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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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wishes for come true

loved it !! very beautifully read. Thank you for sharing. It's so wonderful to be read to

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • steve
  • 09-29-18

the journey continues

gripping, thrilling, and exciting. As good as the 1st in the series and can't wait for the next book

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  • Libbi MacKenzie
  • 09-19-18

Never tire of these books and a wonderful narrator

Never tire of this series of books and the experience is all the better by a wonderful narrator
highly recommend this whole series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-09-18

The Valley of the Horses

I think that all six of Jean M Auel's books are an excellent read and very interesting and I have all of them in hard back as well as here on Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

Excellent listen.

Loved the books and the audio version is equally good. Looking forward to the next in the series 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-18

Quality

Excellent follow up to Clan of the cave bear. This book is really a buttress to the rest of the series it seems, great narrator and just about to start The Mammoth Hunters.

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  • adam williams
  • 05-02-18

Great Second entry into the series

J.M Auel does it again, I love this series. Rowena Cooper narrates beautifully, looking forward to book 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-21-18

I love this series

The whole story is engrossing. The reader is perfect. A great read for the housework🙏🙏

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  • Bruce
  • 08-09-18

clan of the cave bear series

loved it I have read the books and listened to all the books here on Audible 2 times now

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  • Attila
  • 03-30-18

Hmm, not on the same level as clan bear

Your here because you need to find out what happens next after Cave of the Clan Bear. Umm soooo.. It really doesn't feel the same author wrote both books. There is a lot of erotica; a lot. The story will start and you will think "this isn't so bad" but then the erotica appears and doesn't go away and then you will think "ok now I know what everybody means when they say the rest of the books in this series is not like the first one". I could get through it but will get off the train now and not give the third a try.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-18

Cracking story, excellent narrative <br /><br />

Terrific story and so much detail paints a compelling picture of the world of the earth children. Narrative performance is excellent and I can't wait to listen to book 3.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

Enjoyable read.

Well she really upped the raunch in the second book of The Earths Children. I was a little surprised and had not really expected that. But a very enjoyable book if a tad long winded in places. I am enjoying the series and will certainly keep reading through them. I love this narrator in particular. What she can do with a story is amazing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-18

A Work of Genius

When Jean Auel first began putting pen to paper, a miracle of wordsmithing began to manifest. Beautifully written, Auel's command of written language is extraordinary. This series of books are more than a crash course in anthropology. They are entertaining and emotionally gripping: written with verve and sensitivity. The Valley of Horses, the second in the series, takes up the story of Ayla, a young woman who must draw upon every resource she possesses in order to survive in a harsh and hostile environment. Drawing upon a truly astonishing and wide-ranging knowledge of hominid anthropology, herbal medicine, psychology, environmental science and 'primitive' survival skills, Auel weaves a story that examines the lives and concerns of our distant anscestors and the world in which they live. Make no mistake, these novels are a crash course in anthropology, and this was obviously a concern that propelled Auel to begin this series. Yet it is the personal story of Ayla that draws the reader in and which propels the story. Auel has produced a work of art that is entertaining and engrossing, whilst being simultaneously educational. There have been few writers in history who have been able to handle such a task so effectively. Auel is therefore not only a great writer, but also a great teacher. My only wish is that Auel had have fleshed out the segue between the two brothers arriving at the village at the end of the river and leaving for their aimless journey East. The narrator, Roweena Cooper, is almost up to the task of reading these immensely imagined novels, however it is a big task. My only real criticisms are minor: Cooper mispronounced a few words; something that a little research could have avoided. However these errors, whilst they do interupt the flow of the story, are rare and easily forgiven. Auel has an extraordinary vocabulary. Otherwise, Cooper's reading of the texts is an excellent performance. To be true, I found the middle class accent a little difficult to get used to at first, being essentially emotionally reticent in timbre. However, after a few minutes of listening this began to be less of a concern. Cooper's reading is beautifully voiced, consistent, and clearly articulated. I just wish there was a little more warmth in her voice. Overall, this is one of the best audio books any reader can hope to purchase. I highly recommend the full series to anyone who wants a great story to listen to - a story of profound humanity, empathy and sympathy for those people, our long-forgotren anscestors, whose struggles for survival we owe our very existence.

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  • Lara
  • 01-12-18

Trueblood caveman styles

great sex scenes (that i wasn't expecting). a bit repetitive but i have to know what next. yep im downloading the next in the series.

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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.