This is a remarkably well written story of a very dark character. Laying the foundation that gives a deeper in-site into Hannibal that will add a mean..Show More »ingful depth to the later stories. Not just a "hole filler" or "gore fest" but a good story that also stands by it self. A must for Hannibal Fans.
Having the author narrate is a mistake. He is flat and emotionless in voice and his Southern American accent gets in the way of the European backdrop of the story. Persons of like accent or a more familiar ear to this accent may get past this poor choice in narrative. A trained voice would have made the telling of this story more spellbinding as the story itself is of that quality.
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..Show More » 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.
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.