What an extraordinary prequel to the other Hannibal books. Now we understand our friend Hannibal so much better. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Simply fanastic. Harris has done it again. His ability to have you visualize the scene with his intricate detail of the slightest details is what enhances the story telling. He grips your attention from start to finish and still refuses to release it long after the book is over. You just want to tell everyone to read it so you can relive the mezmorizing details over and over. Like I said "FANTASTIC".
My husband and I listened to this book on a long drive, during which we could devote much of our attention to the story. We both had a difficult time keeping up with what was going on and who the characters were. (Between the two of us, we've listened to about 50 audiobooks by a variety of authors and have never had this problem.) I would find myself quite lost only to be snapped back to the present with some gruesome illustration of the characters' actions, still not knowing who was involved and why.
To me, this problem is limited to this part of the Hannibal series; I've read "Red Dragon" and read & listened to "Silence of the Lambs" without any difficulty.
Even one star seems to high for this selection. Big fan of the Hannibal series. I believe that it ends here for me. I will choose to fill in the gaps myself. This book was horrible. There was not really a story at all. You still don't understand why he does what he does. It makes sense why he went after the characters in this book but why did he continue. Disappointing does not even cover how I feel about this book. Harris should be ashamed to have this published.
I have to say I'm astounded folks are even giving this two stars, let alone four or five! This is one of the worst books it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. Above and beyond the flat, poorly written narrative is the author's narration. Why in the world someone at Random House Audio didn't tell this guy how bad his narration was is beyond me. I agree with another reviewer that Harris sounds like Gomer Pyle trying to pronounce French, German, and Japanese. His French is unbelievably bad. Was any effort even made to correct his pronunciation? Admittedly, Hannibal Rising is such a horrible novel that no narrator could have helped it much, but Harris is, without question, the worst narrator I have ever heard. Just flat out embarrassing.
I have listened to about 30 books now from Audible.com, and this is the first I have ever felt the need to comment on. I was excited to see this book become available on audio so quickly after it was published. Now, I realize that the release of the book, movie, and audio all at once must have been done so that nobody would have time to realize how bad any one of them was and hurt the income from the others. This book is only mediocre on paper, but it is even less than that on audio. Others have already commented on the mismatch of the reader's voice, and I did not heed their warning before downloading. SAVE YOUR DOWNLOAD CREDITS!
After Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon I was expecting more. This book was entertaining, however, parts of it seemed unlikely and out of character. It seemed over and over again that blind stupid luck saves our anti-hero; something completly out of place when viewed in the context of the other books. A decent read, but in large, a disapointment.
The book was slow to start, but once you get into it, I could not shut it off!! It was very intriguing to find out how Hannibal became the man he is now. I always wondered what provoked him.
I really recommend this book to those who love mystery and some compelling psychology!!
The story is fair with a few suspense moments but hardly worth the time. I wish the story would have focused more on Hannibal as a person and his persona. Instead the story meanders around WWII, Nazi, stolen art, and art dealers. It got boring quikly to be honest. Focus on Hannibal - He's the character I came to learn about. Less on the horrors of Nazi's and more on Hannibal please.
Dont even get me started on the narrator. He has a very warm southern drawl. Nice to listen to but out of place for this book IMO.
WoolPatrol says Pass unless your bored