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The Valley of Horses

Earth’s Children, Book 2
Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
Series: Earth's Children, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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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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Great read!<br />

Loved it. Enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first one. Rowena's reading is awesome

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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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  • Mary-Lou Harris
  • 08-13-19

As awesome now as the 1st time I read it 20yrs ago

love love loved it. great narration. had the images in my head as she was narrating. I was so 'there' WITH them throughout the whole book ♡♡♡

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  • Cecilie
  • 08-08-19

Erotic novel compared to first book

Great narration, good story. Just lost its way compared to first book. Author went to far with erotic novel and I found myself waiting to hear more about the story of Ayla

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  • Heather
  • 03-31-19

My favourite from Jean M Auel

This is my favourite in the earth's children series. I love how strong Ayla is and how she is able to survive after the end of 'Clan of the Cave Bears'. At first I was a bit surprised to be following a different character but I feel the author does it well and it was a great way to introduce new people into the story. I was really happy with the narrator, she has a lovely voice and reads the book flawlessly which means I am able to immerse into the story. With many books I have been frustrated by narrators and not been able to enjoy the book but this was done really well.

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  • Jinty
  • 03-21-19

The Valley of Horses

Another great book in this series, I have re read it a couple of times and still find it amazing..

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-19

Drawn out, padded but interesting

Longer than it should have been. A great story that would have benefited from a ruthless editor.

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  • Renay
  • 01-29-19

Worth the effort

Sometimes this series can be hard to persevere with. Not because it is bad writing, nor performance, but because it is so much to ponder Ayla. Definitely worth the effort.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-18

Great story but too much erotica

Great continuation of Ayla's story and interesting new characters. I love the descriptions of the natural environment and geological formations etc too. I like how you're able to know and get inside the character's heads.
I only didn't give 5 stars because sex scenes happened too often. Not bad if you like erotica, but I would prefer the story with much less frequency.

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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.