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I was very disappointed in Rowena for changing her pronounciation of Zelandonii. In Valley of the Horses, it was established that it was pronounced Zelandonyee, but in this book (where it's repeated a hundred times!) she changes it to Zelandonee-eye. Soooo frustrating. There were a few other things that got on my nerves: The River she pronounces as Thee River, more often than not. I think this is more an error on Jean's part, though. It is extremely distracting and very unnecessary. This is the last book I care for in the series. The final book is not to my taste at all and I have no desire to purchase the audible version, having already read the printed version.
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Well.. I've been binge listening to these books for some months now and I love the first two. But the 3rd and this was rather mediocre. A lot of repetition and not much really happening. If I had something else in mind to read I'd end the series here as I don't expect the next one to be any better. But I don't have anything else in mind and it's grown into a routine so why not just finish it..? mixed feelings about this one and at times my thoughts wandered some were else as the book didn't really catch my attention as much as I'd preferred. Don't get me wrong; I love the world and the personalities, and I'll use my credit to give the last book a chance.
Would you listen to The Shelters of Stone again? Why?
I could listen to this story so many times. Having already read it, but now finding reading difficult due to failing eyesight, I have rediscovered these old friends anew and am delighting in the pleasure of the stories.
What other book might you compare The Shelters of Stone to, and why?
In my view there is no other book which can compare with this. The whole Clan of the Cave Bear Saga is a one-off and is so delightful in its development in the life of the young woman, Ayla.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
My favourite scene was when Ayla and Jondalar finally reached the land of the Zelandoni and she met Jondalar's family, at long last becoming a respected person in her own right.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could not stop listening to this, and unfortunately fell asleep on several occasions so that I had to rewind. In order to rectify this, I resorted to listening while in the bath - a most leisurely and much recommended way to have a long soak in a bath.
Any additional comments?
One of the best series of stories to have been produced in the modern day.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It’s nice to know what happens as Ayla and Jondalar reach the end of their journey, but I can’t help but feel we have heard the story of how she found the horses, found jondalar, trained wolf, introducing wolf a gazillion times. Hopefully the final book has a bit more storyline!
I couldn’t finish this one. Loved it at least liked the previous books but there was so much repetition in this one, it drove me crazy. I hear it’s worse in the next. Because it’s an audiobook it’s not possible to skim these parts. How sad this series went downhill like this.
I have loved this series since I was a teenager and was looking forward to enjoying the audio book.
The narrator has a lovely voice, however I cannot get past the suddenly different pronunciations of some words, and complete mis-reading of other names.
Makes it hard to be immersed when pronunciations are changed, the characters names being misread will only annoy if you know the story.
Story wise, this book is one of the weakest of the series. But that doesn't make it any less interesting