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.
I really enjoyed the book… To find out the history behind Hannibal tied everything together so well. I did think this was the most disturbing of the series though. I thought Tom Harris did a really good job of narrating his story ...overall I thought it was great.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
It was well done and believable. However i feel that part of Hannibals allure is his mysterious and almost mythical presence. This made him "human" and honestly took away from the character. The TV show is also a prequel of sorts but he is still already Hannibal. Digging into the past makes the now less intense. He is less of a monster and more of a ... result of his circumstance. i am forever grateful that i read this book LAST.
I actually found this book to be a very good and interesting story. It gave a really in-depth look into the early beginnings of Hannibal Lecter. I don't understand why people are being so negative about this book it was really engaging and I enjoyed following along with it. the few criticisms I have are that I would wish that the author had written something which would announce to the reader that the scene is changing such as between present day and a flash back or to another character. The movie followed the book explicitly which I found delightful as I was listening. it's very rare to find a movie that is true the book which this one is so lots of points for that.
I look forward to listening to the rest of the books in the series.