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The Mammoth Hunters

Earth’s Children, Book 3
Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
Series: Earth's Children, Book 3
Length: 28 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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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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  • 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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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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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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From brilliantly unique novel to mills & boon trash

Clan of the Cave Bear well researched unique and interesting, this was an uninspiring story slotted between woeful romance episodes

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g re eat listen

loved it. great story very believable. characters really relatable and diverse. will reccomend to all

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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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  • John M
  • 08-10-2018

I love this book

I first started reading this series in 1991 and loved the first four books and then disappointed by the final two. Jean Auel paints a carefully researched world with compelling characters that draw the reader in. Ayla is epic and you love her throughout. I have re-read this book several times, it's my favorite and I was delighted by the audio version, Rowena Cooper does a fine job. It's hard to say what draws me back to this book. I think it's the relationship tension that is so carefully built up between Ayla and Jondalar interspersed with memorable Lion Camp characters especially Rydag, Mamut and Nezzie. Add to this some entertaining events - Bison hunt, Finding Wolf, Summer meeting, Funeral.....and it's a great read.

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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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  • Kathi-Bookworm
  • 31-03-2020

Gripping story!

The plot is fascinating, but I liked Sandra Burr as reader better (in previous books). Chose this one for its slightly shorter length, but the names are pronounced in such a different way, that I regretted doing so.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-2019

characters got a bit annoying and repetitive, but

the indecision and back and forth of *certain* characters gets repetitive and frankly annoying by the end. Problems entirety of their own making get frustrating after a while. Characters are a bit too emotionally stunted and moronic at times. Also a little too much painstakingly detailed sex read in a grandmotherly BBC documentary voice for my liking, but if you're into that, then this is the book for you.
Otherwise a good listen, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment as I'm told there's far less of the annoying bits.

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  • Keith
  • 27-04-2019

Circular

It's the same story in a different location. Getting boring. Will try one more book and might give up. Research for the story is awesome and it allows me to walk back in time.

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  • Diana
  • 17-11-2018

Story not bad.

Story not to bad, but to much waffle in between the good bits. Narrator good

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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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  • Treehugger
  • 13-03-2020

Great story of jealousy and love

I have recently started replacing my paper copies of this book series with Audiobooks, and the whole series is interesting enough to listen to over and over. It follows the love story of Ayla and Jondalar, and all their adventures on their long journey. These books are enjoyable principally because the research into stone age times is so meticulous, so the tale is believable. For me, it's all about the effective suspension of disbelief. This story achoeves that very well.

I was afraid this story might be read in an American accent (as the author is American) and was initially pleased to hear an English voice. However, the narrator, Rowena, read this story in a genteel, well bred voice which stayed the same regardless of the character speaking. She pitched her voice higher for a child and slightly lower for a man, and used expression, but essentially kept the same voice tone, which did detract from the more intense emotional scenes. People crying out with intense fear, anguish or passion sounded like they were merely mildly bothered or slightly concerned. Different accents from Ayla, all the diverse characters, the Neanderthals and Cro magnons as well as different groups, were ignored, and it was impossible to tell the difference between any of the characters from voice tone alone. Everyone sounded like a posh middle aged woman. She also slightly mispronounced certain words, which I found a little irritating. ("flaccid" was pronounced "flacksid", "tisane" became "tizzarn", "withes" was said "wythes" as it's spelt, rather than "withees". "Travois" was sais "travoyz" and "shaman" became "shamman" rather than the longer "a", in "shayman"). Only minor, but still a bit irritating as I'm so pernickety about accuracy!

I've listened to much better narrators who give each character a distinct voice, which really enhances the story. This was little better than reading the book myself. Given that there are 6 books in this series, it's something that definitely makes me hesitate to buy the others.

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  • B. A. McFadyen
  • 17-01-2020

A great story

Loved listening to this book. Bit I have dropped a star due to the constant imposed breaks when Alex's 'had trouble reading the book. Very frustrating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-2019

Wonderful

Third book in the series and still want more, so easy to listen to and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2018

Idealistic but highly enjoyable

The story sometimes gets a little too like a Disney film. But the characters are on the whole believable and engaging.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-08-2018

I love all of Jean M Auel's Earth Children books

I love all of the Earth Children books that Jean M Auel has written and just disappeared that more of them haven't been made into films like the first one The Clan of the Cave Bear.

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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