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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones: Film Novelizations #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,123 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Indiana Jones, archeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one special relic.

With a bullwhip in his hand and a beautiful lady at his side, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in
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Paperback, 181 pages
Published 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Brad
May 31, 2009 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Milos
**Mild but fun spoilers that shouldn't hurt your enjoyment of the book**

This, the original novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark, has to be one of the strangest movie-tie-ins I've ever read.

I admit that I haven't read many novelizations, but I was always under the impression that they were meant to reflect the movie. The action should be the same, the plot should be the same, and even the dialogue, for the most part, should be the same. Any artistic license taken should be to fill in the main
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Teo
The… tall man in a leather jacket and a brimmed felt hat… who lead the group was called Indiana Jones. He was muscular in the way one might associate with an athlete not quite beyond his prime. He had several days’ growth of dirty blonde beard and streaks of dark sweat on a face that might once have been handsome in a facile, photogenic fashion. Now, though, there were tiny lines around his eyes, the corners of the mouth, changing the almost bland good looks into an expression of character, dept ...more
Olethros
-Fedora, látigo y aventura.-

Género. Novela (con un toquecito de Narrativa Fantástica).

Lo que nos cuenta. El profesor Jones, más conocido como Indiana, un joven y valiente arqueólogo, escapa por poco de un templo en Perú tras las peligrosas argucias de un arqueólogo rival sin escrúpulos llamado Belloq. De vuelta a los Estados Unidos, es contactado por representantes del Ejército para que les ayude con un telegrama alemán interceptado que habla de unas excavaciones en Egipto. Indiana Jones reconoc
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Rachael
Of the Indy novelizations, Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably the most different from the final movie. Changes are inevitable since the author of the novel is writing from the script at the same time that the filmmakers are shooting from it and divergent paths arise that cannot be reconvened. Here, the character of Indiana Jones and the entire environment is darker and rougher than the familiar movie persona. The novel is a fun read for those willing to accept the differences and in some ways a ...more
Miloš & Brontë
Miloš: I think that Indy on the submarine, he could have just jumped back into the water, and then he could have had his...umm...and then if he jumped onto a shark in the water, the shark could have just jumped back up and destroyed the submarine, and then they could have just went swimming and got into the place where Belloq and all the Nazis died.

Papa: What the heck are you talking about? Are you rewriting Raiders?

Miloš: No. No, I'm not rewriting Raiders.

Papa: Then what are you doing?

Miloš: I
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Steven Jones
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the lost Ark is a book full of adventures. The Raiders of the lost Ark is about a archaeologist or a treasure hunter known as Indiana Jones. In the year 1936 Indian Jones is sent on a quest to find the a Golden Statue in the jungles inside South America.Indian Jones is an archaeologist who teaches a class at Marshall College. Every time he has free time he hunts down ancient relics for a museum. He is payed a lot of money for going out his way to retrieve the re ...more
Sean Carlin
Like an old archaeological treasure, I recently unearthed a yellowed, first-edition paperback of the Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark novelization from my childhood closet and reread it.

Solid, well-written adaptation of the movie. In addition to all the familiar scenes, we get cutaways not featured in the film -- like Belloq in Berlin and Indiana Jones' arrival in Nepal, in which he has to track down Marion's bar (as opposed to just showing up on the doorstep as he does in the movie
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Stephen Winter
Mar 09, 2014 Stephen Winter rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13+
Recommended to Stephen by: N/A
This book was very enthralling. It did have quite a bit of flaws, but nonetheless it was still enjoyable. For one, the authour did an excellent job retelling the plot. Admitting, there were scenes that could have been written a little better. But, it is a book based on a screenplay, so there is bound to be flaws in the scenes. Indiana's portrayal was a very good one. It captured his dynamic personality with exactitude. I rate this a 3/5 for the excellent plot and retelling, but it lost 2 of my s ...more
Bradley
Yet another action movie that did not translate well into book form. Faithful to the movie but ho-hum.
Trini
My 10 year old self thought this was one bad-ass book.
Daniel
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my personal favorites of the whole Indiana Jones film franchise. I have read a couple of the other Indiana Jones books and found them to be fun. As a big big big fan of Indiana Jones I thought that this film to book adaption would be great. And it was, just not as much I thought. In the novel version of Raider, Indiana Jones seems more like a flirt and comes off as a bit of a jerk. Not to mention the way Marion and Belloq are described as. Marion wanting to have ...more
Doctor Edward Diesel
I forgot how different this book was from the final film. Indy Jones is quite the ho tamer(one can see the clear influence of James Bond on the early conception of the character)! He is dating one of his students when we see him at College and he flirts much more brazenly than the character ever did in any of the films and he even loses his whip and his hat! The villain, Belloq, gets quite a lot of space devoted to him, which makes that angle more interesting as well. Not a bad adventure novel a ...more
Matt Champagne
Read it in seventh grade. Did a book report on it. I did a book report on a book written from a movie. Got a good grade.
Don Gubler
Good novelization of the movie but as usual the movie is better.
Phoebe
Die Filme sind gelungene Meisterstücke mit Witz, Humor und jeder Menge Action.
Diese Buchadaptionen sind langatmig und unspektakulär, allerdings halten sie sich wirklich exakt an die Filme, was Story und Geschehnisse betrifft. Allerdings auch nicht mehr und so kurz und kommentarlos wie möglich.
Der Schreibstil ist also sehr anspruchslos und einfach bzw. wenn man die Filme eben schon kennt: langweilig.
Edward Creter
I read the book as soon as I saw the movie which I thought was WOW! The novelization: not as wow. Campbell Black captures the tone of the '30s in which the story is based yet it lacks the film's spirit of adventure. And how'd they get out of that plane anyway? (Hint: See the film AGAIN to find out.) Temple of Doom the book was waaay better, as far as novels of Indy go.
Juan Cacho
Gran adaptación de la película, comprado en el local de un gringo en Playa del Carmen hace varios años, lo conservo porque fue el único pedazo de papel que traía a la mano cuando me crucé con Jared Borghetti y le pedí su autógrafo en el Aeropuerto de la Ciudad de México en el viaje de regreso
Steven
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Tony
Yes, this was during my movie-adaptation phase (I was about 12 years old). I remember there being three foil covers for this book: gold, red and blue. I remember buying the gold one because it seemed more Raider-ish. The red and blue ones seemed cheap to me. I wasn't having it.
Lau
May 03, 2014 Lau rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans
3.5
Por ser una novelización de una película esperaba que fuera la historia ya conocida bajada a libro.
Tiene algunas diferencias bastante marcadas, especialmente con el mismo Indiana Jones que parece ser más sensible en esta versión.
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West
I'm currently reading the Indiana Jones series and so far I've read The Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Temple of Doom. I love them but I think the author was trying to be a bit too much like the movie so every single detail is described hugely.
Eric Zulueta
The book offers a good novelization of the iconic movie, but doesn't do more to go into the motivations of the protagonists.

This is understandable since almost nothing is known about Indiana Jones this early.. but still, one can wish.. :)
Lord Humungus
Read this a long time ago, as a kid. The book added nothing to the already awesome movie. By the time I'd read movie adaptations for Black Hole, Empire Strikes Back and Temple of Doom, I realized there was no point in ever reading another.
Stephen
Classic, no other word can describe this book. This book tells the story of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark and adds a few scenes for plot and storyline. It is a perfect weaving of the movie and extra fiction. This is an old friend.
Mark
I read this originally after seeing the film and, whilst it does stick fairly well to that, some of the background stuff is a little darker than I wanted it to be. Not badly written at all but not quite the book of the film either.
Lizelle DuPlessis
"Indiana Jones" is a favorite of mine. Raiders of the Lost Ark was an exceptionally good read, as when I started I couldn't stop.
Deni Johansson
I recently read this, it was a good fast read; and explains some stuff in Raiders that I didn't know about.
Lauren
When there was reading time I would end up picking this book. I read it before the movie.
Lindsay
Same as the movie but not as good, just like most books that are based off movies are.
Melissa Frese
Not bad, it just like the movie but it was nice to know some of what Indy was thinking.
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