The Land of Painted Caves

The Land of Painted Caves

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2011
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As Ayla studies to become a spiritual leader to Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii, she faces many challenges, including being separated from Jondalar and their young daughter, Jonayla, and experiences a revelation.

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Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage.

As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave—a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader. The wisdom that Ayla gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthen her as she moves closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.

Whatever the obstacles, Ayla’s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life: searching for wild edibles to make delicious meals, experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandoni must take, honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla’s mentor—the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia—takes her to see. These caves are filled with remarkable art—paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear. The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death. But through those rituals, Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change the world.

Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a long ago civilization and serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.

& Taylor

A novel set 25,000 years ago is the sixth book in the author's landmark series and continues the story of Ayla and Jondalar. By the author of The Clan of the Cave Bear. Read by Sandra Burr. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781441888235
Branch Call Number: MP3BK FIC AUE
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (34 hrs., 50 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Burr, Sandra


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Oct 24, 2013

The worst book she's ever written. This is a tour of caves with an interesting plot event every once in a long while. 788 pages of Ayla visiting of every sacred cave in the land, with detailed descriptions of EVERY SINGLE dot, mammoth, squiggle, cave bear, etc on the walls. Jean Auel would have done better with a photographic coffee table book. At least we would have had some clue of what she was seeing. And we didn't need to "hear" the dreadfully banal "The Mother's Song" 13 or 14 times. Or a complete listing of all of Ayla's names every time she met someone, accompanied by a phonetic spelling out of Ayla's accent ("Greeeetings!"). Or a recap of former books 5 or 6 times. Part 3, when Ms Auel finally decides it's time to develop a plot is almost worse than the caves. "Contrived" does not begin to describe what happens. I finished this book only because I have loved Clan of the Cave Bears and The Mammoth Hunters for 30+ years. I couldn't stand to read every page and started skipping whole sections - and it still took me 3 weeks to get to the end. A sad ending to what was an awesome series. (PS - Her editor, if she had one, should have been fired.)

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