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Hannibal | [Thomas Harris]

Hannibal

In the highly-anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs and the final book in the trilogy that started with Red Dragon, seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane.
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Publisher's Summary

In this highly-anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs and the final book in the trilogy that started with Red Dragon, seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too. He was his sixth victim and has survived to rule his own butcher's empire. From his respirator, Verger monitors every twitch in his worldwide web. Soon he sees that to draw the doctor, he must have the most exquisite and innocent-appearing bait; he must have what Dr. Lecter likes best. Powerful, hypnotic, utterly original, Hannibal is a dazzling feast for the imagination. Prepare to travel to hell and beyond as a master storyteller permanently alters the world you thought you knew.

©1999 by Yazoo Fabrications Inc.; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 02-27-08
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 02-27-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Poorly abridged"

    I read the hard copy book and heard an unabridged version of Hannibal so I knew a good deal about what to expect. I did not like this abridgement. There are many key parts of the book that are left out. I think the ommitted parts do a disservice to the plot development. Harris writes a well researched and tightly woven plot with good character development. The ommissions, to me, are arbitrary and a distraction. The reader has a southern accent that does not lend itself to the Lecter's sophistication. (Although I believe he pronounced the Italian well.) He sounds, I'm afraid, a bit corn-pone. In fact, he sounds like what a male Clarise Starling might sound.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia 04-02-06
    Andrew Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia 04-02-06 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.

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    "Brilliant fiction!"

    I sought this book out after seeing the movie and I’m happy to say that it exceeded my expectations. I’ve listened to this story 3 times since I purchased it and not because I didn’t get it or got lost the first time round.

    The author managed to convey the terrifying disposition of the story’s main character, Dr. Hannibal Lector, through the written (and spoken) word brilliantly.

    The story is full of twists, suspense and interesting sub characters. The first time I read it, I just couldn’t put it down and near finished the entire book during one sitting. This is another one of those books that I cant recommend highly enough. If you enjoy horror and suspense fiction, then I doubt you’ll be disappointed with this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim D'Annecy Gainesville, FL, USA 02-22-13
    Tim D'Annecy Gainesville, FL, USA 02-22-13
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    "Abridged story and subpar performance"

    The story itself is great, but Audible is trying to sell you a bad recording. There's a noticeable background hum from ambient noise and the reader has an American Southern accent that is hard to listen to. I had a hard time finishing the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-19-04
    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-19-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Listenable, but not Harris' strongest work"

    Content - I found this installment of the "serial killer triliogy" to be, by far, the weakest. I felt Harris was trying to fulfill the interest in the Hannibal mythology - I felt the character became cartoonish and, unlike the previous 2, the killer was less explored and humanized. The Graphic violence was simply gratuitous (I'm not squeemish about these sorts of things, but I just found it to be a waste of pages as it didn't move the story, but detracted from it)

    Adaptation - Fairly straightforward (unabridged) and the content translates reasonably. It behaves like your average modern detective thriller paperback

    Narration - Adequate, but uninspiring. I generally enjoy (not preferr, but enjoy) hearing an author reading --- what they lack in polish, they gain in interpretation.



    Overall, listenable, but a disappointing closure to the triliogy. A "throw away" modern crime thriller

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Placerville, CA, USA 12-02-07
    Cory Placerville, CA, USA 12-02-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Best audiobook I own"

    Out of the 100's of books in my library, I have listened to this book the most, about 15 times. Every time I listen I hear a new subtle piece of trivia or nuance about the story. I have read and listened many books and I have never read an author that crams as much detail and interesting trivia into their work. It is almost as if Harris thought out every sentence carefully to make sure it contained everything that goes into writing a great book. I know it's not for everyone, but I cant say enough good things about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Angola, NY, USA 04-01-04
    William Angola, NY, USA 04-01-04
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    "hannibal"

    Harris should keep to writting. He is quite poor as a narator.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    drew Fishers, Indiana 09-13-13
    drew Fishers, Indiana 09-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "some authors should not narrate. period."
    Would you try another book from Thomas Harris and/or Thomas Harris?

    yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Thomas Harris before, how does this one compare?

    i'm pretty lenient with narrators, but i couldn't get more than an hour in with his performance


    What didn’t you like about Thomas Harris’s performance?

    everything.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    it might be a really good book. i just couldn't get over how bad of a narrator he was. also, this may be unfair, but that ridiculous southern twang of his made it very difficult for me to take anything seriously. he might be a good narrator for a comedy, but a thriller? no thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 07-21-13
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "unabridged - pfft"

    i knew it was an unabridged version when i got it, but i had been watching the series on tv and said "how bad can it be" - well not horrible but you miss out on so much back story. i wont be buying unabridged again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 06-17-13
    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "What the F did I just read?"
    Would you try another book from Thomas Harris and/or Thomas Harris?

    Yes. Enjoyed SIlence and Red Dragon


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The things that happen in this book makes me fear for Mr. Harris' sanity. And the sudden and completely out of character ending suffers from the abridged reading.


    Have you listened to any of Thomas Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Do you think Hannibal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    From the things I've heard about Hannibal Rising, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven North Charleston, SC, USA 08-05-09
    Steven North Charleston, SC, USA 08-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Get the Unabridged!"

    With well over 100 books in my library in audible, I rarely break one of my cardinal rules...NEVER LISTEN TO A BOOK READ BY THE AUTHOR.

    I loved this (and the whole series) but had a 6 hour drive and wanted to listen to the abridged for the short trip. I didn't make it through the first 30 minutes. Luckily I had a back up because of breaking my cardinal rule. Thomas Harris is a wonderful writer but a horrible narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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