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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
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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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By marie on 05-30-17

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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By Redvers on 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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By Paul Lloyd on 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.

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By Jilly ILLY on 09-06-16

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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By ron on 04-22-16

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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