The Plains Of Passage: Earth's Children, Book Four

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The Plains Of Passage: Earth's Children, Book Four

by Jean M. Auel

Random House Publishing Group | October 1, 1991 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Plains Of Passage: Earth's Children, Book Four is rated 4.4545 out of 5 by 11.
Jean M. Auel’s enthralling Earth’s Children® series has become a literary phenomenon, beloved by readers around the world. In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla.

With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearths of The Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers.

Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf; others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand; and some will threaten them. But Ayla, with no memory of her own people, and Jondalar, with a hunger to return to his, are impelled by their own deep drives to continue their trek across the spectacular heart of an unmapped world to find that place they can both call home.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 912 pages, 6.9 × 4.19 × 1.47 in

Published: October 1, 1991

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553289411

ISBN - 13: 9780553289411

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overachiever The beginning was really slow but it really started picking fast a little bit before half way. I still love Jean M. Auel's books and I can't wait to read the 5th one and then her (in the process of writing) 6th. I would recommend this series to anybody who loves well written literature ;-)
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great continuation... Ayla and Jondalar's story continues in the 4th book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series. The book is about their journey back to Jondalar's people, so a great deal of this novel is the pair travelling. It is still a great book, but it gets a little repetitive and tiring when nothing happens for awhile. However, the book redeems itself in an interesting plot twist. Highly recommended series to historical fiction fans.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent... Despite a few reviews that describe it as "long winded" and even (gasp!) a little boring, this has actually been my favorite book so far. Sweeping, vivid landscapes and intense character development coupled with new people (including a new villain named Attaroa, who I enjoyed) and fascinating new tales combine to make this a memorable and intense reading experience. I am looking forward to the Shelters of Stone!
Date published: 2007-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly long winded, but another great tale Ayla and Jondalar have finally set out on their journey. Although this book is slightly long winded and has a little too much description about the landscape, this novel is yet another great book in the series. As Ayla and Jondalar struggle to get home to the Zelandoni, many can relate to Ayla's loss at leaving her home, and the struggle to survive as they battle the elements. They will meet many struggles along the way, including some that leave the question hanging, will they ever get home? The fourth in the series, this book is great if you've read and enjoyed the others, although this is more of a journey book, whereas books 1-3 and 5 are more richly filled with other characters.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good I really like all of her books so far and I love books that are really long and I can't finish in a few hours like I usually do, but this was just too long. There were way too many detailed descriptions of landscape, etc. I love all four books and would recommend them to others, as long as they don't mind a little too much detail, but I hope the next one has less detail. Also, I read the reviews for the next book and some think it's the worst yet and some think it's the best. I don't think it's possible for Jean Auel to write a really horrible book, they're just overly descriptive.
Date published: 2003-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plains of Passage I have read the whole series of Clan of the Cave Bear. I could not put the books down. I loved all the deatails and have even tried some new herbal teas based on what they were using in the books. I can't wait until the 5th book comes out. In the mean time I am going to introduce this series to my children and my neice and nephew.
Date published: 2001-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plains of Passage I recently bought the Clan of the Cave Bear series at a used book store. I couldn't put them down. As soon as I finished one I was right into the next and found to my disappointment that the 5th one isn't out yet. These books are EXCELLENT!!! I would recommend to anyone to read them.
Date published: 2001-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still interesting but too many descriptions I enjoyed this fourth novel, but less than the three previous ones. Too many long landscape descriptions. However, author Jean Auel definitely knows how to create a suspense. I too look forward to reading her fifth book, hoping that she will give us less pages with more substance. I sent the three first books to an uncle in Germany; he recently asked that I send him Plains of Passage. Obviously, the novel has some merit.
Date published: 2000-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is an interesting and well-written and well-researched book! A real pleasure to read!
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent Excellent This was incredible. Speaking of all the books. I just finished this one. It was so exciting to read what they were going through, and all the different things happening. Encountering people, some that accepted them and some who didn't. I was so excited to finish the book, but I didn't want it to end. I am really looking forward to the fifth one.
Date published: 2000-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can anyone answer this?? Has anyone heard anything on Jean Auel's 5th book from the Childrens Earth Series? Anxiously awaiting to curl up with Ayla and Jondalar. If anyone has any info.... please drop a line.... thanks *smile*
Date published: 1999-06-19

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The Plains Of Passage: Earth's Children, Book Four

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 912 pages, 6.9 × 4.19 × 1.47 in

Published: October 1, 1991

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553289411

ISBN - 13: 9780553289411

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The woman caught a glimpse of movement through the dusty haze ahead and wondered if it was the wolf she had seen loping in front of them earlier. She glanced at her companion with a worried frown, then looked for the wolf again, straining to see through the blowing dust. "Jondalar Look!" she said, pointing ahead. Toward her left, the vague outlines of several conical tents could just be seen through the dry, gritty wind. The wolf was stalking some two-legged creatures that had begun to materialize out of the dusty air, carrying spears limed directly at them. "I think we''ve reached the river, but I don''t think we''re the only ones who wanted to camp there, Ayla," the man said, pulling on the lead rein to halt his horse. The woman signaled her horse to a stop by tightening a thigh muscle, exerting a subtle pressure that was so reflexive she didn''t even think of it as controlling the animal. Ayla heard a menacing growl from deep in the wolf''s throat and saw that his posture had shifted from a defensive stance to an aggressive one. He was ready to attack! She whistled, a sharp, distinctive sound that resembled a bird call, though not from a bird anyone had ever heard. The wolf gave up his stealthy pursuit and bounded toward the woman astride the horse. "Wolf, stay close!" she said, signaling with her hand at the same time. The wolf trotted beside the dun yellow mare as the woman and man on horseback slowly approached the people standing between t
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From the Publisher

Jean M. Auel’s enthralling Earth’s Children® series has become a literary phenomenon, beloved by readers around the world. In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla.

With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearths of The Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers.

Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf; others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand; and some will threaten them. But Ayla, with no memory of her own people, and Jondalar, with a hunger to return to his, are impelled by their own deep drives to continue their trek across the spectacular heart of an unmapped world to find that place they can both call home.

From the Jacket

"Pure entertainment at its sublime, wholly exhilarating, best... Auel, a superb raconteur, has crafted a consistently engaging adventure story with a solid historical underpinning."
-- Los Angeles Times

"Thrilling... This magical book is rich in details of all kinds... but it it the depth of the characters' emotional lives... that gives the novel such a stranglehold."
--Cosmopolitan

“Gripping.”
--Boston Sunday Herald

About the Author

Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth''s Children® series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government''s Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters". She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.

From Our Editors

Returning to humankind's earliest days, the fourth novel in the Earth's Children series. Courageous heroine Ayla and companion Jondalar leave the Mammoth Hunters and travel into the dark, spectacular lands of an unmapped world--always driven to reach a place that they can finally call home

Editorial Reviews

"Pure entertainment at its sublime, wholly exhilarating, best... Auel, a superb raconteur, has crafted a consistently engaging adventure story with a solid historical underpinning."
-- Los Angeles Times

"Thrilling... This magical book is rich in details of all kinds... but it it the depth of the characters'' emotional lives... that gives the novel such a stranglehold."
--Cosmopolitan

“Gripping.”
--Boston Sunday Herald
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