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The Mammoth Hunters

Earth’s Children, Book 3
Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
Series: Earth's Children, Book 3
Length: 28 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.

Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth, and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.

©1985 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 AudioGO Ltd

Critic reviews

"The authenticity of background detail, the lilting prose rhythms, and the appealing conceptual audacity continue to work their spell." ( Publishers Weekly)

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characters got a bit annoying and repetitive, but

the indecision and back and forth of *certain* characters gets repetitive and frankly annoying by the end. Problems entirety of their own making get frustrating after a while. Characters are a bit too emotionally stunted and moronic at times. Also a little too much painstakingly detailed sex read in a grandmotherly BBC documentary voice for my liking, but if you're into that, then this is the book for you.
Otherwise a good listen, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment as I'm told there's far less of the annoying bits.

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Circular

It's the same story in a different location. Getting boring. Will try one more book and might give up. Research for the story is awesome and it allows me to walk back in time.

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Story not bad.

Story not to bad, but to much waffle in between the good bits. Narrator good

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Timeless classic of a lost time.

Passion, empathy and love set in a time long gone. This love story is brought to life so brilliantly that I feel I can step into the world created, feel the heat of the Sun, the chill of the Glaciers and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the landscape. I have loved this series of books since I began with Clan of the Cave Bear in my late teens. Jean M Auel has created a vision of a time long gone who's messages are still relevant today if you only take the time to look. The need to co operate, work together, show and indeed Be tolerant. Be respectful of the world and it's gifts and never take anything for granted. This book shows life is a Gift and should be embraced. Please make time to lose yourself in this incredible series as you may well find yourself along the way.

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Great story of jealousy and love

I have recently started replacing my paper copies of this book series with Audiobooks, and the whole series is interesting enough to listen to over and over. It follows the love story of Ayla and Jondalar, and all their adventures on their long journey. These books are enjoyable principally because the research into stone age times is so meticulous, so the tale is believable. For me, it's all about the effective suspension of disbelief. This story achoeves that very well.

I was afraid this story might be read in an American accent (as the author is American) and was initially pleased to hear an English voice. However, the narrator, Rowena, read this story in a genteel, well bred voice which stayed the same regardless of the character speaking. She pitched her voice higher for a child and slightly lower for a man, and used expression, but essentially kept the same voice tone, which did detract from the more intense emotional scenes. People crying out with intense fear, anguish or passion sounded like they were merely mildly bothered or slightly concerned. Different accents from Ayla, all the diverse characters, the Neanderthals and Cro magnons as well as different groups, were ignored, and it was impossible to tell the difference between any of the characters from voice tone alone. Everyone sounded like a posh middle aged woman. She also slightly mispronounced certain words, which I found a little irritating. ("flaccid" was pronounced "flacksid", "tisane" became "tizzarn", "withes" was said "wythes" as it's spelt, rather than "withees". "Travois" was sais "travoyz" and "shaman" became "shamman" rather than the longer "a", in "shayman"). Only minor, but still a bit irritating as I'm so pernickety about accuracy!

I've listened to much better narrators who give each character a distinct voice, which really enhances the story. This was little better than reading the book myself. Given that there are 6 books in this series, it's something that definitely makes me hesitate to buy the others.

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A great story

Loved listening to this book. Bit I have dropped a star due to the constant imposed breaks when Alex's 'had trouble reading the book. Very frustrating.

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Wonderful

Third book in the series and still want more, so easy to listen to and enjoy.

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Idealistic but highly enjoyable

The story sometimes gets a little too like a Disney film. But the characters are on the whole believable and engaging.

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I love all of Jean M Auel's Earth Children books

I love all of the Earth Children books that Jean M Auel has written and just disappeared that more of them haven't been made into films like the first one The Clan of the Cave Bear.

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wonderful

wonderful listening and well narrated. the series of books have such a feel for the past

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  • John M
  • 08-10-18

I love this book

I first started reading this series in 1991 and loved the first four books and then disappointed by the final two. Jean Auel paints a carefully researched world with compelling characters that draw the reader in. Ayla is epic and you love her throughout. I have re-read this book several times, it's my favorite and I was delighted by the audio version, Rowena Cooper does a fine job. It's hard to say what draws me back to this book. I think it's the relationship tension that is so carefully built up between Ayla and Jondalar interspersed with memorable Lion Camp characters especially Rydag, Mamut and Nezzie. Add to this some entertaining events - Bison hunt, Finding Wolf, Summer meeting, Funeral.....and it's a great read.

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  • marie
  • 30-05-17

Defiantly not the best in the series....

I struggled to finish this book. By far a big disappointing compared to the first two books, which were pretty good, especially the first. But I've grown attached to characters and narritor so I still bought the 4th book. Hope it's better

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  • Kathi-Bookworm
  • 31-03-20

Gripping story!

The plot is fascinating, but I liked Sandra Burr as reader better (in previous books). Chose this one for its slightly shorter length, but the names are pronounced in such a different way, that I regretted doing so.