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The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
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The Mammoth Hunters (1985)

by Jean M. Auel

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Series: Earth's Children (3)

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Well, I'm not in favour of deliberately making a long book, by using a number of cataloguing devices. The story limps along, the characters are flat, and the technology is often anachronistic. I gave up on the series and I think this was the last book of hers I read. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 9, 2014 |
Too long. Series slipping a bit. May be done for awhile on these. ( )
  bwkramer | Nov 19, 2013 |
I was willing to deal with the ridiculous romance, the fact that Ayla has apparently invented everything from domestication to headbands, the terribly written sex scenes, and all that kind of thing. But apparently combining my peeve for romantic problems caused by stupid misunderstandings that would be cleared up in 30 seconds if they'd ever actually listen to each other combined with my peeve for dudes randomly thinking they've raped their romantic partner is just too much.

It's actually a good series if you want easily the best-researched look at prehistoric life I know about (even though the information's out of date by now). I just couldn't stand silliness of the interpersonal relationships any longer. Maybe I'll come back to the series eventually.
  trouthe | Sep 23, 2013 |
loved all of the books in this series. So well written and so well researched. There was a lot for me to discover her, even in "middle age". I know it's overused, but this series is truly classic. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Sep 20, 2013 |
My favorite of the series ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
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Jean M. Auelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burr, SandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hakala, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mörling, MikaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Marshall, who has become a man to be proud of, and for Beverly, who helped, and for Christopher, Brian and Mellissa, with Love.
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Trembling with fear, Ayla clung to the tall man beside her as she watched the strangers approach.
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Once again Jean. M. Auel opens the door of time to reveal an age of wonder and terror at the dawn of humanity. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and it’s sequel The Valley of Horses, Jean M. Auel continues this breathtaking epic journey of a 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 woman friends, and painful memories of the clan she left behind. Here too is Renac, the dark skinned, magnetic master career of ivory tusks to whom Ayla is irresistibly drawn - setting Jondalar on fire with jealousy. Through 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.
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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.

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 customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.

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Ayla and Jondalar meet the Mamutoi-the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. Ayla finds herself torn between the wildly jealous Jondalar and the master carver Ranec.

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