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30 review for The Clan of the Cave Bear, the Valley of Horses, the Mammoth Hunters, the Plains of Passage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is listed a little strangley, but The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses and The Mammoth Hunters are actually three seperate books in Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series. I have read these first three which were wonderful and am currently on book 4 in the series, The Plains of Passage. The series follows Ayla, a cro-magnon child who is orphaned by an earthquake and then rescued and taken in by The Clan (neaderthals)circa 10,000 B.C. The books are meticulously researched and she This is listed a little strangley, but The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses and The Mammoth Hunters are actually three seperate books in Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series. I have read these first three which were wonderful and am currently on book 4 in the series, The Plains of Passage. The series follows Ayla, a cro-magnon child who is orphaned by an earthquake and then rescued and taken in by The Clan (neaderthals)circa 10,000 B.C. The books are meticulously researched and she has received many accolades for how historically accurate her information is. I have to warn you the is A LOT of miuntia (details on the land, animals, plants that lived at that time), but once you get used to it you will be hooked and need to know what happens to the little blonde girl. Many themes in the book such as stereotypes and predjudice ring true with today's society as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    *The Earth Children Series by Jean Auel are outstanding books. Along with Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, these are my favorite books. It’s a story of a girl named Ayla, who lived during the ice age in Europe. She gets seperated from her people by an earthquake and near death, gets found and rescued by the Clan of the Cave Bear people. A type of cave people that becoming extinct while Ayla’s race thrives. It tells of her story of fitting in, being raised by people so different, yet so similar, and h *The Earth Children Series by Jean Auel are outstanding books. Along with Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, these are my favorite books. It’s a story of a girl named Ayla, who lived during the ice age in Europe. She gets seperated from her people by an earthquake and near death, gets found and rescued by the Clan of the Cave Bear people. A type of cave people that becoming extinct while Ayla’s race thrives. It tells of her story of fitting in, being raised by people so different, yet so similar, and her struggle to be like them without loosing herself. If they put as much money into them as they have Harry Potter, they would be as popular as Harry Potter. I often compare them to Harry Potter in that they are just all around good stories. Filled with love stories, action, and suspense, you get lost easily. And Auel’s supurb description of the time period makes you feel like you could be there, standing next to the glacier in all its beauty. Being such good stories, I’ve reread them many times. These are Auel’s life work and she has finally finished the last one of the series and it’s coming out in March of 2011. I can’t wait. As a side note, I have to mention the God-awful movie adaptation they made starring Darly Hannah years ago. Please don’t watch it. It is nothing like the book and goes so far as to do it a disservice by making people not want to read them. Auel’s research and detail in the history of the time period and landscape and her ability to tell the story in such rich detail makes this an instant and lasting classic. I can’t recommend these books enough. ClassicsDefined.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leia Spencer

    I love all historical fiction books, especially books about pre history. I have read all of these books and I can say that the first one is the best. The story is original with the two separate humanoids living at the same time. My biggest complain about the writing has always been the dialogs. And how the story is told twice, first in the narrative and then second in the dialogue. For example when the main character noticed that flint made sparks down by the river she ran back and told the exac I love all historical fiction books, especially books about pre history. I have read all of these books and I can say that the first one is the best. The story is original with the two separate humanoids living at the same time. My biggest complain about the writing has always been the dialogs. And how the story is told twice, first in the narrative and then second in the dialogue. For example when the main character noticed that flint made sparks down by the river she ran back and told the exact same story we just read to her mate. I do not need to read a story twice. Too many times people are introduced over and over again by their blood relations. The reader would be told who a new character is, and then the characters are told who the new character is. I skip so much when I read these books. Often I miss entire paragraphs because I don't want to read the same thing again. If the writing could be edit down then the books would be much more enjoyable. I know that the author is very well researched on what the terrain would have been like and what type of plants would have grown and what their uses would have been used for. Because of all this knowledge it seems like she wants us to learn it all too. There are too many pages I skipped over because I was done with learning about goldenrod or lavender. The story dragged because of the lack of editing. Other than that I read the books because I enjoyed the storyline and the concept.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eh?Eh!

    Mom sure didn't know what this book contained back when she saw it on the Costco table and suggested it to me, resulting in an early unintentional softcore exposure. These books were favorites of mine for the terrific, pages long enumerations of gathering food, describing food, preparing food, serving food, and eating food. What does mammoth taste like? After reading these books you'll feel like you know. Also, you will be versed in mammoth anatomy, migration, and mating behavior. Deeply researc Mom sure didn't know what this book contained back when she saw it on the Costco table and suggested it to me, resulting in an early unintentional softcore exposure. These books were favorites of mine for the terrific, pages long enumerations of gathering food, describing food, preparing food, serving food, and eating food. What does mammoth taste like? After reading these books you'll feel like you know. Also, you will be versed in mammoth anatomy, migration, and mating behavior. Deeply researched. The following books in the series don't read as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I read all the books in this series and yes they were very good.. I loved the story line...it was great to see how Ayla was able to survive with the Clan by adapting, then later in each of the various clans or tribes that she met .. It's her personal growth as a woman..It's very much a study of social life...though very similar to today in a sense that not everyone is accepted in their social environment.... Overall I enjoyed the books very much....my big negative issue about all the books is th I read all the books in this series and yes they were very good.. I loved the story line...it was great to see how Ayla was able to survive with the Clan by adapting, then later in each of the various clans or tribes that she met .. It's her personal growth as a woman..It's very much a study of social life...though very similar to today in a sense that not everyone is accepted in their social environment.... Overall I enjoyed the books very much....my big negative issue about all the books is that far too often the book is over descriptive...I get wanting to describe the environment but please....Ayla getting from point A to point B would take pages and pages and pages of geographic description not to mention the vegetation .. At times it was just too much...seem like authors like to publish BIG books and use a lot filler. I also enjoyed checking out the actual area online to see some of the real site that are well documented... Very interesting!!!!! I absolutely still enjoyed all the books and would recommend these books to anyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashlen Taylor

    I found Auel's writing style to be pretty annoying. She repeats herself to the point of ridiculous and the amount of descriptive language, particularly that describing the setting, can go on for pages. You'll have just finished eight pages detailing the tundra region and then up pops virtually the same environment a few pages on and she starts prattling on about low lying vegetation again. It was so hard to stop myself from skipping large chunks of these pretty sizeable novels. Having said this, I found Auel's writing style to be pretty annoying. She repeats herself to the point of ridiculous and the amount of descriptive language, particularly that describing the setting, can go on for pages. You'll have just finished eight pages detailing the tundra region and then up pops virtually the same environment a few pages on and she starts prattling on about low lying vegetation again. It was so hard to stop myself from skipping large chunks of these pretty sizeable novels. Having said this, I've read the entire Earth's Children series and largely enjoyed it. These books are barely disguised soft porn (I've learnt some pretty creative names for a woman's vagina) but they are well researched. I found them to be a really interesting insight into some theories behind the fall of the neanderthal man and the subsequent rise of cro-magnon. So, I say persevere.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Cox

    so far so good. I read the rest of the series and find it fasicnating. You can almost believe that this was the way people lived back in the early days of humankind. I especially love the strong female characters. These books also bring me closer to my Mom who passed in 1999, they were a favorite of hers also.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Awesome books! I've been reading these authors books for yrs!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat Sh

    These books left me with opposing feelings on many occasions. On the one hand, I was thrilled with how thoroughly researched they were and with the way in which all that new to me information was presnted; on the other hand, I sometimes felt like scanning ahead by many, many pages because it was information overload. I felt that way about the charcters, too. Sometometimes realistically drawn, sometimes over-drawn. The first two books were the best for me; the others seemed to be milking good ide These books left me with opposing feelings on many occasions. On the one hand, I was thrilled with how thoroughly researched they were and with the way in which all that new to me information was presnted; on the other hand, I sometimes felt like scanning ahead by many, many pages because it was information overload. I felt that way about the charcters, too. Sometometimes realistically drawn, sometimes over-drawn. The first two books were the best for me; the others seemed to be milking good ideas to stretch the storyline. Still, worth the investment of time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    If you're going to read the Earth's Children series, I personally recommend you just stick with Clan of the Cave bear, but if you absolutely insist on going further, I feel that the first four (out of six books) are the best in the series. Things could drag on a bit in the third and fourth books but we still had plenty of good storylines, things don't really get bad until Book 5. So do yourself a favor and if you want to maintain fond memories of this series, stop with book 4.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Strelow

    Great if you're interested in anthropology, human ecology, culture, societies. Entertaining.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    I really enjoyed those books. They gave an incredible insight into live thousands of years ago without being dry or boring at all. They were vivid like any good novel. I have to say, I liked the first one best.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dena Gregoire

    Great series. Engaging page turners each and every one of them!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miles

    EXCELLENT SERIES HOWEVER BEGAN TO GET REPETITIVE.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Loved the first book the most. The series got a little slow, but still educational and interesting!! Great play on history and the premise is great.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Robinson

    If there were a 10th star, I'd mark it. It's such a great series and even better after reading it the second time around. The only downside is the exhaustive description of the landscape and botany.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Sneed

    Enjoyed my time with the Clan; adult only.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Really a good series. I have never read these before and enjoy taking my time and reading them in between book club books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    Great, just great. I read them all when they first came out, in the 70's.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sazja Sears

    I rate full 5 stars for the first 2 books, and less than 3 stars for the last 2 books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laureen

    The first one is amazing. After that, they get a bit cheesier, but Valley of Horses and Mammoth Hunters are still enjoyable. Definitely the first one is worth reading

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kay Ellicott

    Excellent reading! Enjoy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Finlay

    Good fun. Page turners.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Asursomi

    Historical fiction that comes to mind continually as archeology and science report on a newly discovered aspect of the previous Homo Sapien condition. I'd read that Jean had embarked on extensive research, especially in the Urals. Sometimes.seems more historical fact than fiction. How differently the Flatheads and Others developed and survived is fascinating reading, to be sure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ayla is probably my favorite female character. She is strong, smart and spiritual. The books are long, and the later ones (there is a fifth not listed, Shelters of Stone) at times get too detailed and wordy. Almost too much repetitive description of the landscape. I believe she was trying to get the reader to really "feel" the different geographic areas - but it was a bit of overkill. As for the main characters, as I said Ayla is a strong,capable woman who faces many dangers, be it from a clan me Ayla is probably my favorite female character. She is strong, smart and spiritual. The books are long, and the later ones (there is a fifth not listed, Shelters of Stone) at times get too detailed and wordy. Almost too much repetitive description of the landscape. I believe she was trying to get the reader to really "feel" the different geographic areas - but it was a bit of overkill. As for the main characters, as I said Ayla is a strong,capable woman who faces many dangers, be it from a clan member or creature. She is a "cro-magnon", one of the "others" as the clan calls them. She is found by "the clan of the cave bear" after her parents were killed and she barely escaped from the clutches of a saber toothed tiger. The clan's medicine woman adopts her and teaches her the ways of medicine woman. Each book takes you on Ayla's next adventure, picking up where the last one left off. The second finds Ayla alone, having left the clan, fending for herself. The book also introduces Ayla's true love, Jondolar (and the first "other" such as herself that she meets) and their paths intercept about midway through. The third book, the Mammoth Hunters, is the beginning of their journey together back to Jondolar's people. Along the way their journey brings them into contact with new tribes/groups or they pass by tribes/groups Jondolar met on his journey towards Ayla's valley. The Plains of Passage continues their journey and they meet more people/groups, some of whom are not very nice and are dangerous. They deal with all sorts of issues along the way. While Ayla is an other, she was raised by the clan and understands their language, while speaking the language of the others with an "accent". This makes her different and interesting to the 'others'. There is conflict and prejudice between the two groups (clan and others), even though both have similar traditions and beliefs. In many ways, man is still the same today. I recommend this series if you are willing to jump into a lot of reading and you like a strong female character. And the love between Ayla and Jondolar - it is tested time and again and they prevail. The author, Jean M. Auel, does a lot of research into prehistoric man prior to writing each book. It is not only a novel about Ayla & Jondolar, it is a lesson about the two trees of humanity and how one thrived while the other dwindled. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Enjoy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jhoy

    My first 'pre-history' books. I read them in the library or borrowed them from the library really, during my last three years of high school and the possibly during the next 4 years before I left the country. I'm not sure. It was so long ago. But I do know that I owned one of the books before I left and got another book ever so often after that. Oh, for those of you who don't know. The story is centered around a woman. The name her adoptive clan gives her is Ayla. She is a toddler of about 5-7 y My first 'pre-history' books. I read them in the library or borrowed them from the library really, during my last three years of high school and the possibly during the next 4 years before I left the country. I'm not sure. It was so long ago. But I do know that I owned one of the books before I left and got another book ever so often after that. Oh, for those of you who don't know. The story is centered around a woman. The name her adoptive clan gives her is Ayla. She is a toddler of about 5-7 years of age at the time she is found by and taken in by her new clan. They are Neanderthals while she is Cro-Magnon. This leads to us finding out and learning about a host of differences between 'them' and her and in turn 'us'. I think this is what got most of us who read the first book hooked into the series. I liked all of them, but I can understand how so many people didn't like 'The Valley of the Horses' and 'Passage of the Plains'. It was just her or just her and one other person for most of the story and she didn't really seek out drama for them. The world just turned and you sat there next to them as they watched the sun set. In the other two, there are clans and tribes people and different dynamics that gave you places to look and look out for things. And in a way, this could have been seen as her way of making you read the other books, but I just saw it as the progression of the story. We knew mostly what was coming. We may not have expected the books to be as large as they were, but this lady loves her details and loves to share them. This is one thing I keep trying to do, but I have given up trying to come close to her level of descriptive details. As it stands, I haven't read these books in about 20 years, and they kinda felt old to me when I first found them. And when I looked them up online, I found out that there are others. The story continued and I think I knew that, but I think I was just expecting one more book. I think she has at least two others. So my reading and collecting aren't complete and this is a set, that I'm thinking of continuing, will be in paperback.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Astudillo

    The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is about Ayla, the protagonist, who is an orphaned child who seeks refuge with a tribe of prehistoric humans who regard her as a different, unwanted, and deformed girl. After a huge earthquake her family and tribe were all killed, leaving her alone at a young age. She forages on her own and becomes friends with a wolf, and a horse. She eventually stumbles upon a tribe who reluctantly take her in. She gets taken in by the Clan of Neanderthals and she is s The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is about Ayla, the protagonist, who is an orphaned child who seeks refuge with a tribe of prehistoric humans who regard her as a different, unwanted, and deformed girl. After a huge earthquake her family and tribe were all killed, leaving her alone at a young age. She forages on her own and becomes friends with a wolf, and a horse. She eventually stumbles upon a tribe who reluctantly take her in. She gets taken in by the Clan of Neanderthals and she is so very different these members. To them she is ugly. She is blond, blue-eye, and different. Iza cannot leave Ayla to die and she argues to have her stay. Iza, the medicine woman, and Creb, the old Mog-ur(shaman/spirtual healer), grow to love her as their own. Ayla learns the ways of healing and acts like a tomboy which is frowned upon. Most of the tribe members grow accustomed to her except one who sees her differences as a threat. And he happens to be their next leader. Hatred grows within him because Ayla is smart, creative, and independent. She defies the clan tradition by acting male by hunting, befriending wild animals, and exploring the wild. Eventually, she meets Jondalar who is traveling and visiting her clan. There is a mutual admiration and respect for each other. The love story begins. The genre is historical (Prehistoric) fiction. The setting takes place in Europe. Running topics include Cro-Magnons, Neanderthals, Prehistoric people, Clans, Loss of innocence. Ayla is a long needed role model for women. Mesmerized by her character I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sadness enveloped when this book came to an end. I wanted the story to go on.....and it does! The Valley of the Horses is the next book to read. There are some adult rated scenes. DO NOT watch the movie it does NOT do this book justice. Target audience 11th-12th grade.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christian Adam

    Simply wonderful. As Ayla escapes her tormentor in her clan by being chased out for having used a weapon (forbidden to women, by Clan law), she goes through a phase of self discovery. Her heart was torn by the loss of her son, a half-breed, she was forced to abandon to his father, who had banished her as soon as he became Clan Chief, despising her for her strength and her independence, because he feared her amazing ability to adapt and survive against all odds, even though she lacked the genetic Simply wonderful. As Ayla escapes her tormentor in her clan by being chased out for having used a weapon (forbidden to women, by Clan law), she goes through a phase of self discovery. Her heart was torn by the loss of her son, a half-breed, she was forced to abandon to his father, who had banished her as soon as he became Clan Chief, despising her for her strength and her independence, because he feared her amazing ability to adapt and survive against all odds, even though she lacked the genetically inherited memories and wisdom of the forefathers of the Clan. Armed with her sling, the knowledge of medicinal herbs imparted to her by her adoptive mother, she does what she does best; she hides, observes nature, learns, and adapts in order to survive. Throughout those books she makes friends of all kinds. First of the Animal kind, saving a baby tiger and caring for him and raising him until he is fully grown and she can ride him on hunts for game. Then befriending a mare and later her foal. The little troupe travels through prehistorical land that came to be know hundreds of thousands of years later as France. She meets for the first time, a Neanderthal man,Jondalaar, one of her own kind. He was tall blond and blue eyed like her. She had only known the short stocky and dark haired Cro-magnon Man before and saw herself as a freak, too tall with strange eye and hair color, handicapped by her lack of genetic memories. Jondalaar is the revelation she needed to gain self-respect. Their journey through Europe is just beginning. Every tool, ornament, every trade and activity described is historically true and based on factual research by jean Auel. A great series of books for mid-schoolers and students of history. Fascinating to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is an absolutely amazing series that is based in the caveman-era of our history and follows the lead character, Ayla, through many difficult -- and often dangerous -- times in her life. Starting in early childhood, when she is orphaned by an earthquake and then subsequently adopted by a family of 'cavemen,' as it were, Ayla leads a very troubled life. She is of a different race, one more similar in appearance to today's humans than the ape-like neanderthals who take her in. Because of these This is an absolutely amazing series that is based in the caveman-era of our history and follows the lead character, Ayla, through many difficult -- and often dangerous -- times in her life. Starting in early childhood, when she is orphaned by an earthquake and then subsequently adopted by a family of 'cavemen,' as it were, Ayla leads a very troubled life. She is of a different race, one more similar in appearance to today's humans than the ape-like neanderthals who take her in. Because of these physical differences, she is set apart from the others, and always feels as though she is abnormal and a lesser creature than those around her. The society is an extremely patriarchal one, and as she grows, she begins to resist these teachings, wanting to grow and stretch beyond the typical capacity of the 'normal' members of her family. Her surroundings are described in vivid detail, including a vast number of plants and animals that she learns about as a part of her training to take over as the medicine woman of the camp she belongs to. Also described are the day-to-day minutiae of the tribe's movements, their language, their hunting techniques, and the intricacies of the relationships between mates, the children and their parents, the leader and the rest of the group, and the males and females within the group at large. Ultimately, this series is an excellent read, one I would highly recommend to anyone seeking an in-depth read that will captivate you from the first word to the last, and leave you wanting for more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Agn

    Ayla's story is amazing. I read "Clan of the Cave Bear" when it was first published and the others as soon as they came out. Auel is a good writer who has done extensive research into the time period in which her story is set. For the most part, I couldn't put down these books. I could have done without the repetitive sex scenes, as I don't feel they added much to the story except for a few that were integral to Ayla's development as a woman. I cried right along with Ayla when Iza died, when she Ayla's story is amazing. I read "Clan of the Cave Bear" when it was first published and the others as soon as they came out. Auel is a good writer who has done extensive research into the time period in which her story is set. For the most part, I couldn't put down these books. I could have done without the repetitive sex scenes, as I don't feel they added much to the story except for a few that were integral to Ayla's development as a woman. I cried right along with Ayla when Iza died, when she had to leave Durc behind, and when Creb died. I for one did not find the flora and fauna descriptions to be tedious. Remember that Ayla was a medicine woman from a very respected line. The way she cataloged and recognized plants was part of who she was. Without her diagnostic and healing skills, she would not have survived on her own, and she never would have saved Jondalar, thus ending the story shortly after she was cursed with death. I just finished Shelters of Stone. For some reason, I was under the impression that Ms. Auel had passed away some years ago and I did not know that there was another book in the series. Imagine my surprise and elation when I discovered my assumption was wrong!

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