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Publisher's Summary

The official novelization of the sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim from visionary director Guillermo del Toro!

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

"I wanted to make not a war movie, but an adventure movie, with a huge, romantic sense of adventure, a sense of grandeur, and operatic battles...."
—Guillermo Del Toro

©2013 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Started good

Through the preface and first chapter I was into it. I was excited. Cool huge aliens coming up in the ocean and we have to figure out how to combat them. Then chapter two it changed gears and became a teen cry baby book. I hung on hoping it would return. I got into chapter six and could not keep my mind wondering to grass growing, my check book balance, what to eat for dinner, etc... I did not watch the movie, maybe that would have helped.

I am starting to notice the more popular reviewers love everything they hear. Guess, I will never be popular, cause crap is crap and I can't ignore it.

Rummel is one of the better narrators, no problem there.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • jason
  • springfield, MO, United States
  • 07-17-13

excellent

great adaptation! The story itself is better than the film. On its own its an awesome listen if you're a fan of the genre!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavlan
  • United States
  • 11-28-13

All I wanted and more.

If you could sum up Pacific Rim in three words, what would they be?

Pacific Rim The Movie was a dream made real for a person like me, a fan of Asian monster movies and Manga mecha cartoons. No spoilers here.The story is simple, linear and breathtaking, with a wealth of detail and action that make it an unforgivable experience.

What other book might you compare Pacific Rim to and why?

Starship Troopers, mostly for the pace, action and sci-fi, high power military environment.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jay Snyder ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don’t have much experience with audible book so I can say it was adequate but a tad bit irritating when the male actor changes his voice to mimic a female voice, that aside, all in all was a good performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, more than once.

Any additional comments?

The book is similar but with more details and a flashed out the world of Pacific Rim with some extra facts that help you expanding your movie experience.Even for a person who did not see the movie I feel this will be a great opportunity to enjoy a thrilling story with good characters and awesome action.

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Just like the movie, and fleshes out the details

I bought this with some trepidation.
Usually adaptations are not well narrated or have a proper story.
That is not the case in this.
The story is really good and explains a lot of details absent in the movie.
Imagine the movie to be a preview trailer of this book.
Plus the narration is good and engrossing.

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Dig the Movie? LOVE the Audio Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked Pacific Rim the film, this book is all the missing pieces and juicy details you want to know about the story in PR. Deeper knowledge of the Kaiju, where they come from, who made them...and why...! Each character is more fully explained. A great addition of so many more story details!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wow, every character jumps up to life... all with more depth. I love the love / hate Raleigh has with the whole world now. I love the two scientists. I think theyb really care for each other behind their constant fighting. I LOVED Hannibal Chau the pirate in the black market, though, "Ron Pearlman" cannot be surpassed by any reader, no matter how good. However, this character so enthralled me, I may get my missing tooth replaced with a gold one.

OK, sorry, this might be a "raciest" thing to say, but I will say it: I love the cool British toughness of Stacker Pentecost - and I was amazed that in the book it doesn't say he is black. While, in the film, black actor "Idris Elba" plays him to such perfection, I could not think of him as any one else. I went back and re-watched his performance in the film, and marveled at all the extra depth I got out of his character from the detail in the book, and his really wonderful performance. The best line in the book / movie: "First, Don't you ever touch me. Second, Don't you EVER touch me!" - the book and movie together enhanced my enjoyment of his masterful acting performance!

What about Christian Rummel and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

Really amazing...had to think sooo many pepole's voices came from so few. You get lost in the illusion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many... I got a LOT more emotional context of the characters. I got teared up at the end. Some go to their deaths, a fitting hero's end.

Any additional comments?

This book added so much more to a already fantastic movie! I would have this audio book (or even paper book) be a strongly urged listen /read after seeing the film - if you liked the film - you will LOVE the book. It fill in all the gaps...gives you all the history... names more monsters, tells U many things about the world you didn't know, really develops a whole new tragic and heroic world. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish it was the first book in a trilogy!

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surprisingly character driven

Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization is an action packed assault on what you think reality is, that is surprisingly character driven and not all big robots, big monsters, big battles. Oh man this is one to see in the theaters for sure. I have a feeling that the novelization did not do the enormity of this tale much justice, unless you have a very good imagination. From my understanding this was a straight to movie production and that makes me wonder how difficult it is to go backwards, meaning movie to book. No matter how easy or difficult this was a success. I just might be the type that will go for these types of audiobooks in the future. Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization is really about the strength of the human will and our desire to survive no matter the cost, and of course how good will triumph over evil, even if all may seem lost.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Like Listening to a Video Game

I really wanted to like this. But I discovered it is possible to write a story about building sized robots with futuristic weapons battling bullet proof sea monsters and bore me to sleep. There is no back story and the characters are cardboard cut outs. There's frantic action from the beginning but no suspense, nothing that makes the story or characters personal or appealing. The movie has got to be better. I couldn’t get past the first hour of this.

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Call me a fanboy... But damn that was a GREAT audiobook!

Yes, I am a fanboy of the movie... And yes I have a thing for giant robots (so long as they don't come in the form of the idiotic Transformers), but with those two statements made, this movie novelization was actually a great audiobook! Honestly better than the movie (no small task, given that most movie novelizations are an afterthought at best). The performance was spot on and engaging. Well worth several listens.

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Excellent additions add flavor to universe

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend it and I have! The text itself gives a lot of extra backstory and that they didn't get to lay out in the movie. Scenes were expanded, revealing things like how Raleigh was responsible for naming Danger. More characterization for the Russian and Triplet teams. Things about Pentacost's history. The voices are really well acted and unique for each character; it's like a one-man play.

What does Christian Rummel and Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices are great, none of them stood out to me as awkward. Sometimes male readers make the female voices weird and/or breathy, and Mako made out pretty well in that respect. Having a different voice for the in-universe clippings or dossiers was a nice touch that helped them feel separate from the narrative.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You do want to get through the plot, but it's not a breezy listen. There's a lot of info to chew on. I liked spreading it out over multiple listenings because I got to digest the new info I got and savor the new developments.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes the writing goes off on almost stream-of-consciousness tangents about what the characters are thinking, which slows down the pacing of the dialogue. But since a lot of the acting in the movie is shown on their faces rather than spoken, especially with Raleigh and Mako, it does help to hear what they might be thinking in those pauses. And the actor does a good job differentiating between what's spoken and what's thought.

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Gave a lot more info the the movie.

Good book. Great read. Has more info about jaegers and monsters then movie. Recommend watching movie first then listen or read book