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
"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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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'
"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.
"Perfect book, poor performance"
I could shut my eyes and be transported to a different time.
Ayla. I have read this book MANY times and it's one of my all time favourites.
Her voice is too old for this story. Both Jondalar and Ayla are young people Rowena's voice did not suit.
I love this book - always have.
"better than I could have hoped for."
it is so nice to be read to again, it takes me back to my childhood, though, I am quite sure this book would have beef to adult for our young ears... a won story and very descriptive ;)
"Near perfect writing."
Not all books in the series are great but this one is. the timing and emotional aspects are well judged.
"Great second book"
Absolutly loved this second book in the Earth children series, great description and story, looking forward to the next books
"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.
"The Valley of the Horses"
Brilliant, captivating and a wonderful experience. Written by Jean M Auel. wonderfully written book is a delight made 100 times better with the way Rowena Cooper reads the text.
":( I've finished it again"
Read this book so many times, love it. Ayla at her very best for sure.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Clan of the Cave Bear' and was so looking forward to the second part of the 'Earth's Children' trilogy. It started well, but about half way through seemed to become nothing much more than a series of repetitive and syrupy descriptions of sexual encounters - given at great length. I am very far from being a prude, but I found them rather nauseating and extremely boring. I am not tempted to want to continue with the series.
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