The Clan of the Cave Bear (with Bonus Content): Earth's Children, Book One by Jean M. Auel

The Clan of the Cave Bear (with Bonus Content): Earth's Children, Book One

byJean M. Auel

Kobo ebook | October 6, 2010

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This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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, blond, 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.

This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• A preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves
• An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series
• A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series

Jean Auel was born on February 18, 1936. For many years Auel considered herself a closet poet, writing in her spare time. She came up with an idea for a short story about a girl who lives with people who are unlike her. This short-story idea became the successful novel, "The Clan of the Cave Bear." Auel's considerable research for the ...
Title:The Clan of the Cave Bear (with Bonus Content): Earth's Children, Book OneFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 6, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great prehistoric fiction! The quasi magic is a little much, but this book is wonderful. Thoroughly researched, and with compelling characters.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this series this book was suggested to me, and I loved it! I was hooked on it from the very beginning. I then went on to read all the others.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Novel Absolutely fantastic novel. Such a beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but good This was a very slow book and I'm normally not a fan of excruciatingly slow narrative, but with my adept skills at skipping long useless paragraphs, I really enjoyed the plot that was there. It was a fascinating concept and I liked the characters and their interactions with Ayla even if it did make me sad often. I went on to read the rest of the series and liked them less as they on but still wanting to know what Ayla would do next often kept me going.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series! I read the whole series 5 or 6 years ago and loved it. I am now ready to start reading them all again. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into I found this book a bit long winded and hard to get into....while the concept was interesting I thought that the book was much longer than it needed to be
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This is a good series, but it is a bit winded. A good read if you're looking to enter a world far before our own.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Reccommend! The Earth's Children series is fantastic! It's easy to get caught up in the epic saga that is Ayla's journey to find her people.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really Good Read it for the first time in high school. It was really good to read a book with a female lead
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I have really liked this book and probably one of the better books that I have read.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever This was probably one of the most resonant books I have ever read. It doesn't matter that it took place in prehistoric times, I related to the characters 100%. I understood the depth of emotions and reasoning that each character went through in each situation. Even characters that were impossible to like (Broud) had a motive that compelled them and you could understand(if not agree with) their actions. I have read and re-read this book so many times the cover fell off. Each time I read it I find a new aspect that I enjoy, from the unusual family dynamics, to the creation of tools and the love of healing or medicinal lore.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't grab me Tried a few times to get into the book, had to give up though
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't grab me Difficult for me to get into and after a few tries, had to give up
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book Very interesting and enjoyable. Brings the reader into a whole new world of adventure.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Clan of the Cave Bear I found this book to be okay.. it was a quick read for me and interesting reading about cave people and their lives, however I found a lot of it boring and highly unlikely. Ayla trains the first horse ever to ride in a matter of months? Yeah, okay. I do have all the other books in the series, which I'm sure I'll read in due course but that being said I would not put this in my top 5 series.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I was drawn into the story immediately and couldn't put it down. I am gifting this to 3 different people this Christmas to hopefully get them hooked too! Great adventure/survival story.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I am Immesnely in love with this book. I don't usually read these types of books so I'm a little surprised how much I actually enjoyed it. I read it in less than a month and read the second one in that timeframe as well. I just started the third in the series. The book is highly detailed and the plot kept my interest till the end. Very well written books. So good that the dork in me bought all these books, because one, I wanted them displayed on my bookcase and two, so I can read over and over again. That and I have to be honest, I hate library books and only resort to them when it's absolutely necessary.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The clan of the cave bear This is the third time i have read this book and i love it just as much as the first time. Well witten, detailed-without going overboard,and mesmerising. A classic that needs to be in everyones collection.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My review Excellent read. Highly detailed. Great plot. Couldn't put it down. Ayla is a force to be reckoned with.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cave Bear I loved this book! Ayla, a young girl separated from her parents by a tragedy. She grows up in a clan of people who are very different than she and to survive she must adapt. This is her story.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent and informative read. This is my third read of this book and enjoy it more each time I read it. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Clan of the Cave Bear The Earth's Children colection is my favorite
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Clan of the Cave Bear Excellent, near classic pre-historical novel. Enduring, endearing characters move through majestic landscapes, physical and emotional.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Super reading , on to the next book in the series
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cave Bear I read this series 30 years ago. It truly stands the test of time. Well written excellent characters and great plot that pulls you in from the first page. Warning once you start this journey you will want to take it all the way to the end, of all 6 books. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the ride:-)
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cave Bear I was immensely impressed with Jean Auels research skills for this book. She goes into such detail about herbs, plant life, animals and customs for the time period of which she writes. Absolutely thought provoking! I love the characters and the way they are developed in this book. It inspired me to read all books in this Earth Children's series. I had heard much surrounding this book before I finally got around to reading it and then I couldn't put it down. If you are interested in history, human development, life in the wild and the mysteries around where we came from as a species, you will love this book.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cave Bear Stark imagery, palpable atmospheres and purposeful theories on the remarkable (to the modern human) lives of prehistoric peoples; the research conducted to create this book is impressive and adds to a colourful journey of a girl who leads the audience through primeval Europe. Sad, fascinating and full of interesting nuggets for those who like fantasy, adventure and history in equal doses it's a worthy read. A few lagging chapters on everyday activities that may turn off shorter attention spans, and maybe a much-too-extraordinary scenario or two, it's a a smooth read that garners respect for the author.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cave Bear This is a story of prehistoric times, and in particular of one person, a woman Ayla who becomes seperated from her people when she is a young child and adopted by a clan, in particular, the clan of the cave bear. There is quite a lot of detail in the story, about how people survived in those times and their customs. All the charachters are well developed, and it is an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Clan of the Cave Bear I have read this book, along with the other books in this series many timès now! Each book is as amazing as all of the others. Jean M. Auel is a wonderful writer and I hope she comes out with another book or two to answer all of the unanswered questions in this series!
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Journey well undertaken. Auel writes comprehensively and with authority about a vital transitory Age in the telling of humanity's tale. Her attention to detail in developing characters and characteristics of two distinct peoples is remarkable. There are few novelists who build worlds as well as she does, and the depth in which she explores the contrasts between Ayla and the Clan is very well done. If someone were to want to understand the origins of civilization and how permanent societies evolved out of hunter-gatherer tribes or collections of tribes while gaining a deeper understanding of hunter-gatherer societies, reading this series will go a long way towards addressing the questions the era poses.
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very enjoyable read I saw the movie so many years ago, and finally read this first novel in Jean Auel's series. I enjoyed it very much. The only criticism would be that Auel tends to stop in the middle of scenes to give a science or history lesson, and while it is interesting she doesn't quite blend it into the story very well and this inhibits the flow of the book a bit. Otherwise great book!
Date published: 2011-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Is My Favourite Book Earth's Children Series Book #1. Heard really great things about this book and had to read it. I have not been able to find any book by any authour who can even compare. Once you start reading these you'll be hooked. This series is the best books you will EVER read!!
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Death by description Really loved it ... but didn't feel guilty about skipping a paragraph here and there. She certainly did her research ... but i think she might be flaunting it a bit.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction! This novel is wonderfully intense. It will bring you back tens of thousands of years and force you to questions your culture, customs and morals. The Neanderthals are foreign, often alien to us in their nature but they often surprise us by hitting close to home. The writing is superb and the relationships established in this and in subsequent novels will remain with you for years to come. Moreover, it contains (perhaps) the most intensely powerful/emotional episode that I've ever experienced in literature. So be careful, you won't return from this journey as the same person that once glanced over the first page. This novel single-handedly launched my newfound obsession into the realm of historical fiction. Enjoy fellow readers!
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ayla the stone-age girl the clan of the Cave Bear is a magnificent story, from the earth's children series. It is written by jean M. Auel. The story begins when a five year old girl named Ayla loses her family and is adopted by Neanderthals. Being with them, Ayla discovers she is different and the story begins. Ayla's glorious adventures take us back to the stone-age time. This story tells how humans react to differences in others. It is one of the most popular sagas in our time. It is a story that goes without a breath taking moment and will leave you breathless. STEFAN
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still loving it... Even after reading this book countless times, I still love it. A fan of historical fiction? This is a MUST read. Meet Ayla, who is 'adopted' by "The Clan" - she doesn't fit in with her looks,the fact that she can speak, and for many other reasons. But this book tells an amazing story of how she adapts to a new style of life after losing her family, and follows her life as she grows up. This is the first of (so far) five novels, but I honestly think this is the best. It is not necessary to read on (I was unaware there were others for some time), but I highly recommend it. Ayla's story is far from over at the end of this book. Be sure to read them in order!
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Seen In Years! Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is one of the most touching stories i have read in a long time. Orphaned as a young girl, Ayla is adopted by a clan of Neanderthols and has to learn how to be a 'good clan woman' full of trials and tests that she must go through to find herself, Auel weaves a masterful story that brings you to know and care for Ayla like a friend, sister, daughter and the amazing person that she is. This is a must read! Bravo!
Date published: 2006-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Historical Fiction In Clan of the Cave Bear, we meet Ayla, a lost child after her family was killed in an earthquake. She is found by Iza, a Neanderthal, who is a medicine woman and wishes to rescue her. Ayla grows up with the "Clan", and learns to become a proper Clan woman. Meeting challenges along the way, Ayla must strive to accept what is expected of her, while her natural instincts tell her otherwise. This book brings characters that will make you laugh, smile and cry. Ayla is strong and undergoes so many hardships in her life that she is a real inspiration. A 10/10, this book is great if you like history, fiction, and enjoy longer series.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT! This book was amazing! I love the thought, and research Joan M. Auel put into this book. I decided to pick this book up because of a friend of mine. (we were taking about books at a sleep over-we're both 14) I have never regretted my desicion to read it, and i don't know anybody who hasn't loved the life of Ayla, and the Clan. The ending left me wanting more, and i can't wait to read the next book in the series. ~Enjoy!
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Excellent novel This is the first, and I think best, book in the series of six called ‘Earth’s Children’. We meet Ayla the protagonist of the series as a small child, of Cro Magnon heritage, who, when found by a wandering group of Neanderthals is lost and alone after an earthquake. The Clan raise her and Ayla has a good friend in the form of her foster mother, the tribe’s medicine woman, who passes on her skills and knowledge of herbal medicine and medical procedures. This knowledge stands Ayla in good stead later. However, Aul gives Ayla very advanced human traits and she is misunderstood by the tribe and eventually forced to leave.
Date published: 2003-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I chose to read this book as part of a world history assignment. I absolutltye love it and recommend it to ANYONE who likes reading even the slightest bit. You will not want to put it down once you start! It is a riviting tale about a girl named Ayla who you will come to identify with and love! READ THIS BOOK! You wont regret it!
Date published: 2002-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of the Cavebear I love the books. I read them 3 times and each time I learned something new. I am going to read them again in the near future.
Date published: 2002-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! This was the best book I've ever read! It has so much detail and it has a great plot! I couldn't put it down. I am just starting the second book of the series and it is really great too! I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish the series!
Date published: 2001-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book i absolutly loved all of the books in this series! They are the most captivating and intriguing books i've ever read in my life everyone should have the chance to read these book.
Date published: 2001-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Clan of the Cave Bear The Clan of the Cave Bear is the best novel I have read all year. After I read it I was convinced to read the other 3 books about Ayla. The novel included such description that I could actualy feel like I was part of the clan. I have read the novel lots of times and am now about to begin part 2, The Valley of Horses. I cant wait!
Date published: 2000-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I have read so many great reviews for this book I thought I was in for a treat. I even read the book twice to see if I was missing something. The story is slow-paced, with a lot of scenery "filler" to pad the weak plot. The author constantly writes down to the reader - as if the reader were as ignorant as the characters in the book.
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clan of The Cave Bear It is truly an amazing book. I am so glad that I was blessed to be able to read it. Although I am only 12 years old, I fell that I have the maturity to grasp the book's inner details. It is a meticulously crafted book that is skillfully adorned with amazing pictures and ideas. My mother first saw the book in the bookstore. She suggested that I buy. I couldn't put the book down. It was so amazing. The ideas of Ayla. As I was explaining the plot to my mother, she became wary of the text. She was appalled of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Durc. She did not allow me to read the rest of the amazing series. It is only now, several months later after I have matured, that she allows me to read the rest of the series. It is an excellent book. I recommend it.
Date published: 2000-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Knoledge of Beings then and now I loved the detail of the everyday life of the clan. It gave a whole new outlook at what it could have been like for those who live back then. It was interesting how life ivolved from that time period (if it did)and how are own lives could relate to some of the same experiences that happened to the clan. It showed how life also ivolved from many things that were based on the spirit world and how Alya challanged those thinkings to more scientific findings.
Date published: 2000-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!!! This was the best book I have ever read. It was filled with amazing detail that made you feel like you were there.The characters wee so well developed that with every conflict, you sympathized with them. Once I started this book I could not put it down. I am not a notoriously fast reader but it took me three days to finish this book. Every chance I had, I would sneak away to read some more. I recommend this book to everyone!!!
Date published: 2000-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! It's been several years since I was first introduced to this book and it remains one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. If you think a book set in the 'caveman days' couldn't possibly be interesting, think again! I've urged all of my friends to read it. Every one who has read it, has recommended "The Clan of the Cave Bear" to someone else. It's that good. ENJOY!
Date published: 1999-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I loved The Clan of the Cavebear. What amount of research must the author have done to give the reader such a stunning and realistic account of pre-historic life on Earth. Ayla is a fascinating character, a young Cro-Magnon girl raised by Neanderthals in a time when the two races despised each other. She is an evolutionary heroine, her life a symbol of human development against the sad reality of the extinction of a past race. I've never read anything as original as this and definately recommend it. It's well written, alive with detail, rich in characterization and plot and unlike anything you'll ever read. A must read.
Date published: 1999-08-30