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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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    Karen Alexander 09-18-15
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    "Great Book! Great Series!"

    I want to listen again!! So much good info on herbs, teas, medicines, character traits. Don't really care for the sexual descriptions. She did a tremendous job but too many times for me. She is a wonderful writer and I hope she will do another book but not sure if that is in the plans. Really enjoyed all 6 books!

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    Marie L Walker 09-05-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Read"

    I was hesitant to buy this book from the reviews I had read. However I enjoyed it, I thought it wrapped up the series in a neat bundle. It reviewed just enough that it brought the series alive again. Through the years I had forgotten some of the story.

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    Samantha EUGENE, OR, United States 09-04-15
    Samantha EUGENE, OR, United States 09-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The conclusion of Earth's Children"

    The story of Ayla and her Jondalar is a wonderful tale and I think the author did a great job of incorporating historical facts with fiction. My only issue is that she was a little bit redundant in reiterating facts about the characters as she was explaining scenarios. I can understand recapping from time to time but it was a little much. Other than that, I was so wrapped up in the story that I listened to the books every day, and I'm probably going to listen again.
    I'm gonna miss Ayla and Jondalar... I wish there was more!

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    Kate 08-30-15
    Kate 08-30-15
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    "Great series however parts are too repetitive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I like hearing about the plants and environment


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the characters. It would be good to continue the story. So much more could continue with the storyline. I wish I knew if there was a book 7 or more in process.


    What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked her accent with the main character more.


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

    No too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the explanations of why characters do things based on their life experiences and their culture

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    savvygirl Dacula, GA United States 08-28-15
    savvygirl Dacula, GA United States 08-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Long winded and redundant"
    Would you try another book from Jean M. Auel and/or Sandra Burr?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Jean M. Auel’s story?

    I have read the other books in the series and this one was a big disappointment. It had no plot and never went anywhere. It was more like a essay on the early life and ways of man that a fictional story. This book could have been half as long. Many things are repeated over and over.


    What three words best describe Sandra Burr’s voice?

    Boring, boring, boring


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

    None. Just wish there was more character development and less about every time they made a fire and how they did it. There was nothing to look forward to.


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    amanda 08-27-15
    amanda 08-27-15
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    "Might have to read rest of this book"

    Changing Ayla's accent in the last book was a horrible decision in my opinion. I'm having a hard time getting into the story due to the drastic change. Each book had a good amount rehashed from the previous book so nothing new in this book.

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    LegalFara 08-25-15
    LegalFara 08-25-15
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    "Unnecessarily long"
    What disappointed you about The Land of Painted Caves?

    I have read all of JA's books and maybe they were all like this and I never noticed, but this book is so repetitive and the amount of detail is completely unnecessary. It could be ¼ the length and be a far more effective read. Is it really necessary to repeat an individual's "formal title" to every one of the twenty people she meets in the book?
    I was glad I listened to the audio so I could skip forward through the repetitive parts.


    What was most disappointing about Jean M. Auel’s story?

    Repetivness and inaccuracies. Some details outlined are extremely inaccurate. Fields of triticale-triticale was developed 40 years ago by breeders as a cross between the and wheat. And meat will not keep unskinned or undried for multiple days in the heat. It would be rotten in two days.

    I enjoyed all her other books but this one has been a painful read.


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    Mary 08-20-15
    Mary 08-20-15
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    "I read all 6 books in the series. Good story."

    The narrator is really good. The Author shares so much detail not required for the story, making the books so long. There were times I wondered just how much research she could include. I listen for the story and the characters, not to be educated by a novel. There is lots of retelling of details. Honestly, The Mother's Song was restated so many times, I was thinking I would have learned the words to it. It is a good series and it was well written, holding my interest to the last word. They were just so long because of the details she included. Some of the telling was not believable, making me shake my head.

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    Douglas 08-16-15
    Douglas 08-16-15 Member Since 2007
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    "love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. gives a history of man kind and gives possible ways of simple inventions we now use everyday. also shows how man kinds emotions reflect on how we view our environment and world around us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    that is is in a series that flows well and keeps a persons interest


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    Judith Jordan 08-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing, repetitive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book needed an editor who would have eliminated the repetition - introductions, songs, endless cave drawing descriptions, etc.A reader who read and spoke as though the characters were intelligent adults.


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

    Probably not.


    What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

    The least animated voice I've heard on audible.


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

    Disappointed that the quality of the story didn't match the earlier books in the series. With the earlier books, I had trouble putting them down. This time - over half way through the book --I'm fast forwarding through section after section to see if the storyline of the overall saga is wrapped up.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't look to see if this came in an unabridged version - if not would recommend it did.

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