown up with the Earth Series I was so completely disenchanted with this final sequel of an excellent series. The author has just..Show More » rehashed the first 4 books with absolutely nothing new until the last couple of chapters. The Mothers Song is repeated so many times, I could probably recite it word perfect in my sleep. Ayla (who was my inspiration when I was younger) came across as a 2 dimensional personality, I was even beginning to get irritated with her. So buyer beware, there is not much new over 30 hours, but if you need help getting to sleep this is perfect.