The fifth book in the hugely successful Earth's Children series.
Ayla and Jondalar have reached home: the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as south-west France. Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii as well as much to teach them. Jondalar's family are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses. She is delighted when she meets Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of her people, a fellow healer with whom she can share her medicinal skills.
After the rigours and dangers that have characterised her extraordinary life, Ayla yearns for peace and tranquillity; to be Jondalar's mate and to have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored, and even as she gives birth to their eagerly-awaited child, she is coming to accept that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii.
I was very disappointed in Rowena for changing her pronounciation of Zelandonii. In Valley of the Horses, it was established that it was pronounced Zelandonyee, 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.
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Well.. I've been binge listening to these books for some months now and I love the first two. But the 3rd and this was rather mediocre. A lot of repetition and not much really happening. If I had something else in mind to read I'd end the series here as I don't expect the next one to be any better. But I don't have anything else in mind and it's grown into a routine so why not just finish it..? mixed feelings about this one and at times my thoughts wandered some were else as the book didn't really catch my attention as much as I'd preferred. Don't get me wrong; I love the world and the personalities, and I'll use my credit to give the last book a chance.
absolutely love these books, have been hooked since the very first one and continue to be transfixed by Ayla and Jondular's journey both figuritively and emotionally. The amount of research that I know had gone into these books is astounding. Well done to Jean and all concerned, I can't wait to read the best installment into the lives of this wonderful couple 😊
Would you listen to The Shelters of Stone again? Why?
I could listen to this story so many times. Having already read it, but now finding reading difficult due to failing eyesight, I have rediscovered these old friends anew and am delighting in the pleasure of the stories.
What other book might you compare The Shelters of Stone to, and why?
In my view there is no other book which can compare with this. The whole Clan of the Cave Bear Saga is a one-off and is so delightful in its development in the life of the young woman, Ayla.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
My favourite scene was when Ayla and Jondalar finally reached the land of the Zelandoni and she met Jondalar's family, at long last becoming a respected person in her own right.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could not stop listening to this, and unfortunately fell asleep on several occasions so that I had to rewind. In order to rectify this, I resorted to listening while in the bath - a most leisurely and much recommended way to have a long soak in a bath.
Any additional comments?
One of the best series of stories to have been produced in the modern day.
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It’s nice to know what happens as Ayla and Jondalar reach the end of their journey, but I can’t help but feel we have heard the story of how she found the horses, found jondalar, trained wolf, introducing wolf a gazillion times. Hopefully the final book has a bit more storyline!
Do read 'Clan of the Cave Bear' and 'Valley of Horses' after that the books start to go downhill. This one is hurtling to the pit which is the last book of the series that you shouldn't waste your money on. 'The Shelters of Stone' is just about worth buying.
Jean Auel knows her stuff and writes with authority and great depth about the Ice Age. And although the story has a good basis her story telling lets her down.
Dialogue is stilted and Auel hardly uses any other word to replace 'said', so in conversations so-and-so said, and he said and she said and so-and-so said. Please! Why on earth didn't the proof reader pick this up and ask her to change it to 'replied' or 'agreed' ...anything bar 'said'.
Auel also repeats parts of the story 2 or 3 times each book. It gets boring. As do the too-intimate sex scenes - after all, how many ways are there of saying 'pulsing manhood'
But if you've got this far in the series this book should wrap the story up but don't expect excitement or new ideas.
Another masterpiece by Jean Auel, we have had now had about 14 years of life as it could have been just after the the ice age, and it is very illuminating.
Not the best of the series in my opinion but it's still a decent listen.
As in some of the other books it's been a little repetitive on occasions, although this can be put down to laying down background for first time readers/listeners who haven't followed the series.
The story seems to benefit from hinting at how things may have come about, the invention of the needle, the use of horses, dogs (wolves) etc. These things, and many others, may have come about over a longer period of time, but stories can't be expected to last for that long.
All in all... It's worth a shot.
I couldn’t finish this one. Loved it at least liked the previous books but there was so much repetition in this one, it drove me crazy. I hear it’s worse in the next. Because it’s an audiobook it’s not possible to skim these parts. How sad this series went downhill like this.
I have loved this series since I was a teenager and was looking forward to enjoying the audio book.
The narrator has a lovely voice, however I cannot get past the suddenly different pronunciations of some words, and complete mis-reading of other names.
Makes it hard to be immersed when pronunciations are changed, the characters names being misread will only annoy if you know the story.
Story wise, this book is one of the weakest of the series. But that doesn't make it any less interesting