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The Mammoth Hunters Audiobook

The Mammoth Hunters: Earth’s Children, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.

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.

©1985 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 AudioGO Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The authenticity of background detail, the lilting prose rhythms, and the appealing conceptual audacity continue to work their spell." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tristan 14/11/2016
    Tristan 14/11/2016
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    "amazing"

    I didn't want it to end. it takes you to another place, a special place where the earth is fresh and there is an abundance of life. where everything is so much more wholesome and life is respected and nurtured. Just amazing!

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    Jilly ILLY SI, New Zealand 06/09/2016
    Jilly ILLY SI, New Zealand 06/09/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Lead character's indecision exhausting!"

    The story arc of Ayla and Jondalar was painful as they continually misread eachother's signals. These endless confusions led to painfully long and drawn out scenes making the book longer than it needed to be.

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    Beenie 04/08/2016
    Beenie 04/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Earths Children series"

    I absolutely adore this series, have read them all, And am loving listening to them now.
    Recommended to everyone, Listen, enjoy.
    A truly beautiful story with Lively loveable characters.
    It will make you laugh, and cry and want for more when its finished.

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    Ferna 22/05/2016
    Ferna 22/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Frustrating at times"

    Frustrating at times. The story did leave you wondering where it would end up. Still a great read.

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    ron 22/04/2016
    ron 22/04/2016

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While I enjoyed "The Valley of the Horses" and REALLY enjoyed the previously released, "The Clan of the Cave Bear", I find myself giving the story of "The Mammoth Hunters" 2 stars... just.The descriptions of the what we would now call archaeology, is obviously well researched, very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. But the story of Ayla and Jondelar just goes to hell. Add to this so much over descriptive sex liberally scattered in the book. I had no idea that sexual organs had so many similes’. It made me wonder if the book wasn’t written by a lovesick 17 yr. old.Which is also an appropriate description for the continual soap opera that plagues the two main characters. He wants her but he can’t talk to her because she walked past him talking to someone else which he thinks that she doesn’t want him so he doesn’t talk to her even more which makes her ignore him (unless she is spying on him or he is spying on her) when she won’t talk to him but she wants him so badly that it shows and he thinks that her wanting is her REALLY wanting not him but someone else so they don’t talk. But every single other person in the camp can see that they want each other but its not their business to tell them because someone 300 years ago didn’t mention it and now its custom in the camp yet they are eager to accept any other changes but this one (except for the dude who thinks she is a flathead and therefore has no feelings). If you remove all this emotional tripe, it’s a good book, but it really got to silly levels where I would just fast forward to the next discussion about how Ayla discovered (accidentally) how to pan for gold by washing her dishes in the shallow part of the river. The discovery of which made her jump back and accidentally bash a piece of pyrite to a bit of flint and discover fire that happened to burn the wood under the hollow rock that she used to store her meat and yams and discovered how to cook a roast…. the smell of which, enticed a sabre tooth tiger to her camp, which she of course trained and rode around the valley!


    Has The Mammoth Hunters put you off other books in this genre?

    no.. but it tried it's best


    What about Rowena Cooper’s performance did you like?

    Well read and characterised. If not for the reading, I probably would have abandoned the book.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no


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    Debbie 02/07/2015
    Debbie 02/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing experience"

    I totally enjoyed the whole experience. My first book with Audible, but definitely not my last!!!

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    christine 04/01/2015
    christine 04/01/2015
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    "classic reading"

    If I could I would give this bookmore stars than you have given me to award because this book is a love story,a historical novel and so much more. it is hard to explain unless you have listened ro it yourself enjo
    y the experience of listening to this book yourself.

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  • Rufus
    20/11/16
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    "Well worth a listen."
    Where does The Mammoth Hunters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favourite book is always the one I'm reading or listening to at the time (currently Plains of Passage).


    What other book might you compare The Mammoth Hunters to, and why?

    The only books I can compare this to are the other Earths Children books Jean M. Auel.


    What does Rowena Cooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would really liked to have listened to this in one sitting but due to the length I couldn't. I wouldn't have this shortened though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alimor
    5/08/16
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    "Half way through the series"

    Not my favourite of the series because Jondalar is such an idiot in it. Comes to his senses in the end though :)

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  • jenny sanders
    24/01/16
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    "stone age soap opera"

    I LOVED the preceding book, Valley of the Horses, but this was a slog. Not much of a story apart from a misunderstanding over marriage (really? a bit hard to believe) which went on and on and on. And found the preachy description teaching me about clothes, baskets, spears, food, etc etc a bit tedious. So a bit of a yawn really.

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  • Amazon Customer
    27/04/15
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    "not as good as first or second but still very good"

    There were moments when I was thinking "how much more sophisticated will this cavemen get?" Story is definitely less interesting than first two parts or perhaps just different and less to my liking. Performance still very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delia
    24/02/15
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    "Enthralling storyline"

    Very moving in places. Loved the 'ménage a trois' storyline and found myself shouting at Ayla and Jondolar in places!!

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  • L
    4/02/15
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    "Emotional roller coaster!"

    Yes another beautifully written sequel but for me too emotionally frustrating between Ayla and Jondala :-s..............still, another must read !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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