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The Silence of the Lambs | [Thomas Harris]

The Silence of the Lambs

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Linda GREENVILLE, SC, United States 08-05-12
    Linda GREENVILLE, SC, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2008

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    "One of the best suspense thrillers EVER!"

    One of the best books ever written, read by a master narrator! What more could you ask for? Although Frank Muller is no longer alive he will always be one of my favorite narrators. I highly recommend this book and all others read by him (i.e. Shawshank Redemtion, The Green Mile, etc.. . But, Thomas Harris AND Frank Muller, you can't go wrong with this one.

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    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 07-25-12
    Derek PHOENIX, ARIZONA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Jame Gumb was even better than the movie"

    I got this one when it was on sale. For me, money well spent. I always liked the movie but never read the book. All of the details that are missing from the movie are here. The only problem I had with it was the quality of the recording. it was hard for me to hear while driving my work truck.

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    Eric Westland, MI, United States 07-20-12
    Eric Westland, MI, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent"

    This is a great thriller. The psychology is very interesting. The narrator is superb! He nails the characters. I love the movie and Frank Muller plays all the parts well enough to rival the actors. This was an outstanding audio book! If you like the movie, this will make you like it more.

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    Rebecca Birmingham, AL, United States 07-15-12
    Rebecca Birmingham, AL, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well, Frank Muller Narrates It. Need I Say More?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silence of the Lambs to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Frank Muller turns everything into gold and this is no exception. The characters are 3D and engaging. The author is so talented that I fell in love with Lector--how creepy is that?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. Circled the block and sat in the driveway listening to it. Can't think of a thing to make it better.


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

    I've listened to everything Mr. Muller has done, used to do audiobook searches by his name. The Green Mile is the best in my opinion, but this one is right up there. Mr. Muller can't do anything wrong, what a terrible loss to us all.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silence of the Lambs and why?

    Well HL himself of course. Is there a more memorable character out there?


    Any additional comments?

    If you are remotely interested, get it. You won't be disappointed.

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    Philip Wood 07-08-12
    Philip Wood 07-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A really great listen"
    What did you love best about The Silence of the Lambs?

    Like reading a great book, I couldn't stop listening to this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail the writer goes into detail about his characters - I had seen the movie years ago, but the book is much, much better.


    What about Frank Muller???s performance did you like?

    The voice he used to portray Lecter was frighteningly brilliant.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silence of the Lambs and why?

    Hannibal Lecter because of his mannerisms and what a truly evil but brilliant character he is.


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    Amazon Customer Niles, MI, United States 06-19-12
    Amazon Customer Niles, MI, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I love this book."
    If you could sum up The Silence of the Lambs in three words, what would they be?

    I could listen to this book over and over again. Frank Muller is one of my favorite narrators.
    The combination is a winner!!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!! hated to put it down


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    Christopher Muir Eugene, OR 05-22-12
    Christopher Muir Eugene, OR 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Even better than the movie"
    Would you listen to The Silence of the Lambs again? Why?

    Lambs is a book I will revisit. To give you a sense of its quality, if you enjoyed the movie, you're gonna *love* the book. Starling is a deeper, more interesting character, as is Ben Crawford, the FBI chief charged with apprehending Buffalo Bill. Crawford's back-story (completely ignored in the movie, due to time constraints) is tragic and provides a human counterpoint to the dehumanizing deeds of Bill and Lecter. Excellent reading. Yes, this is an audio book you could listen to again and again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The book moves briskly, and though there are few moments of danger for Starling until the very end of the book, the sense of tension is built and maintained superbly. I enjoyed going to bed for the two weeks I moved through this audio book, as Harris is a master of the cliff-hanger.


    If you could take any character from The Silence of the Lambs out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dr. Lecter, of course! By inviting him, you never know who's on the menu.


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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 04-29-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Riveting and dark mystery thriller"

    This audiobook is everything in the movie, plus more. The big difference is that there is a lot more on the serial killer, all of it creepy and engaging. I assume everyone reading this knows the basic plot line - a young woman studying to be an FBI agent is pulled into a serial killer case in order to try to get info from Hannibal Lector, an incarcerated genius cannibal-killer who may be able to help. Lector is one of the all-time great villains of fiction / cinema. The reader captures Lector so well. My only criticism is that the reader often speaks in a melodramatic drawl, something that works with Lector but gets tiring otherwise. Still, the story is so powerful, I got used to the voice (which added to parts of this and detracted from other parts). The final few hours were so riveting, even for a listener who had seen the movie more than once. This novel, like Hannibal Lector, is a work of twisted genius.

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    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 04-25-12
    Tanya Chantilly, Va, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen!"

    I have still not seen this movie! But the story was great. It was suspenseful, fast-paced, and I think the narrator did a great job with the voices. I recommed it!

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    Hector Quintanilla 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silence of the Lambs the most enjoyable?

    I have always enjoyed this book and if you add Frank Muller you got yourself a pretty good deal.


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