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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.
I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.
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.
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.
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
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.
i'm pretty lenient with narrators, but i couldn't get more than an hour in with his performance
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.
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.
Yes. Enjoyed SIlence and Red Dragon
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.
From the things I've heard about Hannibal Rising, no.
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.
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