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.
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©2004 Jean M. Auel; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
This is a good story, in a series of good stories. I did NOT like the narrator, she sounded like she was reading to a group of First Graders. That would not be so bad until she was talking about the sexual scenes, it gave me the creeps.
The story telling is engaging, and the author uses a lot of in depth explanation of information based on facts, such as hunting, using weapons, and medicinal herbs, among many other things. not only is it an enjoyable piece of fiction, there is much truth and learning that can be obtained from a number of disciplines. The only thing that has annoyed me somewhat, is that the author goes quite in depth in the description of sexual acts, which goes above and beyond what is necessary for the story. she drags it out on and on, and was I to desire a romance novel, this would be great, but I'm not. I would prefer to be able to listen to this story in the car with my 8 year old son, since he is learning about the historical period in school, and aside from the graphic sex, the book would be fine for that purpose. Overall though, this series is a great example if historical fiction depicting life in an age.
Impossible is possible.
The will one person has to live.
Thonolan, his character was always making me laugh.
When Jondalar experiences a great loss in his life.
It has been too many years since I read the Print version, however in general I prefer the Audiobooks over print provided their is good narration. In this case I love the narrator.
Baby - because he is a lion.
Yes, I've listened to book 1 of this series and find this work to be consistent with the others. Ayla's voice remains the same, but the new characters who are introduced in this book are given different voices than the characters from book 1 that are not present.
I can not answer that question without spoiling the book. I'll simply say the last 4 chapters are amazing.
A large portion of the book is Ayla on her own and Jondalar on his journey with his brother. At times I felt this made the book drag on, but trust me when I say to keep listening. Once they are together the rich details of their separate journey's make the struggles & accomplishments they go through together worth it. I've already started book 3 of the series.
I have been a fan of Jean Auel's books for over 30 years. I own the books, cassette tapes and some CDs. I was thrilled to find it now on Audible. I have always been impressed with Sandra Burr's reading.
This book took me back to the time, many years ago, when I first read these books greedily. Then I had to wait anxiously for the next volume. Now I only have to tap Download and the next volume will appear, magically. The reading is effortless too. No balancing a heavy volume on my lap or chest. No fumbling for a tissue to mark my place. I am once again reminded of why I love audible.
I loved Clan of the Cave Bear, in large part because of all the detail about herbs and everyday life among primitive people. This book continues in that vein. The addition of Jondalar is welcome. I just have two complaints. One is that the misunderstanding between the two main characters goes on way too long. I found myself constantly grousing at them to just get on with it! The other is that, once they did get on with it, they did so with tiresome repetitiveness. I'm no prude, but I find that with books 2 through 4, if you fast-forward through the sex scenes it's a lot more enjoyable.
There's a reason people refer to this as Prehistoric Porn.
Wonderful world building but be warned, not much actually *happens*
If you feel like diving into a very steamy romance novel where caveperson ubermensches have glorious steamy sex time and time again, then budddy ol' pal - this is for you.
So much miss information and learning by horrible and less admirable examples...
This book/series inspires everyone to take responsibility for themselves, explore, learn and find love... And so much more... It's been along time since I read this series... Now I am a father and my son, when older, will certainly read this series... Won't be an option... Teaches also forgiveness, being humble, and most importantly learning to love yourself... Something that has sadly become a symptom of the struggles of this county... Why else would all the advertisements attempt to convince kids that there not good enough unless the have or wear this or that? This series won't solve all our struggles; but individually can make a difference one beautiful soul at a time...
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