LEARN TO UNDERSTAND WITH YOUR HEART AND MIND I believe this is my third time to read or listen to this. I know I read it in the eighties and I bel..Show More »ieve this is my second time to listen. Ayla is a strong female character in a world dominated by men. A world where a woman can not speak to a man without permission. Auel researches her books more then the average writer. Her books are normally published years apart, because of the amount of research she does. To some, the detail of the medicines, herbs and rituals may be overly taxing. The first time I read it, I thought what a great book, but so much survival detail. At an older age, I find myself appreciating the work that went into making this series as accurate as possible. The story of Ayla is the main reason for listening. She will tug at your heart strings, sometimes breaking them. I am sure this is not the last time I will listen.
Almost every book in this series is a five star listen for me. This book and the follow up Valley of Horses are my favorites. This is a classic. This could fit in lots of genre's and it is a classic in all of them. The ending is controversial for this book. I recommended the book to my mom and she loved it until the ending and then she refused to read any more in the series. It made her that mad. This book causes that much emotion. It is not a text book.
I thought the narrator was okay. Not great, but also not distracting.
i read these books when I was a teenager and was looking forward to hearing them again. There is a version that I found online but the narrator was te..Show More »rrible! Reading like she was reading a recipe book. This narrator was very good and I enjoyed the story just as much the second time round.
COMPLIMENTS MAKE THE SPIRITS JEALOUS I have read all six books in this series and this one, is my favorite. Yes, you have to be patient and as tho..Show More »se who know me,know that is not one of my virtues. Auel goes into the making of tools and how to hunt etc... in a little more detail than I care for, but the rest of the story, character development and her ability to put you in the cave with Ayla makes it worth it to me. I am an animal lover and this book is probably better liked by those who are animal lovers. With this book and this series I show some patience.
WHAT GOOD IS A HOUSE WITHOUT A BOAT The books is split in two. One chapter will be about Ayla and the next about Jondalar. Jon is traveling, so we get to see not only his way of life, but the way of life of others at that time. Auel has done a lot of research. I have listen to a couple of her interviews and this series is her life. I pretty sure you can not get a more accurate look into this history in fiction form. The adventures of Jon could make a book in it self.
THOSE WHO SERVED THE MOTHER OFTEN SPOKE WITH A SHADOW ON THEIR TONGUE. I find it very interesting how Auel fits gays and cross dressers into her story. She of course is assuming that these people have always been with us. I am not sure what evidence she has. For those sensitive in this area, this might bother you. Auel treats these and all people with respect and does not put anyone down.
MATCHING HIM THRUST FOR THRUST There is sex throughout this book. The last two hours is almost nothing but. I have read and listened to a fair amount of erotica (porn) in my time. When Auel writes about it, it is far from boring. This is some of the most intense sex scenes in any book I have read. She builds the tension and just like in tool making, she includes all the details. If you don't like sex in your books, pass on this. If you like it, don't miss the last couple of hours.
FIRST RITES The narrator has taken several hits and I will admit she does not excite me in her reading. I did not knock down her rating, cause I do not want that to stop anyone from listening to this book. The writing is good enough to override any narrator lacks. I don't believe the narrator detracts from the story, just does not add to it, as some of the better narrators do. This is also a good read in hard back, which is the way I was first introduced to it. It is a long book and I have more time to listen than to read.
At over 30 hours, this listen will last you a lot of commuting drives! I enjoyed it a great deal and just can't figure out why all the negative review..Show More »s. Yes, there is oral sex..not much and it really isn't 'bad', but loving. Much better than the brutal attack on our heroine by the mean guy whyo rapes her. The sex in this book is very loving and simply part of the story. AND, I don't think a bit of sex turns a historical novel int 'chick lit'..really guys...get over yourself. Also, many people seem to resent the author repeating significant points from the first 2 books. I have read that Auel wanted each to be a 'stand alone' book, and thur the need for repetition of the information on material already covered in Books 1 and 2. I didn't fine it at all annoying..iy is just part of the story line.
I was most impressed with the extrapolation writer Auel has done to flesh out her characters, their society and rules and mores. We can't really know what the Clan or the Others were really like, but Auel has made their society into one that sounds much like any large family group. I especially enjoyed the summer gathering, where there is always and nasty uncle Ned and a bitchy aunt Bertha. The ritual around making young girls into women is well written and very believable, IMO.
I'm glad I purchased the 4th book of the series, even though, again, there are a bunch of negative reviews. I agree that the first 2 books were hard acts to follow, but I'm also glad Auel has done some changing up of the directions of the story.
If you've enjoyed 'Clan of the Cave Bear and the 'Valley of the Horses" I'm guessing you'll also enjoy 'The Mammoth Hunters".
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.