I got the unabridged version of this book out of the library on tape to listen to while I was painting several rooms in my house one summer. I loved it. I thought it was a unique look at the author's idea of what life could have been like for neanderthal and cro-magnon man. Jean Auel obviously did a lot of reasearch for this book and it comes out in her descriptions of flora and fauna and what certain herbs were used for and how things might have been cooked, etc. A truly fascinating story about a cro-magnon orphan girl raised by neanderthals, and the hardships she endured for being different. I have read it several times, and enjoy it every time.