A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs - and ingenious, masterfully written book and an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.
©1998 Thomas Harris (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Kathy Bates makes it sound so real you'll be looking over your shoulder for days." (Washington Post Book World)
"Scary Tales are always best when told out loud, which is why a novel such as The Silence of the Lambs works so well on tape." (Playboy)
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
Thomas Harris created a masterpiece in this spine chilling novel. To read it is take a trip down a long strange passage. To listen to it, especially with the incomparable talent of the great Frank Muller, is to be propelled down a roller coaster in the dark. He gives Hannibal Lecter a cold metallic genius that makes you shrink back every time he appears. Do yourself a favor and listen to a master storyteller and a master narrator as they take you on a real ride. Bravo!
A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!
The narrator was fantastic. I've since learned that he has passed away, a real talent has gone.
I can't compare it. Honestly, ever since seeing the movie way back in the 80s, I've been looking for something similar, close, comparable...but haven't found a true competitor yet.
No, but I will find his other works for sure.
Oh, tough one. Of course Clarice and Lecter, but, actually, Chilton and Crawford were super well drawn as well.
This is such a great book. I had never read it, since I'd seen the movie (I always read before I watch, or I generally don't bother reading). I was actually very (pleasantly) surprised at how well the movie kept to the book. There was (to my memory of the movie) no deviation from the book at all. I loved this book. Great story, creepy but not over-gruesome. Three-dimensional characters, well-crafted plot, and super narration. Highly recommended - especially if you aren't sure what you want to read/listen to, and kind of want to cozy up with familiar friends (if you've seen the movie, then these are old freinds)
I would most assuredly recommend this to a friend. With the caveat that if
A) You don't like psychological dramas
-- If you're not into looking through the characters eyes and some digressions on what the character is thinking, don't bother, the pacing is fine for me, but if you don't like this kind of thing, don't bother.
B) Sensitive to Violence or Obscenity
-- I'm not being judgmental here, I'm just saying that certain people are put off by this kind of thing and those people I would advise to skip it.
If neither of those apply, get the book.
You can thank me later :)
The finale and the description of the scene where the nurse was terribly injured. The latter just gives you this picture of Hannibal in a different light to show why they say of his normal guard "Nothing happened under his watch because he never forgot who he was dealing with". The nurse scene strongly shows what he's talking about.
Hannibal, no question on that one.
No, it just kept me thinking, and that's the kind of book that I find the most fulfillig
Try to think about the book from all sides and from all perspectives. It is a rewarding exercise
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
But this is one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I'm sorry to say it, but it's true. The plot is essentially the same, but somehow the pacing of the novel does not really ever catch on, the plot doesn't shock you, the description isn't as terrifying and the pace doesn't force you to stay up longer and listen to more, to see how it all happens. The story is essentially the same, Starling uses a connection with a convicted serial killer named Hannable Lectur to catch another killer called Buffalo Bill. Her relationship with him deepens as he becomes obsessed with her. The race against the clock to catch Bill deepens as well, since his latest victim is the daughter of a prominent politician.
But there's extra bits to the plot the movie cut out, such as Starling's educational career, which just slow down the plot. This should be a fast paced story of terror and killers, but it never really catches. I really wanted to love it, but I just didn't. Sorry.
Hannibal Lector because he is extremely captivating.
Great book from start to finish. I am glad I have seen the movie.
It's one of my favorits, but if you want a something different from the movies you have to listen Hannible.
Yes, it did. Thomas Harris has a way of keeping you wanting more. I've seen the movies a million times and I still got through all the books in three weeks.
Yes, he had great vocies.
Hannible of course. You will never forget the way he mentally picks appart Starling.
I love this book and have listen to it several times. I will continue listening to Silence of the Lambs
The scenes with Hanable and Clares
Great story and fantastic narration. This book is a real "page turner" --- I found myself listening long after my run ended to see what happened next. Internal fighting within the government (FBI v. AG v. locals) adds to the story. I highly recommend!
Say something about yourself!
Kept me sitting in my driveway, more then once. Will written, well read, interesting story line. Superb dialog between the main characters. Even if you know the outcome, this is well worth the listening to.
I was wonderfully creeped out by the movie almost twenty years ago and thought I would see how I liked the book. I could not stop listening. The narrator's performance mesmerized me. The narration, combined with the little I remembered from the movie, completely absorbed me in the story. I plan to listen to the rest of Thomas Harris' stories; especially if they are narrated by Frank Muller!
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