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  • The Valley of Horses

  • Earth’s Children, Book 2
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (691 ratings)

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The Valley of Horses

By: Jean M. Auel
Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
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Summary

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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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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Continuing Ayla’s story

I enjoyed hearing Ayla’s story and wanted her to find happiness. I liked the fact that she found a mate in Jondala but I got a bit fed up listening to all the explicit sex scenes. Nothing left to the imagination on numerous occasions. I wonder what the authors’s intention was . It seemed like it was a bit like it was the authors fantasies being aired. It all got a bit tiresome towards the end which ruined it somewhat

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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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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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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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Dawn of time sequel

Having read the first book The clan of the cave bear and loved it, I was eagerly looking forward to learning about Aylas new adventures.
The book starts off well describing how Ayla makes a new life for herself after having to leave the Neanderthal clan who had nurtured her from the age of 5 when she was found by them following an earthquake.
The problem for me personally is that as this book moves on it gets a bit syrupy with Whinney the horse that Ayla adopts and Baby the cave lion that she save, then Jondalat the man of her dreams and it all becomes a bit fifty shades of fur.
Personally I feel that the real essence of these books and what drew me in originally has been lost,
Ms Auel has started writing to please the masses and lost the little something she had sparked in the first book
Lastly great narration by Rowena Cooper.
All said, I think I will call it a day after this book. Thanks but no thanks to the series.

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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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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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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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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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  • 02-04-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

A lively second book of series

I love the readers voice as it's so soothing. The story is captivating and very different from first book, even continuance to Ayla's life.

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  • Arjen
  • 20-09-20

Typical tv soap screenplay

You know what a typical lazy writer does? Makes sure the main characters do not communicate so there will be unnescecery confusion on which the whole main storyline is based. If only they would have actually talked as soon as they could have.. Then the book would have ended half way in.
Or wait, let's come up with a real plot?!

Bad writer.
Lazy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-19

Great read!

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