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The fifth book in the hugely successful Earth's Children series.
Ayla and Jondalar have reached home: the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as south-west France. Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii as well as much to teach them. Jondalar's family are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses. She is delighted when she meets Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of her people, a fellow healer with whom she can share her medicinal skills.
After the rigours and dangers that have characterised her extraordinary life, Ayla yearns for peace and tranquillity; to be Jondalar's mate and to have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored, and even as she gives birth to their eagerly-awaited child, she is coming to accept that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii.
©2002 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 AudioGO Ltd
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By Jessica on 12-08-13

I liked it but...

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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By marie on 06-29-17


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.

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By Sandy Suds on 07-20-15


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.

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By GoldenAspen on 10-31-17

Enjoyable, but starting to get very repetitive

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!

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By Katie on 01-08-18


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.

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By Jenna on 03-23-17

Love this book, but...

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

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