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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
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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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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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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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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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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great sequel

Amazing listen and great sequel to clan of the cave bear. Although the description of the sex scenes were somewhat laughable, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire audiobook.

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Absolutely brilliant

I listened to Clan of the Cave bear last month and this one this month. I couldn't stop listening, brilliant stories, I can't wait for the 3rd one next month.

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Stunning scenery for a wild imagination.

A journey you will absolutely take alongside each character, alien and bizarre concepts are painted in vivid colour and your emotions will run as wild as the horses.

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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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  • 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
  • 10-01-19

Great read!<br />

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