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
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...
Listening to this was like reading it for the first time!! This is my FAVORITE book series and the narrator does an excellent job of telling the story!! Love it and highly recommend this whether you've read the series or are just looking for something new!!!
I am elated to listen to one of my favorite books that I read so many years ago. With my vivid imagination I wish there was a movie of the entire series. I know the fist book movie starring Darryl Hannah but I want more.
Each book can stand alone, but I really enjoy the series in order. The historical references to medicine, the ice age geography and animal life is woven into a believable fabric. I got started on this series as tapes over 10 years ago, and have re-listened to the series several times. The sex scenes get tedious for me, but those are easily fast forwarded through.
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