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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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  • Won
  • 22-04-2016

I tried...

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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Very Drawn Out

I’m a big fan of the first two books but this one was very long and drawn out. Constant misunderstandings by the same two people, over the same thing, time and time again almost lost me. I will go on to the next book but if it is anything like this one I will give the rest of the series a miss. Such a shame.

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fantastic!

Absolutely love this series. Not the first time I have read it but loved it even more as an audio book. such a great storey!!

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Another compelling episode in the saga.

I have worried before that my love for this book as a younger woman might have hidden some flaw in this series, that as an older, wiser woman I would look back and see something lacking. But that hasn't happened. This story echos the troubles of modern society at its roots. It speaks of humanity and outlines a common struggle to overcome long held beliefs. It also makes me want to relearn herbal lore again and be closer to nature. I think I'll go riding today too.

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A long winded continuation to the series

The previous 2 books in the series had alot going on, many small stories to play out, where this book was a bit long winded where hours on end could be left out without really missing much of the story. The story line is not bad at all, just hours and hours of not alot happening to get to the thin story line. Still I'm glad I got thru it, as the book does touch on some important stuff for the series. Still worth it, just could have been about 10 hours shorter to have compacted the interesting parts.

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great!

loved it! couldn't stop listening... an incredible love story and journey! definitely recommend to all!

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Creative story of the Stone Age.

The Earth Children series of books embroiders a wonderful romantic story based on the Stone Age based on archeological finds and a creative writing style.
The third book, The Mammoth Hunters is beautifully created and a joy to read. This audible version is throughly enjoyable.

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Awesome. I can't wait to read the next book.

This book although is part of a series started in the 1970s yet it feels current. I'm excited to listen to the rest.

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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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  • marie
  • 30-05-2017

Defiantly not the best in the series....

I struggled to finish this book. By far a big disappointing compared to the first two books, which were pretty good, especially the first. But I've grown attached to characters and narritor so I still bought the 4th book. Hope it's better

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  • Donna
  • 18-05-2018

wonderful

wonderful listening and well narrated. the series of books have such a feel for the past

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-2018

Timeless classic of a lost time.

Passion, empathy and love set in a time long gone. This love story is brought to life so brilliantly that I feel I can step into the world created, feel the heat of the Sun, the chill of the Glaciers and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the landscape. I have loved this series of books since I began with Clan of the Cave Bear in my late teens. Jean M Auel has created a vision of a time long gone who's messages are still relevant today if you only take the time to look. The need to co operate, work together, show and indeed Be tolerant. Be respectful of the world and it's gifts and never take anything for granted. This book shows life is a Gift and should be embraced. Please make time to lose yourself in this incredible series as you may well find yourself along the way.

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  • Redvers
  • 10-07-2017

Classic

A Classic novel of the continuing life of Ayla, which must be continued with the great journey home to the west.

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  • Paul Lloyd
  • 07-06-2017

An intersting reconstruction of pre-historic times

What made the experience of listening to The Mammoth Hunters the most enjoyable?

I have read the two previous stories in this series and found the author's attempt to describe the life of cro-magnon pre-humans most interesting. While much of the material discussed has been drawn from (probably) controversial findings, all the cultural aspects of the story has to have been extrapolated from other cultures. Whether or not cro-magnon were capable of such sophisticated interpretations of their environment and self knowledge is surely conjectural, but they are combined in an interesting story involving a gifted girl who undertakes a saga of a journey.

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

The other books in this series. I have not read/listened to other stories of this genre.

What about Rowena Cooper’s performance did you like?

Cooper does a nice job of voicing the various major characters. As the character list is very large, there is obviously little or no difference between some of the minor players, but the major ones are well differentiated and believable.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just admiration at the author's imagination and her ability to describe what are technical points in the story with interesting description.

Any additional comments?

I'm certainly going to complete this series. The heroine's, like others', saga will be difficult and interesting.

What I did find detracting was the very graphic sex scenes. The descriptions given are tantamount to a sex manual. This degree of explicitness adds nothing to the story, and to my mind quite distracting from the otherwise quite excellent main theme. Luckily, I am using a decent audiobook player that allows me to jump forward over these (many) scenes - hearing just two was more than enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2017

Amazing book!

I love all the Earths Children series...was hooked since the 1st page of Clan of the Cave Bear...but this has always been my favourite! I'll tell uou how good this book is...I must have read and listened to it over 30 times and I still have an emotional response to it. I laugh every time, shout at various characters and ball my eyes out!

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  • Rufus
  • 20-11-2016

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.

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  • alimor
  • 05-08-2016

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
  • 24-01-2016

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
  • 27-04-2015

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.

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  • Delia
  • 24-02-2015

Enthralling storyline

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