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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 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)
"Clearly falls into the "unputdownable" category... once again Jean Auel presents a compelling, vivid and authentic picture of man's existence at the dawn of history, an epic tale the fluency of which is a tribute to the depth of her research." (Citizen, Gloucester)

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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-19

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
  • 04-27-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-19

Wonderful

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-18

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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  • Diana
  • 11-17-18

Story not bad.

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-18

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
  • 05-18-18

wonderful

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

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  • Redvers
  • 07-10-17

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
  • 06-07-17

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.