To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thomas Harris’ legendary best-seller, Audible presents The Silence of the Lambs, with a new introduction written and read by the author himself.
An FBI trainee. A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes. And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim...
Seeking insight into the deadly madman she must find, FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a monster cannibal held in a hospital for the criminally insane. As Dr. Lecter invites Clarice into the darkest chambers of his mind, he forces her to confront her own childhood demons in return for knowledge; an unspeakable tuition he exacts to teach her how the monster thinks. But time is running out…
An instant classic of chilling psychological suspense, The Silence of the Lambs will take you from the tormenting words of a homicidal maniac and the flesh-rending depravity of an elusive killer to the sheer courage of a young FBI novice, who risks her life to track him down and stop the bloodshed.
A native of Mississippi, Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was published in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Rising in 2006.
All the Hannibal Lecter books have been made into films, most notably starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Sky has also produced a television series based on the notorious mass murderer, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy.
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"A brilliant, superbly crafted thriller" (James Herbert)
"The great fictional monster of our time" (Stephen King)
"A huge talent" (Ian Rankin)
"The best book I've read in a very long time. Subtle, horrific and splendid" (Roald Dahl)
"Thrillers don't come any better than this. Razor-sharp entertainment, beautifully constructed and brilliantly written. It takes us to places in the mind where few writers have the talent or sheer nerve to venture." (Clive Barker)
"A snapshot from hell" (Rolling Stone)
"A virtual textbook on the craft of suspense" (Washington Post)"
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It is a very interesting listen
I have since gone a thriller kick, and really this is one of the best books of the genre
You won't regret listening to this book
"Superb and chilling"
When you listen to an audiobook which has such an iconic film version, I feel sorry for the narrator however in this case, Frank Muller absolutely pulls it off.
Yes Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster made these characters instantly recognisable and while Muller certainly does draw on these performances, he doesn't make it a pastiche, instead adding some of his own nuances whilst still retaining he characters that we know and loathe (love?)
The story itself is excellent and remains chilling even after 25 years, and is a throughly good listen
"Brilliant - what a treat!!"
I enjoyed this so much - even though I have seen the film and read the book, I still found something new in the audio book. The story is one of the best and is added to by the quality of the narration Great stuff!!
The story is a modern classic. Starling is a true heroine.
Not that I recall but I will look for more.
ERRRR Its been done!
We've all seen the film, and probably read the book, so expectations are high. This gripping thriller, exquisitely read, never disappoints. Highly recommended.
"Tence and chilling"
Loved this book the voice actor portrays Hannibal just how I imagined he would.
"Loved going back to this.."
It's strange to go back to basics after the films and TV series but I'm glad I did as the source material is great. Hannibal comes alive again and we revisit Starlings character and humble beginnings. Well written by Harris. Very well read by the narrator. I would recommend this. I'm now off to start 'Hannibal' the next installment.
Thomas Harris yet again wrote another great book that makes you shiver as you read love all of these book. Narrated beautiful
"Great story - awful quality recording"
The story in, every way, is great and I'm now enjoying revisiting all of the books in the series followed by the films.
The only downside, and it's a bigy, is the quality of the recording. It's too quiet and there is a constant white noise background. It sounds as if it's playing from a reel to reel tape! Made listening an effort at times which doesn't suit the multitasking listener at all.
"Kept me gripped all the way through"
Constantly moving, lots of actions. Probably enough materials for more than one book, but very well interwoven story threads.
Polished professional narration, real depth and feeling.
Plenty of twists and turns, won't mention these as it would spoil it for others
25 years old before I got round to reading it. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and hard to stop listening.
It is perfect
The one on one scenes between Starling and Lecter.
It's a fascinating narration. Muller's tone is relatively muted compared to his other work, but it fits the story perfectly. His Lecter is spot on, quietly menacing and never drifting into ham, and all the other characters have distinctive voices so you instantly know whose dialogue it is.
What's for dinner?
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The magic combination of a great story and a great narrator.
"One of the modern Thriller masterpieces"
I've read the book and seen the film countless times in the past, as have most people. Like me, you'll probably have Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins images in your mind when you listen, even if you try hard to come at this fresh. Don't worry, though, this narration is it's own being, and you'll soon lose any pre-conceptions.
I won't review the story, as this has been covered by others before. What I *will* comment on is the narration. Frank Muller does a cracking job of bringing the characters to life, even with all the baggage that we have from the film version. You can hear echoes of Jodie Foster in Starling, without trying to completely mimic her. Likewise with Lector, you get the suaveness from the Hopkins portrayal mixed with the menace that Brian Cox brought to the part in Manhunter as well, making this a more chilling Lector because of it. Muller deserves a lot of praise for taking on what must have been a daunting prospect, given how deeply ingrained these characters are in popular culture now, and still making it fresh and a joy to listen to. Heartily recommended!
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