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The Plains of Passage

Earth's Children, Book 4
Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
Series: Earth's Children, Book 4
Length: 31 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home.

Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.

©1990 Jean M. Auel (P)1992 AudioGO Ltd
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Getting Boring

Book 1 was the best. Now it's just blue with a sprinkle of some new.

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Repetitive

I’ve been enjoying these books, but they are getting rather repetitive now. If you’re this far into the series, chances are you know about her upbringing, we don’t need reminding all the time. Also, can’t believe I’m saying this, but even the sex is getting in my nerves now! Will finish the series out of curiosity, but I feel like the quality has gone down with each book.

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Getting a bit repetitive

I love the series but the detailed repeats from the previous stories is repetitive and the sex is very frequent and samey, I'm looking forwards to the next one and hope its fresher.

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Repetitive!!

Book 4 in the stone age love story about the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar, this time the account of their journey home. The story depicts various misadventures, mishaps, near-escapes and meetings with all knds of others along the way back to Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii. Including nearly dying of hypothermia trying to cross a huge, icy river and getting up the next day perfectly fine without catching even a slight cold, and going straight into a superhumanly passionate lovemaking session (come on!!! Reality? They would need a few dats at least to recover and would surely catch pneumonia?!!)
But surely nobody begins reading book 4 in a series and needs the entire contents of the 3 preceding books rehashed? This book was made far longer that need be by all the repetition of previous events. How many times do we need to hear about Creb's favourite ptarmigan recipe ("the fat birds with the feathered feet") ? And Ayla's instinctive posture-directed control of her horse?
Rowena, the narrator, uses a limited range of about 4 main tones of voice in her very precise, plummy Queen's English: the lecturing tone she adopts when describing the landscape and natural history, the very repetitive slightly reproving, cautionary schoolma'am tone, the mildly encouraging tone used for describing events, and the slightly raised, mildly upset tone that does duty for every emotional disturbance, from fury to despair. I have had to repeatedly imagine to myself what a character crying hysterically or furiously angry would ACTUALLY sound like.
I was also driven to distraction by the ENDLESS recounting of the exact, detailed habits and appearance of every single animal, every stripe on every horse's leg, every habitat detail, every migration pattern and ecological niche of every species... even every time the 2 travellers piss on the ground! - which, though giving background knowledge, tend to interrupt the flow of the story unecessarily with repetitive and far too lengthy natural history lectures that had me fast forwarding 10 minutes at a time. OK, I get it! You did shedloads of research, great! Thats what makes the story realistic and believable. But I don't need every last detail of it regurgitated every few minutes. I just want to enjoy the STORY!!

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Good, but not her best.

I loved the first two books in this series. This one is a good story, but padded out with too much description and repetition. Some is enjoyable and sometimes necessary, but not to the extent in this story. Also the rather too frequent description of sexual experiences add nothing to the story and leave nothing to the imagination.

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Brilliant! Fell in love reading. Loved listening!

Loved listening to the books i fell in love with so many years ago! awesome narration!

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good stuff

I enjoyed this story better than the last book lots more action . more interesting

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A little too modern now

I still enjoy the tales of Ayla and Jondala, but it feels as though they’re a little too like us now. I m sure there are greater differences between different current day people than these two and us. That said the story is still enthralling.

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best yet

The best book yet in the set, enjoyed it and would have no problems recommending it.

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Jean M Auel is an excellent story teller

who can make you think that you're actually back in the stone age at the time of the last ice age.

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  • Lola
  • 26-06-19

Things are heating up

This series is intense. My favorite book so far. But wow- really got to invest in it time wise. Worth it though.

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  • Markus
  • 08-03-18

The best one in the series after the first

This was definitely the best one in the series after the first. Reading was absolutely fantastic. Story is good and suprising. A refreshing one to listen. Illustrations about inventing new things was great and not forced like for example in the second and third books.

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  • marie
  • 30-05-17

Defiantly better than the 3rd

An interesting journey with some action, and written with a good flow, tho some repeating in not just the book itself, but also some catching up from the previous books (which is good if there's some time between reading them), but a bit to much if you're binge-reading like I am. Defiantly an improvement from the 3rd. I liked this and bought the 5th book in the series.