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The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  50,468 Ratings  ·  1,243 Reviews
Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race.

Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by the mare’s colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the Mamutoi—the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different c
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Published January 25th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (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
Henry Avila
Apr 25, 2017 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the distant unknown , murky past ( no history books to tell their stories), during the era of the caveman , two groups of people struggle to survive in a cruel territory that someday the nation of Ukraine will be established ...our ancestors the Cro-Magnon man, the new arrivals from Africa, where the human race was born and the more primitive Neanderthals who have been in Europe for at least 200,000 years, never very numerous, short but quite powerful , very durable too and contrary to the mo ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Wow! These books are good! Now I’m beginning to see how they became such a craze back in the eighties. It boggles the mind how much research and simple creative story-telling the author has pulled together to make this epic story come to life.

And yes, it is a love story.

My only complaint is the length. The author occasionally goes a bit overboard with her descriptive explanations of tool making and hide curing etc etc etc! Very interesting, but I think they could be honed down a good bit
Mar 13, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Plant Girl
Oct 26, 2007 Plant Girl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Feb 13, 2011 Iset rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only avid fans of the Earth's children series
Recommended to Iset 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
May 19, 2017 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this one again, she's keep[ing me super into this world and I've barely been reading other books becuase I've just been immersed into this world :)

Ayla's story is once more continued in this book but now we have Jondalar accompanying her to integrate with new types of people and clans. She's managed to learn so much from Jondalar, but her heritage and customs from living as part of the Clan of the Cave Bear are still ingrained in her behaviour and finally meeting more 'Others' i
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
***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.
Apr 02, 2012 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Warner ♥
Oh this book drove me crazy! This has one of the most emotionally trying love-triangles that I have ever encountered. For 3/4 of the book I wanted to pull out my hair and slap a whole bunch of people. I am glad that in the next book Ayla and Jondalar have left the Mamutoi. I could not handle any more of that. But I still love Ayla and Jondalar despite their cluelessness and I love this story so I am looking forward to book 4.
Jun 02, 2008 Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gary Butler
Nov 29, 2012 Gary Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4th book read in 2013.

Number 61 out of 296 on my all time book list.

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Feb 02, 2009 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2008 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Spider the Doof Warrior
I'm sorry, but if you can invent new sex positions you should be able to tell your partner how you feel!
C.D. Leavitt
Apr 23, 2011 C.D. Leavitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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
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
Jan 03, 2015 Margitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Read it many years ago and just want to add it to my list.

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.
Apr 23, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2010 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Jan 03, 2010 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, historical
Well I remembered nothing about it and was hoping I would enjoy it more, but no dice. The series is a strange mixture of cheesy romance novel and fascinating information about the Ice Age culture and customs. I'm sure Auel embroidered details endlessly and feel frustrated not to know how much was made up and how much is accurate. I will go on with the next and hope I don't feel the same compulsion to throw the book across the room!
Dieses Mal ist das Cover blau und erinnert mich sehr stark an blaues Eis oder so. Abgebildet ist dieses Mal die Höhlenzeichnung eines Mammuts. Wieder einmal kann ich sagen, mir gefällt die einheitliche Gestaltung der verschiedenen Cover dieser Reihe.

Die Höhlenzeichnung passt perfekt zu der Geschichte und auch das eisblau als Farbe finde ich äußerst passend gewählt.

Meine Meinung
Eigentlich wollten Ayla und Jondalar nur einen kleinen Ausflug mache, als sie auf Talut und das Löwen-Lager stoßen.
Dec 28, 2012 Iceman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2011 sj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-tuesday
Right. The Mammoth Hunters picks up right where The Valley of Horses left off. Jondalar and Ayla were out riding their horses and are hailed by a big dude with a smile on his face. Ayla’s first impression of him is how huge he is, because he’s even bigger than Jondalar (who is 6’6″ and looks like a young Ron Perlman, remember?) So, the giant invites them back home with him (cos everyone is super friendly in the stone age, dur) and they meet the Mamutoi of the Lion Camp.

I could go into all of the
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
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
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
Emma Flanagan
Nov 01, 2015 Emma Flanagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well the path of true love never did run smooth.

What I love about this series is the portrayal of the relationship between Ayla and Jondalar. They may be living in the Stone Age but the problems they face are the same as we do now. In this book they’ve left the security of the valley where they were pretty much in their own little bubble. Now they must interact with other people, contending with jealousy and just the demands being around other people can place on a relationship. The honeymoon pe
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Jean M. Auel, née Jean Marie Untinen is an American author 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. As of 2010 her books have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, in many translations.

Auel attended University of Portland, and earned an MBA in 1976. She receiv
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Other Books in the Series

Earth's Children (6 books)
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
  • The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2)
  • The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, #4)
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