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This is a boxed set of Jean Auel's first two mega-literary hits in mass-market paperback form--both ensconced within slipcase. This is a boxed set of Jean Auel's first two mega-literary hits in mass-market paperback form--both ensconced within slipcase.


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This is a boxed set of Jean Auel's first two mega-literary hits in mass-market paperback form--both ensconced within slipcase. This is a boxed set of Jean Auel's first two mega-literary hits in mass-market paperback form--both ensconced within slipcase.

30 review for The Clan of the Cave Bear & The Valley of Horses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wierdo14

    This series is by far my FAVORITE set of books ever written. Auel just creates a totally believable story - you can envision these people living, discovering and evolving with every turn of the page. I think it read it for the first time back in 1990 but I would have to say that I have re-read the series everytime a new book comes out and then even a couple times in between. I would recommend this book to anyone although as you get into the second book and beyond there is some adult content that This series is by far my FAVORITE set of books ever written. Auel just creates a totally believable story - you can envision these people living, discovering and evolving with every turn of the page. I think it read it for the first time back in 1990 but I would have to say that I have re-read the series everytime a new book comes out and then even a couple times in between. I would recommend this book to anyone although as you get into the second book and beyond there is some adult content that may be inappropriate for younger eyes/minds. It is all done in good taste so to speak but I would just warn parents so they can decide what is okay for their kids or not.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pussy & Awesome

    I read this because my grandmother read it and I wanted to feel closer to her, to have something in common with her as an adult now that she's gone. I think every woman should read this as they get about 25-30. The descriptions of the land, plants, animals and methods is very good and not too scientific as to be boring. Even though the society is prehistoric the humanity and sociology are the same, a very good and well written coming of age story. The second book sees the heroine strike out onto I read this because my grandmother read it and I wanted to feel closer to her, to have something in common with her as an adult now that she's gone. I think every woman should read this as they get about 25-30. The descriptions of the land, plants, animals and methods is very good and not too scientific as to be boring. Even though the society is prehistoric the humanity and sociology are the same, a very good and well written coming of age story. The second book sees the heroine strike out onto her own and learn more about the land and herself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Roach

    I've read the first three books in this series several times before but every time I read them again it's like the first time. I've started reading the series for the third time and I finished Clan of the Cave Bear on April 4th. I think it is a well written book that holds one's interest. I started reading Valley of Horses on April 4th and I am halfway through this book. It is not quite as exciting as the first book mainly to me because there are so few characters in it, but it keeps me absorbed I've read the first three books in this series several times before but every time I read them again it's like the first time. I've started reading the series for the third time and I finished Clan of the Cave Bear on April 4th. I think it is a well written book that holds one's interest. I started reading Valley of Horses on April 4th and I am halfway through this book. It is not quite as exciting as the first book mainly to me because there are so few characters in it, but it keeps me absorbed in it. I am looking forward to finishing this one and starting the next one. I finished Valley of Horses and have now started reading The Mammoth Hunters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Prince

    I loved the first book but after that it seemed like the publishers told her to add more sex. Nothing wrong with sex but please, this went overboard. An aside: I was called to audition for the movie~because I was short and had a background in physical theatre. Good thing it didn't pan out. My theatre mentor played the shaman. Only a few scenes. It was shot in Canada and was freezing cold. PLUS the movie sucked. I loved the first book but after that it seemed like the publishers told her to add more sex. Nothing wrong with sex but please, this went overboard. An aside: I was called to audition for the movie~because I was short and had a background in physical theatre. Good thing it didn't pan out. My theatre mentor played the shaman. Only a few scenes. It was shot in Canada and was freezing cold. PLUS the movie sucked.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    These two books, on their own, constitute an pretty incredible and sweeping epic. There are six books in this series, but the last couple of books were pretty lackluster, so for most enjoyment of the series, just reading the first two books makes for a good reading experience and you can stop there and be satisfied.

  6. 5 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

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  7. 4 out of 5

    amanda

    all i remember about this series was the sex. i don't think i ever finished the series and i'm not sure that i'll continue now, but this book served its purpose well all i remember about this series was the sex. i don't think i ever finished the series and i'm not sure that i'll continue now, but this book served its purpose well

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Min

    The first book was awesome, the second almost as good and the third fell away a bit, got too sappy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ronda

    This book kept my sanity while I was sitting vigil by my dying husband's bedside...it has become a favorite theme over the years: strong women who survive on their own! This book kept my sanity while I was sitting vigil by my dying husband's bedside...it has become a favorite theme over the years: strong women who survive on their own!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Mills

    This book was given to me by a friend, not something I would choose to read. I really enjoyed the Clan of the Cave Bear, and so went straight into the Valley of the Horses, and found it really long winded, in that much of the story was repeated, like how many times do you need to read about their method of toolmaking in such detail. Having said that I am going to read the next book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annika Bjerke

    Loved this it was so so good!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sally Brandle

    Loved them. And if you travel to Alaska and do an inland small airplane trip, you'll see how the land from her time period looks. Loved them. And if you travel to Alaska and do an inland small airplane trip, you'll see how the land from her time period looks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Connell

    Excellent book, but a little too long due to repetitious discussion about plants and herbal remedies.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Loved Clan of the Cave Bear. Didn't like Valley of Horses, not that it wasn't good, I just felt the author was putting too many modern-day values into the characters. Loved Clan of the Cave Bear. Didn't like Valley of Horses, not that it wasn't good, I just felt the author was putting too many modern-day values into the characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Prudence

    This is a great series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Jean Auel has done an awesome job at making each of the Earth���s Children books stand alone. This also means a fair amount of repetition. If you were reading them in the years they were published as I first did, it is a nice reminder. However, if you are reading them in rapid succession as I am now, it can be kind of annoying. Another thing that takes away from this series beginning with this second book is the amount of erotica in the book. My 12 year old was reading the first one with me; howe Jean Auel has done an awesome job at making each of the Earth���s Children books stand alone. This also means a fair amount of repetition. If you were reading them in the years they were published as I first did, it is a nice reminder. However, if you are reading them in rapid succession as I am now, it can be kind of annoying. Another thing that takes away from this series beginning with this second book is the amount of erotica in the book. My 12 year old was reading the first one with me; however, I can���t let him continue on thanks to this. Ayla���s first rites was an appropriate place to put some descriptive sex however, the rest is repetitively annoying and gratuitous at this point. We got it Jean. And a final annoyance, Ayla appears to be shear genius in coming up with thousands of years worth of discoveries all by herself in a few short years. They are helpful in moving the story and interest along but you really have to suspend belief to accept them. This, unfortunately, yanks you out of the story at least once a chapter. All in all, this book is a fun read and I don���t expect it to be educational.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I have hte valley of horses but not the clan of the cave bears. The first one (clan of hte cave bears) is about a native tribe who find a blonde haired human from a differnt very scarse clan. They take her in and have her adapt to there way of live. They teach her about plants and being a good wife and living in there world. The very end she goes off to find her own kind. This is were the 2nd book picks up. She is a grown women on here own. She lives in her own cave near a wild heard of horses. I have hte valley of horses but not the clan of the cave bears. The first one (clan of hte cave bears) is about a native tribe who find a blonde haired human from a differnt very scarse clan. They take her in and have her adapt to there way of live. They teach her about plants and being a good wife and living in there world. The very end she goes off to find her own kind. This is were the 2nd book picks up. She is a grown women on here own. She lives in her own cave near a wild heard of horses. She eventually gets one to trust her and become hers more or less. Two human men go out on a journey at this same time, it makes the book a great one because every other chapter or so you are going back and forth between two and three differnt journeys. There paths will cross and lives change as they all look for change. I love it, its amazing because you can picture the whole book front to back in your head and you imagine what it would have really been like to go thought all that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Yes, it's a bit far fetched that a young woman singlehandedly invented spear throwers and sewing needles, discovered fire stones, and domesticated animals all before she turned 19 way back in pre-history...BUt these are my all time favorite books that I reread every year or two. Ayla is the main character who is raised by Neanderthals after her family dies in an earthquake. She eventually travels off into the wilderness and all the books in the series describe her adventures. Be prepared for som Yes, it's a bit far fetched that a young woman singlehandedly invented spear throwers and sewing needles, discovered fire stones, and domesticated animals all before she turned 19 way back in pre-history...BUt these are my all time favorite books that I reread every year or two. Ayla is the main character who is raised by Neanderthals after her family dies in an earthquake. She eventually travels off into the wilderness and all the books in the series describe her adventures. Be prepared for some soft core porn, but don't let it distract you from the great characters and intensive research that Auel did to bring this time period to life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    well, i read this book over winter break when i was in mexico. just in case u were wondering... and it was really good!! Jean Auel writes a very fascinating story about well i guess cave men era people.. there more sophisticated than we think... anyway the premise is that this human girl is living with her people and then an earthquake squashes there village and she is the only survivor.. so she goess off looking for other people... and then it goes into talking about her new life with these cav well, i read this book over winter break when i was in mexico. just in case u were wondering... and it was really good!! Jean Auel writes a very fascinating story about well i guess cave men era people.. there more sophisticated than we think... anyway the premise is that this human girl is living with her people and then an earthquake squashes there village and she is the only survivor.. so she goess off looking for other people... and then it goes into talking about her new life with these cave men,(for a lack of a better name)its really good, though my explanation sounds kinda bizaar..

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rene

    The first three books in the series are good (these two and "Mammoth Hunters). DON'T BOTHER READING THE REST!! They're garbage. I started reading the series in the 1980s and you could tell by the ever increasing length of time between title releases and the decline in the quality of plot and dialog that the author didn't want to write the series anymore. I don't know if she got tied into a contract or what, but you could tell that her heart wasn't in it anymore. Spoiler: they live happily ever a The first three books in the series are good (these two and "Mammoth Hunters). DON'T BOTHER READING THE REST!! They're garbage. I started reading the series in the 1980s and you could tell by the ever increasing length of time between title releases and the decline in the quality of plot and dialog that the author didn't want to write the series anymore. I don't know if she got tied into a contract or what, but you could tell that her heart wasn't in it anymore. Spoiler: they live happily ever after.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    The first two of these were pretty good, vivid imagery and the idea of using the archeological record to create a story provided entertaining reads. then they started to get very redundant and I began to be vastly irritabled about how MANY THINGS the protagonist was "inventing" or figuring out. flint sparking fire, birth control and the bow and arrow, she basically had the education of that french boy who grew up with wolves but she's supposed to be the cavewoman einstein. It got old. The first two of these were pretty good, vivid imagery and the idea of using the archeological record to create a story provided entertaining reads. then they started to get very redundant and I began to be vastly irritabled about how MANY THINGS the protagonist was "inventing" or figuring out. flint sparking fire, birth control and the bow and arrow, she basically had the education of that french boy who grew up with wolves but she's supposed to be the cavewoman einstein. It got old.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I read this series years ago when they first came out after living in Africa for six years. I had this connection with Ayla. I was kind of a tom boy in the hillsides of San Bernardino, California when it was undeveloped. Climbing tree and collecting lizards and bugs was my past time. Then living in Africa really put me there though Clan is about the European experience at the early time of man's evolution. I read this series years ago when they first came out after living in Africa for six years. I had this connection with Ayla. I was kind of a tom boy in the hillsides of San Bernardino, California when it was undeveloped. Climbing tree and collecting lizards and bugs was my past time. Then living in Africa really put me there though Clan is about the European experience at the early time of man's evolution.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Siliconspider

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok, so I'm a little embarrassed to admit I even read these. They were frankly porn poorly masked with caveman drama. Which is why I finished them. Oh, and if you had the intention of reading this for any sort of educational reason, don't. The research that went into being able to adequately portray caveman culture must have certainly been derailed by J. Auel passing out in front of All My Children. Ok, so I'm a little embarrassed to admit I even read these. They were frankly porn poorly masked with caveman drama. Which is why I finished them. Oh, and if you had the intention of reading this for any sort of educational reason, don't. The research that went into being able to adequately portray caveman culture must have certainly been derailed by J. Auel passing out in front of All My Children.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katharine

    A little slow at the beginning but, the second half was better. This is book two in the series the Clan of the Cave bears. Ayla was on her own after given the death sentence from her clan and in search of "the others". She befriends a horse and cave bear. Jondular is living his own life and is helped by Ayla who didn't speak his language or know his customs. That is where the romance begins. A little slow at the beginning but, the second half was better. This is book two in the series the Clan of the Cave bears. Ayla was on her own after given the death sentence from her clan and in search of "the others". She befriends a horse and cave bear. Jondular is living his own life and is helped by Ayla who didn't speak his language or know his customs. That is where the romance begins.

  25. 4 out of 5

    DD_Michael Martin

    Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in pre-historic times, before the most-basic moder conveniences that we all take for granted and completely at the mercy of the whims of Mama-Nature? Nope, not me..... Great story of the life of one newly minted human-girl in a world full of "troglodytes"-- Yeah, and all your neighbors are Cro-Magnon!=-o) Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in pre-historic times, before the most-basic moder conveniences that we all take for granted and completely at the mercy of the whims of Mama-Nature? Nope, not me..... Great story of the life of one newly minted human-girl in a world full of "troglodytes"-- Yeah, and all your neighbors are Cro-Magnon!=-o)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    The second in the series, it tells the back story so reading them in rapid sequence is not needed (in fact I disgourage it) The first time I read it, I skipped over half, only caring about the Female lead, however have come to enjoy the rest as well. Excruciatingly detailed. Some very naughty bits.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Vicki Smith

    Adults Only! I was really surprised at how good this book (and the whole series) was. It depicted a very realistic portrayal of how I pictured life in the caveman's time, brutal and base, but still with some love and feeling. The movie that was made of it was AWFUL. I read an interview with Jean Auel and she hated the movie. If you must see it read the book first. Adults Only! I was really surprised at how good this book (and the whole series) was. It depicted a very realistic portrayal of how I pictured life in the caveman's time, brutal and base, but still with some love and feeling. The movie that was made of it was AWFUL. I read an interview with Jean Auel and she hated the movie. If you must see it read the book first.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Freeluke

    The book puts the movie to shame. I heard that the movie put a very feminist twist to the story, and while I was reading the book I still seansed that it had a slight feminist undertone. Ayla, is an orphined six year old girl that gets adopted from a clan that is quite differeant than her own. More later.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anita Anders

    Don't stop until you've read each one. The Clan of the Cave Bear starts the series and it just gets better with each one. Lots of research went into these books. As a Christian, I had to discount some of the background, which speaks a lot of evolution, but the plot and the descriptions of how "cave men" lived are incredible. Don't stop until you've read each one. The Clan of the Cave Bear starts the series and it just gets better with each one. Lots of research went into these books. As a Christian, I had to discount some of the background, which speaks a lot of evolution, but the plot and the descriptions of how "cave men" lived are incredible.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Well-researched Cro-Magnon romance adventure. She domesticates wolves! Invents math! Solves the mystery of human conception! Tames cave lions! Has a hot French ( ok it is not France yet) boyfriend! Then cheats on him with the only black man in Europe! Every bookish girl I know read these when she was young. I still indulge myself in them from time to time.

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