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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.

Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.

©1990 Jean M. Auel (P)1992 AudioGO Ltd

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mostly well read

Dear producer ... do you just det a teader behind a microphone and say..."go do it", or do you pop in occasionally. You have missed several misplaced emphases wihch spoil an otherwise good read.

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My favorite of the whole series

Loved it!! Couldn't find enough opportunities to plug in and listen!! if it was in book form I would have dragged it around everywhere!!
luckily, with Audible, I could take it everywhere on my phone, listen in the car, bus, train, bath tub, walking the dog!! Any Excuse Lol :)

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amazing

so amazing I loved it so much, it makes me so happy to listen to it

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50 shades of caveman sex

just a bit over the top with constant sex and full descriptions. if I wanted to read porn i wouldn't read this.

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the Plains of Passage

What an awesome book! I'm hooked for the next one now, can't wait to start!

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Travel ice age style

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.

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Great book but not the right narrator

Overall love the story

As always an excessive use of drawn out detail and scene setting, but hey, she certainly did her homework!

The sex scenes get a bit tired too.

During many a waffling ramble I found myself wondering how long the book might actually be if you edited these parts out?

I think the narrator used for this series really isn't the right one. Her accent and the way she reads really feels at odds with the content for me. It changes my sense of the characters, which is distracting and kinda annoying

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Great saga

A fantastic journey, with interesting scientific discoveries. I feel like I know these prehistoric people.

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Another excellent story

Im thoroughly enjoying this series and the way it is narrated. I recommend it be read in order of the series of books

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The best prehistoric road trip Ever!

This and Valley of the Horses are my favourite books in this series. I love Ayla and Jondalar's adventures and their incredible road trip through the majesty of their prehistoric ice age. Highly recommended by me :)))

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  • Lola
  • 26-06-2019

Things are heating up

This series is intense. My favorite book so far. But wow- really got to invest in it time wise. Worth it though.

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  • Markus
  • 08-03-2018

The best one in the series after the first

This was definitely the best one in the series after the first. Reading was absolutely fantastic. Story is good and suprising. A refreshing one to listen. Illustrations about inventing new things was great and not forced like for example in the second and third books.

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  • marie
  • 30-05-2017

Defiantly better than the 3rd

An interesting journey with some action, and written with a good flow, tho some repeating in not just the book itself, but also some catching up from the previous books (which is good if there's some time between reading them), but a bit to much if you're binge-reading like I am. Defiantly an improvement from the 3rd. I liked this and bought the 5th book in the series.

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  • Keith
  • 05-05-2019

Getting Boring

Book 1 was the best. Now it's just blue with a sprinkle of some new.

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  • The Book Worm!
  • 05-07-2020

Getting a bit repetitive!

After listening with such pleasure to all these books,(I still have 1 to go) I'm finding the love scenes too repetitive, and some of the landscapes repetitive also. To the point that I run the book forward at times, and am not as keen to start the next one. Such a shame because I think the stories are brilliant and wonderfully descriptive. Just feel they are being padded out to justify another book!

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  • 19-06-2020

Repetitive

I’ve been enjoying these books, but they are getting rather repetitive now. If you’re this far into the series, chances are you know about her upbringing, we don’t need reminding all the time. Also, can’t believe I’m saying this, but even the sex is getting in my nerves now! Will finish the series out of curiosity, but I feel like the quality has gone down with each book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-2020

boring

not much story line and continued to repeat previous aspects of the story from previous books that we already know

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  • Lucy Pickford
  • 31-10-2020

Still epic but a little repetitive!

We have been listening to this series and absolutely love the ancient tales. The writing in parts is excellent, so detailed and full of imagery. The characters are brilliantly brought to life but in this one the sex scenes are running a little thin! Very repetitive and unnecessarily long!

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  • K. Chard
  • 29-05-2020

Getting a bit repetitive

I love the series but the detailed repeats from the previous stories is repetitive and the sex is very frequent and samey, I'm looking forwards to the next one and hope its fresher.

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  • Treehugger
  • 17-03-2020

Repetitive!!

Book 4 in the stone age love story about the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar, this time the account of their journey home. The story depicts various misadventures, mishaps, near-escapes and meetings with all kinds of others along the way back to Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii. Including nearly dying of hypothermia trying to cross a huge, icy river and getting up the next day perfectly fine without catching even a slight cold, and going straight into a superhumanly passionate lovemaking session (come on!!! Reality? They would need a few days at least to recover and would surely catch pneumonia?!!)
Throughout the journey, Ayla has a recurring dream about Creb leading her to a cave with a strange rock formation (which as it turns out, is Jondalar's home). This is repeated in almost every chapter. I get that the spirit of Creb is guiding her, which is really sweet and saves their lives on occasion, but it is repeated so often that our gets quite tiresome (oh no, not that bloody dream AGAIN ) and rather over-eggs the pudding.
The dream isn't the only thing oft-repeated. Surely nobody begins reading book 4 in a series and needs the entire contents of the 3 preceding books rehashed? This book was made far longer that need be by all the endless repetition of previous events. How many times do we need to hear again about Ayla's childhood events, Creb's favourite ptarmigan recipe ("the fat birds with the feathered feet") And Ayla's instinctive posture-directed control of her horse and speech abnormality which is "not unattractive but unusual" ?
Auel also doesn't lose an opportunity to lecture us, the modern reader, on the dangers of ignoring/plundering/polluting the Great Earth Mother at our peril!

Rowena, the narrator, in her very precise, plummy Queen's English, has expressive reading but sticks to several main voice tones : the lecturing tone she adopts when describing the landscape and natural history, the very repetitive slightly reproving, cautionary schoolma'am tone, the mildly encouraging tone used for describing events, the excited shocked/slightly disapproving tone for when a character shows wonder, and the slightly raised, mildly upset tone that does duty for every other emotional disturbance, from fury to despair. I have had to repeatedly imagine to myself what a character crying hysterically or furiously angry would ACTUALLY sound like.
I was also driven to distraction by the ENDLESS recounting of the exact, detailed habits and appearance of every single animal, every stripe on every horse's leg, every blade of grass and bend in the river, every habitat detail, every migration pattern and ecological niche of every species, every mammoth penis... even every time the 2 travellers piss on the ground! - which, though giving background knowledge, tended to interrupt the flow of the story unecessarily with repetitive and far too lengthy natural history lectures that had me fast forwarding 10 minutes at a time. Even when Ayla falls down a crevasse in the ice and is left precariously clinging to a ledge, we have to immediately endure a long geology lecture about the process of ice cave and moraine formation. OK, I get it! You did shedloads of research, great! That's what makes the story realistic and believable. But I don't need every last detail of it regurgitated every few minutes. I just want to enjoy the STORY!!

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  • Liz M
  • 01-03-2020

Good, but not her best.

I loved the first two books in this series. This one is a good story, but padded out with too much description and repetition. Some is enjoyable and sometimes necessary, but not to the extent in this story. Also the rather too frequent description of sexual experiences add nothing to the story and leave nothing to the imagination.

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  • Mary-Lou Harris
  • 22-09-2019

Brilliant! Fell in love reading. Loved listening!

Loved listening to the books i fell in love with so many years ago! awesome narration!

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  • tracy
  • 06-08-2019

good stuff

I enjoyed this story better than the last book lots more action . more interesting

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