The Plains of Passage

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2017
32 hours 28 minutes
Jean M. Auel’s enthralling Earth’s Children series has become a literary phenomenon, beloved by readers around the world. In a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind and to the captivating adventures of the courageous woman called Ayla.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.Fourth in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series
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Linda W.

I love the first three books. This book kept saying the same thing over and over and over and over. I read it anyway because I want to know what was gonna happen. But I was rolling my eyes and signs while I was reading, trying to get to the heart of it. I think she needed so many words to submit or something. The first books were amazing and wonderful.

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The first 3 book of this series were awesome. Great character development, active story line, and lots of historical and survival research. This book (and the 2 that follow it) have forgotten character and plot development, but drone on with historical and ancient geographical data. Very little plot in the last 3 books.

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I enjoyed reading this series; however, I noticed the redundancy in this particular book. It was too much love making between the main characters. We got the picture after the first couple of times and each time is vividly captured. I think it could have been brushed over and left to the readers imagination after the second occurrence. It didn't seem too eventful. However, I really enjoyed the others.

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Iona M.

So I read these books when I was in highschool and absolutely loved them. I dreamt of becoming a medicine woman, of collecting plants myself and healing rabbits… or wolves ! The truth is, it’s an excellent serie but it is really repetitive. I guess it’s perfect if your memory fails you and you listen to it sporadically but if you listen to all four books in a row, you’ll skip some parts. As the story develops and more things happen, more thing are repeated… this book was a bit uneventful but the descriptions of the landscape and the way of life back then was great. The whole story with the Losadunaï seemed a bit far-fetched but I guess something major needed to happen. Use your credit for this book. Because what comes next might disappoint you even more (trust me, I’m beginning the next book and it’s torture).

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Billy L.


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Love all of them!!

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Alexander Z.

What an amazing story which I read when I was 12 years old now 44 years old I enjoy deeply the audiobook. All of earths children’s books are great I recommend starting with the first.

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seemed like a lot of time was spent repeating, nearly verbatim, the preceding novel. Even the love making became redundant. It's a good thing I am a big fan of Aylah and the general story line but this book was disappointing in comparison to the previous novels. as much as I enjoy the historical aspect of herwriting, I hope the next book focuses more on the storyline and less on every species they come across.

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Ricia S

The narrator needs to learn better pronunciation on words like megasaurus, etc. It's very frustrating when you need to try to figure out what she is actually needing to say versus what she really says.

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Another classic. A trip back in time. It is like being there but fortunately you can close the book and return to the 21st Century.

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This is probably the weakest book of this series. It's very slow to get going, in the end it is still very very good, but it's a long haul to get there.

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I just want to tell everyone that this an an excellent story! I couldn't put it down!

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I just can not get enough of this series. Even though some of the events are unbelievable, I would classify this series as a historical fantasy fiction. I purely enjoy the characters and their adventures. I wish Auel would have another book to follow!

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Koka Thomason

This chapter in the series is enjoyable, although there seems to be much less plot that ties the whole story together. This is the "traveling" book, and so Ayla and Jondalar have some disjointed adventures, but of all of the books, you could skip this one and still know what's going on. This book holds true to the same mistakes that Auel made in the previous books: -Not only does she restate what happened previously, she restates what has happened in this book, as if the reader needs reminding. -The anthropology lessons, while somewhat interesting, distract from the main plot and make the book much longer than it needs to be. This should be a story, not a textbook. -The numerous sections of erotica don't add to the story at all. Once would have been enough - especially since Auel wants to shed light on prehistoric society - but repeating descriptions of their sex life just makes it titillating. All in all, this book is worth reading, but only if you're really into the series.

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This beautiful hardback book has lived in my personal library for 10 years. I picked it up numerous times, but could never really get into it. I'm grateful to have found it on Audio, I enjoyed the first 3 sets of the audiobook in one long weekend and look forward to completing the entire series very soon. It is a wonderful escape from the corporate world that sometimes consumes us. I love the raw innocence and beauty of the characters and of nature so vividly written.

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