After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.
I have to keep reminding myself, "it's only 33 hours and Ayla won't be talking through the whole book."
However, I just might have to pick up the book. 22 minutes in and it is already repeating what the last book repeated a number of times, but I am trying to give it the benefit of the doubt, because they will never again have to meet anyone new with the animals and be revealed as gods, because no one does that.
What really bothers me about this audio is Ayla. Barr's representation of characters has always been a bit annoying to me, but suddenly Ayla has an accent where there was none before. Yes, we knew she had an accent, as one would learning a new language. Yes, it stands to reason the Jondalar would not have an accent given that these are his people. But, when Ayla and Jondalar met his kin of the Lanzadonii people Ayla did not have an accent. Wouldn't she have if this is Barr's reason for giving Ayla an accent? And now Folara has Ayla's voice.
Ms. Burr, Ayla is only moments older than the last book. They had just met Jondalar's kin at the previous stop, and they would have spoken Zelandonii. Why the change? Why does Ayla now sound like an older, butch, Russian, possibly woman?
Really so not worth the money I paid.
Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening.
I loved the first three books in this series. I read them with such passion that I was done with them within a month. I got to this book and I hit a wall. First, it's repetitive. So repetitive that I could guess what was going to happen. Auel droned on a lot, which is where I hit the wall. Pages and pages of the local vegetation and how if differed from another place she was once at. Hard to get through a book when you can stay awake past a page or two. When Ayla is trying to explain to Jodalar the ways of the Clan so he can convince a man of Clan to talk to her I found it went on painfully long, and my leg wasn't broken; bent at an odd angle.
This is not first audiobook, but it is the first one with someone acting out the characters. I found irritating. When I read a book a character forms in my head, but hearing her try to emulate a character ruined the vision in my head. It was almost like fingernails on a chalkboard.
I didn't totally hate either. Burr's voice is lovely otherwise, soothing, even. And Auel's story line is intriguing. So, I will continue.