The Shelters of Stone

The Shelters of Stone

Jean M. Auel / Nov 20, 2019

The Shelters of Stone The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar along with their animal friends Wolf Whinney and Racer complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar s people the Zelandon

  • Title: The Shelters of Stone
  • Author: Jean M. Auel
  • ISBN: 9780553382617
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar s people the Zelandonii The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone are a sourThe Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar s people the Zelandonii The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone are a source of wonder to her And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure , she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming Some fear Ayla s unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail based on meticulous research that makes her novels unique It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth s Children saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth s Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

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      • Jean M. Auel

        Jean M Auel, n e Jean Marie Untinen is an American author 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 As of 2010 her books have sold than 45 million copies worldwide, in many translations Auel attended University of Portland, and earned an MBA in 1976 She received honorary degrees from her alma mater, as well as the University of Maine and the Mount Vernon College for Women She and her husband, Ray Bernard Auel, have five children and live in Portland, Oregon.


    372 Comments

    1. A Prehistoric Clip ShowOkay, guys, that was really funny. Switching the novel with this fan fiction? Brilliant joke! You got me. Now, where's the real novel?UhTHIS is the novel?Summary: Ayla and Jondalar return to his home. Everyone loves Ayla; Ayla and Jondalar tie the knot; Ayla gives birth to the hellspawn and somehow her name sounds better than Twilight's Renesmee--but only just barely.Oh, yeah, and EVERY SINGLE STORY FROM THE LAST BOOK IS REPRINTED. So don't bother even READING the previous [...]


    2. I can't believe we had to wait 12 years for this book. It is a far cry from The Clan of the Cave Bear, which was captivating in its detail and character development. This book is in sore need of an editor. There is too much detailed description, and the pace moves incredibly slowly. Ayla is too perfect of a character, and the characters who don't like her are inevitably drunks or jealous bitches. I feel really committed to this series, since I really loved the first two books, and liked books 3 [...]


    3. Total Crap. Enough of "Pleasures" and discriptive scenes of ice age Europe. Some new information and a plot would have been great. The series has gone from one of my favorite books (Clan of the Cave Bear) to something I almost didn't finish. The series started crashing with "Plains of Passage" where Jondalar and Ayla "Pleasured" themselves across the continent while righing wrongs, curing injustice and improving life styles in their spare time. "Shelter" just bombed. Can't remember a single scen [...]


    4. Utter crap. Pretend the series ended with Plains of Passage and Ayla and Jondalar had a baby and lived happily ever after.


    5. Auel has written a beautiful saga about prehistoric man, and if I weren't so attached to her characters and their fate, I would have chucked this book long ago. Sadly, this is the worst of the five--mainly because it lacks plot and interest. Auel spends 200 pages on their first day with the Zelandoni, about 600 on the first month or so, then suddenly the last months whizz by in, maybe, 100 pages. She is redundant not only from her previous books, but within the book itself. She makes the same de [...]


    6. I couldn't wait for this book to end. Repetitive repetitive repetitive. Auel uses the same phrases and descriptions so many times throughout all five books that it drove me batty. How many formal introductions of the same characters do there have to be? How many times do you have to tell the story of how Ayla acquired her animals, found Jondalar, was raised by flatheads, etc. etc. etc. Did Auel really need to write out the really long mother song multiple times??? And the thing that drove me ins [...]


    7. hindsight being 20/20, I would have wished that Auel had spent an ADDITIONAL 12 years revising this book and gotten a better editor instead of dumping this horrible parody of our beloved Ayla on her fan kingdom. Not even a brief "thank you for your patience" on her dedication page to all of us who put her financial portfolio in the stratosphere these 20+ years. It apprears she took her loyal readers for granted in a big way. It's obvious from the writing that she doesn't care about her character [...]


    8. This book took me longer to read that the previous four books - not because it wasn't interesting to read. Rather, I didn't want the book to end. Certainly, this book has some "fill" that could have be cut but it doesn't distract from what is overall, a great read. Ayla and Jondalar cross a great glacier dividing northern Europe to return to Jondalars people who live in natural spacious stone caves. Ayla is accepted by his people, well most of them. Of course, there are a few flies in the ointme [...]


    9. 1. The Clan of the Cave Bear ★★★★★2. The Valley of Horses ★★★★★3. The Mammoth Hunters ★★★★4. The Plains of Passage ★★★★★5. The Shelters of Stone ★★★★★I was worried that this book would have more conflict. After reading the blurb I was scared it was gonna be more like The Mammoth Hunters, which was my least favourite in the series. But this book was great. I love it as much as the rest of them. But I am still looking forward to finally finishing thi [...]


    10. This book is not worth reading unless you fell in love with Ayla in Clan of the Cave Bear and Valley of the Horses and are desperate to find out how her story continues. Each installment in this series is weighted down with the retelling of all of the previous books in the series, plus all the description that Jean Auel heaps into her books, to the point that this monster advances Ayla's story by barely a year. Typically, the description of technology, biology, and landscape in the Earth's Child [...]


    11. I would have liked to like this one more since I waited so long for it, but it seems as if the author just get lazier each book. The research is amazing, but the plot, the characters, all of that fails more with each book.


    12. This is book 5 in a series I have been following since high school. The first was Clan Of The Cave Bear, followed by Valley Of The Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, Plains Of Passage, and now The Shelters Of Stone. In Clan Of The Cave Bear, I got hooked on the story of the main character, named Ayla. The books are set in prehistoric eras when people were still hunting with spears, living in caves and dodging mammoths on the way home. (what's the dark stuff between a mammoth's toe nails? Slow cavemen. [...]


    13. I ran out of books and my husband had bought this because he has a stronger constitution than I. I will save you the trouble of reading the whole book, here's the condensed version:Jondalar finally returns home to the Zelandonii, with Ayla at his side. Ayla is introduced to his family and friends and as she gets to know them they love her as much as every other soul on the planet does. Except, of course, the white trash and those ladies who want more of Jondalar's jondalar*. Although very annoyi [...]


    14. After finishing the doorstop "Plains of Passage" I was not looking forwards to reading this latest book in the saga (apparently there is one more to come but not yet published). Part of me was sort of hoping that it would be better than "Plains of Passage" and "The Mammoth Hunters", because finally Ayla and Jondalar have reached the place that was their goal since three books ago, and finally we might get a somewhat meatier plot. Unfortunately, it was trouble from the moment I read the Acknowled [...]


    15. After reading and liking Clan of the Cave Bear as a kid, all the vitriol against Auel's Shelters of Stone surprised me, and made me curious despite never having read the volumes in-between.While I agree with some criticisms, they don't spoil the book in my opinion. Ayla and Jondalar have silly scenes in and out of the sack, but they take up little page time. The story is slow, but doesn't drag so much as meander; Ayla learns about a new culture and meets new people, so the plot is character-base [...]


    16. What I find most amazing about this book is that Ayla somehow is managing to invent everything known to modern man. Fire, domesticated horses, dogs as pets, baby food, etcyou name it, and the perfect Ayla is doing it. It's too incredible to make the book seem real. And she's too perfect to make her seem like a real character. Not to mention, I am bored by the pages and pages of descriptive text about every plant, animal and cave dwelling Ayla comes across. WHERE IS THE PLOT!!?!?!??!I am more tha [...]


    17. Wow, that was an amazing book. Besides the first, it was definitely the best in the series. Throughout the whole book, but especially during the last few chapters, I really found myself thinking about the whole idea of discovery.During the whole series the main character, Ayla, is always figuring out new techniques and discovering new ideas and possibilities. She seems to be the only one who can figure these things out, although all of the characters (among them the Mamutoi, Zeladonii, and other [...]


    18. First read April 2009.Sometimes you just need some caveman politics, cultural studies, and soft-core porn to comfort you in rough times. Or at least I do. (Also? This book was the fifth in a buy-four-get-one-free at the library book sale.)Rereading February 2011 in anticipation of the last book in the series coming out this spring.This book does not need to be 800+ pages long! If only Auel didn't have Ayla tell and re-tell the same stories every time she meets a new character - stories that read [...]


    19. I was excited to read this when I borrowed it from the library. Valley of Horses has been one of my fave books for years and I have read it many times. I read the Mammoth Hunters and Plains of Passage quite a long time ago but I dont remember them being as bad as this bookTHING happens in this book. They arrive back at Jondalars home, they go to the Summer meeting, get mated (these two take FOREVER TO HAPPEN and then the rest is a few chapters at the end.), come home and she has a baby. THAT IS [...]


    20. Having read the whole series. book 1 ROCKED, book 2 was not bad book 3 was cheesy. book 4 was a bore, book 5 however seems to be getting back on track and is on par with book 2. Ms. Auel has this nasty habit of repeating everything so much that you have the feeling its to compensate for lack of inspiration. Lady, if we've gotten to book 5 all we need is a reminder (think flat heads) you don't have to tell us everything all over again, and DEFINITELY not more than once per book. That and between [...]


    21. This is a great book in the series.We got to learn more about the herbs and thier uses, we got to travel more and meet many new and interesting people with different cultures.I've enjoyed riding along on the Ayla and Jondular train, I find myself always rooting for them!Only bad thing about this book is knowing the author has left us fans hanging for too many years now to finally get to read the final conclusion of the series. Hopefully Jean M Auel will do right by Ayla, Jondular and her fans wh [...]


    22. Book on CD performed by Sandra BurrNOTE – if you have NOT read at least the first three books in the Earth’s Children series, this review might be considered a spoiler.Book number five in the Earth’s Children series continues the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar. They have finally arrived back at Jondalar’s home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave readily welcome Jondalar back from his five-year journey, and they even welcome his foreign companion. Ayla control [...]


    23. I debated writing this review. I loved the first three books in the Earth’s Children series, and I was quite fond of the fourth book, but I honestly had mixed feelings about this book, the fifth in the series. Jean Auel’s characters are lovable and interesting, as always, and I can appreciate the amount of research that went into the story, as well as her vivid descriptions, but there were also entire sections of the book that I struggled to get through (the first couple of chapters filled w [...]


    24. Let me first say that I read the earlier books of this series approximately 20 years ago. I remember really enjoying them. At that time, at least to me, they were very original and exciting. The only complaint I had was that Ayla was such an 'amazing' woman, that it wouldn't have shocked me if the author had her invent electricity, the automobile and the computer since she invented everything else known to mankind.However, reading this book now really made me wonder if they were as good as I tho [...]


    25. I'm torn about this book. I was very interested to see the Zelandonii through Ayla's eyes. I was excited to learn about a new prehistoric culture. I was happy Ayla and Jondalar resolved their "issues." I was interested to see if Jondalar's people would accept Ayla and how they would react to her story.I was really happy to get through The Plains of Passage, which I found intensely boring. I was ready for the next adventure!All that is in the book but blah. It fell flat. There is no dramatic tens [...]


    26. Meh. What can I say. The series certainly continued on a horrible downward spiral. But why oh why did I read all of it? It couldn;t have been simply compulsion to finish And why do I find myself thinking about the story and the setting so much, could it have been because I have read nearly 3,000 pages of it over two months of my life? Hmmm, perhaps I liked it a little bit, if only for the familiarity of characters i have gotten to know (and hate!) so well. I wouldnt recommend anyone to begin thi [...]


    27. I just couldn’t finish this book. There is a limit to how little plot and how much repetition and never-ending description a man can take… and I’ve reached mine big time here. Period. Nothing more to say.


    28. Drivel. Reads like a hastily filled in outline, thrown together during National Novel Writing Month, complete with shameless word padding. It's as if a completely different author took over.


    29. This novel is book five in the incredible Earth's Children Series.This is a series that really must be read in order.In this book, Ayla and Jondalar finally reunite with Jondalar's people, the people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii. They are completely different from any people Ayla has known before. They even make their homes in limestone cliffs! She is also happy to make a friend, a woman who has knowledge of healing herbs just as she does. Much to the dismay of some, Ayla and Jondalar des [...]


    30. Increíble leer como Ayla lucha por adaptarse a las costumbres de la tribu, aunque me falto la chispa del clan del oso cavernario


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