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The Shelters of Stone

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jean M. Auel

Narrated By: Sandra Burr

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 33 hours 24 minutes


In this triumphant volume, the courageous Ayla and her beloved Jondalar, along with their animal friends Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, have completed their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii. These people of the Ninth Cave fascinate Ayla, and in their spiritual leader - the woman who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure - she finds a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge. But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for their formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla's unfamiliar ways and her relationship with the Clan, openly opposing her union with Jondalar. Now Ayla must call on all her wisdom and instincts to find her place in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide on the role she is to play in shaping the destiny of the Zelandonii. Fifth in the acclaimed Earth's Children® series


  • Peggy Gross

    I enjoy all of Ms Auel's books. I have always been fascinated by the pains she takes in her research. She tends to go overboard with her graphic and meticulous descriptions of sexual encounters and every day surroundings. In my opinion it gets in the way of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Wonda P.

    I really enjoyed her books. Even though the last 2 books , Ayla's voice is different I found it didn't change the story or her character. I read some of the reviews on the last 2 books. A lot of them were negative mostly about Ayla's voice. I don't feel that way. I love all the books.

  • Heather W.

    I did not like how ayla' s accent changed between this book and it was harder to just relax into the story

  • Louise N

    This wasn't as good as the previous books. Over kill on the sex scenes. The Narrator is fantastic but I didn't like that Ayla suddenly had a different accent than the previous books. I found it annoying. One really needs to listen or read to the books in sequence.


    The first 3 in the series had great story lines and character development. The last 3, including this one, were not up to the standard the first 3 set.

  • Anonymous

    Since I ALWAYS love Jean Auel (and have read this book in print) I am probably biased but I find her novels to be thought provoking and extremely addictive. Once I start, I don't want to stop until the last chapter is done! I slight problem since most of her books are marathoners...

  • Dewey Stevens

    I started out enjoying the series. About halfway thru Plains of Passage I started fast forwarding to skip repeated information, and in Shelters of Stone... oh my, the book would probably be half as long if the repeats were omitted. Tedious.

  • Gabi

    excellent excellent continuation of the story, what else is there to say?

  • Missymoo

    I did read this book when it first came out and I too thought it was on the boring side compared with the previous three. Listening to it instead of reading it made it way, way better. I'm really enjoying it.

  • Anonymous

    This is not my favorite in the series. It seems that Auel was searching for events to develop the plot and I did not really have the same intense desire in listening. It certainly seemed that Auel developed Ayla as a god and no one was close to her in knowledge and/or abilities. I still enjoyed the history and was glad that Ayla had finally reached her goal. The Earth's Children series was excellent.

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