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Naomi Brewster

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Travel ice age style

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2020

This book, together with book’s one and two, are definitely the pick of the bunch. The unbearable drama of book three is thankfully missing. I love her descriptions of the land they are travelling through and the sense of finality after each farewell. The ‘three sisters’ section is interesting but I love all the meetings between the various societies. People complain that Auel repeats herself a lot, and she does, but in the audible version it doesn’t annoy me so much. I only wish jondalar was a hero worthy of Ayla. He isn’t. Unfortunately.

Great idea. Jondalar is the weak link

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2020

I re-listened to these stories after having read them all years them years ago. The ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ and ‘Valley of the horses’ were great on the re-read. I loved them as much as I did as a young girl. The drama created by Jondalar in this third book is almost unbearable though. The narrator tries to explain his logic and in that I am sympathetic but perhaps from the perspective of my advanced age ;) the drama is created because he isn’t brave enough to communicate. His isn’t brave or courageous emotionally and doesn’t seem to be willing to develop - he swings from abject arrogance to deadly self loathing backwards and forwards the whole book - and the drama isn’t resolved by him waking up to himself but by ayla who is courageous and emotionally honest. He gets away with his idiocy without having learned the necessary lesson. 1. He’s in love for the first time (well seemingly for the second) and he’s overwhelmed by strong feelings. - ok, we’ve been there and it feels like you’re jumping off a high cliff so sure, I can sympathize. He’s been burnt by His passionate nature in the past and hasn’t yet found a way to live with it now. 2. He’s beautiful And talented and used to being admired by everyone especially women and doesn’t the the skills yet to work for what he wants rather than just have it fall in his lap. Ok - not so sympathetic - this is a problem of youth that needs to be overcome by us all but I forgive him when I remind myself that he is 21 and has a long way to go. 3. He’s embarrassed by Ayla’s association with flatheads and has to struggle with his ingrained revulsion at the fact that she has had a child of mixed spirits. Yes - very interesting angle to navigate and worth the time to explore how to resolve that. It’s a topic that interests me - prejudice and how to expose it in ourselves and how to overcome or expunge - to see others in ourselves and ourselves in others and dissolve prejudices that prevent that from happening. All topics worth exploring and developing but he won’t communicate any of this either to himself or ayla or anyone else in that long house. The drama revolves around him being miserable and mopey and not bloody explaining to himself or others what the hell is going on in his peabrain. And it is bloody hard to listen to. I’d try to convince ayla to stay behind - that she needs to give up on jondalar except ranek isn’t the right man for her either - with all his talk of perfection he can’t see or understand her either! I still love all the development of what it takes for a small community to survive together in such an environment and ayla learning to live with people and in community.

so interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-2020

wonderful presentation. i have as many questions as answers. time for more research. thank you for this superbly written and presented series. more like this please.

Enjoyed but let down by the ending

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-2019

Feel like the audiobook is incomplete as ended on a very odd note. I now see there are 7 books in the series. Do I have to buy them all to complete this story? Given that the author seems to have suddenly run out of inspiration for this book i’m not positive that I want to risk a credit on any others

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Enjoyable

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Reviewed: 08-08-2019

Loved the reader and the story was beautiful without being histrionic. I like it when very human portrayal of all concerned even the villains -

Enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-2019

Half these plots rely on people not listening to each other. This could have been resolved after one good conversation. Heroine lovely and honest but grumpy hero needs to pull his socks up! Overall a nice book to listen to. Narrator has a lovely voice.

Lovely

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-2019

Finally romance hero’s who are rational, human, accessible and the character arc satisfying for both hero and heroine - him to get a clue and her to refuse finally to be a doormat. I also liked how the author set up how it must have felt to be under the care of father, brother, husband with no freedom to make your own choices for a female in regency England. My only gripe is the necessity of having such inaccessible villains - apart from being selfish and spiteful it was hard to understand what their motivations or logic were. Why can’t the ones who act as the catalysts be as nuanced or human as well. It’s like we can’t be trusted to see how angelic the heroine is unless the villains aren’t so depraved in contrast. The narrator has a beautiful timbre and she put me to sleep beautifully. I had to keep rewinding!

Just finishing off the family

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2019

This could have been so much better but a case of angst for drama sake. Couldn’t finish. Disappointed after enjoying the first three in the series

Second in series

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2019

On the success of ‘mr impossible’ I dipped my toe into this book and overall it didn’t disappoint. It didn’t quite have the manic of the first but good characters and sub characters. Worth listening to

Fun and easy to listen to

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2019

I actually enjoyed this story. Initally wasn’t sure of the narrator but she grew on me. Liked Rupert and his guise as ‘stupid buffoon’ and Daphne’s character . Overall worth listening to