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Jean Auel (The Mammoth Hunters / The Valley of Horses / The Shelters of Stone / Clan of the Cave Bear / Plains of Passage) Paperback – Box set, November, 1992

4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553628518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553628517
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert M. Duncan on January 23, 2008
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This is to say that the five books of the earth's children series is fantastic. Jean explores and annunciates the splendor of the ice age times. As you read you are drawn to the majesty of the people, the animals, and the landscape. You feel the breeze on your face as they do.
The only thing lacking in in the series is the sixth book which i have been waiting for and can not find any information about when it will come out. Also would have been nice to have had a another movie made of the series such as combining valley of the horses and the mammoth hunters together. But thats just my take on it.
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For me, Ayla is the most compellingly "human" heroine I've ever known.

I'm currently re-reading the sixth and final book, "Land of the Painted Caves" for the second time.

I've read the previous 5 three times each. Great storytelling! It's sad to know that this saga has finally come to an end.
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This is the ongoing fictional saga of a woman who bridged two cultures, the Cro-Magnon and the Neanderthal. Within its storyline, it provides hypothetical explainations for such earth shattering events as, flint/pyrite firestarting, clay kiln firing, soap lye, and the domestication of animals. It provides a well researched study of herbal lore and natural medicine. All of this, melding to encapsulate the reader and propel him 30,000 years into the human races past.
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Jean Auel is one in a million as writers go. She has done so much research on the time period that others would not have 'bothered' with. A very intelligent person who was able to create a wonderful story wrapped in the setting of 20 to 30 thousand years ago. She also brings in the lessons of now days, how even then people were very unkind to persons 'not like them'. Her knowledge of plants and herbs for both medicinal and foods as well as flavoring was wonderful. She is, in my opinion, the very best author I've ever read, and puts such human interactions with her 'players', as well as making them very human, having fear, love, hate as well as joy. I've read all 6 of her books for the fourth time, and although the 4th wasn't as good a story for my taste, I'd give her all the stars available. If she doesn't write another (although not a continuation of Earth's Children Series), I'll just have to read them all again !!!

Thank you, Jean Auel for your wonderful contribution. You are my favorite!

Sincerely,

Jeanette Snead
Petersburg, VA
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Each book flows into the next. Auel kindly worked in information from the previous books to remind us...or if you missed the previous books, to inform you...of details surrounding 'current' events. These books are a wonderful escape from every day life...and you learn so much while enjoying the fascinating journeys Ayla always finds herself embarking on!
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I loved the first one, then I liked the second one very much, the third one was ok, and then I began to loose interest, until I did not even finish The Painted Caves.
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Jean Auel's Earth's Children books keep you intrigued and makes it very hard to go to work or do house cleaning, since you do not want to put the books down!Clan of the Cave Bear has been made into a movie but even my husband would like the entire series to be made into movies, dvd's! The research that went into these books were very enlightening. Great details and very graphic imaging for the readers.
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My daughter and I both read this series and really enjoyed it. We plan on watching the movie next.
The first book was my favorite and I can't wait to compare the book to movie.
We both highly reccomend this series if you want to learn about cave men and hunter gatherer cross period.
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