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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Customer Reviews

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Would you listen to The Shelters of Stone again? Why?

I could listen to this story so many times. Having already read it, but now finding reading difficult due to failing eyesight, I have rediscovered these old friends anew and am delighting in the pleasure of the stories.

What other book might you compare The Shelters of Stone to, and why?

In my view there is no other book which can compare with this. The whole Clan of the Cave Bear Saga is a one-off and is so delightful in its development in the life of the young woman, Ayla.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scene was when Ayla and Jondalar finally reached the land of the Zelandoni and she met Jondalar's family, at long last becoming a respected person in her own right.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could not stop listening to this, and unfortunately fell asleep on several occasions so that I had to rewind. In order to rectify this, I resorted to listening while in the bath - a most leisurely and much recommended way to have a long soak in a bath.

Any additional comments?

One of the best series of stories to have been produced in the modern day.

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- E. A. Mead

The series is hurtling downhill

Do read 'Clan of the Cave Bear' and 'Valley of Horses' after that the books start to go downhill. This one is hurtling to the pit which is the last book of the series that you shouldn't waste your money on. 'The Shelters of Stone' is just about worth buying.
Jean Auel knows her stuff and writes with authority and great depth about the Ice Age. And although the story has a good basis her story telling lets her down.
Dialogue is stilted and Auel hardly uses any other word to replace 'said', so in conversations so-and-so said, and he said and she said and so-and-so said. Please! Why on earth didn't the proof reader pick this up and ask her to change it to 'replied' or 'agreed' ...anything bar 'said'.
Auel also repeats parts of the story 2 or 3 times each book. It gets boring. As do the too-intimate sex scenes - after all, how many ways are there of saying 'pulsing manhood'

But if you've got this far in the series this book should wrap the story up but don't expect excitement or new ideas.
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- Catherine Howard

Book Details

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