Yep. It rocks. True performance that captivates on a story that already is gold.
The narrator channels Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of hannibal so well, I was amazed it was not Hopkins. Many people saw the film (a masterpiece above most,) before reading the novel. I was one. So when I read Hannibal, in my head I heard Hopkins' voice. THe narrator, Frank Muller nailed that! Made the listen the BEST of the Hannibal series. Thank you for not wrecking that. The book of course is a great thriller. Enjoy!
The movie is good, the book is outstanding! Frank Muller narrates this book so flawlessly, I got chills throughout the entire story. The Silence of the Lambs easily places among my top 5 favorite audible books. Highly recommended!
Since most will know the movie before hearing this audio book version I thought that heading would be useful. The film is very close to the book but there is so much more detail, character insight and nuance in this book that it was as if it were coming to me all new. Pitch perfect narration and of course fabulous writing.
Narrator was very nice. The preview doesn't do him justice, I'll admit that I myself was hesitant to listen due to the preview.
Harris certainly does not shy from telling you what a character is feeling as if a person is really feeling it. More often than not, an author will write so far out in the third person that the language is unrelatable, and you will never feel like you're not a part of it. I mostly listened to this on the commute to work, and it would often upset my stomach before getting there. The language is not crude. The realism of it is sickening. In a perfect way.
Hannibal is a beautiful mind, his palace building and offering rooms to Starling. Starling is never made to be unnecessarily weak, which is far too common nowadays. Starling, and the characters that surround her, all have their weaknesses. Even Hannibal. They don't have quirks or faults that are meant to endear, they have true human faults and quirks. No character is made flat, and Harris won't drone about what isn't important about them.
Whether it's detailing the extremes or the neutrals, Harris is a fantastic voice of the human experience.
I never get tired of Muller's voice. I saw the movie before the book (for shame, I know) and am surprised at how accurate the translation was. I've never been a huge fan of crime thrillers but I may have been converted. Absolutely worth a listen.
I decided to listen to this book after renewing my love for the movie. The book was so much better. The performance voice matched the tone of the book perfectly (and I do have to admit there have been many disappointments for me with good stories ruined by grating voices). Frank muller did a wonderful job conveying the undertones and atmosphere of Harris' writing. Would recommend this to anyone who loves a little suspense.