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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
4.7 out of 5 stars (234 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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  • 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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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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The Mammoth Hunters

I am just loving this series, one book leads me to the next, great reads!

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  • Max
  • 09-06-2020

Almost as good as Auel's other books

Still a good book. Still well researched and beautifully written, though I did get very sick of the she-loves-me, she-loves-me-not soap opera aspect of it. Besides that, it's a great read. Performance is also excellent, despite a few pronunciation issues.

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Great idea. Jondalar is the weak link

I re-listened to these stories after having read them all years them years ago. The ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ and ‘Valley of the horses’ were great on the re-read. I loved them as much as I did as a young girl. The drama created by Jondalar in this third book is almost unbearable though. The narrator tries to explain his logic and in that I am sympathetic but perhaps from the perspective of my advanced age ;) the drama is created because he isn’t brave enough to communicate. His isn’t brave or courageous emotionally and doesn’t seem to be willing to develop - he swings from abject arrogance to deadly self loathing backwards and forwards the whole book - and the drama isn’t resolved by him waking up to himself but by ayla who is courageous and emotionally honest. He gets away with his idiocy without having learned the necessary lesson. 1. He’s in love for the first time (well seemingly for the second) and he’s overwhelmed by strong feelings. - ok, we’ve been there and it feels like you’re jumping off a high cliff so sure, I can sympathize. He’s been burnt by His passionate nature in the past and hasn’t yet found a way to live with it now. 2. He’s beautiful And talented and used to being admired by everyone especially women and doesn’t the the skills yet to work for what he wants rather than just have it fall in his lap. Ok - not so sympathetic - this is a problem of youth that needs to be overcome by us all but I forgive him when I remind myself that he is 21 and has a long way to go. 3. He’s embarrassed by Ayla’s association with flatheads and has to struggle with his ingrained revulsion at the fact that she has had a child of mixed spirits. Yes - very interesting angle to navigate and worth the time to explore how to resolve that. It’s a topic that interests me - prejudice and how to expose it in ourselves and how to overcome or expunge - to see others in ourselves and ourselves in others and dissolve prejudices that prevent that from happening. All topics worth exploring and developing but he won’t communicate any of this either to himself or ayla or anyone else in that long house. The drama revolves around him being miserable and mopey and not bloody explaining to himself or others what the hell is going on in his peabrain. And it is bloody hard to listen to. I’d try to convince ayla to stay behind - that she needs to give up on jondalar except ranek isn’t the right man for her either - with all his talk of perfection he can’t see or understand her either! I still love all the development of what it takes for a small community to survive together in such an environment and ayla learning to live with people and in community.

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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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  • 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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  • ChiaraLucia
  • 12-09-2020

Outstanding as always!

I am in love with the series and how it draws you into such a wonderful world. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Miss L Seakens
  • 21-07-2020

Beautiful story

A beautifully written story, laugh cry , gasp and mourn the book has an ending

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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 that the tale is totally believable. For me, it's all about the effective suspension of disbelief. This story achieves that very well. This part of the series depicts the incredibly painful struggle of Ayla and Jondalar to overcome their cultural beliefs and recognise their love for each other when they settle for the winter with the Mammoth Hunters. The problem mostly lies with Jondalar. For a supposedly sensitive man, he is unbelievably dense, incapable of recognising Ayla's continuing love for him and repeatedly pushing her away until she feels forced into another man's bed. I seriously wanted to strangle him by the Spring. If I was Ayla, I'd kill him for hurting me so much. Stupid thick idiot!! 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 plenty of expression, but everyone was depicted with complete gentility and sounded equally polite and cultured. People crying out with intense fear, anguish or passion could have sounded more emotional. Different accents, from Ayla, all the diverse characters, the Neanderthal Clan and different tribes of Cro- Magnons, were ignored, and it was impossible to tell the difference between any of the characters from voice tone alone. But the text repeatedly refers to Ayla's guttural accent. No matter, 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 "shahman". "plaque" sounded like "plark". NecessArily was pronounced "necessrily" ). 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. However, this was nevertheless better than reading the book myself.

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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.