Earth's Children

7 books in series
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The Clan of the Cave Bear Summary

Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.

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  • Book 1

    • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    • Earth's Children 1
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320

    Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Lorraine on 07-01-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • The Valley of Horses

    • Earth’s Children, Book 2
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    Forced to leave the Clan and her young son, Ayla sets out alone to travel the frigid steppes until she finds the valley of horses. Unable to find people like herself, the Cro-Magnons, she settles there and seeks friendship elsewhere. First she adopts a young filly, then a wounded lion cub. But far to the west, two young Cro-Magnon brothers have begun a journey. One of them is Jondalar, whose destiny is bound inextricably with Ayla's.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By claire on 06-01-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 3

    • The Mammoth Hunters

    • Earth’s Children, Book 3
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 28 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful

    • By Donna on 18-05-18

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 4

    • The Plains of Passage

    • Earth's Children, Book 4
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 32 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great great great

    • By Donna on 26-05-18

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 5

    • The Shelters of Stone

    • Earth's Children, Book 5
    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 33 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
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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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Mills and Boon in the Stone Age

    • By Fiona on 26-04-11

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Shelters of Stone

    • By: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    The fifth book in the hugely successful Earth's Children series. Ayla and Jondalar have reached home: the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as south-west France. Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii as well as much to teach them. Jondalar's family are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timeless

    • By Sandy Suds on 20-07-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 6

    • The Land of Painted Caves

    • Earth's Children, Book 6
    • By: Jean M Auel
    • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
    • Length: 30 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 143

    The Land of Painted Caves concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni - one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • so so disappointing

    • By Odilon on 15-05-11

    Regular price: £24.99