The Valley of Horses

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jean M. Auel
Narrator: Sandra Burr
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: February 2002
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 18 hours, 20 minutes
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This odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don?t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.Second in the acclaimed Earth's Children? series

Reviews (10)

Written by Alvin B. on February 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really like these books I have read the first book when I in physical therapy for sprained elbow didn't like it that much ( the clan of the cave bear) but when I read t valley of horses I like them,

Written by Raianne G. on December 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book. I felt like it took forever to get to where Ayla and Jonduhlar meet. and now they both frustrated me. Sometimes they just need to talk and sort things out. but I guess its half the fun.

Written by Joyce M on March 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story and story teller. Too much graphic sex, not necessary.


Written by Alain G on November 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Read the series some years back. Was never able to find a comparable novel or series that takes place during the ice age. Bought the Cave of the Cave Bear and Valley of Horses to listen to on my long commute to work. Currently listening to the third book in the series the Mammoth Hunters.


Written by TRISH from Newland, NC on July 5th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5


The Valley of the Horses

Written by Anonymous from Streatham Hill, WF on December 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read this series some years ago and enjoyed it a good deal... so rented this title on cd to listen to in the car with my 15 year old son as we travel long distances every weekend. We have really loved it. It has opened wonderful doors to discussing all kinds of things from pre history to morality and prejudice. He is bowled over by Ayla's courage... as am I. Great book! Fantastic story, well written and full of marvellous detail. Wish the reader had been English though... but that will teach me to join a US club!

very adult novel

Written by Gabi on May 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Warning this is not for young readers or children. Jean M. Auel discribes everything in detail, including sexual acts. Which is fine for adults, but not for my 12 year old. However I loved this book, the discontinuing story of Ayla is wonderfull and very well read in this version. I can't wait for book number 3.

Valley of Horses

Written by Anonymous on September 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book - If you liked Jean Auels previous work you will enjoy this one.

Valley of Horses 1-5

Written by Philomena Culpepper from Plano, TX on August 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really liked the way they switched from Ayla over to Jondalar and his brother. I was interested in the geography. I found myself trying to imagine what I would have done in Ayla's place if I had been in the Valley. I really liked the way Ayla assumed responsibility for Whinney after killing her mom. She used the pony to transfer her aching for Durc to another individual. She treated the pony like a member of her new Clan. Her resourcefulness gives me a feeling of superiority like I can do things that have often been unteachable.

Even better than the first one.

Written by Jennie Lavaque on May 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

In this book, Ayla truly comes into her own. I love the ingenuity with which she comes up with most of her survival ideas. Where in the first one, she was constantly being restrained by custom, in this one she is given free reign to be herself. I love how her personality develops and how she befriends her horse. The hunting scenes were heartwrenching for me, but forgiveable as they fit the story line. The story wouldn't have been the same without it. If you liked the first one, you will love this one. I definitely recommend this book.

Author Details

Author Details

Auel, Jean M.

"Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her books have sold 34 million copies worldwide. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon, where she is at work on the next book in the Earth's Children? series."