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THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel (1980)
Read by . .: Saundra Burr
Publisher .: Brilliance Audio (1986)
ISBN . . . : ISBN-10: 159086087x; ISBN-13: 978-1590860878
Format . . : MP3. From 17 CD's (20 hrs), 172 tracks, 778 MB
Bitrate . .: ~90 kbps (iTunes 8, VBR, mono, 44kHz)
Genre . . .: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
The massively popular book that began the Earth's Children series.
I could not find a decent torrent of this audiobook (several bad ones), so made my own after my honey expressed an interest.
- The Clan of the Cave Bear, 1980
- The Valley of Horses, 1982
- The Mammoth Hunters, 1985
- The Plains of Passage, 1990
- The Shelters of Stone, 2002
(Auel is still working on the final book planned in the series, and according to web posts by her son is in negotiations to do a seventh work as a series finale.)
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(Personal note: subsequent books continue the great story, but the writing style grows increasingly annoying with contrivances and endless flashbacks. Maybe it's that Jean wants to make sure that readers who have not read, or forgotten, a previous book, understand every reference and nuance, but if every sequence that begins with "Ayla remembered..." was removed, the books would be about 1/3 shorter, and twice as enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, they are great books which I enjoyed, but the author seems to feel the need to (re)(re)pound points, associations and descriptions to death.
Like when you want to make a point, or explain a connection someone has made, and really make sure everyone gets what you're talking about, you'd repeat yourself, with slight variations, until you were sure that everyone knew exactly what you meant, then you could continue, sure in the knowledge that you'd have made yourself perfectly clear, expressing yourself as lucidly as you could, so that everyone could understand you, and relate the simple connection that something in the present reminded you of something in the past, going into detail of past and present events, so that even those with learning disabilities could appreciate the otherwise obvious association.
Anyone else had this thought more than a few times? "OK, I get it already!" This is one case where I was glad to read the books (back when they were published), as skimming/skipping the parts written for those with amnesia, or precious few brain cells, was easy. One that always cracked me up (from 2nd book): "But Ayla was not a lion mother, she was human." Glad we got that cleared up.
I do not plan to upload any other books in the series - there are decent torrents out there for them.
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Jean Marie Auel is an American writer, best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her books have sold 34 million copies world-wide in many translations.
The Clan of the Cave Bear was nominated for numerous literary awards, including an American Booksellers Association nomination for best first novel.
The Clan of the Cave Bear is a historical fiction novel about prehistoric times set somewhat before the extinction of the Neanderthal race after 600,000 years as a species, and at least 10-15,000 years after 'Homo sapiens' remains are documented and dated in Europe as a viable second human species. It is the first book in the Earth's Children book series which is a purpose-built and written multi-book serial novel, that investigates the possibilities and some likely interactions of Neanderthal and modern Cro-Magnon humans living near each other at the same time.
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From BrillianceAudio.com (audio sample available there):
A remarkable epic of one woman's odyssey--filled with mystery and magic. Here is the saga of a people who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear; how they lived; the animals they hunted; the great totems they revered. But mostly it is the story of Ayla, the girl they found and raised, who was not like them. To the Clan, her fair looks make her different--ugly. And she has odd ways: she laughs, she cries, she has the ability to speak. But even more, she struggles to be true to herself and, with her advanced intelligence, is curious about the world around her. Although Ayla is clearly a member of the Others, she is nurtured by her adoptive parents, befriended by members of the Clan, and gradually accepted into the family circle. But there are those who would cast her out for her strange, threatening ways. So the conflict between the ancient Clan, bound by heredity to its traditions, and the girl in its midst, of a newer breed destined to alter the face of earth, could never be resolved. And it is this same struggle that leads Ayla to venture where no Clan woman has ever dared. Driven by destiny and a will to survive, Ayla breaks the forbidden taboo...