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The Mammoth Hunters

(Earth's Children #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  63,659 ratings  ·  1,688 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. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequel, The Valley of Horses, Jean M. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla.

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Paperback, 688 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Bantam (first published 1985)
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Susan Kruger It is interesting to me that we seem to want to write the story ourselves. She had to leave the clan and move on. This is something that happens in li…moreIt is interesting to me that we seem to want to write the story ourselves. She had to leave the clan and move on. This is something that happens in life. I felt it gave the series a more realistic experience. Let go what you want and go where Auel takes you. I find it endlessly fascinating. (less)
Susan Kruger The actual site which Auel references in Mammoth Hunters is located in Mezhirich Ukraine.

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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 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 rated it it was amazing

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 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. ...more
Feb 13, 2011 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
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fantastic fiction
I love the Earth's Children's Series by Jean Auel. I will say that the last 2 books were disappointing and the 4th book was what started that going down point. It is my opinion that this book, the 3rd book in the series is the best book. It is my favorite story.

Everything that has been happening for the past 2 books comes together to make this amazing story. It's a wonderful 3 book arc. There is some weird love triangle stuff between Ayla, Jondalar and Ranec. I didn't enjoy that and I thought it
Kelly Dubs
Aug 09, 2007 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-hate-this-book
I'm sorry, but if you can invent new sex positions you should be able to tell your partner how you feel! ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 ♥
1. The Clan of the Cave Bear ★★★★★
2. The Valley of Horses ★★★★★
3. The Mammoth Hunters ★★★★

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
May 19, 2017 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
Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
***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.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018, 2020
I will be the first to admit that Jean Auel can write about Ice Age Europe and bring it to life. ✎What she cannot write is romance, and therein lies the problem.

If you ever try to do what I am doing; that is reading this series (for a second or third time) back-to-back...don't. It was so much better the original way - when you had to wait for each book to come out , waiting through the five or more year gaps!

The repetitive nature is extremely annoying. I swear she just copied and pasted some par
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this third book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series. It was well researched as far as the history that was used to write this story. I love the romance between Ayla and Jondalar, however the whole he doesn't love me, it doesn't seem like she loves me thing that turned into a love triangle that never should have thing that drags on through the whole book thing was so annoying. I thought that the mammoi tribe was excellent and the interaction with Ayla and Jondalar and the acceptance of ...more
Amy Norris
Due to my love of the previous two books, I am being generous giving this 3 stars, it is actually closer to 2 stars. I love Ayla, the main character of this series but I am so sick of her being ABSOLUTELY INSTANTLY AMAZING at everything ever. EVERYBODY that meets her is in love with her or if they don't like her, it is only because they hate things that are 'different' and she wins them over in no time with her amazingness. Anyway, I guess she is the destined one yada yada yada so all of that wo ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jessica Haider
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
read this way back in high school. pilfered from my mom's bookshelf. ;) ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is book three in the incredible Earth's Children Series.

This is a series that really must be read in order.

In this novel, you will follow the lead character, Ayla, as she continues her journey - this time with the horse she tamed, Whinney. Others are amazed that Ayla can ride the beast, and it appears she is one of the first humans to do so. She is also joined by her love, Jondalar. Be aware that there are sex scenes in these books, and some are pretty detailed.

It is also in this boo
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Gary Butler
Nov 29, 2012 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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Jun 06, 2020 added it
OMG the angst in this one.

I'd call it a day with this series if I thought the angst would continue. Please tell me the angst doesn't continue?

I'll give it one more book to redeem itself.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read again 12/5/19

After so many years, it was great to approach this series again. I'd forgotten how much I loved some characters, like Nezzie, Rydag and Ranec. Even Talut, Tulie and Mamut were great, and I miss them almost as much as Ayla does once they leave. I really could give Jondalar a miss in this one; he so incredibly stupid in this book and it almost reminds me of why I disliked the final book. Probably, despite Ayla and Jondalar being the Barbie and Ken of their era, it would have been
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
My ratings of these books are largely sentimental. I remember loving the first 3 (what had been written up till then) and being very impressed with them as a teenager. I plan to read the 4th one eventually and we’ll see how it holds up against my more discerning tastes now.
C.D. Leavitt
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2010 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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The earth's children series, is an exceptional read on the early days of man, great cast of characters including the animals and plants, great hunts, and interactions between the different clans. ...more
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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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