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The Plains of Passage

by Jean M. Auel

Crown Publishing Group | November 27, 2001 | Hardcover

The Plains of Passage is rated 4.4545 out of 5 by 11.
Ayla, the heroine first introduced in The Clan of the Cave Bear, is known and loved by millions of readers. Now, in The Plains of Passage, Ayla’s story continues.

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. The mystery surrounding the woman, who speaks with a strange accent and talks to animals with their own sounds, is heightened by her uncanny control of a large, powerful wolf. The tall, yellow-haired man who rides by her side is also held in awe, not only for the magnificent stallion he commands, but also for his skill as a crafter of stone tools, and for the new weapon he devises, the spear-thrower.

In the course of their cross-continental odyssey, Ayla and Jondalar encounter both savage enemies and brave friends. Together they learn that the vast and unknown world can be difficult and treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful and enlightening as well. All the pain and pleasure bring them closer to their ultimate destination, for the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar must reach that place on earth they can call home.

As sweeping and spectacular as the land she creates, Jean M. Auel’s The Plains of Passage is an astonishing novel of discovery, danger, and love, a triumph for one of the world’s most original and popular authors.

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 27, 2001

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609611003

ISBN - 13: 9780609611005

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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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

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 27, 2001

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609611003

ISBN - 13: 9780609611005

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Ayla, the heroine first introduced in The Clan of the Cave Bear, is known and loved by millions of readers. Now, in The Plains of Passage, Ayla’s story continues.

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. The mystery surrounding the woman, who speaks with a strange accent and talks to animals with their own sounds, is heightened by her uncanny control of a large, powerful wolf. The tall, yellow-haired man who rides by her side is also held in awe, not only for the magnificent stallion he commands, but also for his skill as a crafter of stone tools, and for the new weapon he devises, the spear-thrower.

In the course of their cross-continental odyssey, Ayla and Jondalar encounter both savage enemies and brave friends. Together they learn that the vast and unknown world can be difficult and treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful and enlightening as well. All the pain and pleasure bring them closer to their ultimate destination, for the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar must reach that place on earth they can call home.

As sweeping and spectacular as the land she creates, Jean M. Auel’s The Plains of Passage is an astonishing novel of discovery, danger, and love, a triumph for one of the world’s most original and popular authors.

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



From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

JEAN M. AUEL’s Earth’s Children® series includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, and the forthcoming The Shelters of Stone. She and her husband, Ray, live in Oregon, where she is working on the sixth volume of the series.

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



From the Paperback edition.
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