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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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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 05-14-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "SERIAL Killer ~ how does he choose his victims?"

    PLOT: 2 Families are killed and slaughter by the same serial killer~ how DOES he find his victims?~

    Will Graham is the "FBI agent" who helped capture Hannibal the cannibal~ is retired in Florida. He is drawn back into service when the "Tooth Fairy" a serial killer who bites his victims ..having killed 2 families ~ HOW DID HE CHOOSE HIS VICTIMS? The Red Dragon aka the Tooth Fairy carefully chooses his victims by a clever means and stalks on the full moon. Now Will Graham is busy discovering clues to help "prevent" the death of a third family. ADDED fun is a cheap sheet reporter for the National Tattler used by both the Tooth Fairy and Will Graham. The Red Dragon is busy communicating with Hannibal Lecter and is a FAN. This is a first rate horror thriller. WE go inside the mind of Will Graham the agent left barely alive by Lecter after his capture. the details of both the crimes and solving it keep you glued from the begining. WE tie The RED DRAGON who we find has a very abused child hood and we understand how a MONSTER CAN BE CREATED. This READER is especially good and his excellent VOICE and story come together for a 5 STAR audio book that is first rate. I am off to listen to Silence of the Lambs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tylor United States 02-12-13
    Tylor United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"
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    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 1 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-15-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "The Movie Plus A Little Bit Extra..."

    Whoever adapted the screenplay from this book really nailed it. If you've seen the movie, and liked it, then this should be a good weekend read for you. There aren't many sotries out there with darker, more deranged villains than this guy, and Harris manages to show quite a bit of the story from his sickly twisted perspective. I would've liked to have seen more of Hannibal Lector, and less of the Detective, but no book is perfect. Lector is (obviously) a classic villain, and there just isn't enough of him in here.

    Be warned, this book does date itself. If you're not familiar with technology of the 80's (i.e. video tapes, home movie projectors, etc), you may find some of this irritating. Also, the lack of forensic (DNA) evidence procedures took a while for me to fully accept. You find saliva and semen at a crime scene, but have no idea who this criminal could be? Unheard of these days...

    The narrarator is very good. Hits all the marks and keeps it moving.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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 a student at NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I tend to read mostly fiction , but I from time to time I read more serious literature as well. Follow me and I'll make sure to give you 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 2010

    "Say something about yourself!" DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

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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.

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    Bunny Mama NC, United States 06-13-13
    Bunny Mama NC, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2012

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Skaggs United States 05-24-13
    B. Skaggs United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 05-21-12
    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 05-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Maybe Harris' best book"
    If you could sum up Red Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging
    Exciting
    Scary


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept my attention


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Dragon jumped out of the bushes at the end - I did not expect that, I thought he was dead


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

    I could have


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good listen, not the best or most exciting book I've ever read, but very entertaining.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 10-02-12
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"
    What would have made Red Dragon better?

    More Hannibal Lector


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An Innocent Man by John Grissom


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

    The Narrator was great. The story was boring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not Really


    Any additional comments?

    It should not have been part of the Hannibal Lector series of books when he's only mentioned in couple of paragraphs. I wish that character would have been a larger part of the book.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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