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Hannibal Rising | [Thomas Harris]

Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.
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Publisher's Summary

He is one of the most haunting characters in all of literature.

At last the evolution of his evil is revealed.

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.

He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.

But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.

He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death's prodigy.

Serial thriller: don't miss more from Thomas Harris.

©2006 Yazoo Fabrications, Inc.; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Bernard Appleton, WI, United States 12-12-06
    Bernard Appleton, WI, United States 12-12-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Dissertation"

    I was interested in learning how Hannibal became the Cannibal, but that's all this book did, convey facts. Hannibal did this, Hannibal did that. There wasn't much in the way of a plot and it certainly wasn't very exciting. And this review is from someone who typically can forgo a less than stellar plot assuming the character development is there. If you're a fan of the previous books, you have to listen, but prepare yourself for a bit of a disapointment.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    jon Columbus, wisconsin, United States 09-25-13
    jon Columbus, wisconsin, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "expected more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would only recommend this book to others in order to fill the void and understand how a bright boy could turn into a "monster" by the events that happened in his early life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Harris? Why or why not?

    I have seen the movies and have read Hannibal. I would like to hear what I missed by listening to the books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where young Hannibal helps to cure the butcher of his rudeness.


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

    no. although it is a lot shorter than expected, I could not listen to it in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    there is still a void between the end of this book and Red Dragon movie that i hope is covered in the Red Dragon book. This is the first audiobook where the author read the book and I was very impressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Connors Uniontown, PA USA 09-01-13
    A Connors Uniontown, PA USA 09-01-13 Member Since 2012

    suburban vamp

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    "Performance is god awful"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator, while being the author, should never have attempted to narrate this book. It was completely unlistenable. I have no idea if the story was any good or not because I was too distracted by how awful the narration was. I tried to stick with it but gave up listening half way through. So disappointed!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Voorhees, NJ, United States 04-29-13
    Carolyn Voorhees, NJ, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasn't interesting!"

    I tried to get through the audiobook, but it was too much to listen to. Not even interested in finishing the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Herndon, VA, United States 04-20-13
    Christine Herndon, VA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Well Written, Nicely Read"

    Having read some other books in the Hannibal Lecter series, I doubted I could feel empathy for a cannibalistic serial killer. However, this book presents young Hannibal as a sensitive, artistic child shaped by a series of brutal, historically plausible events. I found the story moving and tragic. It is also very well written. Engaging plot, nicely expressed and paced, with an interesting and diverse cast of characters.

    The author, as reader of this book, tells the story expressively. He has a pleasing voice. Presumably much of the dialog in the book would have been in languages other than English, and having this account read in English with a southern accent is appropriate, consistent with the book's presentation. I enjoyed hearing the author read his own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 09-25-12
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book at times"
    Where does Hannibal Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good but not great.


    If you’ve listened to books by Thomas Harris before, how does this one compare?

    It is better than red dragon


    What does Thomas Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought he did a great job narrating


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    neither


    Any additional comments?

    The book could have been great but Thomas Harris is to indulgent as writer. He gets bogged down in minute details and that bores me. I hate when authors don't allow me to use my imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 07-29-12
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "Very good but recommend an abridged version."

    Since there was so much commentary about the narration I have to say first, it wasn't bad. The german accents were a little heavy handed for a narrated story but having heard many germans speak english, it could have been a lot harsher [I know that doesn't sound very p.c., to say but it's kinda true]. Harris' southern accent I thought was charming and not in the least bit detracting. It's a lot more mild than I've heard from my own southern family!

    A wonderfully researched and well developed backstory and character psychology to where suspension of disbelief was virtually unnecessary.

    I think the abridged version of this story would have worked for me better. With the pacing, which suited Hannibal's personality as we know it - calculated and deliberate - was far too sleepy for me and I struggled to stay with it. By the time we find out what really happened to Mischka and Hannibal's exacting revenge, I was past ready to be done. That said, it is a terrific story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Kearse 01-06-12 Member Since 2003
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was a long drawn out story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, but definitely a mystery


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was monotonus, swhich did not help the long drawn out story line


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Canberra, Australia 04-27-11
    Tania Canberra, Australia 04-27-11
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    "definitely worth a listen"

    I certainly enjoyed listening to this - Thomas Harris is an excellent narrator and writer, and I loved listening to his first three books as well. However, compared to the first three books in the Hannibal series, this book seemed less researched and rushed to release. I still think this is an excellent book, and certainly worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-12-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Better than the others"

    This book wasn't great but then again it was definitely better than the other two books that were published following the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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