The Land of Painted Caves : Earth's Children

  • by Jean M Auel
  • Narrated by Rowena Cooper
  • Series: Earth's Children
  • 30 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity, and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today's news.

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so so disappointing

I'm afraid I have to agree with Raymond, Ingrid and Dawn. This book is so unbelievably bad that it is difficult to believe that Jean M Auel wrote it at all. The repetition is annoying to say the least. The reminding us of every detail/reason for something ten times over makes you feel retarded. The obsessive attention to detail for things which are so similar to what was explained the page before is tedious to the extreme. If I wrote something this bad I would have no hope whatsoever of getting an agent or editor to go beyond the first chapter. Nothing 'interesting' really happens in the book, it just wanders around in circles going nowhere. I had to read it because I had so loved the others but if there were another sequel I'd give it a skip.
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- Odilon

Oh, dear.

I wanted to like this book, I really did but it's almost as if, in the intervening years, Ms Auel has forgotten how to write. Golly, she's done her research, but that doesn't make for a good story. In this book Ayla visits a lot of caves and I mean a lot. All of which are described in loving detail on one occasion the same cave is described twice. Now, I like a good cave with the best of them, but page after page of bleedin' caves gets a little tedious. And the characters - I'm not sure where to start but they are written in a strangely childlike way. I know they are a prehistoric culture but they're still people, grown up people who speak like adults. As for Ayla and Jondalar, at least in this book we are spared the endless paragraphs of bonking, which quite frankly bored me rigid (for want of a better word) in the previous books. However, you'll be pleased to know Ayla is as completely marvelous as ever and she still has an odd accent, which you will be told about on what seems like every page. Dim but nice Jondalar on the other hand, at one point, does something so completely out of the blue that it screams 'plot contrivance' at you so loud that you'll be deaf for a week. On another note , do you remember 'The Mother's Song' in 'The Shelters of Stone'? Well you'll get to hear it again in this book. In fact you'll hear it many, many, many times until, eventually, you'll hear it in your dreams. I know I've been flippant, but I was really disappointed with this book. Set aside Rowena Cooper's mispronunciations and slightly school ma'amish tone throughout, no one could have made this book sound good. I've loved this series and for this to be the last one, well what a shame to go out on such a bum note.
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- Mand

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2011
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited