I certainly enjoyed listening to this - Thomas Harris is an excellent narrator and writer, and I loved listening to his first three books as well. However, compared to the first three books in the Hannibal series, this book seemed less researched and rushed to release. I still think this is an excellent book, and certainly worth the read.
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This book wasn't great but then again it was definitely better than the other two books that were published following the original.
What a beautifully written book. I am sorry that the same cannot be said about the reader. Why a pro like Mr. Harris is at writing would not use a pro reading his book is a mystery. He wouldn't use his gardner to cut his hair or his publisher to write his book, so why does he think he is an expert out of his field? If this book is reread by a really good reader, I would listen to it again.
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 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.