Jean Auel has obviously spent a great deal of time and effort not only researching Neanderthal Man, but also present-day hunter gatherer societies, an..Show More »d then superimposed a story to present her findings in a captivating, easily accessible form. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the result, although I found the narrator's voice strangely lifeless, indeed more suited to reading an academic paper than a narrative. Auel is, however, no real story teller. The narrative remains driven by by her wish to acquaint the reader with her research, the imaginery additions are not convincing (clan memories accessed through the generations?), and the characters, though quite engaging, are never more than functional. All the same, I recommend this book. It allows an interesting insight into man's early history.
I am an avid audible listener , owning hundreds of books, I stumbled onto this series when looking for an epic. Wow!!!!! Jean M Auel is a rare and..Show More » exciting author. Her in depth knowledge of her subject is inspiring, exciting and enthralling , she draws you in and you journey back to the beginning of our roots, her story telling and characters are beautifully developed throughout I would highly recommend this beautiful series.
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 the..Show More »se old friends anew and am delighting in the pleasure of the stories.
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 a..Show More »t 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.