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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean M. Auel Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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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!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 2/20/2014

    " Another great book in the Earth's Children series! The book picks up with Ayla trying to figure out life on her own, she finds a good location and sets up shop for a long long while. She friends horses - discovers flint, the bra (in a very prehistoric form), and bow and arrow. This is also the book where she meets the first "Other" she has ever seen. You will NOT be disappointed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Truc | 2/20/2014

    " Check out my review for "The Clan of the Cave Bear." This is also worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cayleigh | 2/17/2014

    " Alya is all alone and trying to find her people the Others. It is kind of fascinating seeing her survive on her own and knowing that she won't be able to go back to the Clan for help. Kind of makes you think about how screwed most people in this day and age would be if we were set in this type of landscape and expected to survive. Alya finds a valley that is perfect to spend the winter in and decides to stay there and we also meet Jondalar and Thonolan two men of the Others on their Journey trying to reach the end of the Great Mother River. The chapters switch between Alya and the brothers and leaves you with a building expectation of when Alya is going to meet Jondalar. After she saves his life the book keeps you interested by how she, and he, reacts to the differentness of each other. A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ewa | 2/7/2014

    " Best prehistoric romance ever. It's more like fantasy than historical fiction though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/28/2014

    " Not as good as the Cave Bear "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Hawley | 1/26/2014

    " Second attempt at this series... just could not get into the setting and characters. Gave up half way through and I don't do that often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Allen | 1/25/2014

    " My Grandmother started me on this series in my teen years and I now own the full set. We always read them together in the winters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 1/20/2014

    " I've read this before, but I noticed many other things now that I'm older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham Houle | 1/15/2014

    " Another epic and detailed story, as these books continue I find more and more of the same information and to be honest only the first 2 books really captured me, the rest have so much of the same botany and biology that it became boring after a while! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayla | 1/14/2014

    " Definitely not a serious piece of literature, but it provide your daily dose of soft-core porn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Church | 1/9/2014

    " Love this book, favourite in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria Khalid | 1/8/2014

    " I didn't like it as much as Clan of the Cave Bears (the prequel). I stopped reading this series after this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie Soito | 1/3/2014

    " I love this book. The detail about day to day tasks is amazing. Of course, one person would not be able to survive on her own like Ayala does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Livingston | 1/2/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and whole heartedly recommend this book to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaretha Krug | 12/25/2013

    " I love this book, always have, always will. The first three books in the series are some of my all time favourites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ede | 11/14/2013

    " Caveman porn. Pure and simple "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bess Grant | 10/23/2013

    " good enough and entertaining. i like Ayla and I like the story, but I cringe at how often jondalar's manhood is mentioned. hopefully it's toned down a bit in the next one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Nawaz | 8/5/2013

    " I liked it, but Ayla is alone in the Valley and doesn't meet Jondolar until 2/3 way through and then the book focuses a lot on their sexual chemistry. Still good though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charissa | 2/22/2013

    " Started out fairly slow but certainly improved throughout the book. Might also have something to do with the fact that I jumped into the story without reading the first book in the series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saffron blackmore | 1/24/2013

    " reding it again now. loved it to,maybe even better than the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/23/2012

    " Again, the best prehistoric series ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthuvius Manhandlinglambs | 5/31/2012

    " love it and hate it. Borrrrring in parts, but other scenes are totally gripping. Some great wish fulfillment. But worst sex scenes in all literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 5/10/2012

    " so well written, she could have been there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daila | 3/4/2012

    " Best of the Cave Bear books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin Reremoana | 10/17/2011

    " A GREAT READ AND JOURNEY INTO A YOUNG WOMAN FINDING HERSELF!A DISCOVERY AND EMOTIONAL RIDE WITH HER TOWARD A NEW HORIZON!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dmarcil21 | 9/22/2011

    " This is the second time I'm reading this series. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/27/2011

    " Not quite as good as The clan of the Cave Bear but still a very good read, the 500+ pages pass in no time as Ayla explores the prehistoric landscape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonna | 5/17/2011

    " As a follow up the Clan of the Cave Bear the first 2/3 of this novel is interesting and gripping. Once the love interest, Jondalar is introduced it quickly becomes a romance more than historical fiction. Just say they lived happily ever after and don't read further into the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 5/13/2011

    " Way too many cave paintings and too little story development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 5/11/2011

    " Read just for entertainment purposes. I can skip ahead on the audio and not feel I have missed too much. Much more entertaining than you commom cloak and dagger murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/11/2011

    " I forgot how...explicite this book was. Can't believe I read this when I was twelve. Explains a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/8/2011

    " This series is not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 5/6/2011

    " I didn't read this series when it first came out. Not sure why, but I am enjoying it now, and am glad to anticipate another couple thousand pages of it to come :-)
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 5/3/2011

    " living in isolation is not always the most exiting to read about - I prefer when Ayla interacts with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgie | 4/29/2011

    " This was such a powerful book, her thoughts on first men were so interesting and it really makes you think about our beginnings. I liked the second book too... pity about the rest of the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 4/26/2011

    " this was the first book that I read of the earth children series liked it so much that I read the rest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/22/2011

    " I loved this book, of course - featuring a self-sufficient woman AND a love story: it never fails to please me. Can be a little ridiculous but it's all a grand adventure, so that's ok with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal | 4/21/2011

    " I really liked this book. Great plot and charactors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 4/20/2011

    " I give this book 4 1/2 stars! I didn't need to know a few things, but overall it was great book! "

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About the Author
Author Jean M. Auel

Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth’s Children series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government’s Ministry of Culture with an Office of the Order of Arts and Letters medal. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.