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The Valley of Horses Audiobook
The Valley of Horses
Written by: 
Jean M. Auel
Narrated by: 
Sandra Burr
The Valley of Horses Audiobook

The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A timeless epic of the dawn of civilization.

In The Valley of Horses, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

Sharing a hidden valley with a herd of steppe horses, Ayla finds a unique friendship with animals as vulnerable as herself and ingeniously discovers the complex skills needed to survive - skills no Clan member was ever able to master.

But none of her experiences prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man - the first of the Others she has seen - from almost certain death.

Torn between her desire for human companionship and her fear of the unknown Others, she struggles against her deep attraction to the handsome Jondalar. It is Jondalar who teaches her the meaning of true friendship and love.

Listen to more in the Earth's Children series.

©2004 Jean M. Auel; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Anne 07-23-15
    Anne 07-23-15
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    "Died of Detail While Nothing At All Happened"

    At seven hours in, I am quitting this deathly tome.

    I thought Clan of the Cave Bear (Book 1) was pretty slow but it was downright frantic compared to this book. Ayla survived her first winter alone in a small cave because she is Mary Sue in skins, but can you imagine how boring many of her days must have been?

    Well, you don't have to imagine it because Auel is going to make you live...... every ..... moment. Meanwhile, Jondalar and his brother are hanging with the Cro Magnons boinking the girls and stuff and absolutely nothing happens. Yes, there is hunting and fishing and tool making and cooking and sleeping and thinking and thinking and thinking.

    But in seven hours nothing much has happened to advance the plot and last night it dawned on me - there isn't one!

    Seven hours in and I can't take it any more. I'm giving this and books 3 and 4 back to Audible.

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    Tricia 07-29-16
    Tricia 07-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "like a prehistoric romance novel"

    When I got into the series, I did not know it would turn out to be a romance prehistoric fiction. Just be prepared- there are at least three very graphic sex scenes in the story. It wss not what I was expecting after loving the first book in this series. Furthermore, it wasn't until chapter 18 that the two main characters finally found each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia Barnhart 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love it just like Clan of the cave bears."

    Jean Auel is great and the narrator was very good. I can't wait to start on the next book in the series I bought the entire series from audible.

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    Amazon Customer 07-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Personal favorite"

    The Valley of Horses has always been my favorite of Jean M. Auel's "Earth's Children" series. Ayla's trials of lone survival, her innovative adaptations of hunting techniques, and especially her accidental discovery of the advantages of domestication of horses keep the story moving. The introduction, at last, of 'the Others' brings it all into focus. All in all, a very satisfying and well written adventure/romance, presented on the stage of the prehistoric world; a world which Mrs. Auel develops in a very realistic and well researched manner. Sandra Burr's skillful narration brings the story to life, and enhances Auel's vivid narrative. I highly recommend this series.

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it. read this 20 years ago ."

    love this. I read the entire series over 20 years ago and wanted to read it again

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    Steven 07-05-16
    Steven 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Smutty Romance Novel - about cavemen"

    Not at all like the first book in the series. This is constantly talking about some guy's member. Really not worth buying. Maybe I'm the only idiot who didn't get this book was a caveman romance novel, but I couldn't finish reading it.

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    Dori Fortier 06-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "over explained"

    Author tends to over explain every little detail way too much at times. it's an over kill.

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    S. Rittenhouse Harunaga hawaii 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "my favorite of the series"

    the story is amazing, the details given a proof of the research the author conducted prior to writing these books. the Narain was fine but would be so much better if a male could have read the a masculine lines.

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    Maria D. Homolka 05-20-16
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    "Love the story"

    Read the story when it first out and loved hearing the story many years later

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    Leslie Keshishian 05-13-16
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    "Trying to decide if I want to go on...."

    I enjoyed this story a little more than the first book. I am still not fond of the narrator. I am curious what will happen next, so maybe on to book three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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