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The Raiders of the Lost Ark Read-Along Adventure was the first of Buena Vista Records' trilogy of Read-Along Adventures which adapted the first three Indiana Jones movies for the book-and-record format. The adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in 1981.

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Differences from the film[]

  • Several characters are absent from the abridged prologue including Barranca, Forrestal, Jock Lindsey, Reggie, Satipo, and the Peruvian porters.
  • Indiana Jones travels to the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors alone to claim the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol .
  • Indy's subsequent escape from the Hovitos after losing the idol to René Emile Belloq is not included with the story moving on to Jones's meeting with the unnamed Eaton and Musgrove.
  • Brody's presence in the lecture hall is not mentioned in the narrative though he still appears in the accompanying illustration.
  • The scene aboard the Pan Am Clipper with the appearance of the trenchcoated spy is omitted.
  • The drink contest with Regan and the conversation about Abner Ravenwood, referred to simply as "a fellow archeologist", at The Raven are left out. In addition, an unnamed Nazi officer, filling the same role as Arnold Ernst Toht, and his four henchmen enter the bar while Indy is still inside. Furthermore, the Giant Sherpa enters with the others rather than catching Jones by surprise during the fight.
  • The Nazi doesn't get his hand burned as he doesn't touch the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra with the medallion not be duplicated as the film.
  • The last henchman to be defeated, the Mean Mongolian in the film, is simply knocked out with a torch by Marion Ravenwood insted of the fatal headshot from behind.
  • The unidentified German Agent and the Second German Agent are also described as Nazi officers instead of Gestapo agents. Like in much adaptations, the is no third man.
  • The Capuchin monkey and her handler don't appear, nor does the scene at Imam's house.
  • During the fight in the Cairo marketplace, two Arab swordsmen force Marion into a basket unlike the film where she hides inside one voluntarily.
  • Both Herman Dietrich and Gobler are absent.
  • Much of Indy's infiltration into the Nazi camp and landing strip is omitted. Even Marion isn't revealed to have survived until Indy is sealed inside the Well of the Souls. Thus Marion's explanation for her survival happens there instead.
  • Indy's fight against the German Mechanic is not specifically mentioned, but the adaptation refers to Indy having fought against the crew of the Flying Wing before it was blown up.
  • The Desert Chase is reduced to Jones simply kicking out the truck driver and shaking off the soldiers in the back.
  • Simon Katanga's crew, including the Messenger Pirate, is absent.
  • Indy specifically clings to the Wurrfler's railing while it heads for Geheimhaven, a plot point which was left out in the film.
  • Indy gives his warning to Marion about not opening her eyes before Belloq opens the Ark of the Covenant.
  • When the Ark is opened, lightning bolts shoot out and destroy Belloq and the Nazis. Although Toht isn't specifically mentioned as being present, he is seen in the illustrations.
  • Indy discusses the fate of the Ark with a lone government official without Brody present or Marion being mentioned.





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Raiders of the Lost Ark
Novel (Adventures of Indiana Jones) · Junior novel (Collector's Edition) · Storybook · Read-Along Adventure · Mighty Chronicles
Partial adaptations
Indy's Adventures · Traps and Snares · Great Escapes · The Search For Buried Treasure
Soundtrack (The Soundtracks Collection) · The Movie on Record
Comic · 1 · 2 · 3 · Marvel Comics Super Special · Marvel Movie Spotlight · Omnibus 1 · The Gold Goddess
Video game · Greatest Adventures · Trading cards · Indiana Jones Heritage · Raiders of the Lost Ark Game
Adventure Pack · Sourcebook
LEGO Indiana Jones
LEGO Indiana Jones Adventures · The Original Adventures · The Adventure Continues
Activity books
Coloring/Activity Book · Things to Do and Color · Indiana Jones and his Life of Adventure · Annual 2009 · Annual 2010 · Activity Annual · Winter Activity Annual · Golden Treasure Sticker Book · Heroes and Villains Sticker Book · The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones
Behind the scenes
The Making of: (Book · Documentary) · Great Movie Stunts · The Illustrated Screenplay · Original Movie Script · From Star Wars to Indiana Jones · A Look Inside · Making the Trilogy · Indiana Jones: An Appreciation · Creepy Crawlies · Travel with Indy: Locations · Stunts of Indiana Jones · Sound of Indiana Jones · Light and Magic of Indiana Jones · Music of Indiana Jones · Indy's Women · Indy's Friends and Enemies · The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
On Set With Raiders of the Lost Ark: (From Jungle to Desert · From Adventure to Legend)
Script development
Story conference transcript · Screenplay drafts
Home video
VHS (The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones) · DVD (Adventure Collection · Complete Adventure Collection)
Blu-ray (The Complete Adventures) · 4K (4-Movie Collection) · LaserDisc
Great Movie Stunts & The Making Of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Other material and merchandise
Toy line · Collector's Album · Official Film Poster Magazine · LEGO Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick