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The Clan of the Cave Bear

Earth's Children, Book 1
Auteur(s): Jean M. Auel
Narrateur(s): Sandra Burr
Série: Earth's Children, Livre 1
Durée: 22 h et 17 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (141 évaluations)

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Description

Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them.

Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

First in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series

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

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Imaginative, exciting." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Jean Auel has performed a minor miracle." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

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Racism, patchy writing, and trigger warning: rape

I would probably have liked this book a lot more if I'd read it as an early teen. By the time I was over about 16, I think the extremely dubious biology errors would have put me off somewhat. And as a full adult I can also see a lot of innate racism embedded in the book, intended or not, and find it harder to overlook the author's very patchy writing style too.

First of all, it's the story of a blonde, blue-eyed homo sapiens child who loses her family and clan in an earthquake and is rescued and raised by the eponymous clan of homo neanderthalis. She is described as stronger, taller, smarter, and (to the reader) clearly prettier also than all the poor primitive neanderthals, and through the book manages to invent or deduce a highly improbable number of inventions/discoveries from better hunting techniques to genetic theory. The author's choice to specifically make her a blonde, blue eyed Aryan ideal and repeatedly call this out in contrast to the neanderthals consistently described as short, dark, and primitive is unpleasant, whatever the conscious intentions were.

The biology ranges between questionable and ludicrous. I could manage to suspend disbelief at the highly dubious and unlikely claims that neanderthals have some kind of inherited genetic tribal memory so they're all born with the memories of their ancestors, but at one point the author states that neanderthals have reached a point where they stopped learning new things because it would make the race's heads even bigger if they kept learning more, and therefore babies would be harder to give birth to. THAT'S NOT HOW THIS WORKS.

And then the author's writing style overall is very annoying. She alternates between stream-of-consciousness type writing from the characters' point of view, which sounds like patronizing baby talk, and weird forced exposition interjections where she dumps technical details she's clearly gleaned from the research papers and books she read. Stuff about occipital lobe developments and geological data and species differentiation, etc. Yeah, it's great you did all that background research before writing the book, but it didn't need to be decanted into the novel in quite such detail and at such random times.

I hear there's hot caveman sex in the sequel (also our amazing blonde protagonist continues to invent everything short of the automobile) but I'm not sure I can bring myself to read any more of the trilogy. There was no hot caveman sex in this book, but trigger warning for rape scenes.

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The Clan of the Cave Bear

Great book, loved it, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. #Audible1 for your listening pleasure

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Pretty Good Series

A very good series. Entertaining, but a few impossible concepts, like fully taming wild animals in only one generation. Well written. I started this series partly because I remembered my grandma reading them ( she was an avid reader). #audible1

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Odd but compelling

A strange mix of scientific and mystical. would certainly recommend to anyone interested in stories of the stone age.

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Love this series!!

I love these books and the last line in this book is so... well you gotta read to know what I mean. didn't love the voice that read the book but certainly didn't detract from the story. highly recommend.

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Loved it! Wheres the next book??

it was a long one. luckily I have plenty of time to listen when I'm at work. Looking forward to the next book.

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Great story

Really enjoyed the story, very different to the usual book I might pick up. The narrator's voice took some getting used to but by the end of 22 hours you were used to it! Overall, very good, would recommend.

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An Awesome Adventure!

Every good as reading the book! The character development is engaging and compelling. The audio book was excellently read. Author's level of descriptive detail could have been boring... but surprisingly it wasn't!
LOVED IT!!!!

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Holy crap this is a good book.

I read it 10 years ago and now I listened to it while I walk Crap almighty this is a good book., a great book. The best damn book.

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Best book!!

I read the whole series of books a long time ago and the audible version was just as good as I remembered but I could listen while driving and doing a few other things because I couldn’t put it down.

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  • Marie Baron
  • 2017-08-03

excellent interpretation if the book

I've always loved this book. Sandra Burr's reading was great ! I coups not stopped listening to it. it is good there are following books!

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  • nolagal
  • 2014-07-28

Production and Narration didn't quite ruin it

Would you try another book from Jean M. Auel and/or Sandra Burr?

Yes to Auel. Maybe to Burr. I'm not sure she's the problem. The production was terrible

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clan of the Cave Bear?

When Brun recognizes Ayla as someone more than just a girl

What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

Her voice was slightly clipped and monotone BUT though she wasn't the best narrator the main problem was the changing production. Every few chapters the pitch would change and he sound would be less clean. Also you could hear the pages of the book being turned and it often sounded as if the narrator had her lips ON the mike. It almost sounded like it was recorded on a scratchy 45rpm

Was The Clan of the Cave Bear worth the listening time?

Absolutely. It's one of my favorite novels

Any additional comments?

I love this book. I've read it dozens of times. I can quickly immerse myself in the Clans world and am thoroughly invested in every character. Even though the audio for this book is shameful I still enjoyed it. I really hope the publisher decides to rerecord it. This book deserves the best.

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  • Dorise
  • 2018-02-24

Audiobook performers voice is very nasal and annoying

I enjoyed reading the full series of Jean Auel's Earth Children series when they were first published yrs ago and thought i would enjoy the audiobook versions. This voice artists nasal tone and static pacing is so unpleasant to listen to as to make revisiting this beloved series auditorily painful. I love audiobooks, simply not enjoying this voice artist performance and i understand that may simply be personal preference

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  • ATX-LH
  • 2016-02-02

Best series I've read so far.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Clan of the Cave Bear to be better than the print version?

Yes, because Sandra Burr is a great narrator. She brought Ayla to life and really made the story captivating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ayla, because she is a survivor.

Have you listened to any of Sandra Burr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but would not hesitate to pick up another audio book narrated by her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I am PC gamer and instead of listening to the game, I listen to the audio book.

Any additional comments?

If you have not read/listen to this series, do yourself a favor and pick it up. I was hesitant about listening to tales of cave men and historical stuff so for the longest time I avoided the series. It was not until a coworker who press me into giving it a try that I was so happy I did. The story telling that the author weaved was absolutely entertaining. She made me care for Ayla and cheer for her. The only regret I have so far is that I waited so long to listen to this series.

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  • Terri
  • 2008-06-13

Clan of the Cave Bear

Jean Auel interacts early mankind with one of our own. The Pleistocene Ice Age is a grueling world to live in and all must learn to work together to survive.

A most superb tale of the different daily physical and mental roles between man and woman, their thought process and survival. How medicines were made, foods stored, tools and clothing designed all provided by nature. A hard life with joy and sorrow.

The book continuously picks up momentum and keeps one reading. Not simply a survival story as we know survivalist in our day in time but the story of lives. Humanity working together finding out the consequences of not working well together.

A myriad of logical emotion and strength. Although the narrator moves a bit quick for me it is an excellent listen. I will listen to it again.



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  • Heather Auer
  • 2013-09-08

The best of the books so far

Where does The Clan of the Cave Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to the first 4 books in this series, and the first book is definitely the best.

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  • Dan
  • 2011-02-13

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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  • B. Westman
  • 2008-08-14

Worth an annual read

I love this book. This is my third time through it, once reading and twice listening. Sandra Burr reads a little fast at times and some of the "voices" are not quite right, but this is still a very enjoyable edition of this most wonderful story. Sadly, Audible is missing the MIDDLE book of the five-book series. This one ranks right up there with the Outlander Series for me.

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  • cindy
  • 2009-11-22

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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  • N. Rogers
  • 2011-03-10

Better after 30-some years!

I read The Clan of Cave Bear when it first came out a very long time ago. I loved it and read it again a few years later. As each new book in the series became available, I bought and devoured them. None were as good as the original, but I relished the detail provided in each on natural history and different cultural practices. Of course, all of it is a fantasy. How realistic is it to attribute the domestication of animals and the inventions of so many technologies to one prehistoric young woman? But the books were all fun to read, and I enjoyed them on that level.

Having discovered that the final book in the Earth's Children series will be coming out at the end of March, I decided to listen to the original story of Ayla and the Neanderthals on my iPod, especially in light of new DNA evidence pointing to our genetic connection with them. I absolutely loved listening to the audiobook version of my old favorite! I went about my business, earphones on, for three days until I had finished it. Then I downloaded The Valley of Horses and continued Ayla's saga. My goal is to complete all books in this series before The Land of the Painted Caves is released. Hopefully audible will have it available.

The Clan of the Cave Bear is definitely the best of the series in terms of plot and character development. I recommend this audiobook highly and I'm looking forward to listening to Painted Caves! Ayla seems like an old friend and I have missed her between books.

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  • Sharon
  • 2008-09-11

Clan of the Cave Bear

This is, by far, one of my favorite series. It begins with "Clan of the Cave Bear." Jean Auel brings us a detailed and wonderful saga, a poignant story that goes right to the heart. Like Beth, for me, it ranks up there with the "Outlander" Series by Diana Gabaldon. I do wish Audible would get the third book, "The Mammoth Hunters." It's weird to have a missing book, especially smack dab in the middle of the series.

Although the story is fantastic, I wish the narrator put a bit mroe emotion into the reading. At times, it was a bit stagnant. All in all, I enjoyed it very much and I'd certainly listen to it again.

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