The Valley of Horses : Earth's Children

  • by Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by Sandra Burr
  • Series: Earth's Children
  • 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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I have read all six books in this series and this one, is my favorite. Yes, you have to be patient and as those who know me,know that is not one of my virtues. Auel goes into the making of tools and how to hunt etc... in a little more detail than I care for, but the rest of the story, character development and her ability to put you in the cave with Ayla makes it worth it to me. I am an animal lover and this book is probably better liked by those who are animal lovers. With this book and this series I show some patience.

The books is split in two. One chapter will be about Ayla and the next about Jondalar. Jon is traveling, so we get to see not only his way of life, but the way of life of others at that time. Auel has done a lot of research. I have listen to a couple of her interviews and this series is her life. I pretty sure you can not get a more accurate look into this history in fiction form. The adventures of Jon could make a book in it self.

I find it very interesting how Auel fits gays and cross dressers into her story. She of course is assuming that these people have always been with us. I am not sure what evidence she has. For those sensitive in this area, this might bother you. Auel treats these and all people with respect and does not put anyone down.

There is sex throughout this book. The last two hours is almost nothing but. I have read and listened to a fair amount of erotica (porn) in my time. When Auel writes about it, it is far from boring. This is some of the most intense sex scenes in any book I have read. She builds the tension and just like in tool making, she includes all the details. If you don't like sex in your books, pass on this. If you like it, don't miss the last couple of hours.

The narrator has taken several hits and I will admit she does not excite me in her reading. I did not knock down her rating, cause I do not want that to stop anyone from listening to this book. The writing is good enough to override any narrator lacks. I don't believe the narrator detracts from the story, just does not add to it, as some of the better narrators do. This is also a good read in hard back, which is the way I was first introduced to it. It is a long book and I have more time to listen than to read.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Part II of a great read

I read the first book in this series shortly after it first came out and was captivated by the story and the setting. Auel had an excellent idea for a story and did a bang up job of telling it. The next four books in this series I grabbed as soon as they were released. When these books became available as audio books on cassette I bought them and listened to them again and again over the years. Now I have the entire series again through Audible. Good investment in money and great investment in time. Personally I think Sandra Burr does a good job with the series. My only complaint is that it has been 31 years since the first book in the series came out and Auel said at that time it would be a six book series. For anyone that's interested book 6 'Land of Painted Caves' will finally be released in book stores on March 29, 2011. I hope Audible makes it available then as well I've been waiting on for 31 years. Actually the five books of this series that have already been published read more like one exceptionally long book. I know a lot of people don???t care for the detail that Auel goes into but I like it.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio