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Red Dragon | [Thomas Harris]

Red Dragon

An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.
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Publisher's Summary

A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered - the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.

All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago.

As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham's feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terror.

©1981 Thomas Harris (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Angela Van Boening 05-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, Narrator just ok"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. After getting hooked on Hannibal on NBC, I went back to start reading/listening to the book series. The writing and plot are excellent, but the narrator's voice was a little too smarmy for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story lines shift between Will Graham and Francis Dolarhyde, building the plot from two directions, keeping the reader interested.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Sklar?

    No.


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

    No.


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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-17-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "What an amazing book"

    This is the first Thomas Harris book I have very read, and I have to admit it was amazing. I saw the movie Red Dragon years ago, but as usual the book was really so much better. I had no idea how much the show Hannibal, pulls from this one novel. The characters are deep and the author brings them to life. The work is full of insight and intellect. In short, this is a must read for everyone.

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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 07-17-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Beware the Narrator"

    Red Dragon is a reasonably interesting book but the narrator sucks the enjoyment out of the story. Alan Sklar, find a day job.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bunny Mama 06-13-13
    Bunny Mama 06-13-13

    Bunny Mama

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    "Interesting and creepy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about serial killers. If you can't handle the dark side of the human psyche, don't read this book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I was not enthralled with the narration. I've listened to quite a few audio books, and the best narrators are those who are able to create distinct voices for the various characters. Mr. Sklar has a wonderful voice, but I sometimes found it difficult to follow dialogue-heavy sections because he did not always alter his voice enough for me to distinguish between speakers. I will give him props for the serial killer part; his voice was truly creepy and made my skin crawl!


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

    I saw the movie adaptation of this book, so I was familiar with the story. It's twisted and suspenseful, for sure.


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    B. Skaggs United States 05-24-13
    B. Skaggs United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "More in depth than the movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Dragon to be better than the print version?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William Graham...very purposeful looking..


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    He did very well with all of his characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Before Buffalo Bill...they had to deal with THE RED DRAGON.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-12-13
    Amazon Customer United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was perfect. His writing is impeccable. It's not too gory, just a couple graphic spots. The character development was superb. It's an amazing story. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 01-13-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "greatbook!"
    Would you listen to Red Dragon again? Why?

    oh yes, i have read the book and seen the movie (manhunter). i love the audiobook the best. because i don't see well and anyway, i enjoy someone reading to me. that way i don't miss a thing. i find my eyes tire too quickly and i end up skipping half the book.

    it is a good story. i will listen to again and again.


    What other book might you compare Red Dragon to and why?

    silence of the lambs by the same author. maybe because the y were written by the same author.


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

    a clear crisp voice. easy on the ears.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when reba was with frances and he was watching those movies of his next victim. i remember that when i read the book and saw the movie. again that moment struck me as very very scary.


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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-21-15
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "The Best Police Procedural of Our Time"

    Stephen King claimed Red Dragon the best American novel since The Godfather. It was that quote that persuaded be to purchase the paperpack some 30 odd years ago. It was the first book I ever read that highlighted the brilliance of the FBI, rather than making them out to be egotistical boobs.

    Of course it introduces Hannible to the world, adding dark humor into a very serious manhunt. But like Silence of the Lambs, the killer is not some evil genius, but rather a severely abused, mentally ill man convinced he is beoming something that will overcome the world. There is a overwhelmingly human aspect to the monstrous violonce he reigns on his victims.

    The element of terror this book induces is like no other book I have ever read, except perhaps, Silence of the Lambs. Yet through it all we are introduced to the real FBI, efficient, brave, persistent and genius.

    The narrator has a professional voice, but I found it to be soulless.

    If you've never read either Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs, you're in for a real treat. Unfortunately, I feel Harris completely lost his way after those two novels.

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    brian 06-19-15
    brian 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Harris's first Hannibal book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they're into thrillers or misteries.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Dragon?

    Dolarhyde's killing Freddy Lounds.


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

    His narration is rather good for the most part, especially with certain accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't have to make one, since there've already been two film adaptations.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Trina F. 06-19-15
    Trina F. 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it"

    This is one of my favorite series of books. Thomas Harris s great. I have enjoyed listening to them in this format.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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