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Hannibal Rising Audiobook

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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    Trina F. 07-15-15
    Trina F. 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Always good"

    Love Thomas Harris. This trilogy is well thought out. Hannibal is a classic, one of a kind monster you hope gets away with it in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 07-02-15
    Robert 07-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Enticing"

    An excellent and enveloping background for the lack of a better word "Monster" we love.

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    The Doctor Massachusetts 02-09-07
    The Doctor Massachusetts 02-09-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible In Every Way"

    I have to say I'm astounded folks are even giving this two stars, let alone four or five! This is one of the worst books it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. Above and beyond the flat, poorly written narrative is the author's narration. Why in the world someone at Random House Audio didn't tell this guy how bad his narration was is beyond me. I agree with another reviewer that Harris sounds like Gomer Pyle trying to pronounce French, German, and Japanese. His French is unbelievably bad. Was any effort even made to correct his pronunciation? Admittedly, Hannibal Rising is such a horrible novel that no narrator could have helped it much, but Harris is, without question, the worst narrator I have ever heard. Just flat out embarrassing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 01-12-07
    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 01-12-07
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    "Get The Hard Copy If You Must"

    It's hard to put my finger on just why this book left me so unsatisfied. Hannibal Lechter as a sympathetic character just doesn't sit right. And when he reaches adulthood, the book's plot becomes utterly predictable. One of the most fun aspects of previous books is the series is the unexpected nature of Hannibal's "adventures."
    Mr. Harris is not a professional narrator and I am willing to grant him some slack. But I could more animation into "I got the wash off the line" than Hannibal's declaration of love for Lady Murasaki, to cite just one of many examples. Some characters of a geographic region had accents and some did not. And most were rendered so thickly that they were almost not understandable. Certainly a more able reader would have helped, but I don't think enough to make this a good audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    irvin marietta, GA, United States 12-24-06
    irvin marietta, GA, United States 12-24-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Revenge the motive?"

    Revenge for WWII war crimes. That's how it all began. Everything that happens in this book happens for that reason. But his exploits in the other movies and books go far beyond anythng that could be related to WWII.

    I selected this book because of curiosity and I'm still curious. I agree that the choice of narrator was not the best but it's always interesting to see how a writer tells his or her own story. Harris is better than some in that regard even though the accents are off somewhat.

    I found it difficult to follow some of the time changes from chapter to chapter. Sometimes they were minutes. Sometimes they were years.

    I listen o audiobooks while I walk so it helped fill some time. It hasn't stimulated any great desire to explore this character any further even though I'm sure a movie will follow. Perhaps a movie will be more compelling than the listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wisconsin, USA 12-12-06
    Amazon Customer Wisconsin, USA 12-12-06 Member Since 2012
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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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    Joel HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-03-15
    Joel HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, United States 12-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Harris is great but why no accent for Hannibal?"

    So up front the book was great, the overall presentation was great but something struck me as odd - out of place.

    Harris (author and narrator) has a southern US accent. He speaks with his (I assume) natural accent for Hannibal and other generic characters throughout the story. The only problem is that Hannibal is from Lithuania. For other characters Harris takes on very well done accents from France, the Baltic, Sweden, and Russia. This presentation would've been perfect if Harris also gave Hannibal an authentic Eastern European accent. It shouldn't sway anyone from purchasing this title though. Very well done overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Best Columbus, IN United States 11-27-15
    Justin Best Columbus, IN United States 11-27-15
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    "Took forever to finish"

    Story is ok. Different feel from the other Hannibal books, but still engrossing. An interesting look at hannibals back story but more of a revenge tale. Still left me wondering a bit how he would continue and go on to become "the cannibal."

    Overall though it's hard to get around how bad the reading is. Thomas Harris is a great author but not a voice actor. His style of reading often had me wondering who was speaking and the accents some times had me distracted from the story. The Japanese speaking is awful and the "Japanese" music that some times shows up in the background seemed out of left field at times.

    Even though this is the shortest by far of the audible Hannibal books it still took me a long time to finish because of the narration. I kept nodding off.

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    Kris M. 11-04-15
    Kris M. 11-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "it's decent"

    it's a decent book on its own but if it weren't part of the Hannibal series I don't think it would sell as well.

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    Lyndall S. Smith Carlsbad, NM USA 05-03-15
    Lyndall S. Smith Carlsbad, NM USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Confusing"
    Would you try another book from Thomas Harris and/or Thomas Harris?

    I have enjoyed all of the Hannibal Lecter books from Thomas Harris, but this one kind of skipped and jumped around so I was confused about what was going on in the story.


    What could Thomas Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't jump around so much. Be a little more detailed on certain aspects that could be misinterpreted. There was a part where some tanks showed up and then it was talking about the treatment of Hannibal and his sister (I think) by the soldiers from the tanks and then it jumped to something else. I had to listen to the same segment several times and still had trouble understanding it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would have used different narrators when characters changed. Have one person reading when Hannibal is a little boy. Another person read when he's older. Etc. Or alternate voices when different characters are talking. When its just same reader or same voice reading all speaking parts it's hard to discern who is talking.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a feeling this book was written fairly quickly to come out before the movie did and as a result it wasn't quite as good as the previous 3 books. By the way Hannibal needs to be released Unabridged on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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