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. Download and start listening now!
"The Land of Painted Caves" is the final novel 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 book 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" 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.
This unabridged version of "The Land of the Painted Caves" is narrated by Sandra Burr and will give listeners nearly 35 hours of listening enjoyment.