The Shelters of Stone : Earth's Children

  • by Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by Rowena Cooper
  • Series: Earth's Children
  • 29 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Jean Does it again

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.
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- Redvers

Not the best in the series but worth a shot.

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.
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- Rufus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton