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)
Very we done all around. I'd seen the movie when it came out, I'm surprised at how closely it follows the book.
The performance was top rate, nice characterizations and very few mispronounced words. This is one of my pet peeves about audiobooks.
The story is well constructed and plotted, character development is a little thin but then again it's not literature. Word choices and syntax are good without the awful clichés and common mistakes. Either Mr. Harris or his editor did a very good job.
If you like thrillers and suspense, then this is a masterpiece and you've gotta read it!!!
What also made it fabulous besides the writing was the narration by Frank Muller.
I agree with all of the reviewers that gave it a perfect rating. I loved it.
Yes - the narration is first class, flawless and utterly engaging.
The way the last line is read.
Every scene where Clarice and Lecter respectfully played psychological table tennis.
Absolutely - I foften sat in my car for an extra 15 minutes (often late for work) until I had to pull myself away.
Frank Muller is in a league of his own with the performance. His delivery was measured and considered when needed, intense and chilling at the precise moments. He has mastered timing, the breaths in between words and the neutral density of powerful suspense often leaving a thought to take it's own hold and with respect to the authors intent - letting the combination of words do the hard work instead of 'over acting them out' as a lot of voice artists do.
Among the top twenty.
Not sure I have ever heard anything like it.
Dr. Lecter of course.
Ah its already been done.
How he portrays Hannibal Lector is spine tingling in all the best ways.
I did, mostly because one of the murder victims is named Kimberly-and so am I.
Would listen to again and again and again, hands down.
I love Frank Muller's work. He not only reads the book, and acts the book, he becomes the characters. Often you can tell which character is speaking simply by Muller's inflection before any narration in the story gives it away. How he reads Starling is different than how he reads Crawford or Lecter. He gives each character life; no matter how small in the story. Even though I've read the book and seen the movie, I'm on the edge of my seat sometimes listening to him tell the story. Excellent experience.
Very much so. Even though I'm very familiar with the book, Muller does a great job of keeping you in suspense. Some sections I listened to while on a long drive over back roads in the dark. I won't hide it; he had me edgy!
Each of Frank Muller's works stand alone. It's like he is a different Frank Muller each time he approaches a story. His oration, pace, tone and characterizations are always amazing. I believed he was a prison "bull goose screw" in "The Green Mile" just as much as I beleived he was a deck hand on a whaling ship in "Moby Dick". This book is no exception. His Lecter is every bit the equal to Anthony Hopkins performance.
I don't know if moved is the right word, considering it's about a serial killer. But I would say that I was very invested in the story throughout the read.
Definitely worth the listen; great addition to any library.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
This is the quintessential serial killer book. One of the best compliments given to the book is that the hugely successful movie is a near word for word retelling. Very few changes, and much of the exact dialogue transferred over. The literary genius here has been copied and parodied many times, which is also a nod to the author's talent.
The characters of Lecter and Starling are simply amazing. How they play off each other. How the author develops our interest in one through the relationship with the other really is second to none. I could not put this novel down. I had seen the movie 10 times at least before I read this book, and I still could not put it down. Part of that, I am sure, is the brilliant narration of Frank Muller. He is the master, and does a phenomenal job with this book.
This story simply does not tire. I will be back and listen again soon!
It takes you there, and pulls you in.
When Clairese would visit Dr. Lecter, he is such a interesting character
I dont know Fava Beans lol
Great story , your missing out if you dont try the audio version
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Frank Muller does a great job in this book and his voice for Buffalo Bill is creepy!!! If you have seen the movie you will love the book- it's one and the same!! Dr. Lecter and Starling are a duo meant to be together. Hannibal gives the soon to be FBI agent all the clues and it's up to Clarice to stop Buffalo Bill. This is the second book in the series and so far both are great.
No one book was very very poorly narrated
Red dragon narrator
None book was good
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