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Download The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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2.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 5 2.38 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean M. Auel Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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"The Land of Painted Caves" is the final audiobook in the six-volume Earth's Children series written by Jean M. Auel. Since the publication of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" in 1980, Auel's books have sold over 50 million copies.

"This audiobook is Auel at her finest. She brings an enormous love of archeology and a vast amount of research into the story of Ayla and Jondalar as they travel into the Zelandoni Territory during the Ice-Age.

Prehistoric European Ayla has become one of the most respected and beloved heroines in modern literature, having won the hearts of readers and listeners worldwide with her remarkable intelligence, her intuition, her fierce independence and deep wisdom on her journey from childhood to a more mature adulthood.

In "The Land of the Painted Caves Audiobook," Ayla and Jondalar experience the birth of their own child after a long journey back to Jondalar's tribe. Ayla, being an outsider, is not so readily accepted by these people so different from any she has ever known. Jondalar, too, had been a popular young male with many of the females of his old tribe, and some are, quite understandably, reluctant to accept his being the mate to someone so far removed from the Zelandoni.

In this audiobook, listeners will visit the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla's new family takes her to see. Auel is able to bring, through her rich description and immense knowledge, the artistic beauty of ancient cave paintings, remarkable art featuring mammoths, rhinoceros, deer, bison, bear, lions and scenes from the ice-age. To prepare for this final book, Auel was allowed to explore the cave region in France and does a superb job of bringing them to the listener as only she can do.

"The Land of the Painted Caves" is available for a quick and easy download. The unabridged version is narrated by Sandra Burr and will give listeners nearly 35 hours of listening pleasure, making it one of the best bargains in audiobooks.

Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage.

As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader. The wisdom that Ayla gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthen her as she moves closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.

Whatever the obstacles, Ayla's inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life: searching for wild edibles to make delicious meals, experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandoni must take, honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla's mentor - the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia - takes her to see. These caves are filled with remarkable art - paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear. The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death. But through those rituals, Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change the world.

Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a long ago civilization that serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fuze | 2/19/2014

    " Long wait for such a let down! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Audrey Cawthorpe | 2/16/2014

    " Terrible, terrible, terrible. Awful ending to the series. It was so repetitive and didn't end up finishing any of the little hints that she threw into the other books. A very sad disappointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky Cooper | 2/10/2014

    " So disappointed in this book! This was my favorite series until this book ruined it. I find it hard to believe it was even written by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Rejmenczak | 1/22/2014

    " I don't want the series to end. This was a great book, and I need more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi | 1/11/2014

    " I'll agree with most of the other reviews that this book was a letdown ending to such a great series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl Razore | 1/7/2014

    " Very disappointed end of a series. Repetitive beyond believe. Come on Jean...you could have done better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki Morrison | 1/7/2014

    " didnt go over very well all the others were great ,loved them ,this one not so much,didnt finish anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Star | 12/26/2013

    " I started reading this series when I was in junior high. This sequel is okay but not an absolute necessity (and it's long...) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 11/21/2013

    " Whewwwww this one was ridiculously long. Not much really happened either. It was interesting from the historical aspect, but the story of Ayla really doesn't move very far considering how long this book is. It was ok "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maquoketa Public Library | 11/9/2013

    " The best in this series is #2...the first one I read and the one that made me continue with this series to the bitter end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne Hagopian | 10/13/2013

    " I loved the first 5. I got very invested in the characters and couldn't wait for the next book to come out. This last and final book was not anywhere as good as the first 5. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy Gladson | 8/13/2013

    " Very disappointing ending to a series I have followed faithfully from beginning to end. Way too much description of the same things over and over, and no real resolution to themes developed through entire series. Expected much more from this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/3/2013

    " I love this whole series like I love my dog. I learned more from each of these books than most shooling I ever attended, which for those who know me draw your own conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leece | 7/2/2013

    " Not much actually happens? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 RatCreature | 6/13/2013

    " This was really tedious with all the repetitions both within and from previous books. I don't mind detail of world building and everyday life; I like that in this series overall, but nobody needs to be told events that happened previously again and again. An editor should have cut a lot of this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/19/2013

    " It was an interesting read. I enjoyed the life and times read. I did have some points of broken suspension of disbelief. Yet, for the most part I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dragos-andrei Irimia | 4/20/2013

    " Review in one word: abomination ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi Coffey | 11/28/2012

    " I have been reading this series since High school - I was so happy to have a new book to read, but was disappointed when there really wasn't end to the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muff | 9/23/2012

    " Hadn't read one in a long time. It was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith Gorham | 8/18/2012

    " I love the story of Ayla but nothing happened until the last third of the book.To many veiwings of mindless caves. I think Ayla was bored as well.I have read the first 3 books in this series a couple of times but not sure if i can read a 7th book in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 6/9/2012

    " All previous books were awesome. The writing style in this novel seemed tired and forced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcita | 6/9/2012

    " Well, after much anticipation for the last book, I found it the least enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 3/28/2012

    " Since I have read all the other books in this series, I had to read this last one too. It took WAY to long in coming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Berni | 12/11/2011

    " Just wanted to see how it ended! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drburchill | 10/19/2011

    " Jean should have stopped at book number 5! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 5/22/2011

    " I was so disappointed in this book. There was almost no internal dialogue and the characters didn't continue from the previous books in a way that was believable at all. I would have rather stopped at the book before this as the end of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 5/22/2011

    " No where near her best writing, tho as a die hard fan, I was compelled to read this last one. It was fun to be in the land of Ayla and Jondalar again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/19/2011

    " I really liked this one, some of the descriptions are long-winded. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I won't say anything else,because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carole | 5/18/2011

    " This was my second least favorite of her series. She repeats everything at least 20 times. Not much of a story line. Take a pass. I don't think I will be reading any more of these. To think I waited this long for such a dud! "

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About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.