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  • The Shelters of Stone

  • Earth's Children, Book 5
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 33 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why did Sandra Burr change the voices?

  • By michelle on 08-17-11

Ayla Gets An Accent

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Reviewed: 12-21-17

What did you love best about The Shelters of Stone?

It was wonderful watching Ayla and Jondalar getting to know the 9th Cave. The descriptions of the Shelters of Stone were lovely. Getting to See Ayla and Jondalar in day to day experiences, and going to the Summer Meeting... very nice to see how people reacted to the animals.

What did you like best about this story?

I love that Zelandoni recognized Ayla's healing skills and was nudging her to lean towards being a Zelandoni.

I also LOVED when Ayla had her baby.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ayla realized the baby in the barma-maker's hearth needed milk or she would die. Seeing a 10-year old be the "mother" of the cave was pitiful, but Ayla never felt sorry for them, just set to tend to the task of feeding the baby and getting food for the other children.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was good to take some breaks to process what I had heard.

Any additional comments?

I know many people do not like this book, but I really enjoyed it.