A friend of mine recommended this book to me, saying it was one of the best books she had ever read. I knew it had to be something special, because this wasn't something she'd say all the time. So, I was easily convinced to buy/read this book.
And I didn't regret it. I found the story to be so interesting! Yes, there are a lot of descriptions, but I quite liked them and I have been told that the plants Auel describes are in fact plants with healing powers. I always like such kind of details.
When I read this book, I was about thirteen and it was quite a massive book for me in those days, but still I think it only took me a week or so to finish it.
The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book in the series Earth's Children.
Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book