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Forced to leave the Clan and her young son, Ayla sets out alone to travel the frigid steppes until she finds the valley of horses. Unable to find people like herself, the Cro-Magnons, she settles there and seeks friendship elsewhere. First she adopts a young filly, then a wounded lion cub. But far to the west, two young Cro-Magnon brothers have begun a journey. One of them is Jondalar, whose destiny is bound inextricably with Ayla's.

Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.

©1982 Jean M. Auel (P)2003 AudioGO Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A panorama of human culture in its infancy ... The Valley of Horses is great fun." (New York Times Book Review)
"Holds the reader in a powerful spell." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • claire
  • 01-06-15

Great listen

Really loved the narration of this wonderful story. The Characters were bought to life in a colourful spellbinding way. I look forward to the 'mammoth hunters'

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  • Miss C.
  • 11-09-16

favourite of the series

love these books and have read them several times. the story comes to life so well in audio format. looking forward to the next one.

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  • Naomi
  • 06-16-15

A great listen.. Had me hooked

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I was completely transported into the prehistoric world and the characters journey. Very well narrated. I Can't wait to move on to the next book in the series.

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  • Jayne Ibbotson
  • 05-25-15

Perfect book, poor performance

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

I could shut my eyes and be transported to a different time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ayla. I have read this book MANY times and it's one of my all time favourites.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rowena Cooper’s performances?

Her voice is too old for this story. Both Jondalar and Ayla are young people Rowena's voice did not suit.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love this book - always have.

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  • Miss
  • 01-16-18

Excellent 2nd book in the Earths Children series

I love this series! I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!

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  • B.
  • 01-12-18

Promising but too slow & too many bedroom scenes

The series started out promisingly with fascinating ideas about prehistoric daily life and the development of language and cultural interaction. The reader has a very pleasant voice and is a pleasure to listen to. Unfortunately the pace is painstakingly slow and in this 2nd book the author includes far too many graphic "bedroom" scenes, degrading it into a cheap and dirty novel. In my opinion these are completely out of place so I will not be buying the rest of the series.

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  • D. G. Mathias
  • 11-14-17

not as good as the first.

much prefer the first book. I find the 2 main characters a bit frustrating and the sex a bit laborious. I still like the general story though.

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  • Sarah Dinnick
  • 12-07-16

better than I could have hoped for.

it is so nice to be read to again, it takes me back to my childhood, though, I am quite sure this book would have beef to adult for our young ears... a won story and very descriptive ;)

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  • SAreader
  • 11-22-16

Near perfect writing.

Not all books in the series are great but this one is. the timing and emotional aspects are well judged.

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  • Mrs
  • 11-17-16

Great second book

Absolutly loved this second book in the Earth children series, great description and story, looking forward to the next books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-17

Sped through second instalment

Was so keen to continue Ayla’s story so straight into book 2. Because I’d gotten to know Ayla well during the previous book, I was impatient with the introduction of new characters. But made the effort and was rewarded. I found I kept waiting for the moment Ayla and Jondalar would finally meet. Felt like it didn’t happen till half way through the book. I was anticipating their meeting around the corner way before that. I was unable to place how physically far away the characters were and after so much walking and journeying and troubles, I thought it had to be soon!

I had to let go of a few things that annoyed me. I felt that future events were too obviously being set up at times but that wasn’t too bad. The most annoying thing of the book though trivial was the amount of gasping that took place. She gasped. He gasped. They gasped. I think the horse gasped at one point.

I wish I had even a whisper of Ayla’s strength and skill. I’m not even sure how I make it to the coffee machine in the morning. Which makes the coffee for me.

Ok, onto book 3!

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  • JenB
  • 10-26-17

Epic adventure

Loved the story when I first read it years ago, but even more this time around.




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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-17

can not stop listening

Read the first book The Clan of the Cave Bear and hoped the second book was going to be as good... IT WAS INCREDIBLE.. About to download the third in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-17

Great adventure.

This series will have you always looking forward to hearing more. Educational epic adventure book.

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  • Steve
  • 05-30-17

loved it

such a fantastic book. the narration was fabulous. I can not wait to listen to the next in the series

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  • Kerry
  • 04-07-17

Series is A-mazing!! But stand Alone Novel is too!

I love this series, Ive Read all 6 numerous times!!
But I love how Ms Auel's work can stand alone as novels in their own right!!