Earth's Children

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 257 ratings

The Clan of the Cave Bear Publisher's Summary

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
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  • Book 1

    • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    • Earth's Children, Book 1
    • Written by: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    • By Dianne Dul on 2018-09-25

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

  • Book 2

    • The Valley of Horses

    • Earth's Children, Book 2
    • Written by: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Valley of Horses

    • By Dianne Dul on 2018-09-25

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

  • Book 3

    • The Mammoth Hunters

    • Earth's Children, Book 3
    • Written by: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 31 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Mammoth Hunter s

    • By Dianne Dul on 2018-10-15

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

  • Book 4

    • The Plains of Passage

    • Earth's Children, Book 4
    • Written by: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 32 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 26

    Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So sorry this story ended!!

    • By Deborah McNair on 2019-02-12

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

  • Book 5

    • The Shelters of Stone

    • Earth's Children, Book 5
    • Written by: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 33 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • what is with the accent !?

    • By Shyla Richards on 2018-12-06

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

  • Book 6

    • The Land of Painted Caves

    • Earth's Children, Book 6
    • Written by: Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • meh

    • By Shyla Richards on 2019-02-21

    Price: CDN$ 37.58