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 love all the Earths Children series...was hooked since the 1st page of Clan of the Cave Bear...but this has always been my favourite! I'll tell uou..Show More » how good this book is...I must have read and listened to it over 30 times and I still have an emotional response to it. I laugh every time, shout at various characters and ball my eyes out!
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 occas..Show More »ions, 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.
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.