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Download The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Shelters of Stone: Earths Children, Book 5 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Jean M. Auel
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,040 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: June 2008 ISBN:
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After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii and much to teach them. She is intrigued by their clothes, their crafts, and their home, and wants to learn their customs and the ways that they live, so that she will fit in. She is delighted when she meets Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the people, a fellow healer with whom she can share medicinal skills and knowledge. The Zelandonii are surprised to learn she was found and raised by the Clan, the ones that they call flatheads and think of as animals, and are skeptical when she tells them they are people.

After the rigors and dangers that have characterized her extraordinary life so far, Ayla yearns for peace and tranquility, to be Jondalar's mate, and to have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored, and even as she gives birth to her eagerly-awaited child, she is coming to accept that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 2/14/2014

    " Same criticisms as before. Very wordy and repeating same material as previous books. I skim these sections and it greatly improves my reading experience. Also, the sex scenes are a little outta control. Don't get me wrong I love reading about a good romp, but there are so many in these books that I actually started skimming over them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Miller | 2/13/2014

    " My favourite book of the series so far :) Although it is a bit repetitive in parts. I wish Auel would just write for the regular readers of the series, rather than recapturing past events. And i've probably skimmed past more caveman porn in this series than i care to account for. Still, I am rather enamored with the characters and am looking forward to reading the final book in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Kay | 2/8/2014

    " I loved, loved, loved the first few books in this series. I though Auel's ideas about man's early discovery of, well, everything, were clever and convincing. But as the series moved along, I became bored with the constant review of events in the previous books and just wanted the story to MOVE ALONG. Shelters of Stone falls into the same trap, but I enjoy Ayla's adventures enough to wade through the nonesense. I do wish Auel would write faster and develop the plot more quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2014

    " we waited HOW MANY years for this? Someone help me find the editor and slap him silly... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 1/19/2014

    " One word. Repetitive. ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/15/2014

    " I loved the first 4 books of this series when I was a teenager, so I was looking forward to this next installment. Maybe this one just isn't as good as the others or maybe my tastes have changed as I've aged, but I just didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. The plot was just so-so, and the dialogue was laughable at times. There's less sex in this one than previous ones (maybe that's why I liked the others so much as a teenager ;-) I hope the final installment is better than this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lize | 1/11/2014

    " She kept the faithful waiting for twelve years for this bad boy. It's not my favorite of the series, but Auel doesn't disappoint. Intricate details of customs and practices, some of which I felt competent to go out and try myself. (I have a secret flint-knapping jones.) And, of course, lots of hot, Prehistoric sex, which, if we're really honest is why we keep turning up, isn't it? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 1/7/2014

    " The pattern gets old - there are only so many times Ayla can meet new people, explain how she domesticated horses/created fire/invented atlatls, etc. In this book, she is finally done traveling but still rehashing these stories - except now she's done doing anything exciting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 1/7/2014

    " Ayla spends the first 3/4 of the book explaining herself to everyone and obsessing about it when she's not. This book screams for an editor with guts. Bad, bad, bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pwijnen | 12/29/2013

    " zie commentaar deel 1 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suman | 12/23/2013

    " not as good as the earlier volumes. but nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/11/2013

    " The Zelandonii turn out to be really boring. Unfortunately for Ayla, it's a really long walk back to the Mamutoi. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 11/8/2013

    " This is the worst book I have ever read. To put that into perspective, I just read nearly fifty thousand pages of romance novels, and this is significantly worse than the worst of those. If you're in the mood to be bored to death, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 10/16/2013

    " a great tale of prehistoric people.a good story of prehistoric peoples the meeting of two worlds. learning to live with another people is hard but love can conqure the diffucult task. alah is going to live with his people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/7/2013

    " This was good but the earlier books in this serious we're far better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rima | 7/21/2013

    " Ayla finally settles down, and we get closer to her meeting her destiny that we've been teased with since the first book. Again, this book is about Ayla's life with humans, but with a much larger group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 3/14/2013

    " I love this series...it is so full of history....I didn't realize she had written a sixth book and can't wait to read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabra | 12/19/2012

    " no nearly as good as the first three "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 9/25/2012

    " The fifth book in this series. I read the others many years ago, but this one seems to pick up the story well, and follows the life of Ayla and Jondular after they return to his homeland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 2/18/2012

    " Randomly chosen from my piles and it is book 48 of 2011 - aim 133 books in 2011. I remember when Mammoth Hunters was the "in book" when I was a teen. Raunchy scenes and all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/27/2012

    " This book could have been five stars, but I did not enjoy the length of time spent on describing the cave paintings/etc (skimmed quite a bit) - though others with the interest in that subject matter would love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Swike | 12/11/2011

    " Read the entire series. A rare series where each book is great and could stand alone if read separately. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andreas van Rooyen | 12/4/2011

    " Compared to the rest of the series it is as though it was written by someone with a decent knowledge of her style, but. without her flair and soul... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Reynolds | 11/24/2011

    " More of the same....repetitive as the first several books ....more sex...more meeting new people...blah. blah blah...good good ending!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 6/27/2011

    " I like this series of books, but the author goes into toooo much detail on descriptions. She also oftens repeats herself several times in this book, and sometimes within a chapter. This causes me to scan a lot of the pages. However, I do like the storyline and will continue to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/19/2011

    " if you are looking for a great series .read these you won't regret it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chels | 5/1/2011

    " MARY SUE!!! (Ayla)

    Repetition!! Aaaah tedious!

    Just skipping pages now, left right and centre.

    Only hanging on for the descriptions of the landscapes etc and to finnish the series with the next one :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 4/30/2011

    " This was an OK read. I did appreciate some of the back story since it had been years since I read the other 4 books. Nevertheless, it was still about 300 pages too long and very repetitive in spots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 4/30/2011

    " Randomly chosen from my piles and it is book 48 of 2011 - aim 133 books in 2011. I remember when Mammoth Hunters was the "in book" when I was a teen. Raunchy scenes and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/28/2011

    " The author is clearly educated in anthropology or archaeology, but doesn't have the finesse of Diana Gabaldon in bringing her knowledge into the story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/26/2011

    " Really dissapointed with this one, will only go and get the last one to finish the set "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 4/19/2011

    " Oh God! Life is too short! I am hanging in here to follow Ayla through her journey. This is a 6 parter that could have been written in 3! The sex scenes are excruciating. I'm here for the wolf... nothing bad had better happen to him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chibosslady | 4/16/2011

    " I love this series. So much information about plants and animals in the ice age. Plus good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/12/2011

    " I just love the Earth's Children stories. They are so imaginative and have inspired my own writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/6/2011

    " Last pages of book 5. Finally, get my hands on the new book ;) "

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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.