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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Mostly wonderful

I am really enjoying the series, the long drawn out descriptions, I tend to lose a little interest, however, it drags me back in quickly after with exciting and new events.

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Wonderful listening

Vivid interpretation, I could imagine every minute of how life would have been. Can’t wait for the next book. 👌

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Spectacular

Absolutely wonderful. I've read it half a dozen times. I loved Rowena Cooper's amazing narrative talents as she brought one of my all time favourite stories to life.

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Fantastic

Absolutely loved continuing the story. Couldn't stop listening. The detail when explaining scenes and narration are wonderful.

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I absolutely love this entire series!

The entire Earths children series is my absolute favorite story that i have ever read!

I will definitely be sharing this story with my little girl when she is old enough and with many others. It is Inspiring, entertaining, amusing and educational. I am so grateful to Jean Auel for taking the time to write this and I truly hope that one day the film created of this series will go to air and become a world wide hit so that we can discover more about our ancestral past, in order for human kind to reconnect with what we have lost in this day and age.

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Well written and descriptive, but flawed.

I really enjoyed this book. I read it when I was younger and have a lot of nostalgia towards it.

However upon rereading (or rather, listening) I can now look at the book with a critical view. The descriptive capabilities of Jean M. Auel cannot be denied, however sometimes this can be a deficit. The author can describe the scenery and people in such a way that you can see them in your head with perfect clarity, however this does cause the sprinkled in sex scenes to get graphic, and I didn’t know there was so many ways to describe a mans private parts.

I love this series, I listen to the books back to back. However even I can admit that there are flaws to it. Thankfully, Audible have a 30 second skip option if the sex scenes become too much.

All in all, a great series that I regularly recommend to people (with a warning about the regular intercourse)
I really enjoyed it and will definitely listen again once I finish the series.

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Drawn out, padded but interesting

Longer than it should have been. A great story that would have benefited from a ruthless editor.

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Worth the effort

Sometimes this series can be hard to persevere with. Not because it is bad writing, nor performance, but because it is so much to ponder Ayla. Definitely worth the effort.

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Great story but too much erotica

Great continuation of Ayla's story and interesting new characters. I love the descriptions of the natural environment and geological formations etc too. I like how you're able to know and get inside the character's heads.
I only didn't give 5 stars because sex scenes happened too often. Not bad if you like erotica, but I would prefer the story with much less frequency.

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I love this series

The whole story is engrossing. The reader is perfect. A great read for the housework🙏🙏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2018

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
  • 10-01-2019

Great read!<br />

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

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  • Miss C.
  • 09-11-2016

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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  • claire
  • 06-01-2015

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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  • Heather
  • 31-03-2019

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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  • Naomi
  • 16-06-2015

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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  • Jayne Ibbotson
  • 25-05-2015

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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  • hetty
  • 07-04-2020

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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  • Mary-Lou Harris
  • 13-08-2019

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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  • Jinty
  • 21-03-2019

The Valley of Horses

Another great book in this series, I have re read it a couple of times and still find it amazing..

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  • steve
  • 29-09-2018

the journey continues

gripping, thrilling, and exciting. As good as the 1st in the series and can't wait for the next book

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  • Libbi MacKenzie
  • 19-09-2018

Never tire of these books and a wonderful narrator

Never tire of this series of books and the experience is all the better by a wonderful narrator
highly recommend this whole series