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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

James Rollins , L. J. Ganser
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20 May 2008
“The name is Jones. Indiana Jones.”

He’s back. Everyone’s favorite globe-trotting, tomb-raiding, wisecracking archaeologist is finally at it again.

Now it’s 1957, the atomic age is in full swing, and McCarthy-era paranoia has the nation on edge. But for Indiana Jones, the Cold War really heats up when his latest expedition is crashed by a ruthless squad of Russian soldiers. Commanded by a sword- wielding colonel who’s as sinister as she is stunning, the menacing Reds drag an unwilling Indy along as they brazenly invade American soil, massacre U.S. soldiers, and plunder a top-secret government warehouse. Their objective: a relic even more precious–and powerful–than the mythic Ark, capable of unlocking secrets beyond human comprehension.

Fast thinking and some high-speed maneuvers help Jones turn the tables, and a one-in-a-million escape narrowly saves him from certain death. But when he’s tarred as a suspected spy and fired by his university, Indy thinks it may be time to hang up his hat.

Fate, however, has other plans. Suddenly the road to retirement takes a sharp detour when a colleague’s kidnapping leads Jones into the depths of the Amazon jungle on a desperate rescue mission. With a hot-headed teenage biker as his unlikely wing man and his vengeful new Russian nemesis waiting for a rematch, Indy’s back in the game–playing for a prize all the wonders of the world could never rival.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (20 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739358987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739358986
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're an Indy fan, you won't be able to put this down." (Love it!) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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James Rollins is the bestselling author of seven previous novels. He has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and his own practive in Sacramento, California. An amateur spelunker and a certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found either underground or underwater. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How not to write a novelization 3 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
Okay, I thought the movie itself was very good, not quite in the same class as the previous ones, but a very enjoyable film all round. Seeing this novelization was by James Rollins, an author I like very much, I was expecting an great book, full of insights into the characters and extra background detail fleshing out the story and giving it added depth. Instead, what Rollins has delivered is a very basic, bog-standard adaptation of the script with virtually nothing extra added to it. It's basically just like reading a script with 'he said, she said' and some basic descriptions. It's a very turgid, uninspiring read that feels totaly flat and pointless.You'll learn nothing new reading this if you've seen the movie. Check out the novelization of Temple of Doom by James Khan - that's how a novelization should be written. Avoid this and just watch the film instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but his own plots are better 24 April 2010
By Nomad25
Format:Paperback
Although I've only recently started reading James Rollins books I've thoroughly enjoyed the ones that I have read and have ordered the rest but was not sure whether to order this one as it is a novelization of a film. It does not have the depth and multiple plot lines that I enjoy with his books which is probably one of the reasons it's couple of hundred pages shorter but it was still a good read though it's quite a few points behind the ones using his own storylines. Not sure how it compares to the film as I've not seen it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cameras, Lights, Action! 9 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This books follows the script of the movie closely so if you have seen the latter the plot will be known to you. Nevertheless the book does draw you into its whirlwind of action and danger and archaeological mysticism. Peru becomes the backdrop for the plot with all of that country's legends and association with higher cultures, etc, etc. The pace of the book is pell-mell and it never lets up. The writing style employs actions verbs in punchy sentences. Indiana Jones races with the Russians, who are out to capture, use and kill him, to find the crystal skulls and their meaning. The Griffon Trilogy: Pt. I
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 25 May 2008
By ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Indiana Jones has become a larger than life hero in terms of American films. He's been missed for a long time. I know they were waiting for just the right version of the script, and then when announcements were made about the film, most of us couldn't wait -
When I saw that the novelization of the movie was being co-launched at the time of movie opening, I did a WOW - when I saw it was James Rollins, I knew it was going to be great, and in my opinion, this book delivers everything an Indy fan could ask for.
I am going to see the movie tomorrow, but the book was written in such detail it was like a movie in your mind. James Rollins, whose Sigma Force is a wonderful book series, knows how to make magic and adventure. George Lucas selected well by Rollins.
The reunion between Indiana and Marian from the 1st and the best of the series was great and believeably handled...as far as a situation dealing with Indiana Jones is concerned. Mutt, a young man, Marian's son, soon proves himself to be quite the adventurer.
They deal with Communists who are trying to control ancient crystal skulls, and the plot deals with the conflict and mistrust of persons in the 1950's where Communists were being looked for all over - even in the entertainment industry, and all walks of life.
I found this novelization to be a wonderful addition to the Indiana Jones legend. I look forward to the next Sigma Force book, as one of my favorite character's life is up in the air -
There are some folks who are not into Indiana Jones, and don't like that he has aged - but the fact that a lot of us care for the character and will have a lot of fun with this installment.
Well written and I put the cart before the horse and read the book before seeing the movie, but feel it will be a great accompanyment to the experience.
James Rollins did a great job. Think you will enjoy the book too.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT adaptation of the film 26 Jun 2008
By Jeff Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was unbelievably excited when I heard that the 4th Indy movie was going to happen--this time for sure...but like many, I was a bit worried due to what the Star Wars prequels turned out to be like, that somehow, someway George Lucas would manage to screw this one up, too. I am happy to say that Crystal Skull is in every way a fantastic yarn every bit in the vein of the original trilogy.

I was equally excited when I found out (from James Rollins himself) that he had been tapped to novelize the screenplay. James is if nothing else an accomplished author who you can tell simply LOVES adventure tales and Indiana Jones in particular--reading any number of his books will tell you that. He even has a VERY Indiana Jones-like character in 'Sandstorm' named Omaha Dunn, which sounds a bit like Indy, don't ya think? Call it James' way of a tribute to one of the big screen's greatest action heroes. I seriously doubt when James wrote 'Sandstorm' that this opportunity to write an Indiana Jones novel would EVER come to pass, and yet it did and we are all fortunate as a result.

There are roughly 4-5 additional scenes in the novel that were not in the movie, and a couple major scenes are in the opening chapters of the book. James gives us the background for HOW Indy and his partner end up in the hands of Soviet agents at Area 51. I like the entire tie-in with Area 51 to be honest...it seems to fit in perfectly with the whole Indiana Jones history quite well, and of course Rollin's rides this wave as far as it'll take him and us, and lucky for us we go FAR.

While I missed Henry Jones Senior, Marcus Brody and of course his intrepid sidekick from Raiders and Crusade, Sallah played by John Rhys-Davies, I DID like the addition of Mutt, the character played by Shia LeBeouf, and I won't spoil anything by telling you who he is--read or see the movie to find out for yourself. The action, whether it be outlandish or believable, in the hands of Rollins' capable hands, always played out a little easier to swallow than on the big screen, and I don't know exactly why...but it WORKED.

With that said, I MUST admit that while 98% of the book and movie were absolutely WONDERFUL, the last part--and for those who have read the book and seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about--well it was a bit OUT there, even for me...and to give you an idea, I am quite a sci-fi fan. I felt that ultimately the whole idea of aliens would have been better served if the story had seen less of that rather than more. Keep the mystery going--but I certainly don't fault James Rollins for how Lucas wrote the story and how he HAD to write the novel in concert with the movie. On the contrary, I feel that given what he had to work with, I really enjoyed how it was written.

In a nutshell the best word to describe how I felt about reading this book and seeing the movie was this: FUN. And isn't that all we really want out of an action/adventure tale in the first place? Kudo's to James for yet another great example of his talented ability to write.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well... 25 May 2008
By B. Kerven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I guess I can say that I'm glad this book was able to explain for me some of the finer details in the overly-obtuse plot that plagued the movie. I recommend seeing the movie first, and then reading this book. I went into the movie with low expectations and was still slightly disappointed, but I suspect that if the movie had played out exactly as this book is written, it would have been a lost less painful to watch.

All said, I'm more satisfied with the book than the movie.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun-loving adventurue 12 July 2008
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Indiana Jones returns in his latest thriller where Russians, archaeology, and his own past collide....

Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko wants to gain knowledge, all the knowledge out there. In fact, she specializes in psychic research so it is no surprise she wants her hands on a relic thought to offer exactly that: knowledge. Indiana was part of the original team that located the relic, now located in that hidden warehouse in Nevada, but Spalko is determined to do whatever it takes to obtain it. Even if it means threatening Indiana with the very past he thought he'd lost....

Oh, what a joy to read! The movie was great, as one would expect of any Indiana Jones movie, but the book adds a much needed touch of details. Some of the hints and archaeological ties that make this story truly remarkable are found in Rollins' book. Generally, movie-tie in books to me are superficial, not adding a lot of depth but in this case James Rollins actually enhances the movie.

James Rollins is an author I buy in hardcover no matter what. I was a bit worried about how he'd handle Indiana Jones, but I shouldn't have worried. He did a superb job! The action, the tone, heck the very language used came across so clearly as Indiana Jones. This is a must read for Indiana Jones fans and a very enjoyable read. If you want a good, fun-loving adventure, then look no further than INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read, Faithful to the Film 2 Jun 2008
By jmmed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book doesn't really expand upon the film. The intro reveals a little more backstory but other than that, the level of detail is the same of that of the film. I always figure that a movie is decent if I want to find out more about it. That's why I picked up this book and quickly made it through. It was an enjoyable read. It doesn't go into anymore detail than what is on the big screen. I enjoyed being able to read the little movie quotes that I really liked but didn't quite remember verbatim from the film screening.

I liked the book. I hope there is more Indiana Jones in the future both in print and on the screen. Indiana Jones is a character that was sorely missed. Indy was one of the few characters from the 80s that made it out unscathed.
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