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Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired many adaptations.

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Novel adapted from the Screenplay
Author: Campbell Black
Published: April 1981
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Collected 2008 (trilogy)
British cover

The holiest artifact on earth is filled with dazzling, incredible power. Indiana Jones has to get it before the Nazis do. 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 pursuit of an ancient artifact said to give invincible power to its possessor. It's a battle to a startling finish, a finish dictated by the magic, the light—and the power—of the Lost Ark.

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Storybook based on the Movie
Author: Les Martin
Published: 1981
Publisher: Random House

This is an adaptation of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark to a storybook intended for younger readers. It includes many color photographs from the film. Storybook adaptation by Les Martin, with the Lucasfilm editor Ann Holler. The first page is a quick photographic "Who's Who" of the cast. The story adaptation provides some alternative dialog to various scenes and cuts over or combines minor scenes, including the introduction of Reggie, and the dinner between Belloq and Marion Ravenwood, and the fight at the Flying Wing.

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The Movie on Record
Released: 1981
Cassette release: 1981
Publisher: Columbia Records

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Movie on Record was released by Columbia Records in 1981. It is an LP-length condensation of the movie's soundtrack, including dialogue, music, sound effects, and no outside narration. It also includes a 24 page booklet of pictures from the movie.

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Read-along Book and Record
Narrator: Chuck Riley
Released: 1981
Cassette release: 1981
Publisher: Buena Vista

David Esch (Emperor's Tomb) voiced Indy in this and future Read-Along Adventures. A whip cracks in this 12 minute adventure whenever it's time to turn a page in the in the 24 page book.

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Mighty Chronicles
Author: Jeff Campbell
Art: Brandon McKinney
Published: Oct 1, 1998
Publisher: Chronicle Books

College professor with a double life, Indy swaps his tweeds for khakis and fedora, and sets off in search of ancient treasure. What he finds is danger beyond imagining - for the Nazis will stop at nothing to unearth the most powerful weapon of all time: the lost Ark of the Covenant. Dodging poison arrows, bullwhipping his way through a tomb full of snakes (he hates snakes), wisecracking Indiana Jones gallops to the rescue in this classic tale of adventure!

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Junior Novelization
Author: Ryder Windham
Published: May 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
Collected 2008 (trilogy)

Based on the story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman and the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Follow Indy on the quest that started it all, as he races from the Himalayan Mountains to the Egyptian desert in a high-stakes chase to track down the Ark of the Covenant. He must recover it before the Nazis do--or whole world could be in danger.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom inspired more adaptations.

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Novel adapted from the Screenplay
Author: James Kahn
Published: June 1984
Publisher: Ballantine Books

The swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones is back in a dazzling new adventure! The time is 1935. Through a series of misadventures in Shanghai—and a narrow escape from death—Indiana Jones finds himself in a remote village in India. A mysterious old shaman tells him his arrival has been foreseen—and that he and his companions are destined to save the villagers. So begins the most daring—and dangerous—quest of Indiana Jones' career!

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Storybook based on the Film
Author: Michael French
Published: May 12, 1984
Publisher: Random House

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. While trying to recover the sacred stone belonging to an Indian village, Indiana Jones and his two companions become prisoners of a ruthless sect dedicated to the worship of the evil goddess Kali.

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A Tale of High Adventure
Author: Les Martin
Published: May 12, 1984
Publisher: Random House

The greatest adventurer of the all, Indiana Jones, is back — and in deeper danger than ever. With him are a beautiful nightclub singer named Willie Scott and a spunky Chinese boy named Short Round. Together they descend into an underground labyrinth of occult evil below a glittering palace in exotic India — to do battle with Kali, goddess of death and destruction. Can Indy deafeat Kali and her bloodthirsty army of worshippers? Or will he and his friends become her slaves — forever?

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The Story of Temple of Doom
Released: 1984
Cassette release: 1984
Publisher: Buena Vista

The Story of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is an LP-length condensation of the movie's soundtrack, including dialogue, music and sound effects, along with narration. It was released on record and cassette 1984.

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Read-along Book and Record
Narrator: Chuck Riley
Released: 1984
Cassette release: 1984
Publisher: Buena Vista

The darkest of Indy adventures doesn't play all that dark in 12 minutes and 24 pages, but there's a lot crammed into this brief little package. Recognizing that kids are their audience, Short Round gets an entire page dedicated to bonding with his baby elephant, when other plot-considerations are rushed through.

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Junior Novelization
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Published: May 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic

When Indiana Jones finds himself in Shanghai on the wrong end of a deal gone bad, he barely escapes with his life. But he only makes it as far as India before trouble finds him once again. In a strange palace surrounded by dark rumors, Indy must uncover the truth--not to mention a few priceless artifacts.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade inspired still more adaptations.

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Novel adapted from the Screenplay
Author: Rob MacGregor
Published: June 1989
Publisher: Ballantine Books
French cover

The fearless archaeologist Indiana Jones returns in a spectacular new adventure! The time is the 1930s. Indiana Jones had always managed to get into enough trouble on his own. But this time, he finds himself in the deadliest situation imaginable—he must rescue his father, eminent professor Dr. Henry Jones, from the Nazis' clutches to keep them from discovering the secret information only Dr. Jones possesses. The perilous race is on—to recover the most extraordinary ancient relic of all time—and to prevent the Nazis and Dr. Jones's devious rivals from finding it first!

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Novel Abridged on 2 Cassettes
Reader: William Conrad
Released: 1989
Publisher: Dove Audio

The intrepid archaeologist of Raiders of the Lost Ark is back, in an action-packed adventure that involves Indy and his father in the quest for the Holy Grail. A pack of unsavory Nazis are on the same trail, bringing Indy face to face with Der Fuehrer himself. All the excitement of the latest Indiana Jones movie thriller comes through on this recording: rats in the sewers of Venice, breakneck chases, treachery, and more. William Conrad's fine narration and deep resonant voice bring an invigorating dose of Indy's special charm to this recording.

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Storybook
Author: Anne Digby
Published: May 12, 1989
Publisher: Scholastic

Once again Mr. Jones is drawn away from his day job after an art collector approaches him with a proposition. Complicating the situation further is the presence of Elsa, a beautiful and intelligent woman with one fatal flaw: she's an undercover Nazi agent. Indy's on a rescue mission: his father has gone missing on a quest for the Holy Grail, and Indy must put the clues together to locate him. His exploits put him on his father's trail, but treachery isn't far behind!

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Junior Novelization
Author: Les Martin
Published: May 12, 1989
Publisher: Random House

Once again Mr. Jones is drawn away from his day job after an art collector approaches him with a proposition. Complicating the situation further is the presence of Elsa, a beautiful and intelligent woman with one fatal flaw: she's an undercover Nazi agent. Indy's on a rescue mission: his father has gone missing on a quest for the Holy Grail, and Indy must put the clues together to locate him. His exploits put him on his father's trail, but treachery isn't far behind!

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The Story of Last Crusade
Released: 1989
Cassette release: 1989
Publisher: Buena Vista

This is an album-length condensation of the movie's soundtrack, including dialogue, music and sound effects, along with narration by John Rhys-Davies.

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Read-along Book and Cassette
Narrator: John Rhys-Davies
Released: 1989
Publisher: Buena Vista

The most sophisticated read-along adventure includes a full cast and crew list in the inside cover, and a producer credit on the cassette and record. John Rhys-Davies narrates, his deep voice giving the story a bit more weight. Voice actor Stanley Jones gives Henry Jones a much thicker Scottish accent than what appears in the film.

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Junior Novelization
Author: Ryder Windham
Published: May 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic

This time, Indy's on a rescue mission: his father has gone missing on a quest for the Holy Grail, and Indy must put the clues together to locate him. His exploits put him on his father's trail, but treachery isn't far behind. Soon, Indy finds himself walking right into a trap, and he'll have to team up with his father to make it out alive.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull adaptations.

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Novel adapted from the Screenplay
Author: James Rollins
Del Rey hardcover: May 20, 2008
Random House paperback: May 22, 2008
Del Rey paperback: November 25, 2008

It’s 1957, and the Cold War is heating up. 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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Unabridged Production on 7 CDs
Reader: L. J. Ganser
Released: May 20, 2008
Books on Tape edition: 2008
Publisher: Random House Audio

It's 1957 when Indiana Jones' latest expedition is crashed by a ruthless squad of Russian soldiers. The menacing Reds drag an unwilling Jones along as they brazenly invade American soil, massacre U.S. soldiers, and plunder a top-secret government warehouse. After being fired by his university and branded as a suspected spy Jones wants to retire, but a colleague's kidnapping leads Jones into the depths of the Amazon jungle on a desperate rescue mission.

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Movie Storybook
Author:
Published: 2008
Publisher: Harper Collins

The first Indiana Jones adventure in 20 years! Join Dr Jones as he travels around the world on the quest for the Crystal Skull with this cool movie storybook, illustrated with stills from the new movie. The brand new movie from George Lucas is brought to life in a thrilling adaptation. Twenty years on from The Last Crusade and Indy is picking up the fedora and bullwhip once again on the hunt for the Crystal Skull. This cool movie storybook, illustrated with more than 40 pictures from the new movie, follows all the thrills and spills of the newest Indiana Jones adventure.

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Interactive Play-A-Sound Game
Published: 2008
Publisher: Publications International

Based on the movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this Interactive Play-a-Sound retells the story of the fourth film in the Indiana Jones film series which pits an older Indiana Jones against agents of the Soviet Union, led by Irina Spalko. Press 13 sound buttons as you read along to make this movie come to life.

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64 page book with audio CD
Author: Jane Revell
Published: September 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic

Some people say that a crystal skull was stolen from Akator, and that it has special powers. Control of those powers will go to the person who finds it and returns it… It’s 1957, and Indiana Jones, the famous explorer, is back! Dr Irina Spalko, a power-hungry Russian scientist, wants to find the crystal skull – and nothing will stop her. When Indy meets Mutt, their adventures take them first to Nazca in Peru, and then to the ‘lost city’ of Akator in the heart of the Amazon. But can they survive the terrible dangers that lie in the kingdom of the crystal skull?

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Race for Akator
Author: Benjamin Harper
Published: 2008
Publisher: Scholastic

During the Cold War, archaeologist-adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones becomes involved in a Soviet attempt to uncover the secret of a mysterious artifact known as the crystal skull. This story is their race to the legendary lost city of gold, Akator. Based on the story by George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson and the screenplay by David Koepp. This 40 page storybook is only available through the school market.

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Junior Novelization
Author: James Luceno
Published: June 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic

This exciting, fast-paced retelling adapts all the action straight from the movie. Readers can relive the page-turning experience over and over again with an insert of full-color photos! Being released in conjunction with the fourth and long-awaited Indiana Jones adventure film, an adaptation of the movie includes an insert of full-color stills featuring Harrison Ford as the intrepid Indiana Jones.

 

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