ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Books & Novels

Earth's Children Series By Jean Auel

Updated on January 8, 2015

Lifetime Adapting ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ With Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur

From variety.com

Lifetime has given a pilot order to an adaptation of Jean M. Auel’s prehistorical-set books “The Clan of the Cave Bear.”

The project is a co-production of Fox 21 and Lionsgate in association with Imagine Television and Allison Shearmur Productions. Exec producers are Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Linda Woolverton, Francie Calfo and Auel. Woolverton, whose credits include children’s and young adult-focused films “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Lion King,” will pen the pilot.

“I’ve always admired Jean M. Auel’s timeless work,” said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s exec VP and general manager. “With the visionary creative team of Ron Howard, Linda Woolverton, Brian Grazer, Alli Shearmur, Jean M. Auel and Francie Calfo behind it, this project has it all — epic storytelling, great characters and a unique world that’s never been explored on television before. This is exactly the type of top-tier creative talent and great stories we embrace at Lifetime.”

The adaptation of the six-book series, which centers on a young girl who fights for survival in a world where Neanderthals share the Earth with the first early modern humans, is in line with Sharenow’s mission to elevate Lifetime’s brand. The cable channel gained social media buzz earlier this year with adaptations of the first two books in V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the Attic” series. Last winter, it simultaneously broadcast the movie biopic “Bonnie & Clyde” with sister cablers A&E and History. Upcoming scripted projects include dystopian thriller series “The Lottery” from “Children of Men” co-writer Timothy J. Sexton and a movie adaptation of the Stephen King novella “Big Driver” that will star Maria Bello.

“Clan of the Cave Bear” is targeted for a potential 2015 launch.

Earth's Children Series By Jean Auel

Jean Auel Sixth Book "Land Of the Painted Caves" is now out.

Jean started this series over 30 years ago. I started reading these books in high school. And the wait in between books grew larger with each book, but in my opinion the wait was always worth it.

Here's a list of All The Books in the Earth's Children Series By Jean Auel

The Clan Of The Cave Bear

The Valley of the Horses

The Mammoth Hunters

The Plains of Passage

The Shelters Of Stone

The Land of The Painted Caves

Jean Auel Discusses The Land of Painted Caves

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One)

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One)

Book Description

Series: Earth's Children | Publication Date: June 25, 2002 This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. 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.

The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two)

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children, Book Three)

Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by the mare’s colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.

The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, Book Four)

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.

The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, Book Five)

The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone—are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.

The Land of Painted Caves(6th Book Earth's Children Series)

From Publishers Weekly

Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel's overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth's Children series (The Clan of the Cave Bear; etc.) finds Cro-Magnon Ayla; her mate, Jondalar; and their infant daughter, Jonayla, settling in with the clan of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonaii. Animal whisperer and medicine woman Ayla is an acolyte in training to become a full-fledged Zelandoni (shaman) of the clan, but all is not rosy in this Ice Age setting; there are wild animals to face and earthquakes to survive, as well as a hunter named Balderan, who has targeted Ayla for death, and a potential cave-wrecker named Marona.

Jean Auel, author of The Earth's Children series, talks to Chris Stringer | Natural History Museum

Interview With Jean Auel June 2009

 Written by N. Gallego / J. Oliva

Wednesday, 24th of June, 2009

American writer and author of 'Earth's Children' series Jean Marie Auel visited the La Cabilla archaeological site yesterday, in the neighbourhood of Benzú. Auel is making her researching study to start writing the 7th book of the series, which will be the last. 'El Faro' [newspaper] talked with her to know more about her visit and what impressions she has got from Ceuta.

- You have been visiting several sites in Spain and now Benzú's. What have you found in them?
- In Bezú's site, the fist thing we have done is watching the panoramic view of the sea, where we have been able to gaze the beauty of the [Gibraltar] Strait. Besides, the materials are very ancient there and you can see pieces of tools and devices embedded in rock. So all of this can give us an idea of how the human beings used to live there so long ago and how they were. It's something unique.
- Something of all the things that you have seen in Bezú has inspired you enough to use it for your next book?
- I don't know yet. Perhaps I count on it in some way but not for the book that I'm writing now. I'll have to think about it and evaluate it and maybe I could use something for the next book. I've found here a very interesting material to work on
- It's well known that you are really interested in the Gibraltar Strait. Why?
- I'm interested because I think that it's possible that the Neanderthals had crossed through there in their way towards Africa or in the other way round. Maybe. Even though these extremes are not archaelogically proved I'm just a fiction-writer, which means that I don't write about anything official or technical. Sometimes archaeologists don't agree with some of the things that I write, but I must insist that it's only fiction despite I use some historic elements and facts. Personally, I like to add some magical elements in my stories. I use some actual facts and then I give them a special touch. About the Strait, I think that it's a fascinating place because the north of Africa and the south of Europe are really closed. The Mediterranean Sea is all around, and also because of the weather, and also because it has a very important historical remark.

- Will you ever finish the 'Earth's Children' saga?
- Actually there will be seven books. I'm finishing the 6th now and it'll be soon in my agent's hands. It'll be available probably through next year. For the final book, I have to start writing it when I come back home. It's for it why I am making all this current researching study.

- You are an expert on Ancient societies, in fact you are an anthropologist. Do you really think that we have changed so much as we have been told?
- [Laughs] I think that we are still very similar, actually. For instance, if you take the example of the Neanderthal man who died over a stone, who lived all his life blind of an eye and who had serious injuries on his bones, you'll see that he was a man who was driven by love. Actually he didn't hunt for himself, but for the people he took after. For that reason, I really think that even in the Ancient societies people love and take care of each other. We are more similar than we are used to think, probably they loved one each other too.
- Your books are quite educational because they summarise some of the most important moments in the human evolution. Do you think that they should be used to teach Prehistory at schools?
- I write for adult people. I speak about the overall experience of the human being, about the inner feelings and sexuality. Apart from this, yes, I think that my books are very useful because, especially in some educational systems, like the Scandinavian, some parts of my books are used for this purpose and brought to the schools and included in their textbooks.
- Did you ever think about becoming rich and famous as a book writer?
- I haven't earned so much money writing books, but for me it's more important the proud of being read in so many countries rather than money. My books have been translated into 35 languages, more or less, like Hebrew, Spanish or Catalan.
- Have you tried reading your own books in another language?
- I can't read in other languages. Anyway, some of my readers have sent letters to me explaining if the translations were good or bad. In the cases where the translations were bad, I had to change of publisher in order to not distort the literary work.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Robin 23 months ago

      I started reading these books in high school. Couldn't wait for the next book to come out. I love that Jean Auel takes her time and researches to get it right the first time. I have two sets of this series because they are my all time favorites. I have the first three in Leather bound and the last three in hard copy because they are not in Leather bound yet. I hope they will be though. I also have a set in paper back. I lend them to my friends who want to read them. I love to share Jean Auels work with as many people as I can and they love to read the books as well. Thank you Jean for the GREAT Series. I sure hope you do have a 7th book coming out. I'll be the first in line to get it.

    • profile image

      Michelle 2 years ago

      I would love to see a seventh book.. I love this author's work!!

    • easyshares profile image
      Author

      easyshares 3 years ago

      Cindy ,,, I check every Month or so and have had No word one way or the other yet :(

    • profile image

      Cindy 3 years ago

      Is there a 7th book?? I love the series and I'm trying to find out if the 7th one is out yet and if so what's the name?

    • profile image

      Blinky 4 years ago

      I really don't understand why the hell all of you people are insisting that Ms Auel bring back Durc. He is long in Ayla's past so why don't you just let him go. I must admit that I too was a little disappointed in Jondalar's actions in The Land of

      Painted Caves; however, I would most definitely not trade in my hard copy on another book for my children, as one writer did above.

    • profile image

      Bobbie 4 years ago

      I am 62 years old and just purchased my set of 6 on Ebay. I had seen these books through the years and as a voracious reader had considered that I would one day see if they were my reading fortay. I just finished the first book....Clan of the Cave Bear. My chemo brain kept failing me on the names thing with remembering who was who when the name were a lot alike except for one letter or so and sometimes I had to reread paragraphs, but I am really in to the story now and want to continue on. I was so disappointed with the rules that let Broud beat up on Ayla and that after being such a good leader Brun would let Broud mess things up so badly in one day, but like to think he gets his....even if the books never tell us he does. I will read all 6 and would like to think there will be a final, especially after reading all the comments on here. If they finally figure out how they get babies...that would be nice and if they finally appreciate women that would be nice also. Must be my age group...seeing these things. Anyway...I always love history & reading about it and I have to say....this is the fartherest I have ever gone back in history and really give thought to. Enjoy your reading everyone.....and dont be quite so critical!

    • profile image

      JazzNGrace 4 years ago

      Do you not remember that Ayla too was unfaithful with Ranec? Did you stop reading Jean's books then?? No, because somehow you found a way to justify her being tempted by another man. A&J rose above that and stayed together and became stronger so they could carry on this amazing journey. There is no way I would take one of these beautifully written books back to the store. I am so proud and happy to have this collection.

      As for Land of the Painted Caves, I too, was expecting something more on that last page BUT, I saw it as a definite inroad to the 7th book. Do you REALLY think Jean would leave us hanging like that? Please, this is a lady of great compassion and appreciation and would not do that to us. Keep in mind that she is also in her 70's, and to pump out books such as the Earth's Children series, at the rate some of you are expecting just is not possible. She spends so much time researching and meeting with others to ensure that we are given quality material to while away the hours it takes to read and engulf ourselves into this wonderful world of Ayla and Jondalar. Please, give her a break. One book should not destroy the experience. For those naysayers. You're the ones that will not finish this journey.

      Peace Jean and Thank you.

    • profile image

      kaye 5 years ago

      I just finishwd Land of Painted Caves and I enjoyed it.The personal problems and reactions of Alya and Jondalar are no diferent then the way we react.I to was betrayed by one I loved deeply and under stand their pain.I so hope there will be another book as I hate losing my friends and I would love to see a movie or TV series done if they follow the books faithfully.Thank you Jean Auel for many hours of enjoyment and for sytimulating the old gray matter.

    • profile image

      ciaparker 5 years ago

      Art is not life, but should be more satisfying. Auel should certainly reunite Ayla with Durc in the last volume of the series and tie up loose ends. It would be extremely interesting if she were to see the surviving members of her former clan again, as well as Durc. Since travel over great distances is so easy for her and Jondalar, they should certainly travel back to her old home.

    • profile image

      MudPie 5 years ago

      Book 7 was an incredible disappointment after waiting so long for it to be finished and published. I thought it was going to tie up loose ends and finally tell us what happened to Durc. But no--instead we get lengthy and boring sociology discussions and find out that Jondalar is as shallow as a mud puddle when we all thought he was a sea of loyalty and love for his woman. And then Ayla defiles herself with a Cretan to get even----argggh! Miss Auel has torn down her image as a wonderful writer with this drivel. I gave my expensive hard copy to my grandchildren to take to the second hand book store to trade in for stuff to read. It does not belong on the shelf with the rest of the Earth's Children series and it is certainly not on mine! For the first time I regret spending money for one of her books.

    • profile image

      Sandra 5 years ago

      I have read the first 5 books 3 times while waiting for the 6th and I regret to say that I am very disappointed in the "Land of Painted Caves". I did not read any reviews before I read the book because I don't trust other peoples opinions regarding book or movies and I still don't agree with some of the reviews. I agree that parts were boring, there was a lot of repetition, but that can be skipped if you have recently read the previous books, and descriptions of her knowledge of flora and fauna gets boring. I feel she left out some of the most important things, such as more contact with the Clan which was part of her visions in the previous books.

      Personally, I was expecting her to have a son who was to meet with Durc and I did not feel her explanation of that vision was satisfactory. Maybe I was expecting too much from this series!

    • profile image

      beebz 5 years ago

      Mac, have you not thought that maybe the betrayel of Jondalar sleeping with Ayla was an important aspect of the story to show how strong their love actually is? Although i suppose you may not know this as you didn't bother to read on. i suggest you do

    • profile image

      homegirl 5 years ago

      Folks, Do you have libraries where you? I waited a few weeks and check ed it. Yes, the 6th book is repetitive, but just for a moment think that the early humans found comfort in repetition and chants in their daily struggle for survival, when they aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. The hope that Ayla sees her son is just too tidy. A & J have made journeys that killed most of their peers. It is simplistic to wish Ayla sees Durc again. How many times did A & J avoid death? The 6th book is not her best but it continues a most enjoyable journey that we can all hope the Jean will continue and gift us a 7th book....and who could blame her for not writing a 7th book with all the whinny and trash talk that has been thrown her way. If she chooses not to write a 7th book and you wonder why re-read all the comments above. Jean, thank you for writing 6 books and we would be grateful if you once again found the strength and courage to write a 7th book. Thank you for A & J. Good night

    • easyshares profile image
      Author

      easyshares 5 years ago

      Re: Sandra Andersen

      There is just the six that are on the Hub.. I am almost jealous that you get to read some that you haven't read yet. Enjoy!!!!

    • profile image

      Sandra Andersen 6 years ago

      No, have a missed a book with all of my medical transplants etc. I have not heard of the "Shelters of the Stone" nor "The land of Painted Caves". Help. Is that all I have missed? I would have to look but I think my last book was "Valley of The Horses".

    • easyshares profile image
      Author

      easyshares 6 years ago

      Don't give up hope ,, In one of her interviews last year she said there a chance for a 7th book..... keeping our fingers crossed

    • profile image

      shaanii 6 years ago

      hey im 12 i started reading these books last year and i cannot stop im up to the last one and im devostated she isn't writing anymore :(

    • profile image

      Rachel 6 years ago

      My mum got me into these books and I'm only 17! I read them in a heart beat, they were just so amazing! I just love how much information there is about the ice age world. Man oh man am I excited for number 7! Pleeeease come quickly! Thanks for these breath taking books Jean!

    • profile image

      Rachel 6 years ago

      My mum got me into these books and I'm only 17! I read them in a heart beat, they were just so amazing! I just love how much information there is about the ice age world. Man oh man am I excited for number 7! Pleeeease come quickly! Thanks for these breath taking books Jean!

    • profile image

      Sérgio 6 years ago

      Will the books 5 and 6 be translated to portuguese language.? I asked the EuropAmerica editors several times about book 5 and they say that there is no date for that, so should i have no hope for that to happen?!

    • profile image

      Blinky 6 years ago

      All you people that think that Durc is coming back in Jean Auel's 7th book are all nuts in the fu$^#@king head. She explains about Durc on pages 718 and 719 in The Land Of Painted Caves, besides I am not yet convinced that there will even be a 7th book.

    • profile image

      dexter 6 years ago

      I am lucky to have read the first book only in 2008. So, it didn't take so long for me to wait for the final book. But I wonder, would I still be alive when the books are filmed?

    • profile image

      eiliagh 6 years ago

      i just finished this book 6. i had been so looking forward to it.

      The way it ended left me upset, disappointed and frustrated. I could handle the storylines and understood why they were there. but if this is truly the end of the series (and there isn't a 7th book), as was my understanding before i read some of these articles, then as a fan i will be truly disappointed.

      If there is a book 7 (as is the current implication) then i hope it includes more character/storyline completion and the finishing of the tale. As interesting as her inclusions of the archaeological sites and artifacts are, if their future insertion causes the story to veer away from the true story of Ayla without an apparent purpose, then they should be excluded.

      As an anthropologist, i absolutely love what she includes. in fact, it helped me enjoy learning about the physical and archaeological aspects of my degree.

      But, as a writer, a reader and a fan, I felt very let down at the completion of this book. It felt too cutoff, as if it was chopped off at the end and not repolished; it was like a flint blade that had been used extensively and chipped through use and needed to be resharpened, but was left unfinished and rough.

      What it did was leave me frustrated and hoping that there is at least one more book to her series. I hope that there is at least a book 7. Ms. Auel is one my favorite authors and a role model as both an anthropologist and as a fiction writer. I hope that she will fix things in a subsequent book or books.

    • juliamarie profile image

      juliamarie 6 years ago from Hudson, Florida

      from what i have read there is exposed to be a 7th. i really hope so. i am 19 and read all 6 books in 4 days. and the way it ended i new there would be another. it is a great series. and i hope to see more.

    • profile image

      Barbie 6 years ago

      Mac - Maybe you should finish the book before you tell her how to end it??

      I think this book was not her strongest book in the series. It dragged a lot in the first 2 parts. The lengthy descriptions are found in all of her previous books, so that part didn't really bother me because I was expecting that. I think she wanted Ayla to feel jealousy because she had never felt anything like that before, never learned to as a Clan woman, and that was the purpose of the storyline with J sleeping with Marona.

      This website/interview leaves me encouraged that there will most likely, if not definitely, be a seventh book. There have been rumours for quite some time of seven books, but since it was supposed to be six, I didn't hold my breath. I am hoping that it doesn't take as long to write, but I would rather have a better storyline, and better plot in book seven than what happened in book six. Seems to me like book six was just a platform or a setup FOR another book. We know that Ayla didn't spend much of Jonayla's younger years together, issues with relationship, what she had to do to become Zelandoni, etc. There is a lot of story left to tell, Ayla is only 26. Can't wait for the next one.

    • profile image

      mac  6 years ago

      I read the book and it was total disappointment,i have read all the books in the series and enjoy every book especially The Mammoth Hunters this was the most beautiful book i have ever read.

      and the writer was my admired writer in the world and with that in mind.

      i began to read the last book of the saga and the book was boring but i can live with that and when i continue to read i was blow away how jean M.Auel destroy the man we all love for so long Jondalar with the story of the unfaithfulness of him and when Ayla find out she goes and sleep with somebody new.

      in that point i could'nt continue reading and i put the book down and check if i can return the book to amazon.

      in that thought i want to finish and ask why jean M.Auel was determent to destoy the book for all of you that love the story between Jondalar Ayla and the great love they share for one and the other.

      SO don't buy this book and don't let jean M.Auel destroy for all of us readers the saga.

      it would be great if jean would make another book and say that Ayla was dreaming the all ending and that would prove to us the fans that she realy care aboutt what you are thinking.

      so i think or hope that Jean will surprise everyone and correct the characters especially jondlar, maybe a dream that gone wrong so please jean rewrite the end so all of your fans can live with the end of this wonderfull series and enjoy the the end like you suppose to give us before

    • profile image

      Blinky 6 years ago

      I believe that I owe Ms. Auel an apology for my last comment about her new book Land of Painted Caves. I can see now where she was going with it, now that I am finished the book that is. Ms Auel has written an amazing book, just like the other five that she wrote before. As for GinaZ, if that was all the cash you had at the time when you bought this book you should have waited until you had more, or you could have waited for the paperback copy. I guess that there is some people who will complain about everything anyway.

    • profile image

      Blinky 6 years ago

      I sure hope that this Land of Painted Caves gets better than I've read so far. I'm on page 629 right now, and I am NOT impressed with where Jean Auel is going with this new book. Frankly it has got to get a lot better for me to keep this book.

    • profile image

      GinaZ 6 years ago

      For all serious fans of the Clan of the Cave Bear series (Earth's Children), I would urge you to only buy this book if you need a decorative bookend for the rest of them. Not only is this book lacking in story depth, and a seemingly endless description of every blot of paint on every cave wall in Europe, but the author has also seemed fit to either demote main characters to mere shadows of themselves, or even worse, change their base structure entirely. ** SPOILER ALERT** Having Ayla vouch for the wholesale slaughter of a pride of cave lions in the very first chapter-her totem spirit?! Ayla barely pays attention to the child she dreamed of and loved before it was even born, and would have done anything for, like she did for Durc- really? Jondalar's screwing around on Ayla is beyond belief, and then Ayla's drug induced virtual rape is too much... HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?!?!

      I spent the last $30 to my name to have this book...almost wish I never heard of it...

    • profile image

      Brenda 6 years ago

      I loved the fist four books. I reread all of them when ever the next one came out. I have to admit I was very disappointed with the last two. Although they were very informative I found that they didn't have enough action for my liking. Even though the first four were action packed I think the last two were lacking.

    • profile image

      Sara Knotts 6 years ago

      Thank you,Jean. While I cannot wait to read book 6 and 7, there is a sadness in me knowing that someday my journey with this amazing woman will have to come to an end.I will be lost without her.

    • profile image

      pauline tohi 6 years ago

      I cannot wait to read the 6th book. I have read all the others about 2-3 times over. And who says there is a 7th ? I thought the 6th was the last. Oh Jean please let Ayla see her son again. The one she left behind.... That would just polish it all off.

    • profile image

      Ness 6 years ago

      I started reading this series in my teens, on a skiing holiday to Switzerland, I'm now in my 40's.

      I was hooked, I have all the books and like many have read them over and over. I have preordered mine and can't wait. Thank you for a great read.

    • profile image

      justbeinghere 6 years ago

      The shelters of stone would not look out of place on the top shelf of a newsagents!. It was soft porn with how to make a fire and train a wolf thrown in to fill the extra pages. It seemed a book wrote out of boredom and a total lack of ideas. After reading and enjoying every other book in this series this book was disapointing.

    • profile image

      Sharon 6 years ago

      I can't wait for this book. My mom and I have read these books time and again over the years...yearning for the next chapter in this amazing comprehensive reading series. The suspense is killing me. lol

    • profile image

      Denise 6 years ago

      I too love the books and have read them many times, but I trust the 6th book will be as good as the first 4, the 5th book was a huge disappointment, it didn't feel like Jean wrote it.

    • profile image

      laurence 6 years ago

      I read the clan of the cave bear when i was 12 and am now nearly 30. and have read and loved every book since then. was so stoked to hear there was a sixth book in the works. cant wait for it to arrive. now i hear there is a 7th and am over the moon. as for the long wait between books, well, as the old saying goes "GOOD things come to those who wait" well I am waiting as patiently as possible.... thanx for enriching my life. they are my favourite books of all time. yours truly, Laurence.

    • profile image

      gloria 6 years ago

      sometime during my vacation in our province, i was invited by my bestfriend to have lunch in their house, after eating we have a chat in their sala, while chatting i spied a book in a corner,as a bookworm i pick it up and it turns our it was THE VALLEY OF THE HORSES, from then on i cannot put down the book and so when i return to our place i started searching all the other books. i have now in my position all the books and eagerly waiting for the next and the next and the next.....

    • profile image

      Mattika 6 years ago

      Interesting comment Helyn ... if you read "Shelters of Stone" Ayla had a dream about her son's coming together, she thought they were going to fight each other ....... perhaps not ... Ayla must have another child as her's and Jondalar's first child is a girl. I am excited that the next book will be out in March (if I drop enough hints) maybe my famiy will get it for my birthday!!!

    • profile image

      Mattika 6 years ago

      When I was a young girl my mother encouraged me to read one of the first books she got me was called "The Clan of The Cave Bear" I loved the book so much I carried it from pillar to post for years, (now it is lost) My sister was so surprised when she told me I just had to read this book she was given, imagine her surprise when I told her I had already read it.... I have so enjoyed the "Earth's Children" series and can't wait for the final books. Please don't take too long.

    • profile image

      Helyn 6 years ago

      Are we ever going to find out what happened

      To Durc and the Clan after Ayla was given

      the death curse and left them.

    • profile image

      SDiane 7 years ago

      I am as excited as everyone else about the new addition ot the Earth Children's series. I am very fascintaed by the potential of Ayla as a Zelandoni,with an expansion of her powers. I am also curious about how her decision to underatke Service to the Mother will affect her and Jondalar's relationship/marriage, and I am eager to learn how Jonayla will be described, and what if gifts she might have. Jondalar has gifts too, and those will come to bear i beleive. Wow, book 6! Sdiane

    • profile image

      Phoebzvil 7 years ago

      I'm reading the Shelters of Stone right now. I'm so excited to Ayla and Jondalar's matrimonial. At last, Ayla will soon have a mate who really loves her beyond anything else. I can't wait to finish reading it and grab a copy of her 6th book, "The Land of Painted Caves" which will be release soon...

    • profile image

      Julie 7 years ago

      Fell in love with these books many years ago as did many of my friends and family. We were all in love with Jondalar! I introduced my 20 year old daughter to them about 6 months ago. She's read the series so far and it was her that told me there was going to be at least one more book. Neither of us can wait, I'm so excited!!

    • profile image

      Robin 7 years ago

      I remember reading the "Valley of the Horses" under the covers when I was 13. Only if my mom would of known! I have read the whole series 2 times through. I am constantly on the hunt to find similarly written novels by other authors- I find the descriptive writing to be the best once entwined with the human element. Thanks Jean for continuing writing.

    • profile image

      Veya Victaous 7 years ago

      I am Just about through 'Clan of the Cave bear' happened to pick it up a 2nd hand book store. never heard of it before and now Love it! Now I have to find the rest, so glad to hear there is more coming.

    • profile image

      Puk 7 years ago

      Love them - read them first when I was 15, but just re-read them in preparation for No. 6 - great news of a 7th. Yes they are repetitive, but if you was reading them as they came out as I did the first time, they served as a great reminder!

    • profile image

      kay2the2nd 7 years ago

      I don't buy Jean's books anymore. After VoH they/she became so repetitive that I didn't want to waste my money. I'll do what has become my customer with her books; check them out of the library to read. Then I skip over the endless accounts of scenery, herb/plant/hunting descriptions, cooking methods, and the constant rehashing of Ayla's history, etc. There's is very little 'new story' in anything after VoH, the majority is restating of what was in previous books.

    • profile image

      Paillot Geneviève 7 years ago

      Je suis moi aussi une de vos ferventes admiratrices!!! et j'ai hâte de lire la suite des enfants de la terre. Vite vite 2011!!!

      Merci beaucoup pour ces superbes aventures.

    • profile image

      Jeanne 7 years ago

      I started reading this books when they first came out back in the '80's, and instantly fell in love with Ayla. It's been frustrating, having to wait for each new book in the series, as it seems to pick up, right where the last one left off, almost like turning the page. (I really like that...but it's SO hard to wait to turn that page.) I can hardly wait for book 6, and am positively thrilled to hear there will be a 7'th book. I have my own theories about how the series will end, and it will be exciting to find out how close I am to being correct. Learning where the next books will take us makes me smile, because they will take Ayla, Jondalar, Jonayla, Whinney, Racer, Gray, Wolf, and God only knows who else close to where it all began...so...all I can say is...c'mon March 2011!!!

    • profile image

      san JMC 7 years ago

      This Series is awesome, but i really have to know how many books there are in the series, or i'm going to die of anticipation

    • profile image

      humera jia 7 years ago

      I have read all of 5 books of "Earth's Children Series".I have enjoyed each of them.Ihave had a profound insight into what our ancestor's struggled life and sense of innovation,invention as well as sense of survival was.Thank you,Jean M.Auel(anxiously waiting fan of yours from Pakistan.).

    • profile image

      Novotny 7 years ago

      I loved Jean Auels first 5 books which I discovered whilst on honeymoon 6 years ago. I honestly thought it stopped there and came on line to request she tell us what happens next to Ayla. I'm a bit fanatical and even ended up with a daughter (now 5) who has bright blond hair and a son (3 months) who had a more neanderthal cast to his features when he was born. I am delighted with both of my children and delighted to find that Jean will write up to 7 books. She has really sparked my interest in ancient ways of living.

    • profile image

      Annette 7 years ago

      Have been waiting for this new book for what seems like a life time....My copy is already on order at my local book shop. Jean Auel has been inspirational in shaping the course of my life ans it's thanks to reading that first book "Clan of the Cave Bear" that i went on to become a fully qualified medical herbalist, i have thanked Jean in person and was pleasantly surprised when i received a reply, she told me in that reply there would be more books to come because she had an over-arching idea that would give us possibly another two. The only problem i have is on of impatience, once i have finished a book i want to read the next installment right away! Thank you Jean, for producing such meticulously researched novels that are full of factual information and a must read for all those who are into paleontology and romance!!!

    • profile image

      Blinky 7 years ago

      Paula, I was just at the Random House website and got this from their site. I cut and pasted it so you can believe it is true. I don't know how anyone could believe anything that an outfit like Amazon tells them. They didn't publish any of Ms Auel's books, RandomHouse did. Why not go right to the horses mouth to get your information.

      The Land of Painted Caves

      A Novel

      Written by Jean M. AuelAuthor Alerts: Random House will alert you to new works by Jean M. Auel

      Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse and search through your favorite titles

      * Category: Fiction - Historical

      * Format: Trade Paperback, 1204 pages

      * On Sale: March 29, 2011

      * Price: $30.00

      * ISBN: 978-0-7393-7810-6 (0-7393-7810-4)

      (Available March 29, 2011)

      The Land of Painted Caves

      Written by Jean M. Auel

      Format: Trade Paperback

      ISBN: 9780739378106

      Our Price: $30.00

      Quantity: 1

      See all online stores »

      Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

      What's this?

    • profile image

      Paula 7 years ago

      I am now 70 years of age. If Ms Auel doestn't publish the 6th and 7th books soon it will be too late for me!!I have just been informed by Amazon that the 6th will not be

      available until March 2012

    • profile image

      Blinky 7 years ago

      By the way, if Ms Auel brings back Durc, I think it will be a miracle. I mean really people, she has to make her books somewhat believable. Do you really expect Durc to walk from the Beran Sea to France, a distance of approx. 1500 miles. For what? To see his dead mother? Get real people. If Ms. Auel brings back Durc she will have to do it in another line of books.

    • profile image

      cris 7 years ago

      waiting will surely worthy.

    • profile image

      Blinky 7 years ago

      Actually if you go to

      www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780517580516

      you will find all the information that you need about Jean M Auel and all her books including her sixth book; however, if you are too lazy to type in the above information here it is.

      The Land of Painted Caves

      Format: Hard cover, 752 Pages

      On Sale: March 29, 2011

      Price: $30.00

    • profile image

      Blinky 7 years ago

      Sorry guys, I guess that my facts are wrong also. I stated that her sixth book will be published in May of 2011. It will actually be published March 29th 2011.

    • profile image

      Blinky 7 years ago

      I don't know whether to believe this site or not. If you go to the official Crown Publisher site they say that the sixth and final book is coming out in May of 2011. However, that could just be a ploy, because Jean Auel's contract with Crown is complete with her sixth book. At any rate, this site has the wrong date for the release of her sixth book.

    • profile image

      Blinky 7 years ago

      I don't know whether to believe this site or not. If you go to the official Crown Publisher site they say that the sixth and final book is coming out in May of 2011. However, that could just be a ploy, because Jean Auel's contract with Crown is complete with her sixth book. At any rate, this site has the wrong date for the release of her sixth book.

    • profile image

      Ayla Rubin 7 years ago

      ES URGENTE QUE EL 6o. LIBRO EN ESPAÑOL, ESTE EN EL MERCADO, QUIERO SABER QUE PASO CON AYLA Y SU HIJA Y EL NUEVO CABALLO Y LA CONVIVENCIA EN EL PUEBLO DE JONDALAR, NO DORMI EN CADA LIBRO, ME APASIONA LA HISTORIA Y LA HERMOSA MANERA DE AUEL DE ESCRIBIR TAN CLARAMENTE, FELICIDADES AUEL, LOVE YOU. AND THANKS.

    • profile image

      Ayla 7 years ago

      I thought she was going to be done with the books at number 6? I cant wait one more year for 6 when is 7?

    • profile image

      Mary 7 years ago

      I also have read the series multiple times and CAN HARDLY WAIT for Land of Painted Caves. I hope Jondalar, Ayla, and Jonayla survive! It would be awful to have invested so much time in this family, and then to lose one of them!I also have wondered if we'll see Durc again. . .

    • profile image

      Tosca 7 years ago

      Ms Auel thank you so much for the Earth Children series I also cannot wait for the 6th book to become available and now I believe that there will be seven books, WOW hopefully I will also still be alive to read them as they are taking so long to come out. Keep up the good work Thanxs

    • profile image

      Pie Hole 7 years ago

      OMG!!! I thought the series was complete! Glad I thought wrong! I love these books!

    • profile image

      Kelly 7 years ago

      I found Shelters of Stone in a thrift store and was so excited. I had given up on another book and was delighted to see that she is continuing to write. I agree that Shelters of Stone is a bit repetitive, but it is helping me to remember key parts of the other books and makes me want to reread them. I have not re-read a book since I read Gone -With the Wind 4 times. I am also looking forward to meeting (reading about) Durk and I think that Ayla will eventually meet someone from her original cave. P.S. I think that Ayla is as close to a perfect woman as one could hope to be.

    • profile image

      Gwen 7 years ago

      I have read all 5 of the series twice and am waiting for # 6

      You are an amazing author. Thank you for many hours of enjoyment.

    • profile image

      Jan Feeler 7 years ago

      Guess I'm not the only one who has read the series more than 15-20 times each... and each time it gets more delicious than before.I, too, sorta wonder about videos but the only movie was so awfully shallow...could it be done in the format like Avatar? Everyone involved would have to have read the entire series at least twice to understand not to leave any thought processes out, and they'd all have to learn how to knapp, hunt, sling, cure and depict plants accurately, not to mention realistic-ally portray the geography... Too monumental a task; besides, nothing beats my own imagination.Thanks, Jean, for the best gift you ever gave to us all.

    • profile image

      Rah147 7 years ago

      I don't think I can wait until December 2010 for the next book to come out. I am really looking forward to book 6! and 7? I hope it comes out sooner than December though. I love them too much too wait too long.

    • profile image

      Sidney Ruff 7 years ago

      I love your books, however was wondering if there will be anymore DVDs coming out. I have the Clan of the Cave Bear but have never seen any other ones.

    • profile image

      Deeann 7 years ago

      I have read the series many times, starting when I was a mid-teen, and I am 40 now. I actually begged for the 2nd one for christmas on year, and my mom said "no, she was out of money". So I secretly bought it for myself, read half of it, then wrapped it and put it under the tree christmas night and labled it "from Santa". The next day I opened two of them! Ooops, my parents where mystified as to where the second one came from!

      This last year, the entire series on tape was offered by an almostfreecycler in my area for $40. I was so excited. I have spent the whole last year listening to them all while I commute to work. I am almost finished with the last one :( It has been such a joy to get to go through the whole series again one after another with someone else reading them to me. I read all of them to my husband one year a few years ago, so this was a novelty. I started to give them to my 13 year old daughter, but after listening, I think I will wait another few years! Whew, I had forgot how steamy some of the scenes are! She is a very young 13...I want to keep it that way LOL!

      I too get a little tired of the repetition sometimes, but I sure wouldn't want her books to be shorter- they aren't long enough! I hope there are going to be two more books!

    • profile image

      Maj-Britt 7 years ago

      Hi everyone...

      I'm also one of the many fans, who have been looking forward for the last books, to my surprise and joy I found out, that the book was just around the corner now *yay* But what is this talk about a 7th book? I NEVER heard anything about that before, and I think Jean Auel stated once that there only would be 6 books.. But please, if you know anything, write me a little notice...

    • profile image

      Megan.(: 7 years ago

      I NEED THE 6TH BOOK..(: Even though i'm only 12 I love this book series!! I'm only ready The Shelters of stone now but I know I'll be finished soon. Darn. I need the next book.

    • profile image

      Ramona 7 years ago

      I am an old lady of 80 so please Jean I would like to finish the series before I go home, cant take them with to read later.Please please let me know when you will be publishing. I have enjoyed the whole series up to date and cant think of any other author who can bring a book to life like you can. Thank you

    • profile image

      Katie  7 years ago

      I am one of the most devoted fans of these books, I've bought multiple copies as I have read them so often. However, I thought the Shelters of Stone had far too much "review" and summary of the plots of previous books. I'd like to see the story move forward more substantially in the next one. (and I agree with another's comments that I would love to see Durc!)

    • profile image

      Shannon 7 years ago

      I just finnished the last Shelter of Stone yeaterday! It took all of t3 days. lol. Plains of passage dragged on forever. I hope the next one is alot like Shelter of Stone. The Zelandonii are so fun the learn about. I can't even guess what is going to happen. Jonayla is going to be a big part. And I think Durc is going to come into play somehow.

    • profile image

      Jerry 7 years ago

      There is something comforting about these books. I too have read them repeatedly and they never get old. SO looking forward to the next one. So well written. No parts you're tempted to skip over. I get so involved I'm wiping tears right now over Rydag's death and Ranec's and the Mamato's pain at Ayla's departure --- for the third time!!

    • profile image

      Jerry 7 years ago

      There is something comforting about these books. I too have read them repeatedly and they never get old. SO looking forward to the next one. So well written. No parts you're tempted to skip over. I get so involved I'm wiping tears right now over Rydag's death and Ranec's and the Mamato's pain at Ayla's departure --- for the third time!!

    • profile image

      michelle 7 years ago

      book 6 due march 29 2011 The Land of Painted Caves... WHOO HOO!!!

    • profile image

      jonayla 7 years ago

      lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeee these books this series is amazing~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • profile image

      Paula 7 years ago

      I love this series--have them through book #5...... Yeah!!!

      Now am waiting for #6 and 7.......

      Truly Wonderful

      Butterflyiii2006@yahoo.com

    • profile image

      Carol 7 years ago

      I am over joyed that book six will be out soon. I also look forward to book 7. Please write fast.

    • profile image

      Teri 7 years ago

      book 5 suxd as if she didn't write it at all. I hope book 6 is more like the first 3 books

    • profile image

      Joanne 7 years ago

      I loved these books, cannot wait for the 6th-although i do feel sometimes like they can be a little too descriptive, but all the same they are def my favourite books ever! Please hurry with book 6!

    • profile image

      jim 7 years ago

      cannot wait for new book, loved jeans stories of man and womens past history in the cave times. I think I love jean,but dont know for sure.but in the cave times something tells me, I would have!

    • profile image

      Estrella Bandoni 7 years ago

      A friend of mine gave the series (5 books) to me for my birthday this past March 2010. I've just completed "The Shelters of Stone" last night. She did warn me that it took quite a while for the next book to come out, but with my hobbies and interests, she knew that I'd enjoy these books. I understand why it takes so long for the next book. Mrs. Auel obviously spends alot of time researching to make these books what they are. I like each book equally the same (which is rare, normally I always find atleast one book of a series that is my favorite). She is the best author, and I'm proud to know that I have read her books, and will continue to anticipate her next 2. Thank you Kelli K. for such a wonderful B-day present.

    • profile image

      RITA STAKELIN 7 years ago

      SO GLAD TO READ HERE THAT THERE WILL BE SEVEN BOOKS. I HAVE RE READ THEM ALL MANY TIMES TO DATE AND ALWAYS ENJOY EACH TIME. I WANT YOU TO BE REWARDED WITH LOTS OF MONEY FOR ALL YOUR GREAT WORK AND TALENT. MANY THANKS TO YOU JEAN M. AUEL

    • profile image

      Alexandra 7 years ago

      Being Flemish (Belgium)I've read the books in Dutch, and some in French to practise that language as well.

      When I have finished part 5, I simply restart reading part 1 and each rereading gives me more pleasure and new thoughts. I'm very curious about the next parts that will come.

      Thank you, Mrs. Auel, for your gift and talent!

    • profile image

      Spirit of Mist 7 years ago

      Yes, it's been a while...twelve years' wait for Book Five...eight years and counting for Book Six. I do wonder (with no supporting evidence, I should point out) whether the research for which Ms Auel has been long renowned has become something of an end in itself for her, over and above the books. Just thinking out loud.

      Had to smile at auelfan's conflicted comments from eight days back - "need to do a movie series for her novels" vs "...doesn't compare to the book, movies never do". Quite. Those of us who have loved and "lived" the books would be almost certain to be dissatisfied by movie adaptations (check out the hardline Potter forums), because the power of imagination can exceed anything that can be put up on a cinema screen.

    • profile image

      Kim 7 years ago

      My father and I both loved the series. Unfortunately, my father didn't live to see "The Plains of Passage," and he was only a year older than Ms. Auel. Please, Ms. Auel, stay healthy or write faster!

    • profile image

      Nicholla 7 years ago

      In Australia the book stores have a release date for December 2010 for the 6th book

    • profile image

      artslady 7 years ago

      I am soooooo waiting for this book I check the book stores like 4 times a year to see if there are any updates, I am so waiting to see what Ayla does in the clergy and if she has any more babies with Jondalar, I wouldn't be surprised if she becomes First among She Who Serves the Mother. Please Jean Auell give us more of this beautiful strong woman soon.

    • profile image

      Gail 7 years ago

      Like many others, I have been hooked on this series. They are so different from any other and keep me wanting to go on to the next. I recently acquired each of the books on audio-tape (CD)and have just finished all of them...and am anxiously awaiting the next. Listening to the books really gave the stories another twist...hearing the correct pronunciation of many of the words was great too...I know I was able to catch things I missed with several readings. Writing this now in May 2010, and book 6 is not yet out...hopefully soon. I do enjoy them. Thanks Ms. Auel for writing such beautiful stories.

    • profile image

      auelfan 7 years ago

      My mom gave me plains of passage to read in 1995 I was so engrossed in it I went and bought the rest of her novels, and have read all of them multiple times. When I found out I was having a daughter I tried to get my wife to let me name her Ayla but would not let me do it though not for a lack of trying because I asked alot. Can't wait for the next book need to do a movie series for her novels. I have the clan of the cave bear movie. But it really doesn't compare to the book movies never do. Please hurry up Jean.

    • profile image

      lasangne 7 years ago

      I started reading Earth Children in 1981 and have rad the series over and over again, so much that I have had to buy the series agin 3 years ago because the books fell apart. I got my daughter started last november and sha has read the series at least 20 times since then. I hope that part 6 and maybe part seven come out this year, I can't wait to read what happens and my daughter asks at least once a week when it is coming out. We cannot wait.

    • profile image

      Jennie W 7 years ago

      I too cannot wait. I started reading the Earths Children series when it first came out. With luck,the wonderful Mrs Auel will decide to continue the series past book 7. I have all the ones in the series so far and continue to read them over again, each time finding things that have been missed or forgotten. The research is fantastic. Thank you Jean M Auel for your dedication.

    • profile image

      michelle 7 years ago

      read these books when i was about 11 loved them have just gotten bakc into them recently and am anticipating the outcome of books 6 and 7 cant wait trhanks jean your books are amazing xo

    • profile image

      Jennie 7 years ago

      Well, 6 and 7 due soon! I got my mum into this saga and several friends too! Just thinking about parts of the story can move me tremendously, am sat sobbing in aticipation right now! just finished Shelters of Stone for umpteenth time! i need to know what happens. could a book be done on plants so we can look for stuff on walks and make some of ayla´s teas? Jean you make it all seem so real and almost touchable. Thanks hun xx