Summary Ayla and Jondalar travel to his homeland.Oh, you wanted me to be a bitspecific Okay.Summary Ayla and Jondalar head out to his homeland because while Ayla is supposed to sacrifice her newfound family, the Mamutoi, Jondalar can whine and complain to get what he wants They stumble upon Mammoths having sex, the Sharmudoi and the Ramudoi who almost immediately induct Ayla into their clan, a group of Femi Nazis aka, what many conservatives think Feminists are , a couple of Clan pe Summary Ayla and Jondalar travel to his homeland.Oh, you wanted me to be a bitspecific Okay.Summary Ayla and Jondalar head out to his homeland because while Ayla is supposed to sacrifice her newfound family, the Mamutoi, Jondalar can whine and complain to get what he wants They stumble upon Mammoths having sex, the Sharmudoi and the Ramudoi who almost immediately induct Ayla into their clan, a group of Femi Nazis aka, what many conservatives think Feminists are , a couple of Clan people, the Losadunai, and Jondalar s sister s people whoever the hell they are In the meantime, Ayla and Jondalar cross rivers, have lots of sex, chase after their damn animals, and talk about where babies come from actually, it s Jondalar doing a lot of the wondering where babies come from Ayla must have FINALLY come to grips with it.NOTE I listened to this on audiobook and am a super lazy person, so I am not even bothering with getting all the new names of peoples and places correct.This book is a perfect example of what happens when you write a novel and don t have a plot to fill it The book becomes just a volume of people going here and there, bumping into random tribes for the hell of it, and studying in excruciatingly textbook detail the flora, fauna, and biosphere.In some ways, this book is actually an improvement over the in my opinion dismal Mammoth Hunters We don t have any stupid Big Misunderstandings, we get to meet a lot of new peoples and customs, and journey stories are some of my favorites That said, this book is something that I definitely couldn t call Mammoth Hunters and that is BORING.Journey stories are inherently tough and not everyone is going to like them I think a good journey story isthan just Character X has to get to Point B A good journey story will have the CHARACTER undergo a change, some sort of trial, in the midst of the external journey By the time the character reaches the end of the journey, something should have been learned, characters should grow, knowledge should be gained.None of that happens in this journey At the end of the book, Ayla and Jondalar are the same vapid, 1 Dimensional Mary Sue and Marty Stu they were when they started this book Ayla is perfect in every way every man wants to tumble in the furs with her, she is the most gorgeous woman ANYONE has ever seen and EVERYONE will let you know it , everything she does is perfect and wonderful, she can win over people who hate the Clan and anyone associated with it, she can heal a rape victim with a few sympathetic words, she can save a village from Femi Nazis but come out without having shed ANY blood, she teaches people how to sew a skill that apparently NO ONE ELSE is capable of learning , and she can get ANY tribe to almost immediately want to have her join their clan If Ayla has a flaw, it is the I don t realize how beautiful I am curse yes, even after all this time with Jondalar and the bajillion men saying how gorgeous she is, Ayla still thinks she is Big and Ugly Or the I have to save someone no matter the cost but don t worry unlike in Clan of the Cave Bear where Ayla wasn t able to save someone, Ayla never has that problem here Both of them are Mary Sue checkmarks in my book.What makes Aylairritating in my book isn t her Mary Sue qualities although, damn, they were enough to make me want to hit something What makes me upset is how Ayla falls for the trap so many novels featuring a female protagonist fall for Ayla gives up EVERYTHING for Jondalar She even jokes, Well, I belong to you, don t I image error This sort of I can t live without a man behavior needs to stop YESTERDAY I am sick and tired of reading about a woman who subjects herself to a man and lets him make all the decisions And Ayla, who is a strong, independent, competent woman, has done that She wanted to stay with the Mamutoi, her adopted people But Jondalar whined so she left with him for HIS people She wanted to stay with the Ramudoi and the Shamudoi, but again, Jondalar whined and Ayla followed him Time and again, Ayla wants one thing and Jondalar complains He usually gets his way the only exception is with the animals why can t Ayla have that same stubborn attitude in other things , and Ayla is the one who has to suffer.But is Jondalar ever shown to be the bad guy Does Ayla ever hate him because he always gets what he wants Of course not We can t have conflict in these unbelievably perfect, nonexistent people We can t have Jondalar and Ayla fight about going back to his home because that s what he wants Then Ayla and Jondalar wouldn t be a Mary Sue and Marty Stu and we CAN T have psuedo realistic people in this book.Jondalar is the same meathead from Valley of the Horses withequipment in his underwear than personality You could say that he does change in this book, that he goes from cringing about Flatheads to acknowledging the Clan people as being humans But that conflict was pretty much resolved last book with his Big Fight with Ayla To me, Jondalar is a whiny b tch I don t exactly know what Ayla likes about him his job seems to be complain about how slow their progress is, have great sex with Ayla uh, doesn t this WASTE time that could be spent traveling , and get captured The ONLY scene in this ENTIRE SERIES so far that has shown why Ayla could like him is a scene early on where Jondalar picks some berries for Ayla and gives them to her For once, Jondalar takes some time to think of what Ayla wants, goes out of his way to get it, and gives it to her selflessly And even though I don t like Jondalar as a character, this scene was legitimately sweet, and the ONLY time I ve ever felt ANY chemistry romance between the two.As for other characters, there are so many and they appear so infrequently, I couldn t keep them straight Further, they come in two classes those that love Ayla and Jondalar immediately and those that don t and have to be won over with a few choice words from our Mary Sue Who cares what their names are, if they are basically the same character from that clan a few hundred pages ago The same goes for the multiple tribes of people we see There are some duplicates from Valley the Shamudoi and the Ramudoi , but honestly, with the way all the tribes immediately love Ayla and Jondalar, there is nothing that makes them stand out I had hoped forexcitement as Jondalar met some of these people back in Valley , but nope, it is all an Ayla brag fest Let me show you my spear throwerLet me show you my thread puller ZOMG, Ayla, you totally rock Join our tribe, pretty, pretty please It would have been muchinteresting had Ayla and Jondalar spenttime with just a few, instead of hopping along like they did.And here is where I get into one of my other pet peeves about this book the repetition Oh My God.It is positively un frakkin believable how much repetition is in this book Everything from the last three books is repeated numerous times Here are just a few items that Auel repeats constantly Where do babies come from discussionsAyla and Jondalar having sexBodily functions Ayla s moontime , people taking a crap or p1ss Inventions Ayla or Jondalar have madeSomeone mentioning Ayla s strange accentPeople who almost immediately adore AylaRepeating Ayla or Jondalar s storySomeone being in awe of the tamed animalsSomeone being surprised at how good with kids Wolf isAnd this is only just a sampling There is a LOT of repetition in this book At one point, you just want to scream, ENOUGH ALREADY Another problem that Auel continues to have is mistaking research for story Now, I appreciate all the research she has done in these novels to make them realistic I just don t want to READ that research when I am in the middle of a story It s bad enough when Jondalar and Ayla are journeying, and Auel plunks down a huge textbook description of glaciology But it is even WORSE when our Perfect Couple are in the middle of what is supposed to be an intense scene such as being in the middle of the Femi Nazi camp , and they stop to trade secrets on making ceramics no, I am not kidding or have long conversations explaining every last detail of a character s backstory again, not kidding , all the while diffusing ANY tension from having Ayla and Jondalar in enemy camp This is FICTION fiction benefits from good research, but research thrown into the story DOES NOT make a good story.I need to take the time to talk about one of the worst plots in this book During their year long journey and, damn, does it feel like a year long journey for me , Whinny is kidnapped by wild horses no, I am not joking Ayla and Jondalar go after her after spending WAAAAAAY too much time talking about what they will and will not take As they try to rescue her, Jondalar is kidnapped by the Wolf Sisters, aka the Femi Nazis He is thrown into a holding area, not fed, treated with disdain, etc and Ayla must save the day.I absolutely hate this scene Not only because Attaroa, the leader of the Femi Nazis, is lamest leader ever I still have NO CLUE why ANYONE followed her, especially since it seemed like NO ONE liked her , but also because this Femi Nazi seems to say, You are right women can t be trusted to lead Only men can lead Uh, excuse me Wasn t this supposed to be an empowering novel about how great and awesome and respected women are I m certainly not seeing it In fact, every time I turn around, I see oneinstance of where a woman is brought down to build up a man And, lemme tell you, I hate it.Auel could have made a nice, poignant, SUBTLE case against patriarchy, but instead, it comes off as support for male dominance Women can t lead they would only throw men in a concentration like camp Women can t lead they are crazy and can t unite people and can t be focused It s disgusting and revolting, and this was THE WORST PART of the book for me.The ONLY good thing from this whole debacle was the comparison of Attaroa and Ayla s backstories and a glimpse of what Ayla might have become Of course, much of it was undermined by the Men Women And the totally Deus Ex Machina ending which I totally predicted.And, because I haven t dedicated near enough time to it, the sex Jondalar and Ayla have sex A LOT They are ALWAYS in the mood to have sex even when Jondalar is b tching about how slow their progress is , and their sex is almost ALWAYS the same sex scene with the same purply prose Jondalar does this, Ayla screams that, blah, blah, blah I have never read sex scenes that wereboring orunsexy If I could have skipped them on my audiobook, I would have.Oh and if human sex isn t your thing, don t worry the book basically opens to Mammoths having sex Yeah, that was what was missing from the last three booksNOT This book was so boring I really had to push myself to finish it particularly past the atrocious Femi Nazi parts Sure, there was stuff that wasn t as bad as Mammoth Hunters , but there were other parts that just made me want to do physical damage.And because I love you guys so muchhere are some choice quotes from the book Enjoy With a great overflowing burst, they felt a release that matched the fiery sun in its glowing flame as it shot its last bright rays into the valley and dropped behind the dark and rolling clouds outlined in burnished gold While Jondalar is going for a p ss Ayla was standing in shimmering water up to her knees, in a beam of sunlight coming through an opening in the trees, bathing in brilliance that lighted her hair into a golden halo and gleamed off the bare, tanned skin of her supple bodyfor a moment, his strong feelings of love for her overpowered him She looked at himsawa familiar, compelling look in his intense blue eyes, then noticed the shape of his manhood changing The medicine woman could not have said that she had administered a drug that inhibited the parasympathetic nervous system and paralyzed the nerve endings Ayla started to call Wolf then hesitated As usual, he had lifted his leg in the bushes She had taught him to go outside of dwellings, but not to use special places The smell and the buzzing flies made its purpose obvious, but the sunlight shining through the trees and the sound of birds made it a pleasant place to linger when she found herself moving her bowels as well She saw a pile of dried moss on the ground nearby and guessed its use It was not at all scratchy and quite absorbent While on the edge of a cliff The bulge in his groin, felt through the thicknesses of fur lined winter parkas, seemed warm, and his lips on hers gave her an indescribable sense of wanting him never to stop When looking down a cliff edge Jondalar felt the familiar tightening in his groin as he stared down at the steep drop off Though she didn t call certain diseases deficiency diseases or have a name for the vitamins and trace minerals the herbs contained or even know exactly how they worked, she carried them with her in her medicine bag and she regularly made them in the teas they drank though she did know they were beneficial and had a good idea of when and how to use them Jondalar, considering babies for the billionth time Could it happen so fast Thonalan spent only one night with her Was his spirit so potent Or if Ayla is right, could Thonalan have started a baby growing inside Felonia with the essence of his mandhood that night Jondalar, again Whatever it is, a man s spirit or the essence of his manhood, Thonalan has proved the strength of his But what about me Is my essence or spirit potent enough to make babies If you take Jondalar for a hot soak, it will relax the strength right out of his manhood And it may take a couple of hours before it can stand up again Ayla to Jondalar, grinning Well, I belong to you, don t I Ayla expelled her breath explosively 4 STARSAnother fabulous saga from Jean Auel s Earth s Children series I m really enjoying my trek across ancient Europe with Ayla and Jondalar, long as it may be And I never dreamed I d learn so much about glaciers Even though a good bit of this story took place between Ayla and Jondalar, alone as they made their way back to Jondalar s homeland, they did encounter several groups of people along the way Some good and some not so good But the two managed to get even closer to each other, and 4 STARSAnother fabulous saga from Jean Auel s Earth s Children series I m really enjoying my trek across ancient Europe with Ayla and Jondalar, long as it may be And I never dreamed I d learn so much about glaciers Even though a good bit of this story took place between Ayla and Jondalar, alone as they made their way back to Jondalar s homeland, they did encounter several groups of people along the way Some good and some not so good But the two managed to get even closer to each other, and come to depend on each other in ways they had not done so before Also, they depended on their animals, and supported them throughout their journey I have a feeling that some serious issues are soon to follow, when they finally reach the land of the Zelandonii Like Ayla s acceptance I hope Jondalar is strong enough to stand up for the woman he loves Especially against his own people Looking forward to book 5 Normally I don t bother with reviews but I decided this time I would I give this book 4 stars because despite so much repetition it was still a good read and I am eagerly getting to the next one After I read the last book and read some quite funny reviews about how often things were mentioned like we d forget I decided to keep a tally list for this book for some of the most frequently mentioned things Enjoy.7 x we are told Ayla can control whinny with her muscles in her legs.8 x we get long Normally I don t bother with reviews but I decided this time I would I give this book 4 stars because despite so much repetition it was still a good read and I am eagerly getting to the next one After I read the last book and read some quite funny reviews about how often things were mentioned like we d forget I decided to keep a tally list for this book for some of the most frequently mentioned things Enjoy.7 x we are told Ayla can control whinny with her muscles in her legs.8 x we get long descriptions of trees.7 x we are told how subtle clan language, nuances etc.14 x we are reminded of the terrible pain Jondalar feels for Thonalon5 x we are told of Ayla s staggeringly beautiful smile.10 whole scenes of pleasures Urgh.9 x we are told Ayla perfectly mimics animal sounds.9 x we are told Ayla left Durc behind.7 x we are told Ayla is cursed.10 x we are told that babies come from a man s organ.And probably the two of my least favourite repititions throughout the series 22 x we are told of Ayla s strange accent.A whopping 29 x we are told that Jondalar s eyes are blue My goodness you d think no one ever had blue eyes Very fun read none the less This is the beginning of the decline in the series for me My favorite book in the series is the Mammoth Hunters and I consider it the apex of the series This is a good story as they are traveling through the world back to France and spreading all this new knowledge to people.There were several times I wanted them to just settle down and live with several peoples I thought the Glacier was a thrilling scene The scene with the horse people who had enslaved all the men and the women were ruling This is the beginning of the decline in the series for me My favorite book in the series is the Mammoth Hunters and I consider it the apex of the series This is a good story as they are traveling through the world back to France and spreading all this new knowledge to people.There were several times I wanted them to just settle down and live with several peoples I thought the Glacier was a thrilling scene The scene with the horse people who had enslaved all the men and the women were ruling was weird and could have been cut This story is very long and I think a bit bloated Again, she has been writing the same sex scenes for 2 books now and they are simply boring at this point It s all the same really.The series is worth reading and it s a great story told I m still at the very, very beginning of the book, but see that one little star That s because the book essentially opens with an extremely graphic mammoth sex scene.Oh, Jeanwhat am I going to do with you Okay, good I liked this one slightly better than the last one Ayla and Jondalar have kissed and made up and are on their way back to his home in Zelandonii They meet some people, have some laughs, do it in the bushes, and show everyone they meet how awesome they are Also Ayla s superwoman transformation is complete The girl can learn languages almost immediately, control horses and wolves, she practically invented fire, sewing needles, is a master at her weapons of choice the sling, she ca Okay, good I liked this one slightly better than the last one Ayla and Jondalar have kissed and made up and are on their way back to his home in Zelandonii They meet some people, have some laughs, do it in the bushes, and show everyone they meet how awesome they are Also Ayla s superwoman transformation is complete The girl can learn languages almost immediately, control horses and wolves, she practically invented fire, sewing needles, is a master at her weapons of choice the sling, she can imitate animals, is a doctor pharmacologist botanist, she is absolutely stunning and all men desire her but of course she is humble and a dynamo in the sack, she is super strong and highly observant due to her clan upbringing I know I am forgetting something Oh Ayla, you obviously have me under some twisted spell I only have onebook and I am through with you I get it The struggle of the longest journey The challenge came once I read it for the 3rd time yes I love the series that much.then I realized I had to skip over 10 chapters, 13 23 as I flipped and scanned it was all a tedious and meticulous description of the landscape The same animals that roamed the stepps, from mammoths, to horses onagers, aurochs, deer, and mouflon, etc I enjoyed the natural geographic studies of these sections, as I would anybut I d already read it in the I get it The struggle of the longest journey The challenge came once I read it for the 3rd time yes I love the series that much.then I realized I had to skip over 10 chapters, 13 23 as I flipped and scanned it was all a tedious and meticulous description of the landscape The same animals that roamed the stepps, from mammoths, to horses onagers, aurochs, deer, and mouflon, etc I enjoyed the natural geographic studies of these sections, as I would anybut I d already read it in the first three books and several times already in this one Although I agree with most people on the redundant quality of the descriptions presented here, I have to admit, it was necessary I mean, Ayla and Jonadalar were just as tired of traveling as the reader was It was needed to relate to the next book, to be ready to settle into a hearth Just finished this book, for the um teenth time, and about to start page one of The Shelters of Stone Jean M Auel s enthralling Earth s Children series has become a literary phenomenon, beloved by readers around the world In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey away from the welcoming hearths of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand and some will threaten them But Ayla, with no memory of her own people, and Jondalar, with a hunger to return to his, are impelled by their own deep drives to continue their trek across the spectacular heart of an unmapped world to find that place they can both call home Thebooks are published in this series, the less magical the life of Ayla and Jondalar becomes to me First of all I have the feeling that whole text passages are just copy pasted from a previous book s into this one, because in my opinion there is a lot of repetition These books are quite unique, and therefore it is not neccessary to repeat so much It is disturbing the reading process and has no use no book at least not one that I read or heard of looks like these There s no cha Thebooks are published in this series, the less magical the life of Ayla and Jondalar becomes to me First of all I have the feeling that whole text passages are just copy pasted from a previous book s into this one, because in my opinion there is a lot of repetition These books are quite unique, and therefore it is not neccessary to repeat so much It is disturbing the reading process and has no use no book at least not one that I read or heard of looks like these There s no chance that one could mistake Ayla s journey with another main character s journey Apart from that, once you got into the books, there s no way that you could forget the main stream plot Here and there a detail will get lost, but not the overall picture.It is a pity to me that the author choose to do so Or, if Auel chose different words or scenes and did not repeat this many times, it may be the translators I still wanted to know what happened to Ayla, so I kept on reading Not so eagerly as before though Next in my reread of this series, and this is where I intended to stop I think I will go on with Shelters of Stone though, because I just don t feel done yet I will have to see how I feel about the final, dreaded book though.I loved this one again, even if it is the travel book Jean has a tendency to info dump, something I didn t even know the meaning of ten years ago I still enjoy these, even without them really moving the plot forward Mostly I looked forward to when Ayla and Jondalar we Next in my reread of this series, and this is where I intended to stop I think I will go on with Shelters of Stone though, because I just don t feel done yet I will have to see how I feel about the final, dreaded book though.I loved this one again, even if it is the travel book Jean has a tendency to info dump, something I didn t even know the meaning of ten years ago I still enjoy these, even without them really moving the plot forward Mostly I looked forward to when Ayla and Jondalar were among other people, and the unexpected encounters there These books follow a formulathan I realized too, but there is an odd comfort in that.I m going to add this is the first book I ve read on my new Kindle Paperwhite, and I ve got to say I did like the new backlight and generally feel of the Kindle It usesbattery than my old one, even in Airplane mode though that s the only disappointing thing I m going to leave my old review down the bottom here too, to show the passage of time You get some real revelations in this one, the travelling book of the series Jondalar and Ayla learnabout their world and the people within it For many years, this was it This was where I ended the series in the wait for a new book, and I think I was content with that I ll have to read this again to get full details for my review, but I adored this series, so hopefully you do too