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The Valley of Horses

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jean M. Auel

Narrated By: Sandra Burr

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 24 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

This odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman. Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don't fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind. Second in the acclaimed Earth's Children® series

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  • Joyce M

    Great story and story teller. Too much graphic sex, not necessary.

  • Alain G

    Read the series some years back. Was never able to find a comparable novel or series that takes place during the ice age. Bought the Cave of the Cave Bear and Valley of Horses to listen to on my long commute to work. Currently listening to the third book in the series the Mammoth Hunters.

  • TRISH

    A GREAT CONTINUATION TO THE SAGA BEGUN IN CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND HISTORICAL INFORMATION MAKES THIS A WONDERFUL READ, AND AN ENJOYABLEL RE-READ, AGAIN AND AGAIN.

  • Anonymous

    I read this series some years ago and enjoyed it a good deal... so rented this title on cd to listen to in the car with my 15 year old son as we travel long distances every weekend. We have really loved it. It has opened wonderful doors to discussing all kinds of things from pre history to morality and prejudice. He is bowled over by Ayla's courage... as am I. Great book! Fantastic story, well written and full of marvellous detail. Wish the reader had been English though... but that will teach me to join a US club!

  • Gabi

    Warning this is not for young readers or children. Jean M. Auel discribes everything in detail, including sexual acts. Which is fine for adults, but not for my 12 year old. However I loved this book, the discontinuing story of Ayla is wonderfull and very well read in this version. I can't wait for book number 3.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent book - If you liked Jean Auels previous work you will enjoy this one.

  • Philomena Culpepper

    I really liked the way they switched from Ayla over to Jondalar and his brother. I was interested in the geography. I found myself trying to imagine what I would have done in Ayla's place if I had been in the Valley. I really liked the way Ayla assumed responsibility for Whinney after killing her mom. She used the pony to transfer her aching for Durc to another individual. She treated the pony like a member of her new Clan. Her resourcefulness gives me a feeling of superiority like I can do things that have often been unteachable.

  • Jennie Lavaque

    In this book, Ayla truly comes into her own. I love the ingenuity with which she comes up with most of her survival ideas. Where in the first one, she was constantly being restrained by custom, in this one she is given free reign to be herself. I love how her personality develops and how she befriends her horse. The hunting scenes were heartwrenching for me, but forgiveable as they fit the story line. The story wouldn't have been the same without it. If you liked the first one, you will love this one. I definitely recommend this book.