Excellent. Sweeping tale of love set at the dawn of man - when modern man was on the cusp of transition between pre-historic and a more modern identity. Brilliantly written and worth the long read. You'll learn a lot with these books as well, as they are scrupulously researched.
This has the same broad historical perspective-feel that say, reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series engenders for me...its so richly detailed, though of course the subject matter and setting couldn't be further removed.
This series began, of course, with Clan of the Cave Bear & The Valley of Horses...
One of my favorite series ever, I've read this book 3 times now and still find it fascinating. I love that the author can spin a romance around the culture during this era. It's just informative and beautiful at the same time.
If you haven't read any of Auel's Earth's Children books, you are missing a great story. There are now five books in all in the sereies, starting with Clan of the Cave Bear, and each one is full of love, adventure, mystery, and intrigue. Pick up one and start having the time of your life!
Ayla travels with Jondalar to the land of the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally met the Others, her own kind. But she must learn their language and ways and in time decide between Jondalar and a new love Ranee. Will she stay with the Mamutoi or go with Jondalar to return to his own clan?
The Mammoth Hunters is the third book in Jean Auels Earths Children series, and with as good as the first two books in the series are, The Mammoth Hunters is 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 Mamutoimammoth 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 everything in Aylas life, living with the Mamutoi presents its challenges, although there are also some rewards. However, the plot moves slowly as Auel unveils the inner struggle facing Ayla, Jondalar, and Ranecthe Mamutoi master carver who vies for Aylas love in hopes that she choices him over Jondalar.
While Auel continues her vivid description of the landscape, it is to the point of being repetitious. By this point, the reader has likely explored the region in both The Clan of the Cave Bear and in The Valley of Horses. Additionally, in those two books, the reader has also experienced Aylas discoveries, her training of wild animals, and her struggle with being different from those around her. Unfortunately, all of these things are repeated in painful detail in The Mammoth Hunter to the point of boring the reader. Eliminating such duplication could mean shortening the 700-page book by at least 200 pages, as well as help the pacing of the story.
If you enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, you might be interested enough to read The Mammoth Hunters, but be warned that the repetitive qualities of The Valley of Horses is magnified in The Mammoth Hunters.
I've enjoyed the entire series. It does become a little far-fetched when it appears that Ayla discovers "all" the modern conveniences but it doesn't take anything away from the story or the wonderful writing style
3rd in Jean M. Auels tale of the earth Children.
this is about a young woman named Ayla and her lover Jondalar travling the world in the age of cave dwellings. Very good story.
One word... ADDICTING!!! This is the third book of the series and i would recommend before reading them to clear your calendar.
Once again, Jean M. Auel opens the door of time to reveal an age of wonder and terror at the dawn of humanity. The breathtaking epic journey of the woman called ayla, now with her devoted Jondalar. Ayla boldly sets forth into the land of the Mamutoi- the Mammoth Hunters, the Others she has been seeking.
Love Jean Auel! I've read this book 3 times and bought the hardcover for future reading.
The third book in the breathtaking epic journey of Ayla..the "Earths Children" Series. My cover is different than the one shown.
Very enjoyabloe read. I love this series
Third in the acclaimed Earth Series.
This book deserves five stars!!
"Jean M. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla. Now, with her devoted Jondalar, Ayla boldly sets forth into the land of the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters, the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their strange customs and language, it is because of her uncanny hunting and healing skills that she is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth. Here Ayla finds her first women friends, and painful memories of the Clan she left behind. Here, too, is Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory tusks to whom Ayla is irresistably drawn--setting Jondalar on fire with jealousy. Throughout the icy winter, Ayla is torn between her two men. But soon will come the great spring mammoth hunt, when Ayla must choose her mate and her destiny--to remain in the Hearth with Ranec, or to follow Jondalar into a far-off place and an unknown future."
Sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bear & The Valley Of Horses.
THird in a series about the early days of mankind
This is third of a 5 book "Earth Children" series. Great series!
Here is list of entire series:
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Valley of Horses
The Mammoth Hunters
The Plains of Passage
The The Shelters of Stone
I have the first 3 listed and will soon list the last 2 also as soon as my brother finishes reading them. :)
The 4th book in this facinating series which is set in pre-historic times.
A young woman learns to cope within a new society with people like herself. Her experience with living in a group is very different from the way they live. Expectations of behavior are different. A woman's interaction with a man or men is very different. Eventually, she finds her way.
This book has a different cover than the one shown.
Ayla, the prehistoric heroine of Auel's immensely popular series, meets a new clan, the mammoth hunters, in this eagerly awaited third installment to the saga. During her sojourn with this clan, Ayla and her lover, Jondalar, encounter a variety of crises triggered by Ayla's past and her involvement with another man. Auel has created an amazing and fascinating world. Every aspect of society and culture is accounted for; no detail is too small to be included. To enjoy this novel the reader must accept the author's concepts and cultural descriptions. Despite the sometimes too-modern dialogue and the often fatuous sex, this is a solid tale that will be particularly enjoyed by those who've been following Ayla's fortunes.
this is a second copy. I've heard a lot about this advanterous sage and decided to share it with another reader.
It was never read, therefore, it is in excellent condition
This is the exact same book with a different cover.