The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children, #3)
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The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children #3)

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In this third novel in the acclaimed Earth's Children series, Ayla, the independent heroine of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" and "The Valley of Horses, " 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.
Paperback, 688 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Bantam (first published 1985)
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Crystal Starr Light
WARNING: This book has caused me a lot of heartache, and as I review it, I may end up in a ball of mush, blathering unintelligibly.

When we last left Ayla and Jondalar, they were returning to Jondalar's family, standing smiling as they met one of the Mamutoi. Now, Ayla is quivering in fear, afraid that this Other is going to see her and immediately know, somehow, that she lived with the Clan and hate her (this is only 1 of the many continuity conflicts in this story). Jondalar, being the perfect...more
Ellen
I have a huge Love hate relationship with these books. The author repeats herself over and over again; she treats the reader like they're stupid and cannot remember a thing. In fact I believe any good editor could cut these books down by hundreds of pages. Yet, this series is addicting. The first one is by far the best but be prepared to be sucked in - if you read the first you will want to read them all.
Kelly Dubs
This has been my least favorite out of the Earths Children series, although I find it hard to dislike any of the books.
The love story in this one starts out strong, and by the time you get half way through, you are so sick of the misunderstandings and hurt feelings that you feel no one could be that stupid about love.
For some reason, both of the main characters bothered me to some degree in this book. Aside from the love story being obnoxious, you half expect that Jondolar has reverted back to a...more
Plant Girl
This book could have been much shorter and I probably would have enjoyed it more! Is she getting paid per word? ha. The characters became more weak and aggravating, their silly storylines were drawn on for far too long. Still, it was somewhat enjoyable, but I don't know if I want to continue reading this series (I'm taking a break!) ha.
Goldenwattle
The short rundown:
A page turner, as in: Pedantic description – turn page. Tell not show – turn page. Angst and more angst – turn page. Repeat history (telling) again and again and – turn page. Describe all actions in minute detail – turn page. Another long description of “pleasures” – turn pages.

The longer rundown:
All actions ‘must’ be described in mind numbing detail. Ditto descriptions, feelings, etc. AND then repeated later. Does anyone actually read these stories word by word by word, or do...more
Manny
We had this au pair, an extremely smart girl who later became the editor of an architecture journal. A friend who liked women's erotica lent her a copy of The Mammoth Hunters, assuring her that it was a good smutty read. A couple of days later, I asked Isabel if it had lived up to its advance billing. She made a face.

"Well," she said, "it's the first time I've ever read a book where I found myself skipping the sex scenes. They're soooo boring."

She had a way with words, and, like many reviewers o...more
Luis
I was excited about getting into the third installment. It started out very well. Once again, you are learning about what life was like back in those days. There is quite a bit of details thrown in about how structures were built or certain rituals were held, just as in the first two books. I was a bit frustrated with the whole love thing between Ayla and Jondalar. I think it was taken a bit too far.
Stephanie
***Spoilers, maybe***

What did I learn from the first three books of this series?

Ayla is Jesus……I know!

Well there is a little more to it I suppose.

The first book in the series “Clan of the Cave Bear” is about the life of a young human child, Ayla, who due to an earthquake, is orphaned and then is raised by a group of Neanderthals. Ayla, inventing feminism, goes against the rules of the “Clan” and does a bunch of stuff women of the Clan are not supposed to do, like hunting and speaking her mind....more
Kevin
Was very disappointed in this book. It just went on and on and on without getting anywhere. It would have definitely been better if it were half as long. I really liked the first two books. I thought the Clan was well done - their differences with the Others were well explained and consistent with how they lived. The second one was an interesting study of someone living alone. During Valley of the Horses, Ayla's inventions and innovations started to stack up a bit and were starting to edge into...more
Danielle
I couldn't wait for this book to be over because I got so freakin' tired of all the "he doesn't love me" "she doesn't love me" crap! I wanted to shake Ayla and Jondalar and the author for going on and on and on and on about their unrequited love. Either freakin' say "I love you" or move on!!! Another thing I didn't like is that this book (and the previous one) had the most boring repetitive sex scenes. This one didn't have as much sex as the last one but every time they started getting in to it...more
Isis
Feb 24, 2011 Isis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Only avid fans of the Earth's children series
Recommended to Isis by: No one - read it because I liked the first book, but was disappointed with this sequel
I was hooked into this series by the first book, "Clan of the Cave Bear", a fun, well-written novel with excellent character relationships. I instantly read the sequel, "The Valley of Horses", but found myself a bit dubious, as there were a couple of issues this time around with the characterisations and it dragged in places. Nevertheless, I persisted, convinced that "The Valley of Horses" had just been a brief dip before the series got back to the good standard of the first book. I was wrong, a...more
Lizz
SPOILERS!!! Not that anyone who hasn't read a romance couldn't figure out the plot by the first page.

Why did I keep reading this book and why do I want to keep reading the series? I've been asking myself that for weeks. Ayla is so perfect, so clearly how the author views herself that she no longer registers as a characters. Jondalar is bland, trifflin', and so humorless his mere presence on a page makes me skip around. And seriously Auel: you have Ayla finally get back together with Mr. Boring,...more
Rebecca Radnor
Having read the whole series.... book 1 ROCKED, book 2 was not bad... book 3 was cheesy.... book 4 was a bore, book 5 however seems to be getting back on track and is on par with book 2. Ms. Auel has this nasty habit of repeating everything so much that you have the feeling its to compensate for lack of inspiration. Lady, if we've gotten to book 5 all we need is a reminder (think flat heads) you don't have to tell us everything all over again, and DEFINITELY not more than once per book. That and...more
C.D. Leavitt
I'm slowly but surely working my way through the Earth's Children series and this happens to be my least favorite of the bunch. Since I still gave it four stars, it obviously wasn't that bad. The interactions between the characters and the tension between Jondalar and Ayla was pretty believable, but also deeply frustrating. When I'd read the book as a teenager, I'd been more annoyed than I was this time, as I saw the plot largely relying on the fact that characters weren't speaking to one anothe...more
Vanessa
I am apparently unable to stop reading a series, even if it is mediocre. These books are a classic case and point. It is obvious that the quality of these books drops off quickly after the Clan of the Cave Bear, but I am still reading. I enjoy the atmospherics and settings of these novels and the unique environment, as well as many of the characters. At the same time, could do without the cliched love triangle with its obvious resolution in this one. I fear to think what the fifth book will look...more
NickySatia
*contains spoilers*

I'm rereading the Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel. I've been having some migraines and I find that during those times I like to return to books that I've already read (in this case: multiple times).

Even though I was very dissapointed by the lastest book 'The land of the painted caves', Ayla's story still interests me. This book, 'The Mammoth Hunters', is one of the ones I like best in the series. To be honest; it seems to me that the uneven books in the series (#1,#3,...more
Colleen O'Neill Conlan
I'm enjoying following Ayla through her ongoing saga with Jondalar and the Others. But after three long books (this one in 723 pages) she's only 18 years old and had lived many, many lifetimes.

There are my usual complaints: Auel is a pretty repetitive writer, visiting and revisiting events that happened in the first two books again and again and again. I could do without that. The soft-core love scenes are also overdone (yes, we get it, these two are perfect sexual specimens).

But there is a lo...more
Christopher H.
The Mammoth Hunters is the third book in Jean Auel's incredible "Earth's Children" series. This book is largely the tale of Ayla's and Jondalar's time with the 'Mamutoi' peoples of the Upper Paleolithic Ice-Age country of what is now the steppes of the Ukraine. While the plotting of this novel, in my opinion, did bog down a bit with the amount of time spent on the romantic triangle between Ayla, Jondalar, and Ranec, the Mamutoi ivory carver; I was amazed at the amount of anthropological and arch...more
Neil Hanson
II gave these books an honest try, starting with Clan of the Cave Bears. I think the author is a good storyteller, and a good writer. However, these books are absolutely crippled by what appears to be a lack of effective editing. The further you get into the books, the more you have to put up with the retelling of what you've already read... Over and over and over and over.

Here's a link to my review on my website of this book.
http://neilhanson.com/2011/book-revie...

I'd really like to be able to...more
Jerelyn
I finished reading the Mammoth Hunters, the third book in this series by Jean M Auel. It follows our intrepid heroine Ayla and her hunky boyfriend Jondalar, north in search of other like them. Johndalar wants her to be around the others before taking her home to meet the folks. Whether it is because I have read three books in five and a half days or the soap operaish turn this book took I really didn't enjoy it as much as the first two.

Taken in by mostly loving and accepting Mammoth Hunters who...more
Dark-Draco
Jondalar and Ayla have left their home and are making a short journey with their two horses, Racer and Whinney, but they come across the Mamatoi, 'The Mammoth Hunters'. At first the tribe are suspicious of them, but eventually they are taken back to their winter camp. For Ayla, being round so many people is unusual and frightening, but as she starts to learn the language and the customs, she begins to fit in. Finally adopted to them, she is drawn to the Mamut as she was to her old friend Creb, a...more
~M~
Feb 16, 2010 ~M~ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People Into Archaeology, People Into Relationship Dynamics
Recommended to ~M~ by: My mom
I began reading the Earth's Children Series when I was in high school thanks to my mother, who loved archaeology and was an avid reader. As I have written in my reviews of The Clan of the Cave Bear and Valley of the Horses, I am particularly drawn to stories about people being dropped into alien environments or cultures and having to learn and adapt in order to survive.

In this book, Ayla meets her own people, The Others, for the first time. Through Ayla's eyes we learn about this community of p...more
Iceman
Em os "Caçadores de Mamutes", divido em dois volumes, voltamos a encontrar Ayla, agora já uma jovem e bela mulher com a capacidade de discernir o seu mundo e as diferenças que a separam daqueles que a criaram.

Neste terceiro volume, e não querendo entrar em detalhes, pois poderia estragar o prazer da descoberta e da surpresa, Ayla parte para a terra dos Mamutes, animais imponentes que eram a base da alimentação da altura.

Atravessando planícies sem fim, Ayla acaba por encontrar uma terra habitada...more
Swankivy
When we last left Ayla in the previous book, she was following her lover Jondalar to go meet his people--the Mammoth Hunters. Ayla was born to these people but doesn't remember anything about it because she was raised by Neanderthals, so this is going to be scary but eye-opening for her, theoretically. While I liked the idea of her getting her culture shock and actually having a chance to interact with other men and other women, I didn't like that so much of it was about sex, and I didn't like h...more
Robyn
Yeah, this book gets a lower score than TWILIGHT. And yes, I know I haven't reviewed the other books in the series yet, but this one really stuck out. The fact of the matter is, the first two books were awesome. Which is precisely why this one got as low of a score as it did, my expectations were much higher.

Up until this point, this series was a wonderful story of a woman who was learning to think for herself. Sure, things got a little dicey at the end of the second book when Jondalar showed u...more
Allison
The Mammoth Hunters is the third book in Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series. With as good as the first two books in the series are, The Mammoth Hunters is a that much more of a disappointment. Last the reader left Ayla, she and Jondalar were setting out on a journey, and not long into it, they encounter a camp of Mamutoi—mammoth hunters. Wintering with the Mamutoi gives Ayla the opportunity to live with the Others, as up until now she only remembers living with the Clan and on her own. As with...more
Ruth
First book: Neanderthal vs. homo sapiens

Second book: how a person can survive without support of a community

Third book: Love triangle, constant repetition, invention of everything, more repetition, he loves me--which he? I don't know.

Yawn!

I have the next two but I don't think I will ever get to them.
Olethros
-Mareando perdices… bueno, mamuts.-

Género. Novela (que por mucho que quiera ser novela histórica no puede serlo, por razones obvias).

Lo que nos cuenta. Ayla y Jondalar se unen con un grupo de cromañones conocido como El Campamento del León que se dedica a la caza de mamuts. Sorprendentemente, es Ayla la que más fácilmente se hace un hueco en el grupo y Jondalar el que más roces tiene, creando cierto malestar entre los dos al que no ayuda nada lo mucho que nuestra protagonista empieza a fijarse...more
Rob
...I guess that if you can put up with the high soap opera level of this book, there are some enjoyable elements to be found in the book. Personally, I had serious trouble not being distracted by the sheer unlikeliness of the adventures of our prehistoric Mary Sue to enjoy it. There were more than a few opportunities to create some more depth in the story but Auel seems to insist on ignoring those in favor of a relationship crisis the novel could have done without. Given my preferences, The Mamm...more
Esther
Although it's a good read, I liked this book less then I did the first two. The miscommunication between the two main characters borders on surreal, especially after what they went through together in the second book, and many of the book's themes are revisited too many times for my liking.

My mother recommended this series to me, and she said she thought it started to get worse as of the fourth book. Because I already thought this one was weaker, I stopped reading the series after this one.

Eve...more
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Jean M. Auel, née Jean Marie Untinen is an American writer. She is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her books have sold 34 million copies world-wide in many translations.

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