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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.

©2011 Jean M. Auel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Courtney
  • 04/04/2011

Should have been titled "The Mother's Song"

I loved the first 5 books in the series, even Shelters of Stone, but this book was such an incredible let down after what, a ten year wait? My issues have to echo many of those posed by the other reviewers. I lost count of how many times "The Mother's Song" was repeated. Seriously, I found myself thinking on a number of occasions "she's not really going to make us read/listen to that again?!" I ended up fast forwarding through that annoyance on a number of occasions. I didn't mind the cave descriptions; I'm visually impaired, so a nice vivid description helps me picture what's around the characters much more.
Also, the events in the last part of the book are odd to me and seem remarkably out of character and forced. I really thought they seemed contrived, compared to the rest of the series. This book also, if it is the end of the series, ends very abruptly and I thought about going back and listening to the end again but I don't think its really worth it, if it didn't make enough of an impression on me the first time, I doubt it will the second. Plus, the "big discovery" is totally not one, though in the context of our species it is, but in the context of the story it wasn't...

I'm not saying don't read this book, just don't get your hopes up. I thought #5 had a much more tied together ending.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • K
  • 02/04/2011

Sorry but no...

I have been a fan for over 20yrs and I am sorry Jean, but you just left it too long. The story line was shallow to say the least and some bits were literally copy and pasted from other books. The narrator was fine so if like me you are a long time fan, do get it, you just can't not. But I think that like me you'll be somewhat deflated at the end of 36 hours.

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  • phillip
  • 30/03/2011

Be careful what you wish for!

I've been in love with Ayla's story from Clan of the Cave Bear and the minute I closed the page on each and every book Ms. Auel created I was wishing for the next one. The wait was pretty long, but more than worth it every time. Except this time. I am so disappointed with book number 6 I actually had tears of frustration in my eyes while I was listening to it. As far as I can tell it breaks down into three main themes #1. Remembering old times (a nice way of saying stealing unabashedly from the other 5 books) #2 Discribing in mind numbing detail every painting in every cave that has ever had an echo in it ( I've heard of the title of a work saying it all, well this one says about 15 hours of it) #3 Action scenes that,while few and far between, are not even half hearted disguised rehashing of events from (you guessed it!) the other five books. With a minor theme in ( though it's majorly annoying ) multiple repetitions of "The Mother Song!" and no I haven't devolved into vulgarity, that's actually the name of the song. The only thing I can guess is that Ms. Auel sat looking at the 5 enormously large novels she wrote and decided enough was enough. As in new ideas, a new plot, etc...and now I am going to take an antacid and make myself a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea, a cup of tea....

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  • Fern
  • 23/04/2011

A Sad Disappointment

Three Great Reasons to Read This Book:
1) You loved the painful and almost dangerous love triangle of the Mammoth Hunters so much that you couldn't wait to relive it.
2) You are fascinated by cattails and their varied and numerous uses. (everything from period pads to savory side dishes)
3) You are an avid spelunker eager to vicariously explore the primitive caves of yesteryear.
Three Great Reasons NOT to Read This Book:
see above

Seriously, these characters have been a part of my life for many years. I am sad to say that I regret reading this final installment.

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  • Aunt Debbie
  • 01/04/2011

So tedious and so poorly narrated

I tried! I tried! So help me, I tried to listen to the book and enjoy it. It is sooooooooo boring, repetitive, so tedious that it repulses. The narrator is good reading straight text but poor doing characterizations. Then there's Ayla, the superwoman. She's so wonderful that it makes your teeth ache. Skip wherever you can. You won't miss much.

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  • Susan
  • 05/04/2011

Disappointment

After giving her readers five fantastic epic books to ponder and enjoy, Jean Auel insulted them by believing she could merely rehash what was scribed in her past writings. I was sorely disappointed that the book did not deliver what had been given in the past. If there were a way to get a refund for my money on an audible book, I would ask for one.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Kathy
  • 03/04/2011

What a let down

I was so looking forward to this book. I have loved all the other books in this series. This is the first one that let me down. While it was good to read about some of the characters that were in the other books, it jumped around too much. It is almost as if there were story lines started and just left hanging. Yet some were done to death.. How many caves do we need to read about and how many times do we have to read the singing the Mother's Song? There is a part near the end of the book she could have left out. It really ticked me off. (I'll let you read it yourself!)

I do know that with so much time between books it is hard to keep somethings straight, but there were several errors that were glaring. As an end to a series this book just quit the same as the other ones. It would be nice to have if not a full novel at least a companion book to tie up the loose ends.

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  • Kim G. Johnson
  • 02/04/2011

Blah Blah Blah

I normally love a LONG audio book - listen to them while out working on the farm - and I had read the other Earth's Children books but I am seriously doubtful I will finish this one. Maybe reading is a better way to go as you can skim over the so and so begat so and so in blah blah cave. Having to listen to all this dreck in the reader's rather wooden voice and cheesy accent is nearly unbearable. I am finding the dialog unrealistic ( how many times, from how many characters do we need to hear that giving water to a dead lion is a sacred tradition ) and boring. I haven't gotten very far in, hence the two stars-who knows, it may get better...but after several hundred audio books over the years, this may be the first I don't finish ( but I probably will finish it-farming is possibly even more boring than this book)!

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  • Sandra
  • 18/04/2011

Hate Hate Hate

I was screaming at the radio, She repeated herslf so many times with no new concepts, I wanted to die. I listened to the whole thing, but I am glad it is over. I am very disappointed.

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  • Brandi
  • 15/04/2011

This book is a waste of time...

If you read (or listened to) the first five books, you'll find this one a MAJOR disappointment. There's no real conclusion, nothing unexpectedly significant happens, and there's an annoying amout of repetition...not just explaining things that happened in previous books, but also repeating things in this one. It's as if it was written by someone else who had only the previous books to work from and was told not to develop the characters further, or writing anything unexpected or conclusive. This book is a waste of time.

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  • Sabine Martini-Hansske
  • 09/06/2011

what's that?

ich bin am Ende des zweiten Download-Abschnittes und zutiefst enttäuscht von diesem Buch. Was ist der Sinn und Zweck dieses Buches? Eine laienhafte Abhandlung über die Höhlenmalerei? Zumindest ist es bislang noch kein Buch über prähistorische Gesellschaften und deren Probleme. Es soll wohl ab dem 3. Teil besser werden, wenn man anderer Rezensionen liest, aber bislang bin ich nur froh, dass ich mich für die download-Version und nicht die Buchversion entschieden habe.
Beschreibung über Beschreibung von Höhlenbesichtigungen und -malereien, von Reisen mit teilweise haarsträubenden Transportlösungen. Teilweise grenzen die Beschreibungen vom möglichen Nutzen der Tiere an Tierquälerei: auch wenn ein Travois eine für die damalige Zeit revolutionäre Erfindung war, so hat es seine Grenzen - es ist für mich deutlich, dass Frau Auel sich niemals praktisch mit dessen Anwendung auseinander gesetzt hat.
Ähnliches für Wolf - der zu Lassie in der Steinzeit mutiert. Was dieser Wolf, der erste domestizierte Wolf (!), schon alles an hundetypischem Verhalten zeigt, ist schlichtweg und im wahrsten Sinn unglaublich.
Charakterentwicklung: wo sind schillernde Charaktere, wie Talut? Warum wird das Konfliktpotential Marona/Rushamar uvm. immer nur angedeutet? Jondalar "schluckt" Aylas Abwesenheiten anscheinend stillschweigend (oder nicht?). Was ist aus der engagierten Heilerin Ayla geworden, die sich in Mammutjäger gegen ein ganzes Sommermeeting Mamutoi stellte, um Rydag ein Begräbnis zu gewähren? Jetzt trottelt sie ergeben hinter Zelandoni her, überlässt ihr die Führung, wartet auf ihre Erlaubnis, sich mit Kranken zu befassen. HALLO?
Zum Hörbuch: ich höre zum ersten Mal Sandra Burr und bin leider auch von ihr nicht übermässig begeistert. Ihre Interpretation eines "unbekannten" Akzentes kommt über ein schwaches Imitieren eines Russen (und noch ein bisschen französischer Einschlag für Südzelandoni) nicht hinaus. Männliche Charaktere kann man fast nicht unterscheiden. Enttäuschend!!!

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Leseratte22
  • 12/08/2011

Geht gar nicht

Etwas so Langweiliges gibt es, glaube ich, nicht noch mal. Ich habe bisher nicht geschaftt, es zu Ende zu hören. Dauernd wird nur das wiederholt, was schon in den anderen Bänden erzählt wurde. Hier hatte die Autorin offensichtlich gar keine Ideen mehr. Außerdem hält sie den Leser für einen Idioten, weil sie so mit ihm umspringt. Auf keinen Fall kaufen!!!

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Meike Bruhns
  • 17/05/2011

What happened?

as it is impossible to give no stars at all, I will give this audiobook one.
I don't know what on earth happened to the author of this wonderful saga. Sometimes I sincerely hope that some underpaid ghostwriter murdered the story. Where to begin? Badly written, badly paced, repetitive and over long stretches simply boring. Add to that the schoolmarmish way in which Sandra Burr reads, well, if you have trouble sleeping, here's your solution. But don't be surprised if you find yourself dreaming about the worst long winded school history teacher you ever had...
If you love the story - do NOT buy this!

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  • Manfred Floeter
  • 16/01/2019

Painted caves

Every so often repetitions from previous books but still I wanted to know the end of Thrones Story. The first 2 books are brilliant but then book by book following the Stories are retold and western ethics is put upon the dtoneage people. Now I am really glad that it is finished and I Just Hope that JM Auel is Not going to wrote another one.

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  • Doris
  • 19/02/2017

Just awful ---

I don't normally write reviews but listening to this book made me angry. i feel cheated - its like the author is making fun of readers.
Ayla introducing herself to people (and there are sooo many) AND vice versa takes up half of the book. Oh, and of you're into making fresh tea, etc .. by all means continue reading. i have heard it so many times by now I could be the "med'sin" woman. can it get any worse?