The Silence of the Lambs is an instant classic of chilling psychological suspense. From the tormenting words of homicidal maniac Hannibal Lecter and the flesh-rending depravity of an elusive killer to the sheer courage of a young FBI novice who risks her life to track him down and stop the bloodshed, this critically acclaimed audio production, narrated by Kathy Bates, has an unforgettable intensity.
©1988 Thomas Harris, All Rights Reserved; (P)1988 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"A virtual textbook on the craft of suspense. A masterwork of sheer momentum that rockets seamlessly toward its climax...Harris is quite simply the best suspense novelist working today." (The Washington Post)
"Superb." (The New York Times)
"Beautifully written." (The San Francisco Examiner)
Yes, it's abridged, but it is well abridged: the plot does not suffer. This is the reading of "Silence of the Lambs" mentioned by Stephen King in his book "Rose Madder," as an all-time revered best by an audiobook producer who "discovers" our heroine and her beautiful voice in a pawnshop. This leads to a respectable job and profitable career for our "Rose Madder" protag, and the reader is grateful for it. In that Audible audiobook, well worth a listen, Stephen King himself reads the part of Norman, the rogue cop, and does a good job.
Kathy Bates does have a beautiful voice and she does read well. Problem for me: she tries to do Hannibal Lector the way Anthony Hopkins did ----- but only Hopkins can be Hopkins. She does Jodie Foster quite convincingly, however. I was satisfied enough that I did buy her reading of King's "Desperation."
I mainly bought this version because of Kathy Bates. I did not pay attention to the fact that it was the abridged edition. Make sure if you purchase this book that you get the unabridged edition. The abridged edition was a waste of money and time.
I really did enjoy this one, it is a lot like the movie. I've never read the whole thing so I can''t say one version is better than the other. I love the way Kathy Bates read it, she really gets into the characters.
She gives each of the charaters a different voice so it's easy to listen to.
If you liked the movie, then you'll enjoy this narration. Kathy Bates did a WONDERFUL job and brought life to the characters. The book is equally as "creepy" and thrilling as the movie.
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Might not have Foster or Hopkins in it, but the book is still great nevertheless. The way it's written keeps the listener in it the entire way - and narration is superb!
Fat balding hippy.
I wish this was the complete book, not an abridgement that attempts to mirror the movie (which is why I only gave it four stars). That being said, Kathy Bates is FANTASTIC. This was a very enjoyable listen that was over far too soon.
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