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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

(Indiana Jones: Film Novelizations #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,796 ratings  ·  80 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
Paperback, 181 pages
Published 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Adapted from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Based on a story by George Lucas ans Philip Kaufman.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indiana-jones
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 ...more
Dylan Jones
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read only one Indiana Jones book before this one, and had a hard time liking it, but this one was really good. I like the fact that these books take place in the 1900s because it wouldn't have been as good if it was made in present times. One thing I didn't like was the fact that it was hard to get into. At the beginning of the book, I found it hard to get myself to read it like I do with other books. However, after a few chapters, I found it really appealing and couldn't get myself to stop. I ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob
Jacob just decided to read this one day when he finished his superhero book. He is really into explosions and adventure genre right now..krb 1/24/17

He was a little worried to finish this book and not have another one to read after it. However, we found the 2nd and 3rd book in this series at a thrift store yesterday!!! He was over the moon happy...krb 2/1/17
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
My 10 year old self thought this was one bad-ass book.
Sean Chick
This is the fourth movie novelization I have read (the others being Jaws 2, Scarface, and Alien) and one I never planned to read. The others had some odd selling points. Scarface was tight and trashy, Jaws 2 is legendary for being long, ignoring the film's plot, and some strikingly sharp writing. Alien is often considered a classic of this shabby format. Raiders of the Lost Ark though is not in the same league in a style that has a low bar.

The plot of Raiders is apt for action films and comic
Evan Bond
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It helped bridge the gap in certain scenes from the movie where vital information had been left out. And it's always fun getting inside the head of my all time favorite character. Some of the scenes are different from the movie, which is fine but makes me nostalgic. Like Marion not saying "I'm your god damned partner," which is one of my favorite lines from the movie. All in all, it gives a good look into the mind of Indy and you learn a little bit more about ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-own
Great novelization. To the point but with more insight into the psyche of one of my favorite on-screen heroes.
Michael Sigler
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly a 3 or at most 3.5 star book, but because its Indiana Jones, I had to bump it up. If you love novel where the dialogue is scant, but there are passages upon passages of internal dialogue always prefaced by "he thought" or "she thought", this is the book for you. The worst part is there is something missing from Black's writing of Indy, some lack of a soul or something I couldn't put my finger on... he just doesnt feel right. Most Star Wars authors get Han Solo correct, have down that ...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
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Indiana Jones is one of the many movie franchises I grew up watching, along with Star Wars, Batman, James Bond, and so on!

Raiders of the Lost Ark is about Archeologist Indiana Jones who travels the world searching for long lost treasures or artifacts in the 1930's/40's and in the World War II Era. Armed with a Bullwhip, and wearing his trademark Fedora and brown leather jacket. He travels from Nepal to Cairo along with his on-off lady friend Marion Ravenwood, they team up to hunt down the Ark
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Yet another action movie that did not translate well into book form. Faithful to the movie but ho-hum.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark is about a University Professor by the name of Professor Jones. Professor Jones is also an archaeologist that explores ancient runes. Maily on christian mythology. In the first story. Professor Jones starts with a group of people from a local town, travel through a jungle to retrieve an ancient idol. But, after getting through all the traps, and the betrayal of two of his members, Professor Jones acquires the idol, and ended up giving it to a guy ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
the plot of this book was clear and flowing it was this because of the way they ordered the events. the plot was able to highlight strong events such as when he gets the idol from the temple thing. this book was an easy read the way the plot was able to be simplified.\

one cause and effect was when Indy wanted the broach and the girl had it so he found her then since he found her her place got burned down. another on is when Indy finds the ark so the Germans "lost" but that led to how he got
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A weak novelization. Although the South America sequence (the first part of the film) is handled well, the rest of the adaptation loses its momentum and is a pale reflection of the finished script and film. Obviously written from an early draft of the script, it has many discrepancies and leaves out much of the humor and adventure of the film. Very little extra information or insight into the characters and their background is found (like one finds in a few other novelizations of movie scripts).
Oliver Nizet
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th-grade
This book starts in a jungle is South America in 1936. Indiana Jones, an explorer and professor, who is heading towards a temple to get a golden idol. He ends up dodging lots of deadly things such as poison arrows and grabs the idol. Then he triggers a trap. He escapes by running away from a huge stone ball that came crashing down at full speed. Rene Belloq, who is one of Indy’s enemies, steals the idol and then orders a group of Native Americans after Indy. Indy escapes back to the USA, where ...more
Martina Sanjaya
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is an example where the movie is better than the book :) this book is what we call 'small coins' : simple, superficial, 'loud' (full of actions), but the words contained are not deep enough to convey proper excitement. While I love the movie, this book is barely decent to be published. If you hadn't watch the movie or read the book, please do yourself a favor. Steer away the book, just watch the movie.
What's not to like about a novelisation of one of the best films I've ever seen? Indiana Jones is locked in a race with Nazi artifact hunters trying to track down the Ark of the Covenant. Basically the movie plot, with a few extra (and interesting) scenes added for good measure. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book.
Lynn Demsky
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Indiana Jones books - find them so much fun to read - a treasure for all of us kids at heart that should be shared with everyone! I especially enjoyed the fact that they don't have to read in order!
Paxton Holley
Novelization of the movie. Lots of fun extra stuff.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Avoid at all cost. This is not the Indiana you are looking for. Fake and tricksy this book is.
Thomas Myers
One of those novelizations that are basically a direct copy of the script.

It is nice that the author describes the scenes vividly.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good one
Scott Inouye
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I watched the movie first and then I wanted to read this. I was surprised how close they are to the same. For example they have a lot of the exact same and close to the same dialogue.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Paolo Calabrò
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great retelling of the original story, and actually better in some regards since it expanded on secondary characters and events and gave context to many unexplained plot holes.
Crisanto Vergara
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Book That I Just Read For the past 5 Days is about a guy named Indiana Jones That Loves Adventuring And Traveling around the world. One day, he went to a library trying to find books that had information of ancient relics from the past. After time looking for some books, he came across a bookshelf, he saw a strange book, he pulled it and the bookshelf started to turn around, he went inside and found a map. Jones Flew to Germany and started looking for the relic that was Underground for many ...more
Steven Jones
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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