The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jean M. Auel
Narrator: Sandra Burr
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: April 2002
# of Units: 28 CDs
Length: 33 hours
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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.

But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla's unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail'based on meticulous research' that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth's Children' saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth's Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

Reviews (15)


Written by Wonda P. on September 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed her books. Even though the last 2 books , Ayla's voice is different I found it didn't change the story or her character. I read some of the reviews on the last 2 books. A lot of them were negative mostly about Ayla's voice. I don't feel that way. I love all the books.

Written by Heather W. on June 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I did not like how ayla' s accent changed between this book and it was harder to just relax into the story

Written by Louise N on February 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This wasn't as good as the previous books. Over kill on the sex scenes. The Narrator is fantastic but I didn't like that Ayla suddenly had a different accent than the previous books. I found it annoying. One really needs to listen or read to the books in sequence.


Written by TRISH on January 20th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The first 3 in the series had great story lines and character development. The last 3, including this one, were not up to the standard the first 3 set.


Written by Anonymous on October 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Since I ALWAYS love Jean Auel (and have read this book in print) I am probably biased but I find her novels to be thought provoking and extremely addictive. Once I start, I don't want to stop until the last chapter is done! I slight problem since most of her books are marathoners...

Shelters of Stone

Written by Dewey Stevens on September 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I started out enjoying the series. About halfway thru Plains of Passage I started fast forwarding to skip repeated information, and in Shelters of Stone... oh my, the book would probably be half as long if the repeats were omitted. Tedious.

great continuation

Written by Gabi on December 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

excellent excellent continuation of the story, what else is there to say?

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Written by Peggy Gross on February 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoy all of Ms Auel's books. I have always been fascinated by the pains she takes in her research. She tends to go overboard with her graphic and meticulous descriptions of sexual encounters and every day surroundings. In my opinion it gets in the way of the story.

Shelter of Stone

Written by Missymoo from Charlton, MA on January 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I did read this book when it first came out and I too thought it was on the boring side compared with the previous three. Listening to it instead of reading it made it way, way better. I'm really enjoying it.

The Shelters of Stone

Written by Anonymous on December 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is not my favorite in the series. It seems that Auel was searching for events to develop the plot and I did not really have the same intense desire in listening. It certainly seemed that Auel developed Ayla as a god and no one was close to her in knowledge and/or abilities. I still enjoyed the history and was glad that Ayla had finally reached her goal. The Earth's Children series was excellent.

Author Details

Author Details

Auel, Jean M.

"Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her books have sold 34 million copies worldwide. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon, where she is at work on the next book in the Earth's Children? series."