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The Clan of the Cave Bear

205 ratings

Summary

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind.  To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly - she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge. 

©1980 by Jean M. Auel. (P)1986 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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The Valley of Horses

138 ratings

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A timeless epic of the dawn of civilization. In The Valley of Horses, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love. Sharing a hidden valley with a herd of steppe horses, Ayla finds a unique friendship with animals as vulnerable as herself and ingeniously discovers the complex skills needed to survive - skills no Clan member was ever able to master. But none of her experiences prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man - the first of the Others she has seen - from almost certain death. Torn between her desire for human companionship and her fear of the unknown Others, she struggles against her deep attraction to the handsome Jondalar. It is Jondalar who teaches her the meaning of true friendship and love.

©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Narrator: Sandra Burr
Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
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The Mammoth Hunters

88 ratings

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An epic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices.  Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are the "Others". She approaches them with a mixture of fear and curiosity. It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory - dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic - who Ayla finds herself drawn to the most. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovers, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother. Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla's life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.

©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Length: 31 hrs and 44 mins
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The Land of Painted Caves

81 ratings

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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 that serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.

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

Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
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The Plains of Passage

75 ratings

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In The Plains of Passage, orphaned Ayla and wandering Jondalar search for a place on Earth they can call home Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening. The mystery surrounding the woman, who speaks with a strange accent and talks to animals with their own sounds, is heightened by her control of a large, menacing wolf. The tall, yellow-haired man who rides by her side is also held in awe, not only for the magnificent stallion he commands, but for his skill as an artificer of stone tools, and for the new weapon he devises that makes hunting less perilous. In the course of their cross-continental odyssey, Ayla and Jondalar encounter both savage enemies and brave friends. Together they learn that the vast and unkown world can be difficult and dangerous, but breathtakingly beautiful and enlightening as well.

©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Length: 32 hrs and 21 mins
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The Shelters of Stone

50 ratings

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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. Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii and much to teach them. She is intrigued by their clothes, their crafts, and their home, and wants to learn their customs and the ways that they live, so that she will fit in. She is delighted when she meets Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the people, a fellow healer with whom she can share medicinal skills and knowledge. The Zelandonii are surprised to learn she was found and raised by the Clan, the ones that they call flatheads and think of as animals, and are skeptical when she tells them they are people. After the rigors and dangers that have characterized her extraordinary life so far, Ayla yearns for peace and tranquility, to be Jondalar's mate, and to have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored, and even as she gives birth to her eagerly-awaited child, she is coming to accept that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii.

©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

Narrator: Sandra Burr
Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 33 hrs and 18 mins
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Le clan de l'ours des cavernes

35 ratings

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Quelque part en Europe, 35 000 ans avant notre ère. Petite fille Cro-Magnon de cinq ans, Ayla est séparée de ses parents à la suite d'un violent tremblement de terre. Elle est recueillie par le clan de l'ours des cavernes, une tribu Neandertal qui l'adopte, non sans réticence, ayant reconnu en elle la représentante d'une autre espèce, plus évoluée. Iza, la guérisseuse, Brun, le chef et Creb, le magicien lui enseignent les règles de la vie communautaire, leurs rites, leurs peurs, leurs audaces. Mais Ayla, la fillette blonde aux yeux bleus les surprend par sa puissance de raisonnement qui lui permet de s'adapter, de réagir rapidement et de ne pas être totalement dépendante de son environnement. Une différence qui ne tarde pas à faire d'elle une menace pour tout le clan, et à attiser la convoitise de Brud, le fils du chef... >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2002 Presses de la Cité (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Lila Tamazit
Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
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Les chasseurs de mammouths

17 ratings

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Au cours de leur périple, Ayla et son compagnon Jondalar font la connaissance des Mamutoï, un peuple de chasseurs de mammouths. Grâce à ses talents de guérisseuse, mais aussi à son étonnante familiarité avec les animaux, la jeune Cro-Magnon gagne rapidement la confiance et l'admiration de la tribu, qui accueille le couple avec chaleur. La situation se complique cependant lorsque Ranec, un artiste du clan, invite Ayla à venir admirer les statuettes en ivoire qu'il a sculptées pour honorer la "Grande Mère", figure suprême de la religion des Mamutoï. Enfant noir adopté par les Mamutoï, Ranec est un séducteur né, et est loin de laisser Ayla indifférente. Dévoré par une jalousie féroce, un sentiment considéré comme un vice ignoble, Jondalar sombre peu à peu dans le désespoir. Qui de l'artiste ou du chasseur, Ayla choisira-t-elle ? De cette décision difficile dépend tout son avenir. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2002 Presses de la Cité. Traduit de l'américain par Renée Tesnière (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Lila Tamazit
Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 33 hrs and 7 mins
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Le grand voyage

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Dans ce quatrième volet de la saga Les Enfants de la Terre, Ayla et son compagnon Jondalar laissent derrière eux la chaleureuse tribu des chasseurs de mammouths pour continuer leur traversée des steppes immenses du continent européen. Le couple ne manque pas de susciter l'étonnement sur son passage. En effet, Ayla et Jondalar se déplacent à cheval, en compagnie d'un loup apprivoisé. Or, les peuples qu'ils rencontrent vivent de chasse et de cueillette, et n'ont jamais vu d'animaux domestiques. D'où ce couple étrange tient-il donc ses pouvoirs ?En quête d'un lieu qui deviendrait le foyer de leur amour, Ayla et Jondalar feront maintes découvertes au cours de ce voyage initiatique à travers un monde inconnu, dangereux et grandiose. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2002 Presses de la Cité. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Alexis Champon (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Delphine Saley
Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 35 hrs and 24 mins
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Les refuges de pierre

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Après un long voyage épique à travers l'Europe, Ayla et Jondalar arrivent à l'emplacement de la Neuvième Caverne, un camp de l'âge de pierre situé dans ce qu'on appellera bien plus tard le Périgord. C'est là que Jondalar retrouve la tribu qui l'a vu naître, et qui se réjouit de son retour. L'accueil fait à Ayla est plus mitigé. Cette femme parle avec un accent curieux et, surtout, elle est suivie par un loup et deux chevaux sur lesquels elle exerce un pouvoir troublant. Mais, si la jeune femme étonne les Zelandonii, ceux-ci la surprennent tout autant par leur façon de vivre dans leurs confortables abris-sous-roche et par la splendeur des peintures dont ils ornent leurs grottes. Plongée dans cet univers étranger, Ayla parviendra-t-elle à gagner la confiance des membres de la tribu de Jondalar ? >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2002 Presses de la Cité. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Jacques Martinache (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Delphine Saley
Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 34 hrs and 52 mins
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El clan del oso cavernario [The Clan of the Cave Bear]

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Primera parte de LOS HIJOS DE LA TIERRA®, el inicio de las aventuras de la pequeña Ayla. La más bella saga prehistórica jamás contada (Novela histórica de acción y aventuras) En la última fase de la Era Glacial un terremoto deja a la pequeña Ayla, de cinco años, aislada de su tribu. Afortunadamente encuentra refugio entre los miembros del clan, un grupo de neandertales. Valiente e indomable, la joven infunde al principio sorpresa, luego cautela, hasta que, por fin, es aceptada. Sobre todo, por Iza, la curandera y Creb, el hechicero, que cuidan de ella. El futuro líder del clan, Broud, es el único que sigue mirándola con recelo, y hará todo lo posible para destruirla. Pero Ayla está protegida por el tótem del León Cavernario, un espíritu fuerte que la escogió por ser una superviviente. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1980 Jean M. Auel 2011 de la traducción: Leonor Tejada Conde-Pelayo 2011 de esta edición: Embolsillo (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Author: Jean M. Auel
Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
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