I thought the book was..quite good. The author is well read, and does very thorough research. This book, like Hannibal, has multiple levels. You can l..Show More »isten to the story, the words and verse, or the imagery. I know I get a good feeling knowing that despite paying close attention, there is no way I will be able to hear everything the first time around and will be able to listen to it again and get the same enjoyment as the first time.
There were some reviews complaining about the author’s narration of the book. I fell in love with Harris’s unbiased, eloquent drawl in Hannibal even after listening to it many times. In this book Harris knows exactly how to read each character and performs as good as any other professional narrator I have heard, and better than some.
If you are new to Hannibal, I would suggest reading the ‘silence of the lambs’, and ‘Hannibal’ first.
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..Show More » 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.
I have always felt this is one of the few movies faithful to the book. But one must listen to the hypnotic narration by Frank Muller for a different ..Show More »take on the story. It would be ludicrous to summarize this tale, we all know it. But there are some aspects of the book that just could not fit into the time limit of the movie. The FBI bureaucracy and it's internal politics makes the listener fear the investigation will suddenly come to a screeching halt. The book shows how Agent Starling is willing to put her career on the line to stop the killing. It also deals with the terminal illness of Jack Crawford's wife and the stress it puts him under. The biggest difference between book and movie is that Buffalo Bill is actually more terrifying and sinister that Hannibal Lecter. Buffalo Bill is still on the loose(for most of the novel) and still on a killing spree. In the end Clarice Starling is the more interesting character, not Hannibal the Cannibal, because of her constant fight against a law enforcement world dominated by men and her ability to change, grow and thrive in it.
I have read and enjoyed this book. I was so looking forward to enjoying the Audible version on my runs but I am not sure if I can finish it. The narra..Show More »tors accent is so jarring, it distracts me from the story. This has never bothered me about an audio book before and I really didn't think it would make that much difference but it makes listening so much hard work! Please let me know if there is another version.