Earth's Children

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 20,254 ratings

The Clan of the Cave Bear Publisher's Summary

Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them.

Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

First in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series

©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    • Earth's Children, Book 1
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,812
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799

    This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • huge, epic and educational

    • By cindy on 11-22-09

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    • Earth's Children 1
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very good narrator for a familiar tale

    • By Robyn on 01-18-17

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 2

    • The Valley of Horses

    • Earth's Children, Book 2
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,900
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Part II of a great read

    • By Thomas on 01-21-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Valley of Horses

    • Earth’s Children, Book 2
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Forced to leave the Clan and her young son, Ayla sets out alone to travel the frigid steppes until she finds the valley of horses. Unable to find people like herself, the Cro-Magnons, she settles there and seeks friendship elsewhere. First she adopts a young filly, then a wounded lion cub.But far to the west, two young Cro-Magnon brothers have begun a journey. One of them is Jondalar, whose destiny is bound inextricably with Ayla's.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wishes for come true

    • By Anonymous User on 04-02-18

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 3

    • The Mammoth Hunters

    • Earth's Children, Book 3
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting 3rd episode in this 'Mammoth' series

    • By PlantCrone on 08-10-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Mammoth Hunters

    • Earth’s Children, Book 3
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 28 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Defiantly not the best in the series....

    • By marie on 05-30-17

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 4

    • The Plains of Passage

    • Earth's Children, Book 4
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 32 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Part IV of a great read

    • By Thomas on 01-21-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Plains of Passage

    • Earth's Children, Book 4
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 32 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best one in the series after the first

    • By Markus on 03-08-18

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 5

    • 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 2,190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

    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

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Shelters of Stone

    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 29 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I liked it but...

    • By Jessica on 12-08-13

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 6

    • The Land of Painted Caves

    • Earth's Children, Book 6
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,973
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,305

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sorry but no...

    • By K on 04-02-11

    Regular price: $28.69

    • The Land of Painted Caves

    • Earth's Children Series
    • By: Jean M Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 30 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65

    THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni - one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • One word - Repetition

    • By eva on 04-06-11

    Regular price: $26.64