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The Silence of the Lambs Audiobook

The Silence of the Lambs

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Publisher's Summary

A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs - and ingenious, masterfully written book and an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

©1998 Thomas Harris (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Kathy Bates makes it sound so real you'll be looking over your shoulder for days." (Washington Post Book World)

"Scary Tales are always best when told out loud, which is why a novel such as The Silence of the Lambs works so well on tape." (Playboy)

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    Ryan 10-06-16
    Ryan 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great adventure!"

    I had seen the movie a couple of years ago so I decided to try out the audiobook! Overall, I was very impressed. The writing is simplistic at some times, but Miller's narration makes it a joy to listen to. His Hannibal Lector will make you listen to every single word and you will look forward to his scenes.

    Definitely recommended if you're in the mood for a psychological thriller!

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    Calvin Green 10-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wow...."

    wow...this was great much better than the movie. i was up all night. thanks!

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    Edwin J. california 10-02-16
    Edwin J. california 10-02-16
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    "simply amazing"

    ignore the movie. this is the silence of the lambs you wanted. great narration, perfect.

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    Pierce 09-29-16
    Pierce 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very quiet audio. Difficult to hear in the car."

    The story was great but it was really difficult to hear in the car while driving. I have not had this issue with other audio books.

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    RICHARD A SORENSEN 09-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible!"

    Incredible book. Frank Muller was a masterful narrator. The entire Hannibal series is just phenomenal!

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    chemtrooper 09-03-16
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    "A phenomenal piece of literature!"

    Frank Muller's voice fits perfectly in the reading of this story, especially when rendering Lecter's dialogues with Clarice. As for Thomas Harris, I consider this his masterpiece. I have no doubt Silence of the Lambs will someday become a classic!

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    KM 08-26-16
    KM 08-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Book Ever!!!!"

    I've listened to almost 1,000 audiobooks and Ive never given a single review. This audio book was absolute outstanding! I wish I could listen all over again! If you want to enjoy 12 hours of your life then listen to this masterpiece. I felt the movie was one of the best thrillers of all time but now I've changed my opinion. The directors and producers literally need to give 100% of there earnings to Thomas Harris. All they did was copy exactly what he wrote and made this into a movie. It will be a long time before we get a masterpiece like this one. Stephan King is my favorite author but Thomas Harris's The Silence of The Lambs is my all time favorite book! Thank You Thomas Harris for writing this book.

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    Brittani Crawford 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent read"

    This was even better than Red Dragon, in my opinion. EXCELLENT book. I would definitely recommend it.

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    Julia W. 08-12-16
    Julia W. 08-12-16
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    "If the movie gave you the hebbie-jeebies..."
    Where does The Silence of the Lambs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listen to many books on tape and now these audible books are great, so that's hard to say. It's definitely in my top ten favorites of audible books. Having not read the book, I was wondering if it would stand up to the super creepy movie. The Audible book is different because it doesn't have Anthony Hopkins and Jody Foster, but in some ways it's even better than the movie through its extensive vivid description.<br/><br/>The author really did his research. The narrative has more details about how a real investigation is done and also the characteristics of behavioral science and serial killers. That last sentence may have sounded like the book was dull with paperwork and other meandering details, but it was not. It's more like listening to three very interesting stories at once. You have the psychological make-up of the characters (you get a much better picture of why they are who they are), the complications of the working a very exciting case and the insights of a very smart, almost but not yet, female FBI agent.


    What other book might you compare The Silence of the Lambs to and why?

    <br/>This book reminds me of all the true crime books I've read, starting with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood." Ironically, I think the characters in this book are a combination of very, scary criminals, but seem more like the truth than those Ted Bundy and Charles Manson books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was a toss up. Hannibal's escape in the old courthouse and/or when Clarisse S.enters our villain's house alone, only to realize she is facing the bad guy and she has very little experience in capturing serial killers and no back-up to help her. All the scenes when our villain is prepping to make his new dress (many of these details are not in the movie) feel very realistic and filled with gross detail.


    If you could rename The Silence of the Lambs, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. Clarisse's story is more thorough than in the movie. Besides, the theme holds the whole emotional and psychological theme of the book together.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very graphic and I would not recommend it to someone who is sensitive to gore or dark claustrophobic basements. Even I, the connoisseur of scary stories, had to spend the night after hearing this book in a big house all alone. Normally I enjoy spending a lot of time in that historical home. That night, however, I could not go to sleep; I think I spent more time on Facebook than I had in a year. <br/><br/>Totally worth it. You'll read and recommend it more than once! Julia

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    Alexander 07-27-16
    Alexander 07-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thrilling"

    The Silence of the Lambs is a beautifully written and suspenseful work of art. The pure detail in Harris' work is extraordinary and Frank Muller doesn't miss a beat. Definitely a nail bitter I will be happy to return to

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