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Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, to re-create the role that made him a household name: the Terminator. Starring with him are Nick Stahl as John Connor, Claire Danes as Kate Brewster, and Kristanna Loken as the Terminatrix.

In his previous turn as the machine who protects the young John Connor from a more sophisticated, smarter Terminator, Schwarzenegger brought millions of people into theaters, grossing more than $200 million for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Now, in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, John Connor is older - his mother, the courageous Sara Connor, is dead - and he is still a target for killer machines from the future. So the human resistance sends back the Terminator he knows, who saved his life when he was just a boy, to protect him again.

But this time there's a new, even more lethal Terminator model: the TX. And it's not a Terminator, but a Terminatrix - in the shape of a woman and capable of techno-tricks that make all previous Terminators seem slow and stupid.

If Connor doesn't survive, the future is lost. Only his wits, the first girl he ever kissed, and an old Terminator, who happens to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, can save him...and us.

©2003 IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3 Produktions KG
"Credo" copyright ©2003 Gina Hagberg-Ballinger; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division on Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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All of what a movie can not offer

While this book was very similar to the movie, there were some differences. Along with those differences, this book added the nuances that movies can't provide. The thoughts and emotions (or lack there of) of the characters. Very good read or listen, especially for those who saw or will see the movie.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Santee, CA, USA
  • 04-07-04

Very enjoyable!!

I'm a huge fan of the Terminator series, and I saw the movie before reading this book. I thought the book would be a quickie rehash of the movie, but it was actually very well done, well read and a blast to listen to! Highly recommended!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • Davie, FL, USA
  • 07-31-03

Terminator 3 is AWESOME!!!

I felt as if I was right in the middle of the action! It was a real treat to hear Arnold's actual voice used liberally through out the book. This is fast paced hair raising action that allows you to explore the characters in much greater depth than in the movies. A must read (listen) :-) even if you have never seen one of the Terminator flicks.
Very enjoyable, Thanks for bringing us this title Audible!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Luis
  • Miami, Fl, United States
  • 06-15-11

Great Compliment to the Movie

The reader was very good. The book complimented the movie very well filling in alot that could not be told in the movie. I plan on seeing the movie later this week to see if what I learned in the book was in the movie.

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  • James
  • Arlington Heights, IL, United States
  • 07-18-15

Great audiobook adaptation, but bad plot flaws.

What did you love best about Terminator 3?

This is, stylistically speaking, exactly what I want from a "Terminator" audiobook. Lot's of great verbal descriptions of what the Terminator characters are scanning, thinking, deciding. They did a great job of putting into words lots of little visual details from the film. There are some parts of the story elaborated on that are left out of the movie; that seems to be the purpose of doing a novelization of a film/screenplay in the first place. However.... there are some really BIG plot flaws: logical inconsistencies, almost as if different parts of the book were being written by different writers. Spoiler Alert: Earlier in the book, there are scenes of John Connor sending the Terminator, T-850, back in time to protect John and Katherine. On their own, these scenes are fine, and are actually a great addition to the story that we do not get from the film. However, later on, as in the on screen version, The Terminator states that he/it killed John Connor in the future, before being re-programmed by Katherine and sent back in time. I went back and re-listened to these chapters to make sure I did not miss some key detail, but I am now sure that I did not. I think that someone: the author, editor, publisher etc... made a huge mistake, or just was completely negligent in their proofreading. This seems like a huge mistake. I do not understand how no one caught this before this novelization and the audiobook version were published.

What other book might you compare Terminator 3 to and why?

As a fan of pretty geeky genres, I think that this audiobook reminds me of the good (although there are many not very good) audiobook versions of Star Trek stories. In both cases I really enjoy hearing the narrator explain what the characters are doing on their computer systems, helping to get the listener more in to the heads of the characters and their strategic thinking. I love that because those are details that you just cannot get from the few seconds of information on the screen in movie versions of these stories.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Good pacing, good job giving the characters different voices without being over the top about it. Just an overall solid narration/performance of an audiobook.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There is no fate but what you make... just kidding, John Connor is doomed and Judgement Day is unavoidable.

Any additional comments?

The author occasionally falls into some pretty lazy characterizations of the people we see only very briefly: particularly the TX's victims. There is more than a hint of misogyny in these descriptions; it is reminiscent of bad horror movies where the "hot" girl really has it coming to her for being too sexual, and then we see the monster (Terminator in this case) kill her.

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  • Joann
  • waterford, NY, USA
  • 11-15-07


this book was better then the movie in my opinion
it tells alot more and is fun to listen to

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Absolutely great book.

I've seen the movie before I read the book and the book was so much better than the movie.Just like most books they can always put much more detailed information in books than they can a long movie.I'm going to go and try and find the other Terminator books.Good job Audible.

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An Oldie but a goodie!

I enjoyed this movie way back when it first came out. Is it T2, no, but it's still a fun ride and gives insight to the start of John Conner's war against the machines. The voice acting is very well done. He holds back somewhat on Arnold's voice but still gives a good feel for the Terminator character. Wow, hard to believe it was more than 10 years ago this movie/book came out. If you are Terminator fan and or enjoyed the Rise of the Machines movie, you will find this a fun & entertaining Audiobook.

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  • Sarah
  • Perth, WA, Australia
  • 11-19-09

liked the movie, liked the book

this book was exactly like watching the movie, from dialogue to the explination of explosions. if you enjoyed the movie, ull like listening to the book. i thought the reader was pretty good too!

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  • Brian
  • 10-13-08

Good Book

The book is good, but the reading is starting out slow, sometimes hard to follow when jumping between current and future. The book would have been better as a dramatized reading with 2 or 3 readings playing the roles.