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.
It's hard to put my finger on just why this book left me so unsatisfied. Hannibal Lechter as a sympathetic character just doesn't sit right. And when he reaches adulthood, the book's plot becomes utterly predictable. One of the most fun aspects of previous books is the series is the unexpected nature of Hannibal's "adventures."
Mr. Harris is not a professional narrator and I am willing to grant him some slack. But I could more animation into "I got the wash off the line" than Hannibal's declaration of love for Lady Murasaki, to cite just one of many examples. Some characters of a geographic region had accents and some did not. And most were rendered so thickly that they were almost not understandable. Certainly a more able reader would have helped, but I don't think enough to make this a good audiobook.
Revenge for WWII war crimes. That's how it all began. Everything that happens in this book happens for that reason. But his exploits in the other movies and books go far beyond anythng that could be related to WWII.
I selected this book because of curiosity and I'm still curious. I agree that the choice of narrator was not the best but it's always interesting to see how a writer tells his or her own story. Harris is better than some in that regard even though the accents are off somewhat.
I found it difficult to follow some of the time changes from chapter to chapter. Sometimes they were minutes. Sometimes they were years.
I listen o audiobooks while I walk so it helped fill some time. It hasn't stimulated any great desire to explore this character any further even though I'm sure a movie will follow. Perhaps a movie will be more compelling than the listen.
I was interested in learning how Hannibal became the Cannibal, but that's all this book did, convey facts. Hannibal did this, Hannibal did that. There wasn't much in the way of a plot and it certainly wasn't very exciting. And this review is from someone who typically can forgo a less than stellar plot assuming the character development is there. If you're a fan of the previous books, you have to listen, but prepare yourself for a bit of a disapointment.
The excitement of knowing the origins of Dr. Lechter was the only thing that kept me engaged with this book. It felt monotonous and jumbled almost from the start. I was very hopeful that the author's drawl might lend a Starling-risqué quality to the story but instead it was hard to follow the transitions between characters.
I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to it.
I'm just a guy who hates Small talk, thanks to audible and a good set of ear buds. Not shopping, not even waiting rooms are a problem.
Ehh..... It answers a lot of the questions we've had about Hannibal for the past 30 years
See the title
Nothing stands out
It was.... And unfortunately ... I sat through it....
"Well, at one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever. All walks of life: George Best, for example. Had it, lost it. Or David Bowie, or Lou Reed...". ;Sick boy
You can add Thomas Harris to that list
enjoyed the back story but the recording had a multitude of blank spaces. that part sucked
So up front the book was great, the overall presentation was great but something struck me as odd - out of place.
Harris (author and narrator) has a southern US accent. He speaks with his (I assume) natural accent for Hannibal and other generic characters throughout the story. The only problem is that Hannibal is from Lithuania. For other characters Harris takes on very well done accents from France, the Baltic, Sweden, and Russia. This presentation would've been perfect if Harris also gave Hannibal an authentic Eastern European accent. It shouldn't sway anyone from purchasing this title though. Very well done overall.