The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children #5)

The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children #5)

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The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children #5) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 612 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I like the Earth Children's series, I found this book disappointing. It's okay, very well-researched as usual. But the plot didn't move forward and it was repetitive. Everytime somebody explained something, the author repeated her words again and again. There are several loose ends. Hopefully, book 6 will be as good as the first ones, especially, number 1 (Clan of Cave Bear), which was superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Auel must have been paid by the page. She repeated herself so many times I thought maybe I was rereading pages. She must have been under a deadline to get this book in print. Who proofed this book? Did anyone notice after all the talk about introducing the fire stones at the summer meeting, it didn't happen and they were never mentioned again. This book was poorly written and a huge disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After waiting so long for the 5th book to come out, and reading and re-reading the first four books three times, I was so very disappointed in this installment. It seems like Jean Auel was just trying to fill a whole book when she was short of material by repeating the same stuff over and over again. I was more than halfway through this enormous book when I realized only about 7 days time had elapsed! It was all very predictable and there was none of the emotional conflict of the first four novels. I hope the next one will be more exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear, I never did get around to reading any of the sequels until this one. I had several problems with this book. One was that is was just too long when about half of it was the same scenes repeated over and over. For example, there must be 20 separate scenes where people are shocked by Ayla¿s pet wolf putting his paws on her shoulders and his teeth on her neck in an affectionate gesture. I mean once or twice, fine, but how many times can I read the same thing? There were also way too many repetitive descriptions of baskets, rocks, topography, flint knapping, the characters¿ formal names, etc. I skimmed through a lot of the book because it was just too tedious to read closely. Another problem (a big problem) was that although Ayla is just 19 years old in this book, the number of activities at which she is supposed to be proficient is ridiculous. In addition to being very well traveled, she is a superb hunter, tanner, healer, and cook. She figured out how to tame animals. She has great people skills. She is very kind, modest, and oh, did I forget to mention beautiful? Well, the book doesn¿t forget to mention it. I think it mentions her stunning beauty every other page. The sex scenes are laughable. They are so clumsily worded that it seems like they were thrown in after the rest of the book was already written. In addition to being more frequent than necessary, each scene is practically identical. The sex scenes add nothing whatsoever to the plot or character development. They are merely there because `sex sells¿. I am willing to suspend disbelief but this book just pushes it past all semblance of reason. If I weren¿t one of those people who can¿t NOT finish a book, I would surely have put this one down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is ok if you want to go into pornography, but as a novel it completely lacks character development and portrays a weak story. It has many sex scenes which are very very intimate. Why are there so many, that's what i want to ask! I'm in high school and they're at my school library, and a girl borrowed The Shelters of Stone once. I found its content shocking. Why would you write about sex so much? i mean a little is ok but this was horrible!!!!!!!!!!! 1 star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Did it really need 12 years for Ms Auel to regurgitate bits from the previous (and better) books of the series? How many times did the characters have to explain how Ayla a) had the animals b) grew up with the Clan c) came to have 'healing' magic. Enough already! More plot, please! Once you take out the tedious and repetitive description of the minutae of Cro-magnon life (like, soaproot - yeah, I get the picture.. in fact, I got the picture way back in 'Clan of the Cavebear', it's really not important enough to bear repeating in each and every single book, with at least 2 to 3 mentions per book!), the story is only focussed on the acceptance of Ayla by a new group of people - something that was handled perfectly in 'The Mammoth Hunters' but overkill in this book. Speaking of overkill, what is Auel trying to do to Ayla? Turn her into the Prehistoric Wonder Woman? Healer, Caller, linguistic prodigy, living memory bank, a latent empath, horse trainer and the first dog domesticator?? With a resume like that, I'm wondering if the 6th book is going to show Ayla to be the founder of Atlantis! Overall, I loved the whole series, I waited so long for this book and it was so disappointing. All I can say is that for book 6, I am so not paying hardcover prices for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for two reasons: I had read the others in the series, was going to order the last one, and the obsessive/compulsive in me needed to read the 5th; and despite the wooden characters and silly plot (what there was of it) and gratuitous sex scenes, I like anthropological research and detail Auel includes. It beats a dry anthropology text book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series, so far, and more than once. I expected more drama and was disappointed, as it seems, most everyone else was, too. I'm still waiting for the punch line story that follows and wonder if it will ever be written. We all need closure and the need to know where this wonderful character came from and who are HER people, and what happens to her son. And what happens if her children meet each other. Too many questions...not enough answers!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to books 1-4 and is currently listening to book 5. Book 5 is so boaring I can't beleive that it was written by the same author. It is an indepth cooking lesson or a how to novel.I thought there would be more jelosy and backstabing and some sort of betrayal even it was misunderstood.This book would make a good sleeping pill. I am so disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of Jean Auel's previous books and have reread them many times. I had anxiously awaited for this book and bought it as soon as it was out of press. And since then I have been trying to read it and have not passed from half of the pages. I find it too repetitive and with a very slow moving plot. It's a pity because there is a wealth of information about prehistoric man in Europe.
Sharon Croghan More than 1 year ago
glad i only barrowed it from the library - would be sorry to have paid for it. auel obviously was not inspired to write another book.
Madison56 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful as usual. I do wish the ebook had been more closely edited for errors, but it didnt dampen my enjoyment of the continuing saga of Ayla, Jondalar and the evolution of early man......after all, I will be purchasing a hardcopy for my library anyway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main characters lacked the depth which has been present in all of the previous novels. The plot was weak, and heavily padded with repetitive references within the story line, as well as situations from previous books that weighed down the story, rather than enhance and develop the plot. Select the format of choice carefully. The editing of the nookbook is incredibly poor, with errors on nearly every page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Characters lack the depth they displayed in earlier books. The book lacked direction. It focused on prehistoric elements of Man and his survival. Would have been useful if I needed to skin, store and prepare an animal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a more rambling , babbling , boreing book ever . I gave it up on chapter 15 , getting bored with the death of the hunter Shevonar , which happened in chapter 13 . Checking ahead , they were still dealing with the poor man in chapter 17 . This has taught me to read the Customer Reviews first , as many were quite critical .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every word in the previous books, this time I skipped entire sections! How many pages can one person write about clothes, customs, and caves. I kept reading, hoping something even vaguely reminiscent of the previous adventures would happen...it never did. What a boring read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I waited for 12 years for the sequel to arrive. I loved it, yet I was disappointed. I am amazed that Ms. Auel can put so much effort into writing about interpersonal conflicts when there is no evidence of such things every happening. It would have been much more interesting to read about efforts to make soap with the Zelandoni, weaving cloth with her mother in law, teaching everyone how to dye skins white, going to the ocean to gather salt or making the items Jondalar & Ayla invented on their journey with the rest of the Cave for trade, therefore increasing the wealth & status of the whole Ninth Cave. I know many people who loved Clan of the Cave Bear, but have stopped reading these books because of their increasingly soap opera-ish quality. I will read the finale of the Earth's Children series. The author will make a lot of money. It's just very disappointing to see how this will all end. With such a promising start, this series could have been SO much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored the 4 previous books. I was devastated year after year waiting for the 5th book to arrive. Now that it has, I'm still devastated. I felt the previous books were such an intense, intimate portrait of Ayla's and Jondalar's way of life. This book just does not draw me in the same way at all. I almost didn't finish this book when I read a passage where Jondalar and Ayla are discussing an old girlfriend of Jondalar's and he refers to her as the 'Beauty of the Bunch'. I thought they had problems understanding counting words and all of a sudden Jondalar is speaking in slang and knows what a 'bunch' is. I can only hope the last book reverts back to the writing style of the prior novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give it up, auel - you've lost your edge!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seems to be an ode to the author. She throws herself into the "Mother" or Doni role, repeating pages and pages of poetry that is part of the culture. And, if you did not get the emotional affect on Ayla the first time, it is brought up again... and again. Dare I say Ayla became a bit whiny at the end? I had looked forward to their return home, but the author focused more on habitat and less on the habits of people. All of this anger festering, but one does not get a sense of it until one rite? Boo. I'm a bit afraid to read #6 now.
Ariaelita More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Earth's Children series and loved them. This one is a little long winded in parts and could have been a much shorter book. My one very big problem with this E-book is that there doesn't appear to have been any proofreading done before it was released. If Barnes and Noble want the Nook to succeed, they really should check out these books before selling them. Several times I had to get a copy of the hardcover book, just to check what the word was supposed to be. Yes, it's that bad!!!
Grandmawkew More than 1 year ago
I found the books for the most part enjoyable. Unfortunately, as with the other Earth's Children books, I was again disappointed to find myself reading (and in the case of the current book, listening to) sexually explict details that should be saved for magazines sold only behind the counter. If not for these graphic passages, which add absolutely nothing to the story line, the books would be a delight to read. In fact, I can see the series being read by preteens and teens alike. The fictional books might even spur a kid's interest in history, geography or anthropology. Auel's books would merit a better rating but for the passages containing detailed sexual content randomly scattered throughout. Okay, some folks enjoy erotica and that's fine -- go to a porn bookstore to get your jollies. The Earth Children Series is a good read without adding gratuitous sex to the mix. So, how about some new editions sans the porno, please.
MagiV More than 1 year ago
So sad - I have all of this series in hard copy, but really wanted them on my new Nook, especially with the new Land of the Painted Caves coming out next month! I started reading at the beginning, and was immediately struck by how AWFUL the translation to eBook had been - NEVER occurred to me that B&N didn't get access to the electronic files which the printers use when printing up new books, right? - NEVER occurred to me these books were OCRed, which means that many times the words are incorrect or missing. There are formatting issues like italics where it does not belong, a sentence that runs right off the page of the Nook never wrapping around. Punctuation that was incorrect or completely missing. And, unlike the old classics, we have to PAY for this. I actually needed to use my hard copy to be sure of what I was reading - in each edition! I wrote a letter of disgust to B&N, and was told - in short, that my issues were being sent on to the publisher and when they made corrections, it would automatically be uploaded to my Nook - BUT, that I was not entitled to any kind of refund per B&N blah, blah, blah.... Very sad. I have many other books on my Nook that are 10 & 20 years old yet there are no "typos" in those books. Be warned!
gizm0girl More than 1 year ago
Shame the publisher didn't see fit to spell check the e-version. Even Ayla's son's name Durc was consistently spelled wrong. FAIL! As distracting as it was to interpret some of the inexplicable typos the story was great. For those who felt the plot was thin I'd say this book serves as a setup to the conclusion. Ayla's evolution is always fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a great addition to the series. However, the ebook version was full of typos. At least one per page. This was a big distraction and took away from the reading experience as I often had to use contect clues to figure out what was meant. Some typos were consistent throughout the book, i.e. "U" refplaced "li" in words like life and live (Ufe, Uve) same with "r" for "t" in time (rime)