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Red Dragon Audiobook

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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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

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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

    Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.

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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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-01-15
    Jennifer Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-01-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Hungry for more. "

    Great read, yet hungry for more Lecter! Strong characters + twisted villain with detailed past.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 02-27-15
    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Needed a better narrator"
    Would you try another book from Thomas Harris and/or Alan Sklar?

    I bought this book because I loved Silence of the Lambs. Red Dragon was good, but the narrator was terrible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator often lapsed into whiny tone, which made it really hard to like the characters or care about them. He also at times sounded very flippant, which again detracted from the story.


    Was Red Dragon worth the listening time?

    Red Dragon is mostly worth the listening time. It's a good story, but unless you love the narrator (and I did not) sometimes it's hard to stay with it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 08-14-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "ReRead/First Listen = LOVE"

    Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 5.00
    Story Rating: 5.00
    Character Rating: 5.00

    Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: This is probably my 5th reread of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up!

    Overall Thoughts: (Quick Review) Red Dragon is one of those books that even though you know exactly how it is going to end, it still gets to you. Very seldom is there two dynamic "bad" guys that are so brilliantly crafted. Hannibal is of course his dastardly self (I often forget this is the first book he appears in) and his level of evil is off the charts. It is also very different than Red Dragon/The Tooth Fairy evil. In fact, it is Francis that is fascinating to puzzle out. His back story is as twisted as his crimes. Will Graham has always been my favorite profiler. Sorry Clarice fans but Will is just more fascinating all around. The way his mind works is as interesting as the criminals he chases. This book is twisted and scary. Just how I like my serial killers!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Alan Sklar / Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins


    I thought Alan did a great job with Will and Francis but his Hannibal was a little off. That being said, overall I loved his pacing and deliverance of the story. I would listen to this again!

    Final Thoughts: If you like scary (in a human not paranormal type of way) then read Red Dragon!

    2 of 2 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 2015

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Goose 09-10-15
    Goose 09-10-15
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    "Alan Sklar has a great voice for this story"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Dragon the most enjoyable?

    Alan Sklar's performance was excellent. Not too much or too little. Just right. Of course, it wouldn't have been the same without the writing of Thomas Harris. I've seen Red Dragon a few times and have always enjoyed it and I'm glad to confirm that they stuck to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a classic. It's easy to follow and interesting.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    His deep voice, not to sound too creepy, was soothing and very fitting for the mood of this story.


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

    No, but that's just my personally... not that I'm some sort of sociopath, of course. :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri Pickering 02-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Dragon to be better than the print version?

    I'd never consider an audio edition better then the print version. Nothing beats your own voices and images inside your own head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Graham


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dolarhyde takes Rebba to the zoo to be able to "see" a tiger for the first time.


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

    Hearing about Dolarhyde's childhood. Actually made me understand his character and feel for him.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did such an amazing job reading this book that I felt like I was in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lynn Cox 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good reading"

    I really enjoyed this book. plot was good and not predictable. Harris is good
    at suspense

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    Nyla Edwards 12-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Well read version of a good story"

    I like that this story went more into Francis's backstory of his saddened childhood. It helped to understand why the character is so deranged

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