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The Mammoth Hunters

by Jean M. Auel

Crown/Archetype | November 27, 2001 | Hardcover

The Mammoth Hunters is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
Ayla, the independent heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are “the Others.” She approaches them with mixed feelings of fear and curiosity.

Talut, a powerful bear of a man with bright red hair, a booming laugh, and a gentle heart, and his tall, dark-haired sister, Tulie, are the leaders of the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi. It is here that Ayla finds her first women friends, but some among the Mamutoi dislike Ayla because she was raised by “flatheads,” their name for the people of the Clan. Ayla is haunted by her memories of the Clan because Rydag, a child of mixed parentage living with the Mamutoi, bears so strong a resemblance to her own son, Durc.

It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory--dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic--who fascinates Ayla. She finds herself drawn to him. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovered, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother.

Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla’s life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.

Set in the challenging terrain of Ice Age Europe that millions of Jean Auel’s readers have come to treasure, The Mammoth Hunters is an epic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices--a novel certain to garner Jean Auel even greater acclaim as a master storyteller of the dawn of humanity.

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 27, 2001

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609610996

ISBN - 13: 9780609610992

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovable Characters This one was my fav of the earth's children series so far. I really liked it, I guess because it had more characters ... but it wasn't just that it had characters, it had really likable characters. It's too bad that most people give up on the series at #2, cause this one totally makes up for the snooze-fest of that one.
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Keeps Getting Better Earth's Children Series Book #3. Couldn't stop reading it. It is amazing!! Ca't wait to finish the series but I want it to last forever as well!
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Auel at her best I personally feel that this book is one of the best in the entire series. Ayla and Jondalar make a new home with the Mammoth Hunters - more of the Others. Jondalar yearns to go back to his people, but Ayla is finally accepted, and feels like she belongs here. Plus, Jondalar's home is far away, and the journey will be dangerous. Will Ayla nd Jondalar stay with the Mammoth Hunters? Will they stay together at all? For there are others who seek Ayla's affection... This part of the story ends in such a way that will leave you yearning for more of Ayla's story. The journey continues in the Plains of Passage...
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read Ayla once again astounds readers with her continued tale of her life. As Ayla and Jondalar go to the Mammoth Hunters, the live in the Lion Camp. Here they meet many new friends and ways of life, difficult for Ayla as she continues to struggle to understand the ways of the Others. To complicate things further, not only Jondalar has eyes for Ayla. Ranec, a stunning and intelligent carver, causes Ayla to become lost in confusion between two loves, and to struggle to follow her heart. As she fights for acceptance from those that think the Clan are "flatheads" or "animals", Ayla remains determined to help and heal others, and to finally choose whether to stay and mate with Ranec or follow Jondalar on his return journey, home to the Zelandoni.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Aul is keeping up the momentum Ayla, the protagonist in the first two books in this series has left the valley, where she lived alone apart from the animals she tamed, with Jondalar, the first person she has met who is of her kind. The main conflict in this episode is between Ayla’s lovers. She has caught up fast in the romance stakes after spending so much of her life without it. Ayla also meets women for the first time and is accepted by them, the tribe (the mammoth hunters) even decide to adopt her. I think this book is every bit as good as good as 'The Clan of the Cave Bear' or 'Valley of Horses,' and look forward to the rest.
Date published: 2003-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mammoth Hunters - An Excellent Novel Undoubtedly a classic epic novel, The Mammoth Hunters is the third book in the Earth's Children series. This novel brings to life the themes of love, pain, discovery, and unity despite differences - all of which are ideas that have been explored in the other novels of the series. This is personally my favorite book in the series, as Ayla and Jondalar truly learn more about each other and the strength of their relationship. A flowing narrative with a captivating storyline, along with a well-researched collection of information, make for an epic novel that one will not soon forget.
Date published: 2001-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Mammoth Hunters In this continuing epic my Jean M. Auel, we find our heroin and her new found love Jondalar in the land of the Mamutoi, the Mammoth Hunters. Finding warmth, shelter and Friendship with this new tribe, Ayla and Jondalar settle down one again and must ask themselves if it is worth continuing to Jondalar's home. A nice little side of intrigue arises when a Mamutoi hunter with some very special differences finds Ayla to be a desirable mate. Jealousy and misunderstanding threaten to rip our Heroin's new found happiness apart. A fitting and wonderful next chapter in this story of our ancient past, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great work of fiction, or this wonderful author.
Date published: 2000-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mammoth Hunters The best prehistoric novel out there. Ayla and Jondalar meet up with a group of people known as the Mammoth Hunters. Where once again Ayla must fight the prejudices of her past and teach these people how to accept the changes that come their way. A great learning experience and a pleasure to read. This novel is a great masterpiece.
Date published: 2000-06-16

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The Mammoth Hunters

The Mammoth Hunters

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 27, 2001

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609610996

ISBN - 13: 9780609610992

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Chapter 1Trembling with fear, Ayla clung to the tall man beside her as she watched the strangers approach. Jondalar put his arm around her protectively, but she still shook.He's so big! Ayla thought, gaping at the man in the lead, the one with hair and beard the color of fire. She had never seen anyone so big. He even made Jondalar seem small, though the man who held her towered over most men. The red-haired man coming toward them was more than tall; he was huge, a bear of a man. His neck bulged, his chest could have filled out two ordinary men, his massive biceps matched most men's thighs.Ayla glanced at Jondalar and saw no fear in his face, but his smile was guarded. They were strangers, and in his long travels he had learned to be wary of strangers."I don't recall seeing you before," the big man said without preamble. "What Camp are you from?" He did not speak Jondalar's language, Ayla noticed, but one of the others he had been teaching her."No Camp," Jondalar said. "We are not Mamutoi." He unclasped Ayla and took a step forward, holding out both hands, palms upward showing he was hiding nothing, in the greeting of friendliness. "I am Jondalar of the Zelandonii."The hands were not accepted. "Zelandonii? That's a strange . . . Wait, weren't there two foreign men staying with those river people that live to the west? It seems to me the name I heard was something like that.""Yes, my brother and I lived with them," Jondalar conceded.The man with the flaming beard looked though
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Ayla, the independent heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are “the Others.” She approaches them with mixed feelings of fear and curiosity.

Talut, a powerful bear of a man with bright red hair, a booming laugh, and a gentle heart, and his tall, dark-haired sister, Tulie, are the leaders of the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi. It is here that Ayla finds her first women friends, but some among the Mamutoi dislike Ayla because she was raised by “flatheads,” their name for the people of the Clan. Ayla is haunted by her memories of the Clan because Rydag, a child of mixed parentage living with the Mamutoi, bears so strong a resemblance to her own son, Durc.

It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory--dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic--who fascinates Ayla. She finds herself drawn to him. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovered, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother.

Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla’s life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.

Set in the challenging terrain of Ice Age Europe that millions of Jean Auel’s readers have come to treasure, The Mammoth Hunters is an epic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices--a novel certain to garner Jean Auel even greater acclaim as a master storyteller of the dawn of humanity.

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Ayla, the independent heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are "the Others." She approaches them with mixed feelings of fear and curiosity.
Talut, a powerful bear of a man with bright red hair, a booming laugh, and a gentle heart, and his tall, dark-haired sister, Tulie, are the leaders of the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi. It is here that Ayla finds her first women friends, but some among the Mamutoi dislike Ayla because she was raised by "flatheads," their name for the people of the Clan. Ayla is haunted by her memories of the Clan because Rydag, a child of mixed parentage living with the Mamutoi, bears so strong a resemblance to her own son, Durc.
It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory--dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic--who fascinates Ayla. She finds herself drawn to him. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovered, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother.
Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla's life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made.
Set in the challenging terrain of Ice Age Europe that millions of Jean Auel's readers have come to treasure, The Mammoth Hunters is anepic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices--a novel certain to garner Jean Auel even greater acclaim as a master storyteller of the dawn of humanity.

About the Author

JEAN M. AUEL is an international phenomenon. Her books have sold 34 million copies worldwide. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon, where she is at work on the next book in the Earth’s Children® series.

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