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[EPUB] ✰ The Valley of Horses By Jean M. Auel – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 The Valley of Horses, meaning The Valley of Horses, genre The Valley of Horses, book cover The Valley of Horses, flies The Valley of Horses, The Valley of Horses b90a335047f97 This Unforgettable 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 WomanCruelly 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 The Short Summer Gives Her Little Time To Look, And When She Finds A Sheltered Valley With A Herd Of Hardy Steppe Horses, She Decides To Stay And Prepare For The Long Glacial Winter Ahead 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 She Discovers A Way To Make Fire 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

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  1. says:

    Dad Sohow s the book Me Hmn Well, I like the first two thirds or so, that s all survivalist nerd stuff But after that, it kind of turns into caveman porn Later that week Dad SoI borrowed your book Me Oh Uncomfortable silence Me Sowhat did you think of it Dad Well, you were right, the first two thirds is for survival nerds After that, though Uncomfortable silence Me Caveman porn Dad Not just that Bad caveman porn

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    I ve never seen a series take such a downturn so fast When we last saw Ayla in The Clan of the Cave Bear, she had been banished, sentenced to death by the clan leader, Broud, who hated her The Valley of the Horses takes place immediately after, as Ayla begins to wander the steppes in pursuit of her people Eventually, she settles in a valley populated with horses While she is there, she befriends a horse and ekes out a living.Oh.My.God.I don t think I ve ever seen a series shoot itself in the foot so early on I ve seen series suffer burnout, the author tossing up his or her hands and saying I just don t give a damn any , but usually this occurs, oh, say, six books in the series after he or she has drug the main characters all over the universe to death and back again At this point, I figure the author is thinking, Looks like I can t write anything but another teenaged emosparklyvampire series, might as well milk this one as best as I can before I hit the unemployment line I know Frank L Baum of the Oz series would agree with me if he were alive The Valley of the Horses should be the sixth book in the series by that reckoning The amount of WTF in this book is near critical levels Characters bounce all over the place, problems that were hinted at in the first book appear here 10X worse, and generally the story stops being about the person I became invested in it stopped being about Ayla.Now, that s not to say there aren t good parts Sure, you might need a electron microscope in order to find them, but they are still there The Ayla sections of the first half are excellent, exactly what we ve come to expect and love from The Clan of the Cave Bear Ayla journeys across the steppes, Ayla must try to fend for herself, to find food and clothing and shelter Sure, she has started accumulating a rather eye brow raising list of inventions the calendar, horseback riding, animal domestication, flint, reproduction did you know it was Broud s organ that created her son, Durk , but you know what Even that I could buy She is by herself, she must invent or die She loves animals and has been tending them since she was a child, so it isn t unexpected for her to continue this into her adulthood The calendar thing is also hinted at back in the first book, when Ayla peppers Creb with questions about days and counting Yes, Ayla is getting close to Mary Sue territory, but this is her story I ll believe it.UNTIL Auel adds Jondalar Who is Jondalar Let me introduce you to him Meet Jondalar Jondalar is the most attractive, strong, intelligent, sexy, wonderful, skilled, muscular, thoughtful, generous, kind man you will EVER meet He is MINDBLOWING in the sack but WATCH OUT Most women can t take it ALL eyebrow wiggle if you know what I mean His blue eyes are enough to make the cave panties wet He is the BEST toolmaker EVER and NO, I do NOT mean that kind of tool HE LOVE SO MUCH AND SO HARD THAT NO ONE CAN ENDURE IT Jondalar is freakin God incarnate.And THAT is the beginning of what kills the story THAT is what makes this book, which could have been interesting, absolutely dreadful Because once Jondalar walks onto the set, the story ceases to be about Ayla and instead becomes about Jondalar Hey, I don t know if I ve mentioned itdid you know that Broud s organ created Durk The Clan believed it was a battle between totems, but Ayla is pretty sure it s a man s organ that creates babies I don t mind Ayla finding companionship I don t mind her finding love I DO mind it when the whole story s emphasis is on a man we ve only just met and have no real reason to like I NEVER liked Jondalar EVER The author tries to sell me on how wonderful he is by having EVERYONE gush about him and trust me, EVERYONE does , but I went into convulsions every time I had to hear all the wonderful things about this tool And this is the man Ayla ends up with I would ask for an exchange So while Ayla is busy trying to survive, I get stuck listening to Jondalar and his doofus brother doing stupid and pointless things on their spiritual journey I get to hear a bajillion arguments the two of them have about where they should go No, Jondalar, let s go to the mountains No, Thonalan, we should head to the river Let s stay with these people No, we need to move on , how awesome Jondalar is, and how much they want to bonk women Oh, and as if the latter weren t enough, I get TWO fairly graphic sex scenes of Jondalar with some chick on her First Rites and Serenio or some other woman whose purpose was only to provide another sex scene to show Jondalar s Mad Skilz in the cave bedroom and Thonalan falls into insta lust with some woman whom he can t even converse with for several pages BTW, I have to mention it, but there is a horse sex scene in this book Yes, a horse sex scene And it turns Ayla on And Ayla, being so bright and intelligent, doesn t know WHY she feels all horny like None of this ends up mattering because a plot contrivance sends Thonalan and Jondalar back into the wild and completely negating the last billion pages Caveman Time Wasting Thonalan is an idiot and tries to chase after some meat that a cave lion stole REALLY and is killed Ayla comes to the rescue and FINALLY, FINALLY after nearly 3 4 of the book, Ayla and Jondalar meet.At this point, I was actually pumped FINALLY, there was a point to Jondalar Finally, we would get around to what has been alluded to since the first book But NO Instead, now we get hastily contrived resolutions to the language barrier Creb comes to Ayla in a dream and POW she speaks Jondalar s language , Jondalar getting a hard on nearly every other time he sees Ayla along with groin pains, which tells me he needs to see someone about his urinary tract infection , Ayla wanting Jondalar to sex her up, but Jondalar not doing so because he thinks she is in healing training Or something Oh, yeah, and also during this whole time, Jondalar hardly talks about his dead brother and when he finds out it was Ayla s cave lion that killed Thonalan and she chased the cave lion away , he is like, Wow, you must be a spirit to have such control over animals Did you know that Broud s organ created Durk Ayla isn t totally sure, but she thinks it is a man s organ that makes a baby, not a fight between totems When the two FINALLY talk it over, Jondalar initially can t get past his Ew, she had sex with a flathead Flathead cooties But this doesn t last too longAyla is the PERFECT woman, with the perfect breasts, perfect lips, perfect hair, perfect ba donka donk Jondalar is pretty sure we wouldn t remember this or figure it out for ourselves, so he makes sure to remind us OFTEN.After a few sex scenes that get repetitive to the max which is NUTS, yes, there have been about 6 in this book, but I wouldn t think the sex would get repetitive THAT fast , Jondalar says he is going awayand a dream changes his mind He declares his TWOO LURVE to Ayla, and Ayla reciprocates They talk endlessly about wanting to pleasure each other, Ayla suddenly learns how to deep throat, and the book ends with a hint about meeting the Mammoth Hunters The Clan of the Cave Bear was unique, interesting, and captivating The characters were well created, the story was fantastic, the setting filled with great details although at times, these got to be a little excessive It s become one of my favorite books.THIS book, however, is a disgrace It took all the things I loved about The Clan of the Cave Bear, set them on fire, and chucked them over a cliff The characters become obnoxious, the story becomes a standard, not well written or interesting romance, research is presented for the sake of research, and sex replaces good character moments and character growth The best parts of this book are the Ayla chapters in the first half They are solid, well constructed and bear the most similarity to the first book Once Jondalar enters the story full time, the story s quality drops drastically.Normally, I would give up on this series right here, but I have a death wish This book has, oddly enough, been a delight to listen to, mostly because of the heaps of WTFery in it Therefore, I am going to continue my journey with The Mammoth Hunters and keep my fingers crossed that it is better and secretly hope it is not.ADDENDUM I ve rated this three stars, mostly because I want to see how The Mammoth Hunters is before putting a solid rating in placeand YOU thought I was going to take this time and tell you how it was Broud s organ that created Durk HAH

  3. says:

    I loved this book soooooo much Ayla is my hero There were some things but didn t keep it from my favorites list I love Whinney and Baby, my heart soared so much And when Ayla and Jondalar met I was so happy I loved going on their journey of learning about one another while he healed It was just awesome and I m glad I got to read it Happy Reading Peeps Mel

  4. says:

    She walks away alone, a figure in the vast, savage, uncaring, desolate, almost empty region, of what is now the Ukraine, expelled by her adopted, Neanderthal, cave dwelling band, Ayla, at 14, is forced to leaves her small, beloved child, Durc, behind, cursed by the only people the Cro Magnon girl can remember, into the unknown, what the young, fearful woman, believes, will be a final, fatal, fleeting journey With a few belongings , the prehistoric teenager, has, told by the female, who raised her to find her own kind, the Others , and advised to go north, but the scattered tribes, are so rare, that it is almost impossible to encounter them, an unseen spot in the steppes, the object slowly travels in the glacial cold, for weeks, then a blizzard strikes hard, the despairing human, almost welcomes the freezing endYet somehow Ayla, survives, but it doesn t matter, her destruction is near, predators roam by, looking for a kill, until finding salvation, a beautiful, hidden valley, that protects the wanderer, from most of the deadly elements, and feeds the girl, plants, trees, fruit, game, fish, the experienced, able hunter, will not starve, and a herd of gentle, magnificent horses, already live there, their running about , is thrilling, in this paradise, a river meanders by, its sparkling waters, beckons, and a safe place discovered, a small, cozy cave above the stream, a hole in the wall, that a warm fire will make habitable, reached by climbing a steep slopeSurvival is not living, though, the abandoned girl, has dreams and nightmares, she needs human companionship, but her only friends are a mare, she raised from a foal, Whinney, how she got her name is obvious and a Cave Lion cub, Baby, why that alias , is easy , also, to understand the animal eventually will grow to be a gigantic male, 800 lbs Years pass, Ayla, prospers, all the tools, clothes, shelter and food she wants, are available, still not quite happy, the now woman, will have to leave her safe, comfortable home, to meet her own species, if the sad girl can ever get out, into the hostile world, and take a big chance, but her pet friends have grown, left to follow their new mates, seldom come back to visit Two devoted brothers, with the same mother, but not father, unexpectedly arrive in the area, from a faraway cave to the west, the adventurous men, went in a primitive boat, down to the sea, on The Great Mother River, the Danube a hazardous, lengthy trip, just to see where it concludes Jondalar, 21, at six feet, six inches tall, towers over everyone, blond hair, blue eyes, handsome face, women are always looking up to, and falling in love with, and a few inches shorter, Thonolan, 18, different color eyes and hair, but almost equal to his sibling in charm and features, the now morose man, has suffered a devastating lossAyla and Jondalar , have great feelings for each other, when they meet, yet hide them, showing little, apparent emotion, not trusting, both, recently acquainted, strangers, really.The second in the very popular, Earth s Children, series, is almost as good as the first, The Clan of the Cave Bear, while the magic cannot quite duplicate, the level of the original, because of its unique aspects, this one does deliver what fans of these books want, entertainment in an exotic setting, a place and time that no one today will ever experience, or maybe, even wish to either.

  5. says:

    Ouch I ve never known a series to go so downhill in the second book When I read The Clan of the Cave Bear I was swept up into a prehistoric world filled with spirits, survival and a wonderfully intricate belief system After the end of that book Ayla is out on her own, battling the elements, wild animals and her own loneliness It sounded so promising But parallel to following Ayla, we also follow two men Jondalar and his brother Thonolan, unsure of how they will fit in to Ayla s tale What disappointed me with this sequel were two main things 1 Nothing happens Seriously It s over 500 pages and all we really see is Ayla s preparation for season after season alone in her cave, and her adoption of a couple of wild animals Alongside this Jondalar and Thonolan are travelling coming across tribe after tribe, once again with no real purpose or anything to add to the overall plot 2 So many sex scenes Now I m not a prude, and I can enjoy a good sex scene when it is relevant to the story But they are everywhere in this book Jondalar sleeps with numerous women on his travels with his brother and then at least 5 times when he meets Ayla I mean this is fine have as much sex as you want but I don t need an in depth description every time the characters are feeling a bit horny I ll also briefly mention the part when Ayla actually gets turned on while watching 2 horses mate and also has a flashback to these horses while she is getting jiggy with Jondalar I know right No further comment I was so disappointed in this sequel though I d love to see how Ayla s story pans out there s no way I could battle through 4 books like this.

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    I didn t mind that it devolved devolved, get it hehehe anyway, I didn t mind that the book turned out to be porn for women who pretend they don t like that sort of thing because its soooo low brow, but what I DID mind was that it became CLICH porn Oooo he s a man whose been with tons of women but never felt True Love Oooo she s a woman who s been raped in a way sanctioned by her culture and never had an orgasm Ahhhhh he s a man who yearns to love a woman who is his equal Ahhh she s a woman who is good at everything but good sex Oooooh he teaches her what real sex feels like and gets her off on the first round Oooooh they have simultaneous orgasms the first time they Make Love Ahhhh he s so big He hurts women with his hugeness and always has to hold back Ahhhh she s the only woman who can totally fit his huge manhood Oooohh Aaahhhhh Oooooohh Aahhhhhhh YES YES YES YEEEEEEEeeeeEEEEEEEEeeeeeeEEEES Christ, someone get me a cigarette.I had way too much fun writing this

  7. says:

    This book will forever be in my heart.I wish I could read it again for the first time.

  8. says:

    This one goes down as my all time, 1, best read I learned SO many things and gained strength and independence than I though possible The story is this, Ayla is cast out from her family, leaving behind her only son, to survive in the ice age and the wilderness alone She has the knowledge of a medicine woman, and the skills of a sling to assist her survival But the greatest challenge is the loneliness She teaches herself to hunt with spears, to make knives, baskets, and implements for cooking And along with her, I learned how to do all of these things How to test plant foods for nutritional or medicinal properties How to survive She adopts a horse foal after killing her dam and then adopts a baby cave lion The three of them make a family, and they give her the only companionship the empty icy world has to offer Until finally after 3 years of emptiness, she meets her future mate This book got me through my divorce, and the first time I ever lived alone My heart goes out to the Jean M Auel who reached into my soul and helped me find what moves me.

  9. says:

    Ayla s adventures volume two The writing is as bad as it was in volume one I detailed all the problems I had with it here with the addition of hackneyed sex scenes It makes me almost sad that generations of young girls had their introduction to porn literature through this crap It s enough to put you off of both, sex and reading.You might wonder why I read the second volume when the first volume was so bad It s a good question and I m not sure myself I ordered it on before I had the time to really think about it I guess, my favourite parts in the first volume were the survival bits I liked when Ayla was all alone and had to learn to manage on her own And since the first volume ends with Ayla being kicked out of the Clan I knew there would be a lot of that there Also I needed some closure, I needed Ayla to get some good caveman loving at last and I was told there would quite enough of that whether it was good, however, remains debatable.In the Valley Of Horses we have two parallel stories In one we have Ayla who finds a cave, tames a horse, learns horse riding, tames a cave lion, invents a laptop, basically kills time while waiting for some 350 pages for LL Cool Jondalar to arrive and give it her good.In the other story we learn about Jondalar, who while on some unspecified self discovery journey is sexing his way through the prehistorical world All the ladies love him, which is why it is taking him so long to run into Ayla He needs to teach a couple of cavewomen the pleasures of the Mother s Gift This is all to show us that Ayla is in for a treat when LL Cool Jondalar finally finds his way to her There are some crutch secondary characters that need to die after serving their purpose in moving the plot along so that the main two can finally meet Initially Ayla and Jondalar can t communicate properly due to Ayla only speaking Neanderthal which is of a sign language really She eventually picks up a few words and they have very basic troglodyte like conversations but eventually the author tires of writing it so she makes Ayla have a dream in which she suddenly remembers her original language and from then on she and Jondalar can conversely freely which is pivotal to all the romantic complications they are about to have, like who wanted to have sex with who Ayla acts so cluelessly it s baffling I d really expected a little from someone who invented a calendar and tamed a freaking Cave Lion, you know But all is well that ends well and finally, Jonalar can show Ayla the one skill he truly mastered, and it is not tool making, but foreplay They all live happily ever after, or that is until Volume 3 which I started reading and read about 30 pages before I realised what I was doing and stopped myself before I caused some serious damage to my mental health.

  10. says:

    Thank God it is over 2 stars Silver Broken Gavel for Worst Book Read in 2014 Random Ramblings I cannot recall the last time I was so happy to finish a book I felt as if I had gone up against a ferocious beast and emerged as the winner Having recently read, REVIEWED and loved The Clan of the Cave Bear, I fully expected another magical story set it the distant past, long before recorded history I liked The Clan of the Cave Bear so much, it was my 7th favorite read of 2013 Unfortunately, the Valley of Horses turned into a prehistoric romance novel I felt duped and angry with how the series had progressed What looked to be shaping into an exciting and memorable series has turned into a series that I will not finish Plot summary Our intrepid female hero from the first book, has struck out on her own after the events at the end of Clan of the Cave Bear Ayla is forced to use all of the knowledge she has gained over the course of her short life to eek out an existence on her own In a parallel story, we are introduced to Jondular, a male from the others , as he and his younger brother set out on a journey of self discovery The Good Despite this book, Ayla is one of most memorable characters from any book I have read She is plucky, smart and resourceful in an environment that does not understand these traits Up until the storylines converge, Ayla s story was interesting I enjoyed reading about her and I felt invested in her wellbeing after the first novel This is the only reason the book avoided a one star rating and the only reason that I read the book until the end Had the story simply focused on her and her fight for survival, the book may have been a 4 star read The Bad Jondular.Seriously, I could not stand the character In Jondular, we have a 21 year old man without a mate and without a purpose in life He cannot commit to a woman, loves to make tools but his true calling in life is giving women their Pleasure yes, it is supposed to be capitalized with his organ manhood woman maker Seriously, at one point a wise Shaman type woman tells him that some people have the gift of making boats, or hunting or carving but he has the gift of pleasuring woman and he should not despise this I was ready to stab myself in the eyes at this point This guy was so torn up by the fact that he could make a woman happy in bed but no woman could make him happy in his heart..I didn t care.The tone of the story was far modern The speech, attidudes and actions of the characters would not have been out of place had the story been of a few people trying to win the game of Survivor While the first book did a masterful job of making the reader feel as if they were in an ancient and unknown time, this book lost the mystical quality.While Ayla s inventiveness was endearing in the first book, it seemed in the second book as if Ayla wsa to be the inventor of every great discovery of prehistoric man In chapter after chapter she was disovering or improving on the tools and materials of the her world As far as I could tell, the wheel had not yet been invented but I assume that Ayla will invent it in a later book.Romance, Romance, Romance It is simply not my cup of tea Books focusing on the love and relationship between two characters does not interest me Like many historical fiction novels, this falls into the trap of simply trying to convince us that love is the tie that binds the eras together As the first book was not written with romance and relationship as a major plotline, it was disappointing that this book changed direction.Finally, the storytelling was lazy In the first book, we were able to watch Ayla learn and grow When she was adopted by the Neanderthals, she had to learn their way of life, their custom and their unique language In this book, Ayla is faced with similar circumstance but the author cheats us by cutting corners For example, view spoiler Ayla was learning spoken language from Jondular Her speech was rough and her understanding was incomplete but she was trying and learning quickly She could vaguely recall speaking as a 5 year old but it was not than a fleeting memory After having a dream about her initial cave lion attack and a dream about her parents, she suddenly recalls how to speak and she has not issues with language and understating language hide spoiler

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