"The Land of Painted Caves" is the final audiobook in the six-volume Earth's Children series written by Jean M. Auel. Since the publication of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" in 1980, Auel's books have sold over 50 million copies.
"This audiobook is Auel at her finest. She brings an enormous love of archeology and a vast amount of research into the story of Ayla and Jondalar as they travel into the Zelandoni Territory during the Ice-Age.
Prehistoric European Ayla has become one of the most respected and beloved heroines in modern literature, having won the hearts of readers and listeners worldwide with her remarkable intelligence, her intuition, her fierce independence and deep wisdom on her journey from childhood to a more mature adulthood.
In "The Land of the Painted Caves Audiobook," Ayla and Jondalar experience the birth of their own child after a long journey back to Jondalar's tribe. Ayla, being an outsider, is not so readily accepted by these people so different from any she has ever known. Jondalar, too, had been a popular young male with many of the females of his old tribe, and some are, quite understandably, reluctant to accept his being the mate to someone so far removed from the Zelandoni.
In this audiobook, listeners will visit the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla's new family takes her to see. Auel is able to bring, through her rich description and immense knowledge, the artistic beauty of ancient cave paintings, remarkable art featuring mammoths, rhinoceros, deer, bison, bear, lions and scenes from the ice-age. To prepare for this final book, Auel was allowed to explore the cave region in France and does a superb job of bringing them to the listener as only she can do.
"The Land of the Painted Caves" is available for a quick and easy download. The unabridged version is narrated by Sandra Burr and will give listeners nearly 35 hours of listening pleasure, making it one of the best bargains in audiobooks.