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The Land of Painted Caves Audiobook

The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage.

As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader. The wisdom that Ayla gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthen her as she moves closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.

Whatever the obstacles, Ayla’s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life: searching for wild edibles to make delicious meals, experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandoni must take, honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla’s mentor - the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia - takes her to see. These caves are filled with remarkable art - paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear. The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death. But through those rituals, Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change the world.

Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a long ago civilization that serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.

Listen to more in the Earth's Children series.

©2011 Jean M. Auel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 01-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this series but......"

    I love the Earth's children series but the only complaint I have is that the author repeats things all the time. I think the books would be half the length that they were if she didn't repeat the same thing over and over and over again. Like how many times does she have to explain to the reader that ayla was lost when she was a child and raised by the clan. I truly enjoy the descriptions of the land and the caves and the plant life and animals and things like that, but I got really tired of reading the mothers song over and over again when it wasn't necessary

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    Michelle 01-16-15
    Michelle 01-16-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Nice Continuation"

    I enjoyed this book even though it was quite repetitive. The others in the series repeated a lot, too. This one has fewer "shocking" scenes.

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    Regina 01-09-15
    Regina 01-09-15

    Hi I'm Regina and I'm a Bibliophile.

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    "Not my favorite in the series, but worth listening"

    The narrator has been consistently wonderful throughout the series.
    The character development was enjoyable through this book. Some of the themes repeating was a bit tiresome, along with multiple renditions of The Mother Song...Yes, it's part of the story, but we don't need to memorize it...

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    Caley 01-01-15
    Caley 01-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "My favorite!"

    Narrator was fantastic! I've listened to all 6 many times! Some information is repeated or recounted incorrectly, but overall it is great!

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    09-26-14
    09-26-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Sorry"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm sorry but I found that Sandra Burr reading terrible ... especially after 5 books of Rowena Cooper.
    After 10 hrs , the story wasn't going anywhere
    My patience with the reader was spent
    I asked for a refund
    This is the first time since 2009 that I have felt compelled to write a review
    The other books in the series were good value
    Don't let this review put you off buying the other books


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to some Patricia Cornwell books for me


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her deep, slow drawn out attempt at a male voice was irritating me no end


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anticipation of when the story would start ...... 10hrs later still waiting
    With a different reader may be I would have stuck it out longer


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    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 08-28-14
    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2016

    As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.

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    "Good Ending to a Series, but too much stuffing!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the previous books in this series, you may get a little confused. There is a lot of recap as if Auel was looking to pad her book. I don’t mind little recaps here and there to clarify something for new users. However…when previous conversations in the previous book are repeated word for word at a different time in this new book, it gets annoying. Some of the children’s ages have change. Some things that already happened in the previous book re-happened again in this book. People who were familiar with each other in the previous book meet for the first time in this book.

    I felt as if Auel was taking all her ideas and trying to tie up loose ends but didn’t refer back to her previous books to make sure she didn’t already use them.

    If you take all the repeats away, I don’t think the book would have been as long, but the story would still be great. The descriptions of caves and paintings got tedious, but the story about Ayla’s Donii tour was perfect. Both Ayla and Jondalar find their faults in this book but of course, in the end it all works out.

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    Bridget United States 08-25-14
    Bridget United States 08-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very repetitive!"
    What did you like best about The Land of Painted Caves? What did you like least?

    I liked the continuation of the series. While others have been bored with the cave explorations I found them to be very interesting. Ayla's story continues to intrigue. However the repeated story of the past becomes extremely frustrating especially if you are listening vs. reading this book. I think 25% of the book could have been omitted because it was simply repeating the story. For those of us who have followed the series the need for the continued review of the story of Ayla, the wolf, the horse, etc was disappointing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Take out all the repeated stories.


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    Debra 07-06-14
    Debra 07-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "90210, Caveman Edition"
    What would have made The Land of Painted Caves better?

    This book trivialized all of Ayla's trials. Then add dirty tricks, lies and betrayal to the mix and you get "90210, Caveman Edition".


    Has The Land of Painted Caves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just Jean Auel


    What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was wonderful, her material was flawed.


    What character would you cut from The Land of Painted Caves?

    The rock needed to fall on Jondalar.


    Any additional comments?

    What a horrible example to younger readers: Go through Hell, gain independence and self esteem just to save a spoiled, privileged man who deep down thinks he is better than you. Then, leave all the love and acceptance you have gained to trek to his home where he will let not one, but two of his exes manipulate you. The cherry on top of it all is when he betrays you, it will be all your fault!

    Really? We have enough of that garbage on reality TV. I'll pass.

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    junerenee 05-20-14
    junerenee 05-20-14 Member Since 2006

    I joined audible when I first discovered in in 2006. I listen while: working out, knitting, cleaning, driving... Multitasking=win!

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    "I think I read this before...multiple times"
    What disappointed you about The Land of Painted Caves?

    I wasted 35 hours of my life. No, a LOT more because I took the time to re-read all 5 previous books before reading this one.
    I waited and waited for something to happen.
    When something actually DID happen, it was a repeat of previous somethings that have happened.

    With all due respect to the author:
    how many times can Ayla's strange way of speaking be noticed?
    how many times do we have to hear the Earth Mother Song?
    how many times can people be surprised at how Ayla interacts with Wolf?
    how many times can it be repeated that Ayla uses fingers and counting words to count things.

    PLUS...that thing that Jondular did? I'm not buying it...no way.
    completely out of character.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jean M. Auel again?

    Definitely! If I were looking for a description and Ancient History lesson of Europe. I recognize that she did her homework and is passionate about the ancient cave paintings. However, the descriptions in this book were out of place and too repetitive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where Ayla and Jondular invented the wheel.
    And when Ayla and Zelondonii created the first alphabet.
    Oh, nope...didn't happen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were words in it.
    The narrator grows on you.


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    Katherine Canyonville, OR, United States 03-17-14
    Katherine Canyonville, OR, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Conclusion to an Epic series!"
    Where does The Land of Painted Caves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The land of Painted Caves ranks among the top of all the books we have listened to over the years. Jean M. Auel held my husband and I spell bound in Aayla and Jondular's story from book one,but we were thrilled with how she tied that world together in her final novel. We feel that she highlighted her research so well on Aayla's Donier tour. We appreciated her desire to take us along with her!


    What other book might you compare The Land of Painted Caves to and why?

    I could compare this book to any of Diana Gabeldon's Outlander series of books. Both authors have a wonderfully unique way of writing their extensive research into the story line so well. We are in awe of Jean M. Auel's commitment to create an imagined yet believable world and lifestyle of early man. We recognize the research in her books through the indepth descriptions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a very hard question to ask. Each scene in the book blended so well with the next that without any one of them, they would lose their potency. I will admit to it being difficult to "catch" up when years passed and we missed some of the developing stages of Jonaayla.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh, and I did cry, in several places in this book. I may not have done so if I read the book as a stand alone. Having the first five in the series precede it made it easier to be more involved in the final installation.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I were thrilled to be so absorbed in Jondular and Aayla's world that we were sorry it was over. We wish there were more installments of Earth's Children to look forward too. We are grateful to Jean M. Auel for her willingness to share this story with the world.

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