Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp and Die Hard – The Book vs. The Movie


Read This:

Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Watch This:

Die Hard on Prime Video

Why We Made this Selection and Background Knowledge

Julie: My husband does not ever stop talking about Die Hard the movie. It’s in his top 3 movies of all time. I did not know it was based on a book though until we started researching Christmas movies for this show.

Claire: I was always familiar with the debate of Die Hard being a Christmas movie, so when we started looking at Christmas movie/book combos I came across this one. I’ve never heard of the book, and it’s been a good like 15 years since I’ve seen the movie so, why not?

Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.

Julie: Read on Kindle

Claire: Read on Kindle

Overall Opinion of the Book

Julie: I like that it was short and nonstop action. I found it sort of hard to follow, particularly, the descriptions of the building and how he was getting certain places, the weapons, and explosives – I just wasn’t familiar with a lot of that terminology.

I thought the relationship between Kathi and Joe seemed very unrealistic. I thought Joe was going to kill himself after he killed the last of the foreign faction… since he’d basically failed his mission with her death.

Claire: It was very fast-paced. It is very different from what I normally read, but it wasn’t bad. There have been worse books I’ve read.

Overall Opinion of the Movie

Claire:  Lots of 80s hair. Not a bad movie. Glad I watched it since it had been so long. Loved the ending when the Sgt. shot the terrorist after he shared his story earlier.

Julie: Bruce Willis was a hottie. But, every time I’ve watched it I have a hard time getting into it. There are some funny lines. I guess I appreciate the movie for what it is but it’s not one of my favorites

Which was better?

Julie: The Book

Claire: The Book


  1. Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
  2. Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
  3. Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
  4. Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? Claire – Yes, Julie – No
  5. Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: Claire – 5/5, Julie 4/5

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