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)
One of the most unique and disturbing books one will ever read. All I could think while listening to it was, "I wish I had never seen the movie so that I could experience this story for the first time!" Nothing against the movie, it is amazingly close to the book and a fantastic film, but I don't think i could have enjoyed this audiobook anymore than I did.
As past reviewers have stated, this was a perfect choice of narrator and the book is presented in the way where it is clear and serious (not overly dramatic or theatrical) and that's how this book should be.
Loved every second of it.
Frank Muller did an amazing job narrating this book and of course kudos to Thomas Harris who wrote such an engaging piece. Never too over or underdone. Easily one of my favorites and I look forward to hearing /reading more.
I had only one problem with this book ..pausing to do anything else .
Harris lets us see convincingly deep into the hearts of the darkest characters, while maintaining the suspense and tension to pull us along at a rapid pace..
I will be revisiting this book many times ..
Thank you mr. Harris!
Outstanding! Wonderful story and a creative performance.Complex characters, rich settings and a driving plot all masterfully delivered. Vivid story with a diverse cast portrayed seamlessly.
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.
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