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.
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 have enjoyed all of the Hannibal Lecter books from Thomas Harris, but this one kind of skipped and jumped around so I was confused about what was going on in the story.
Don't jump around so much. Be a little more detailed on certain aspects that could be misinterpreted. There was a part where some tanks showed up and then it was talking about the treatment of Hannibal and his sister (I think) by the soldiers from the tanks and then it jumped to something else. I had to listen to the same segment several times and still had trouble understanding it.
I would have used different narrators when characters changed. Have one person reading when Hannibal is a little boy. Another person read when he's older. Etc. Or alternate voices when different characters are talking. When its just same reader or same voice reading all speaking parts it's hard to discern who is talking.
I have a feeling this book was written fairly quickly to come out before the movie did and as a result it wasn't quite as good as the previous 3 books. By the way Hannibal needs to be released Unabridged on Audible.
I thought this story started a little slow. I had a difficult time gettibg to like Hannibal, but suddenly I found myself listening more and more.
This book chronicles the formative experiences in Hannibal Lecter’s childhood, taking the reader through Lecter’s late teenage years. Having read and listened to Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal and enjoying all three, I was eager to hear this one.
I don’t share the view of many reviewers who state that Thomas Harris is not a good narrator. For me, his accent and the way he reads the text enhance the tone of the story; Harris’s subtle narration guides the listener into the depths of a soul as it begins to freeze and carries us out so calmly we hardly notice the ground is solid a moment after we emerge.
I would only recommend this book to others in order to fill the void and understand how a bright boy could turn into a "monster" by the events that happened in his early life.
I have seen the movies and have read Hannibal. I would like to hear what I missed by listening to the books.
Where young Hannibal helps to cure the butcher of his rudeness.
no. although it is a lot shorter than expected, I could not listen to it in one sitting
there is still a void between the end of this book and Red Dragon movie that i hope is covered in the Red Dragon book. This is the first audiobook where the author read the book and I was very impressed.
The narrator, while being the author, should never have attempted to narrate this book. It was completely unlistenable. I have no idea if the story was any good or not because I was too distracted by how awful the narration was. I tried to stick with it but gave up listening half way through. So disappointed!