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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 theprimitive 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 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 theprimitive 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 modern view of themintelligent, even speaking a language that will never be heard again Nevertheless a weakness that proves fatal , a failure to progress, they have remained static unable or an unwillingness to improve or change for 1,000 centuries The Others continue to seek a better life, new tools made, weapons, shelters , clothes , food andlands to settle Anything to make them abide..increasing their population in contrast to the rivals , who they despise and the same sentiment is mutual from the enemy the obvious conclusion is confirmed, the bleak future no surprise, for one branch of mankind Ayla a talented woman without a clan, banished in fact by the Neanderthals who found the orphan 5 year old , her parents succumbed in a devastating earthquake and raised her with a companion the man she loves Jondalar Big , strong , attractive with brains that women find irresistible After leaving Ayla s valley of horses at Jondalar s insistence they encounter a group of fierce Mammoth huntersfriendly though She , her bold man , and strange menagerie, two horses, Whinney and Racer and soon a baby wolf..naturally called Wolf we won t even mention the gigantic cave lion The hunters are shocked seeing the teenage girl riding a horseback then these animals were eaten The wolf a feared predator , she befriends, the young, tall, blonde haired, beautiful girl of 17, must be some kind of a mighty ominous spirit , yet seems quite a normal looking person they are accepted In a land of astonishing blue ice, the massive freezing glaciers , little food supply , only a tribe that adopts to the inclement weather elements , can hope to prosper , always needing to be alert in this unforgiving environment Ayla meets another man, Ranec, she feels an attraction for and with no rules back then anything goes stay or follow the jealous traveler Jondalar in his dream to return home, she must decide but first an exciting , and dangerous mammoth hunt in the cold north, if the nearby apocalyptic volcano doesn t become too violent This extremely popular book series 45 million copies sold and counting, maybe not quite accurate as new research has shown, yet is the closest anyone today can experience the atmosphere of the crude time, no civilization , intensely superstitious people, harsh customs, strange ways and only the fittest prevailed 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 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 was foolish, but young lovers are often foolish, so I forgive it.Jondalar and Ayla have left their happy valley heading back to Jondalar s family They meet up with another clan and they join the clan for a year or so and become part of the tribe Jondalar has discovered the throwing stick that gives better spear throwing and killing abilities and both he and Ayla bring so much to the tribe They are the star couple Everyone is amazed by the wolf and the horse and how Ayla controls them.We learn how they build their homes, how they hunt and how they party Every summer they gather for a big party, basically, together They find mates, spead learning and share community My favorite moment in the book is when Baby, his cave lion she raised that is the size of a horse oris coming toward the summer gathering and the hunters want to kill it Ayla sees Baby, yells at him and runs to him and hugs him Then she jumps on his back and runs off for a bit The whole village thinks she s a witch or a goddess They don t understand her That is the moment that seals this book for me I just love it Ayla and Jondalar leave the camp for his family at the end, but the way the rest of the book goes, I wish they would have stayed and this would be the last one This makes for a great ending.I also enjoy Mamut, the Shaman who teaches Ayla about being a Shaman It s really great stuff.I love this book and it is the best storytelling Jean has done It s a great series, a bit slow paced and the sex is graphic and so so repetitive that it gets absolutely boring The sex is a bit ridiculous She explains so much of how pre historic man lived and the plants there and there is a ton of research that goes into this and sometimes it does slow the narrative down a bit, but I find it fascinating and I love it I need to do a re read of this series again someday soon It s just so good 5 STARSWow 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 5 STARSWow 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 no pun intended There was also a good bit of animosity and misunderstanding in this part of the story And as a reader it was absolutely maddening There was way too much stupid going on between Ayla and Jondalar, and the results were nearly disastrous And considering the sheer length of the book the resolution was far too long in coming But I have to admit it kept me glued to the book So with that said, and the story finally moving forward in its proper direction, I will proceed on to the next and even longer book in the series I am listening to the audio books, and I have to say that the narrator, Sandra Burr has really stepped up her game from the first book Sometimes I can t believe that it s only one person doing all of these voices She really is quite talented And even though my enthusiasm seems a bit subdued for my usual 5 star reads, all I can say is that it must be sheer exhaustion from my loss of sleep and emotional turmoil of getting through the book I definitely couldn t have given it any less So now that I am rested and recovered on to book 4 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. [ Download Epub ] ♖ The Mammoth Hunters ☹ 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 raceRiding 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 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 herThroughout 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 futureThird in the acclaimed Earth s Children series 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 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, and I was oh so disappointed that this should be the case, but The Mammoth Hunters wasn t even on a par with The Valley of Horses Even after The Mammoth Hunters , I persisted with this series, truly wishing for things to get better but it was all downhill, and sadly this is the first in the series in that trend.But there are some good things to be said Undoubtedly one of Auel s greatest strengths as a writer are her descriptions, which we re hit with right at the beginning of the book and take on a whole new level from even her previous works so far in this series The description of the Lion Camp s longhouse, constructed out of mammoth bones, was truly atmospheric the darkness inside, the flickering hearths giving off smoky smells, the gathered people murmuring in hushed tones and turning to look at Ayla For perhaps the first time in Auel s series, I felt completely and very believably transported back to an environment thousands of years ago The description of the musical instruments and their use was another descriptive highlight, as were the interesting titbits on food sources and preparation.It s obvious that Auel has put a great deal of research into this book, and it comes across in her detailed descriptions of period specific items and activities I appreciate it, however, Auel takes her research too far in this novel There are points in the text when Auel breaks off from naturally describing something as part of the story, to engaging in her own voice in a lengthy discussion that could ve been lifted whole from an article in a university archaeological and anthropological journal There are genuinely moments when it s written people wouldn t know it until millennia later, but This was so horribly jarring, to suddenly and inexplicably be dragged from a historical fiction narrative, into a modern day dry, factual, Palaeolithic site report, that this alone was a major detriment to the book The romance scenes were another big thumbs down It s not that there are too many of them, or that they are too graphic It s that they re badly written Very badly written You d be forgiven for thinking the printers accidentally stuck some loose pages from a trashy Harlequin romance or cheesy bodice ripper in the middle of The Mammoth Hunters Feast your eyes on such literary incredulities as Jondalar s large throbbing manhood , Ayla s pink place of pleasure and her petal like folds The word pleasure is written with a capital P, and not only is the language used completely fatuous, and their activities are insipidly and repetitively formulaic.All this brings me to the supposed love triangle which apparently forms the main plot of this book The love triangle plot fires into action when Ranec, who has so far only watched Ayla from afar, makes known to Ayla his desire for her at her adoption ceremony into the tribe Ayla, having been brought up like a good Neanderthal woman and apparently incapable of telling the guy I m just not that into you , knows that when a man makes a signal that he wants her, a woman should instantly submit I have to say, for someone who s meant to be so brilliant, Ayla was pretty stupid about the whole love triangle thing Since when has Ayla conformed to the Neanderthal codes She broke them over and over in the first book, unable to resist her Cro Magnon nature And what about Jondalar teaching her all about Cro Magnon relationships in the previous book So, despite these baffling contradictions, Ayla hops into bed with Ranec whilst she s still Jondalar s girl Jondalar is hacked off Ayla doesn t get why he s mad, despite all the above experiences she s had and having had ample chance to observe from the Mammoth Hunters how relationships work NO ONE from the cast of supporting characters explains to Ayla just what she has inadvertently done wrong Because Ayla acts confused and like she has done nothing wrong, Jondalar convinces himself that she doesn t want him any and has chosen Ranec over him, and so pulls back from her, deciding to let her be free to make her own choice Because Jondalar pulls back from her, Ayla thinks he doesn t love her any, and decides she d better stick with Ranec even though she doesn t truly love him, because then at least she ll have someone who cares for her.And this misunderstanding rambles on for over 300 pages I swear, I was THIS close to throwing the book down in disgust The big love triangle plot could ve been resolved in two minutes if Ayla and Jondalar would only SPEAK to each other And the others in the camp, who, we are given hints, can see what s really going on in the whole big mess of this misunderstanding and know that Jondalar and Ayla still love each other, inexplicably, do NOTHING Not a single word of advice to point the unhappy couple in the right direction or to fix the relationship Worst of all, Ayla and Jondalar ALREADY went through the big misunderstanding plot line, where he thinks she doesn t love him, she thinks he doesn t love her, in the immediately previous book Why oh why is the EXACT same plot being used again And that brings me to without a doubt the most annoying facet of the entire book The wonderfulness of Ayla Ayla s only flaw in this book is how she misunderstands the love triangle situation But apart from this her achievements are endless In the course of the series so far, Ayla has invented the double shot technique using the sling, tamed a horse for the first time ever, tamed a lion for the first time ever, tames the very birds out of the trees, is the first person ever to discover how to make fire with flint, learns the Zelandonii language to fluency within a few months and the same for the Mamutoi language, tames a wolf for the first time ever thus creating the first ever domesticated dog, invents the needle, and saves a prematurely born baby using her medical skills In addition to all this, the Mamutoi shaman tells Ayla that she has the whole kit and caboodle of shamanic powers I wouldn t be surprised if she invents the wheel and achieves world peace in the next book She is completely unrealistic in her talents, skills, achievements, and attractiveness I understand what her fans are saying, that someone s got to make all these prehistoric discoveries, and I d go along with it if it was just one thing she invents, but no single individual invented all those things It s archaeological and historical fact, these items and features appeared at different periods, millennia apart, it s simply not possible The annoying thing about Ayla in this book is that she s flat as a character, she has no deeper levels, she has no dark side, she s always honest, helpful, and naive, and she ultimately comes off as both boring and irritatingly over powered It doesn t exactly inspire interest or confidence when the two leads of this series have become so riddled with problems I don t care what happens to Ayla or Jondalar, and I wouldn t have been upset if Jondalar had ridden off alone, or even if the other camps of the Mamutoi banded together witch hunt style and chased off Ayla due to her Neanderthal connections All the other characters are complete cardboard stereotypesFinally, as far as I can see, this book was just a completely unnecessary detour from the main plot of Jondalar and Ayla travelling back to his homeland At the start of the book they intend only to stay with the Mamutoi a few days and then continue on their way and by the end of the book, not much has happened at all and Ayla and Jondalar continue on their way 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 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 child that has no idea how to verbalize emotions and handle stress and that Ayla is going to invent nuclear fusion any day now.I still enjoyed reading about how these people might have lived and survived in that time, but the long diatribes of the vegitation and land formations almost put me to sleep a few times and I found myself skimming over whole pages just to get past it.Although you know that in the end Ayla and Jondolar are going to end up back together again, you don t really expect it to be the VERY end, and when it finally happens, it seems so rushed that it overlooks many of the problems the author laid out before them Or maybe love really does just conquer all This book could have been much shorter and I probably would have enjoyed itIs she getting paid per word ha The characters becameweak 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. The short rundown A page turner, as in Pedantic description turn page Tell not show turn page Angst andangst 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 The short rundown A page turner, as in Pedantic description turn page Tell not show turn page Angst andangst 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 they, like me, skim large angst description ridden sections And that takes up a lot of the book.I hear often that authors should show, not tell, and after reading this book, glazing over and page turning past large sections of telling often repeating what has been told before I fully appreciate that advice We did not need to be told about things that were not relevant to the story An example Telling how wolves would be selected for pets because they had different features to the norm Smaller, a different colour, etc Yes eventually becoming pet dogs of different breeds, but telling this as part of the story was unnecessary, because it is NOT part of this story.The magical colds are back again The tribe meets no one, but they catch colds Obviously the people in Ayla s time did not need to catch a virus Their colds are magic spells brought by evil spirits or something Someone please tell the author a cold is caused by a virus and they need to catch the virus from another person who has it or carries it The tribe doesn t meet anyone else to catch it from.Ayla and Jondalar not talking about their feelings to each other for months, each thinking the other doesn t love them Please spare me so unbelievable and corny, and overdone.This is the third book in this series I have read I really would like to follow Ayla s journey across prehistoric Europe, but with the extreme overwriting and the author s habit of telling rather than showing, I don t think I can face another of her books This book is just short of 800 pages, but the story could have been told in 200 pages and been far the better for it 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 anyof that But I still love Ayla and Jondalar despite their cluelessness and I love this story so I am looking 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 anyof that But I still love Ayla and Jondalar despite their cluelessness and I love this story so I am looking forward to book 4