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Publisher's Summary

An epic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices. Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are the "Others". She approaches them with a mixture of fear and curiosity.
It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory - dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic - who Ayla finds herself drawn to the most. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovers, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother.
Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla's life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.
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©2004 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By PlantCrone on 08-10-15

Exciting 3rd episode in this 'Mammoth' series

At over 30 hours, this listen will last you a lot of commuting drives! I enjoyed it a great deal and just can't figure out why all the negative reviews. Yes, there is oral sex..not much and it really isn't 'bad', but loving. Much better than the brutal attack on our heroine by the mean guy whyo rapes her. The sex in this book is very loving and simply part of the story. AND, I don't think a bit of sex turns a historical novel int 'chick lit'..really guys...get over yourself. Also, many people seem to resent the author repeating significant points from the first 2 books. I have read that Auel wanted each to be a 'stand alone' book, and thur the need for repetition of the information on material already covered in Books 1 and 2. I didn't fine it at all annoying..iy is just part of the story line.

I was most impressed with the extrapolation writer Auel has done to flesh out her characters, their society and rules and mores. We can't really know what the Clan or the Others were really like, but Auel has made their society into one that sounds much like any large family group. I especially enjoyed the summer gathering, where there is always and nasty uncle Ned and a bitchy aunt Bertha. The ritual around making young girls into women is well written and very believable, IMO.

I'm glad I purchased the 4th book of the series, even though, again, there are a bunch of negative reviews. I agree that the first 2 books were hard acts to follow, but I'm also glad Auel has done some changing up of the directions of the story.

If you've enjoyed 'Clan of the Cave Bear and the 'Valley of the Horses" I'm guessing you'll also enjoy 'The Mammoth Hunters".

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-04-17


Before rereading this, I had this down as a five star read. I first read this in the eighties and like another reviewer I was young and had never read a romance novel before. I had remember that Ayla was uncommonly beautiful, but forgot that Jondalar had a member too large for most women. Matter of fact in book 2, he was often chosen for the deflowering ceremony, seems either a little unfair to the virgin or to the man who comes after Jondalar and his massive member.

There is a lot here on racism, but it is not aimed at Ranec, the dark skinned traveler from the south. Ranec is seen more as a novelty and the randy human women want to make sure he is all man. He of course is willing to prove his manhood. Jondalar and Ayla fight, because he is ashamed of her upbringing. Ayla is a strong woman who is not going to deny her foster parents or take any crap about them. Ayla is driven to the arms of Ranec, which she can't help due to her upbringing. Clan women do not deny a man and his needs (the good old days).

This is not as good as the first two, but still worth your credit.

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