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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Imaginative, exciting." ( The New York Times Book Review)"Jean Auel has performed a minor miracle." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
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By cindy on 11-22-09

huge, epic and educational

the best value on this website. The reading is fabulous, the story long and engaging and most importantly, EDUCATIONAL!!! Yes, there are things here that will make you think "no way."....but then that fleeting moment is gone, caught up in some twist of the plot or some insight that the author has made about culture at the time, and off you go again. Highest recommendation. Now, if I could only locate the rest of this series on this website! [=

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By Dan on 02-13-11

Riveting

This book is one of those that once you start reading you don't want to put down. Chapter after chapter has new and interesting things happening between the people and culture of the clan and the Girl Ayla from the others. Highly recommended reading.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-23-12

Love, love, love

And love this story. Bet series ever. You have got to read it, it will make you mad and sad, happy, excited, shocked.

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By Claire on 02-28-09

Needs Pruning!

I enjoyed some parts of this book very much. There is lots of interest, action and plot movement, the beginning is good, and the end is excellent. However I was very irritated by the amount of repetition and reiteration. I don?t normally buy abridged books as I love detail and description, but I did feel that this is one book that would benefit from sharper editing.

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