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The Plains of Passage
The Plains of Passage
Author: Jean M. Auel
ISBN-13: 9780553381658
ISBN-10: 0553381652
Publication Date: 6/25/2002
Pages: 768
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
I love Jean Auel's books! Though she's not the most talented writer (I get the feeling there was a lot of time between writing sessions- she goes to a lot of trouble to say things she said numerous times before as if the reader is unable to remember something that happened just a few pages ago), her storyline is engrossing and her research into her subject is commendable. I had difficulty putting the book down despite the little annoyances of rereading the reason for this or that. Anybody wanting to read these novels should definitely read them in order, however. Though Auel will remind you again and again why Ayla does this or that as an adult, it makes a big difference experiencing it from the child Ayla's perspective in Clan of the Cave Bear. Happy reading!
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Helpful Score: 4
This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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Helpful Score: 1
Simultaneously interesting and disappointing. Auel has thought of an original storyline but doesn't seem to put as much effort into the sequels as she did the first. The storyline is generally repetitive, which makes it tedious to read until something interesting happens - and it does, eventually. If you are fond of romances, or don't have the time to finish a book quickly, you may find the repetition enjoyable or helpful. You certainly won't get lost if you decide to begin in the middle of the series.
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Forth book in the Earth's Children series - starting with: The Clan of the Cave Bear with Ayla and her friend Jondalar continuing their journey. Enjoyable, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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An enjoyable read about Ayla and Jondalar with the Mammoth Hunters.
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Fourth in the Earth's Children series.
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Super story! Earth's Children Series.
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Book four in the Clan of the Cavebear series.
"With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla set out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearth of the Mammoth Hunters, and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the bold pair among strangers. Some will become friends, intrigued by Ayla's ways of taming wild horses and wolves. Others will become fierce enemies, threatened by what they cannot understand. But always the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar will heed the voice and vision that urges them on, deeper into the dark and spectacular heart of an unmapped world. For they are driven to reach that place on earth they can call home. Together, they hold their future in their hands."
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I really loved this saga, which began with the book "The Clan of the Cave Bear".
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Jean M. Auel makes you feel like you are there, at the beginning of human history. Awesome!
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third in the series about prehistoric pair ayla and jondar. a really good read
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Earth's Children is one of my all time favorite series. The life and adventures of Ayla, a woman living in prehistoric times. The author does a wonderful job of gettingyou involved with her life and making you care what happens to her. She bases her writing on arciological findings. I would recommend it highly (fourth book in series)
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I Loved all the Clan Bear Series and hope someone has been waiting for this oone and enjoys it!!
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Loved all the series
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good series
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love these books.
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I loved this series.
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New York Times best seller. Book 4 in the Earth's Children series. This book continues the awesome saga of Ayla, a woman of early prehistoric times. This is a very pleasant romp through the Ice Ages. In this novel, Ayla leaves the safety of her tribe, the Mammoth Hunters, to travel across the continent of Europe during the dawn of mankind. She is accompanied by her horses, her wolf and her male companion, Jondalar. Together they experience many adventures as they seek a place to call their own. This series has become a world wide phenomenon. It is a must read for all ages. I have never read such an ambitious series and I don't think there has ever been another to compare. The epic begins with CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR. The Earth's Children series is a prehistoric "Gone With The Wind".
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Traveling with a man she loves, a wolf she raised from a pup, and horses she raised and taught to work with her, a young woman makes her way to a new world. There are ever present dangers and delays, but eventually still together they make it across the frozen glacier to a land of plenty. Here they will have a new home.
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This is one of my favorite books, I reread the whole series about every three years or so. When I first read book #1 there was no series, I have read the series every time a new book was published. They are so vivid and real that they are like a wonderful movie in my mind.
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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read this back in 2006 still have to read all the rest liked this one alot..
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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This is the fourth book in the Earth's Children series. Ayla (the main character) lives in pre-civilization times. This book chronicles her journey with Jondalar to reach his home. I enjoyed it very much.
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Very good. A long book.
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This book if fourth in the Earth's Children series begun in the novel THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR. Every bit as thrilling and facinating as the other three.
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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Typical of the series...
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This is part of the Earth's Children series (clan of the Cave Bear). It's a great read but you must read them in sequence or you will get confused I think.
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Ayla and Jondalar attempt to return to his people and meet a wide variety of people, dangers and adventures along the way, great read.
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Excellent series by Jean Auel! Loved them all!
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Fifth in the Clan of the Cavebear series.
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Yet another spell binding book by Auel.
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Great Classic Read
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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Fourth in a series about the earliest days of mankind
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This is one of my favorite series and this book is just wonderful! Although, even after reading it a 2nd time and more than ten years later, I still find Jondalar a whiner and he can really annoy me. However, Ayla is such an amazing heroine that it makes it all worth it!
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A good book, but too discriptive when providing info about plants and animals
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One of her best.
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This is book 4 in the Clan of the Cavebear series. Wonderful series if you like the genre.
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This is a great book. I have read all of Jean M. Auel's books. They are a series of books that tell about a clan of people that live in caves, back when it was the only shelter they had. The series starts with the Clan of the Cave Bear. I have enjoyed reading them all and I can't wait for the last book, no. 6 in the series, which Jean is in the process of writing now. I give this book a 5 star review.
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a dangerous and daring journey in the eraliest days of mankind...
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I love this series
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Super story - couldn't put it down!
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This book is like a travelton...it follows the two main characters on a long and dangerous trip.
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Book #3 in this facinating series set in pre-historic times. Ayla and Jondular continue their trek across Europe.
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the author takes us to the earliest days of humankind. if you like this kind of book you will enjoy
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Fourth in the stunning Earths Children series begun in the bestselling novel-The Clan of the Cave Bear.
Ayla and Jondalar set out into the unknown....they are driven to reach that place on earth they can call home. Together, they hold their future in their hands.
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Excellent part of this series! Cover is a bit creased, but otherwise is good condition.
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A reread of this book. I always enjoy this series, and this book is probably my favorite. Ayla and Jondalar have made the decision to leave the Mamutoi and make the trip back to Jondalar's home. Along the way they meet up with several other groups of people, some good and some not.

Ayla is nervous about leaving the Mamutoi, who have adopted her and given her a family of her own. But she loves Jondalar and will go with him despite her qualms. Because she was raised by "flatheads" after her own family died in an earthquake, she frequently faces prejudice from those who don't understand. However, she is always able to win over her detractors by way of her healing skills or personality.

Jondalar started out his Journey with his brother, but ended up with Ayla after a cave lion killed his brother and injured him. While happy to be with Ayla, he is homesick for his own people and convinces Ayla to come with him. After spending several months with the Mamutoi, it is time to move on. Having made the Journey this far, Jondalar knows the way back home and is anxious to get there.

I liked the descriptions of the land and animals that they saw along the way, but my favorite parts were when they encountered other people. The first of these are the Sharamudoi, with whom Jondalar and his brother had stayed before. They arrive to find that the wife of the leader has been hurt and Ayla immediately steps into healer mode to help her. She is successful, of course, which puts her in good graces with the rest of the people. I also enjoyed the reactions to Ayla's wolf and horses. They stay for awhile with the group, who want them to stay, but Jondalar insists that they keep moving.

The next group they encounter are the S'Armunai, with a welcome that is not so pleasant. The leader of the group is a woman who stole the leadership and is mentally unbalanced. Jondalar is captured and is confined with the other men. He does what he can to help the other men while he tries to figure out how to escape and find Ayla. Meanwhile, she has been looking for him, and watches the camp for several days while trying to find the best way to rescue him. How she does so is very dramatic and intense. Of course, she also insists on staying long enough to treat those who have been injured and neglected, before they leave to continue their Journey.

Next up are the Losadunai, who live at the edge of the glacier Jondalar and Ayla must cross to get to his home. Again, they are warmly welcomed and treated well. I enjoyed seeing Ayla getting to know everyone. There is also some drama involving a young girl who was assaulted by some young men. Ayla's empathy helps the girl move past it and embrace her future. As Ayla and Jondalar continue their journey they run into those same young men who have attacked a Clan (flathead) man and woman. After reading them the riot act and sending them on their way, Ayla treats the injured man as they share their fire and a meal. I liked how seeing Ayla with a man of the Clan helped Jondalar understand her a little better.

There is danger as they cross the glacier at the end of the winter. The arrival of spring temperatures can cause dangerous melting, putting them at greater risk of injury or death. After several close calls, they make it off the glacier, to the home cave of some of Jondalar's family. A bit of a romantic tangle is present with a young woman there that adds a bit of angst. Ayla also encounters a man of "mixed spirits" half clan and half Other, who reminds her of her son Durc, left behind in the first book of the series. I really enjoyed their connection and seeing Ayla ease his anger about the way his mother was treated. After a brief period with them, they at last reach Jondalar's home, with a cliffhanger ending as we wait to see how they are welcomed.

I always enjoy seeing Ayla win over new people, and this book was no exception. I also loved seeing reactions to the animals, especially Wolf. I especially loved his part in the rescue of Jondalar from the S'Armunai. It is also really sweet to see Wolf with the various children.

This was not my first reread of this book and it won't be the last.
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It is really good.
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this book was the first I read and it was very interesting will be reading the rest of them..
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Auel writes a marvelous novel about prehistory. The story is finely woven with details of Earth in the Ice Age. She could have left out the sex, it detracts from an otherwise excellent tale.
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this is my favorite series. I love Ayla. She is an excellent role model. I'm posting this paperback as I've finally gotten a decent hardcover copy. I wore out the first book in the series. (mind you it was a worn copy to begin with...)
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I love this whole series. I do think that this book means more if you have read at least Books 2 and 3 of the Earth's Children series. If you are considering this book go back and start from the beginning. They are all great and it is a wonderful story. i cna't wait to read number 5 of the series.
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Ayla and Jondalar's journey continues across ice age Europe where they sometimes meet people who are intrigued by them and their many skills for hunting, animal training, and healing and some are threatened by them. but Ayla and Jondalar brave the journey in an attempt to return to Jondalar's family.
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Ayla and Jondalar continue their journey, accompanied by Whinny, Racer, and Wolf, closely observing the terrain and prudently, even inventively, developing "modern" techniques to deal with danger and evil. Perhaps most interesting is Ayla's triumph over the matriarchal despot Attaroa; the reverberating echoes of the women's movement's attendant strengths and weaknesses lend a nice touch of irony.
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great series
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Jean M. Auel returns us to the captivating adventures of the courageous heroine called Ayla. With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey-away from the welcoming hearth of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown. Their odyssey spans a beautiful but treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casing the bold pair among strangers. Some will become friends, intrigued by Ayla's ways of taming wild horses and wolves. Others will become fierce enemies, threatened by what they cannot understand. But always the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar will heed the voice and vision that urges them on, deeper into the dark and spectacular heart of an unmapped world. For they are driven to reach that place of earth they can call home. Together, they hold their future in their hands.
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The fourth book in the "Earths Children" series. My bookcover is different than the one shown.
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the cover is different