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The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2 | [Jean M. Auel]

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

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.
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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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    Seva L. Droz 07-30-12

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    "Excellent Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Valley of Horses the most enjoyable?

    I've always loved this series of books, but to have it read to me was an AWESOME experience. I listened to most of it while sitting on top of a mountain overlooking a valley that I could imagine was Ayla's valley.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is so rich and informative. With this book and a botanical encyclipedia, you could survive in the wilds.


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

    This was my first, but I've already started on the next book in the series, The Mammoth Hunters and am enjoying it just as much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but at 21 hrs long, it was impossible. It was very hard to put it down, though.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely LOVE listening to audio books.

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    darswords Reno, NV, United States 03-07-12
    darswords Reno, NV, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Horses!"

    This second book in the series was more exciting than the first. Jean Auel has created such believable characters who dwell in an equally believable world.

    By reading the Kindle version while listening to the Audible version the story comes to life. Sandra Burr's narration is well done.

    Horses. Need I say more?

    tags: audible, feminism, herstorical-fiction, history, horses, kindle, read, womyn

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    Donnie 12-26-11
    Donnie 12-26-11
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    "one of those stories"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Valley of Horses to be better than the print version?

    for me personally it is better because I find it easier to keep track of whats going on.


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    Jim Fox San Diego, CA 12-23-11
    Jim Fox San Diego, CA 12-23-11
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    "A little boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Too much repetition of Book 1.


    If you???ve listened to books by Jean M. Auel before, how does this one compare?

    I like Book 1 a lot.


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

    Performances of the two books I've heard by Sandra Burr were both excellent.


    Do you think The Valley of Horses needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It???s Book 2 of a 6 book series.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably try Book 3, but I expect it to be written as if the reader hasn't read or heard Books i & 2. That would mean almost half of the book will be repetitious. Not to my liking.

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    Tammie La Grange, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Tammie La Grange, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but very long & detailed"
    What did you like best about The Valley of Horses? What did you like least?

    I like this series but the author gets into excrutiating (sp?) detail about the scenery and such which I find very drawn out. Expecially in follow up books where you already heard all the details in previous books. In general, I do listen to this series but find myself stopping and going to another book for a while then coming back to these.


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    Elaine Comstock Park, MI, United States 11-16-11
    Elaine Comstock Park, MI, United States 11-16-11
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    "Spicy Evolution"

    Jean Auel really added a lot of sexual discourse to this book. At times it is very spicy and poses questions of the evolution of sex and its meaning. From abuse to love and how it effects the heroin. I also enjoyed the evolution of the woman and how she learns to take care of herself never really learning to appreciate how good she really is. I very much enjoy her dispersal of knowledge about herbs and medicine woman insights. The heroin learns and grows in her seance of self and others. The only frustrating thing for me was a glitch in the download which made spaces in the audio and I had to down load it a few times to get the full story. The story and drama was great.

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    Brenda Dahlonega, GA, United States 09-30-11
    Brenda Dahlonega, GA, United States 09-30-11
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    "wonderful to set back and be read to"

    I've read all 6 books in this series but to set back and relax and be read to was wonderful.This series of Earth's Children is very entertaining.

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    michelle Port Orchard, WA, United States 05-23-11
    michelle Port Orchard, WA, United States 05-23-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm on my 315th audiobook since 2007. I only discovered Audible in 2010 and I find it's a great way to manage my audiobook budget.

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    "Hot!"

    Nice Continuation of the first novel. Definitely hotter. Left me wanting more. Wow!

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    Michelle 01-29-11
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    "Bad idea to get the audio"

    I read the entire series years ago and wanted to refresh myself in preparation for the newest book coming out this year. Big mistake to get the audios. I forgot that with her books you don't have to refresh yourself. She does it for you. Over and over and OVER again. At least when you read the book you can skip pages to keep from being frustrated over reading something you've already read.

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    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 10-04-10
    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 10-04-10 Member Since 2015
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    "LUV THIS SERIES"

    Wonderful story. I stumbled across this series when audible was offering a special on the first book in a select set of series. Thought I would give it a try since I had seen and loved the movie Clan Of The Cave Bear. Firstly ... I was surprised to find that it was a series. I fell in love with the "real Alya"! No comparison between the movie and the sieries. I immediately HAD TO HAVE all 5 books. So much was changed and even more was left out that I am still amazed. Well written and while the reader is on shaky ground with the first book ... she improves dramitaclly as she continues the series, finds her footing with it, and develops and makes distinct each character by book 5 ... adding to the charm of this wonderful story. So much so that I can not imagine anyone else reading it. I can't wait for the 6th book. Thank you audible for re-opening my love of the Clan and my interest in pre-history. Well worth listning to!

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