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
Great listen but the pacing was sometimes frustrating. Several times I found myself having to go back and listen to a part again because the abrupt change to the subject.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Ayla, the prehistoric woman character in this book, is abandoned by her clan. Hunting for food she discovers a earth shaking discovery: horses can offer more than food to eat when hunted and killed. They allow you to cover more distance to explore uncharted territory. They allow you companionship. They allow you to carry more food from the kill area of the hunt to a safe area for butchering away from other predators eg. hyenas and lions. Enjoy Ayla's discovery of an evolutionary survival breakthrough for humankind. Ayla is an amazing!
I am so disappointed in the narration of one of my favorite books. I have all the books in the Earth's Children series. I've read them so many times I almost know them by heart. Perhaps that's why this narrator's voice strikes me so wrong but her voice is high and her speech patterns almost juvenile sounding more like a Disney Princess than a strong young woman finding a way to survive the harsh prehistoric world.
If you can get past the voice, please give this book a chance. It's a wonderful story and beautiful well written series. It's worth your time.
Inspiring, in-powering, and moving.
none i can think of at this time.
Baby was my favorite this book!
Her long path to love.
I love excitement and relaxation. I love reading and playing games and spending time with my family
I for one loved this story and the reader. kept me at edge the whole story, and even make me think if indeed this ever happened. Jean seemed like she did her research.
I was pretty skeptic in reading these books, however my sister talked me into reading the first book. and the first one I had a hard time putting down, and if I was interrupted while listening I had to rewind it. I was very involved and took me to the place. and felt how she and he felt.
I cannot wait to start listening to the next one and the next. its so awesome.
Ala of course
I love her voice and her accent and pronunciation on some of these words by far one of my favorite readers!
not cry but was in shock ok I did want to cry a bit and I did get a bit angry in some.. but that is the best part. getting your readers to react to the story, take you into a different world.
if you are into books like this, please do not judge these books by the cover. its a great story! so far everyone I just am amazed and I am in they're world love it! if you get into this type. if you do not then it is not for you. I have always been facinated with cave men, dinosaurs, prehistoric times since I was really little.
Lengthy passages dedicated to blow-by-blow sex. I'm no prude, but I found these bits neither interesting nor erotic. They were a distraction that did nothing to move the story forward.
The main characters are too impossibly perfect in every way. Ayla is like a stone-age Martha Stewart (in a hot body) who sets up a well-stocked cave all by herself. Where you know that Martha has a large staff helping her offstage, there is no conceivable way that one person could do everything that Ayla did on her own. Humans need community, especially primitive humans. One person cannot possibly hunt, fish, dry meat and tan hides, gather enough wood for an entire winter, harvest vegetables and herbs and enough grains to feed two horses, etc.. single-handed as Ayla does in the book. My suspension of disbelief couldn't keep up to the task.
Where Cave Bear was interesting in showing how people lived, and theorizing on what Neanderthals might have been like, Valley of the Horses only touches only a little on how Neanderthals and more modern humans might have perceived each other and interacted. It is marred by a descent into utter fantasy about two supermodel super-talented supersmart humans having super sex.
What genre is it? I couldn't tell. I thought I was picking up a historical novel but it turned out to be more of a harlequin romance.
She stuck through the tedious bits like a trooper!
Cut 80% to 90% out of each sex scene.
This was a disappointment after Clan of the Cave Bear. I'll skip the rest of the series.
An amazing story, well-told and well-researched.
Ayla ... an independent woman, a survivor.
She portrays each character perfectly.
When Ayla connected with the horse and the cave lion as helpless infants.
A captivating story with much to teach.
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