When author Jean M. Auel introduced her first novel in the Earth Children series, readers clamored for more. "The Valley of Horses" is certainly one sequel that did not disappoint her fans.
Readers could not get enough of a prehistoric homo sapien woman, Ayla, who had captured their imagination in "The Clan of the Cave Bear" - the first novel in the series. Ayla, a young child of a newer, more sophisticated band of cave people that the Neanderthal "Flatheads" called "the Others," was rescued from certain death after her own family and tribe were swallowed up in an earthquake.
Ayla was mothered and brought up by the Clan's medicine woman, Iza, from a much more primitive form of early man than her own people had been. Combining the teaching of her adoptive mother with her own advanced intelligence, Ayla reaches young womanhood and sets out on her own individual odyssey in a vast wilderness of primitive beauty.
In "The Valley of Horses Audiobook," Ayla grows into a more independent, capable and skilled young woman unlike anyone else in literary history. Through an innate sense of intelligence and understanding, Ayla gains wisdom and superior skills as she lives in isolation among the animals of the era. She patterns her own hunting and survival methods from lessons she learns as she observes animals in their environment and continually innovates, inventing what she needs to stay alive.
It is inevitable that Ayla's path finally crosses that of another one of her kind, with one of the Others. His name is Jondalar, and in him, she learns about herself, not only as one who is naturally different from the Flatheads who nurtured her, but as a woman, who, by instinct, is herself part of Nature's grand plan for the survival of the species.
Author Jean M. Auel was born in Chicago and married soon after graduating from high school. Five children later, she began to pursue her own education and took courses heavy in mathematics and science. She began writing and eventually came up with the idea of setting a novel in prehistoric times. Her voracious appetite for learning and all that it had brought her found an outlet in her books. "The Clan of the Cave Bear" was followed by "The Valley of Horses," with more novels in the series coming out over the next three decades. Auel's books are the product of an enormous amount of research and true-to-life detail about the time periods in which she set her books and the people she brings to modern audiences.
From the convenience of their MP3 players or other listening devices, audiences can listen to Kayla's story and her early times with Jondalar in "The Valley of Horses" The audiobook, over 21 hours in length, can be easily downloaded in just minutes.
A timeless epic of the dawn of civilization.
In The Valley of Horses, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.
Sharing a hidden valley with a herd of steppe horses, Ayla finds a unique friendship with animals as vulnerable as herself and ingeniously discovers the complex skills needed to survive - skills no Clan member was ever able to master.
But none of her experiences prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man - the first of the Others she has seen - from almost certain death.
Torn between her desire for human companionship and her fear of the unknown Others, she struggles against her deep attraction to the handsome Jondalar. It is Jondalar who teaches her the meaning of true friendship and love. Download and start listening now!