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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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    Crissy 04-04-16
    Crissy 04-04-16 Member Since 2016

    I've been an avid reader my whole life, and have discovered the joy of having books read to me. I'm enjoying my audible membership.

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    "Enjoyable"
    Where does The Valley of Horses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Ayla is able to make the most of her environment, and discover how to do new things.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Jondolar meets baby is my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no.


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    Brenda Rakestraw 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "BEST BOOK WRITTEN"

    I am in love with this book!! Just as Clan of the Cave Bear it is just a delight!

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    Jillian 02-02-16
    Jillian 02-02-16
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    "Good but..."

    Became too sexual for my taste. Took away from the historical fantasy feel of the book and became borderline shut.

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    jessejames1982 02-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I love these books so far"

    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.

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    Genevieve 01-16-16
    Genevieve 01-16-16
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    "Heartsick to Happiness"
    If you could sum up The Valley of Horses in three words, what would they be?

    Impossible is possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The will one person has to live.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    Thonolan, his character was always making me laugh.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jondalar experiences a great loss in his life.


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    J.Gant 01-15-16
    J.Gant 01-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Ayla's Saga Continues"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Valley of Horses to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Baby - because he is a lion.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Burr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can not answer that question without spoiling the book. I'll simply say the last 4 chapters are amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Raine 01-10-16
    Raine 01-10-16
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    "An all time favorite"

    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.



















































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    Bette 12-25-15
    Bette 12-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A joy."

    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.

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    cavenewt 12-18-15
    cavenewt 12-18-15
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    "Almost as good as the first book"
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    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.

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    Edric 12-13-15
    Edric 12-13-15
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    "Wonderfully Written"

    Wonderful world building but be warned, not much actually *happens*

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    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.

    Cavewoman ubermensxh

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