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Publisher's Summary

He is one of the most haunting characters in all of literature.

At last the evolution of his evil is revealed.

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.

He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.

But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.

He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death's prodigy.

Serial thriller: don't miss more from Thomas Harris.
©2006 Yazoo Fabrications, Inc.; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Most disturbing one yet

I really enjoyed the book… To find out the history behind Hannibal tied everything together so well. I did think this was the most disturbing of the series though. I thought Tom Harris did a really good job of narrating his story ...overall I thought it was great.

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This was actually very well done.

I actually found this book to be a very good and interesting story. It gave a really in-depth look into the early beginnings of Hannibal Lecter. I don't understand why people are being so negative about this book it was really engaging and I enjoyed following along with it. the few criticisms I have are that I would wish that the author had written something which would announce to the reader that the scene is changing such as between present day and a flash back or to another character. The movie followed the book explicitly which I found delightful as I was listening. it's very rare to find a movie that is true the book which this one is so lots of points for that.

I look forward to listening to the rest of the books in the series.

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eh

struggled to finish. not as good as other books in series. Harris' reading was amazing with accents

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not boring

slow at the beginning but definitely picks up later to where I lost myself in the story.

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Disappointed

The excitement of knowing the origins of Dr. Lechter was the only thing that kept me engaged with this book. It felt monotonous and jumbled almost from the start. I was very hopeful that the author's drawl might lend a Starling-risqué quality to the story but instead it was hard to follow the transitions between characters.

I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to it.

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Batman begins Hannibal

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Ehh..... It answers a lot of the questions we've had about Hannibal for the past 30 years

What was most disappointing about Thomas Harris’s story?

See the title

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing stands out

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It was.... And unfortunately ... I sat through it....

Any additional comments?

"Well, at one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever. All walks of life: George Best, for example. Had it, lost it. Or David Bowie, or Lou Reed...". ;Sick boy

You can add Thomas Harris to that list

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great story but crappy recording

enjoyed the back story but the recording had a multitude of blank spaces. that part sucked

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  • Joel
  • HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, United States
  • 12-03-15

Harris is great but why no accent for Hannibal?

So up front the book was great, the overall presentation was great but something struck me as odd - out of place.

Harris (author and narrator) has a southern US accent. He speaks with his (I assume) natural accent for Hannibal and other generic characters throughout the story. The only problem is that Hannibal is from Lithuania. For other characters Harris takes on very well done accents from France, the Baltic, Sweden, and Russia. This presentation would've been perfect if Harris also gave Hannibal an authentic Eastern European accent. It shouldn't sway anyone from purchasing this title though. Very well done overall.

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Took forever to finish

Story is ok. Different feel from the other Hannibal books, but still engrossing. An interesting look at hannibals back story but more of a revenge tale. Still left me wondering a bit how he would continue and go on to become "the cannibal."

Overall though it's hard to get around how bad the reading is. Thomas Harris is a great author but not a voice actor. His style of reading often had me wondering who was speaking and the accents some times had me distracted from the story. The Japanese speaking is awful and the "Japanese" music that some times shows up in the background seemed out of left field at times.

Even though this is the shortest by far of the audible Hannibal books it still took me a long time to finish because of the narration. I kept nodding off.

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it's decent

it's a decent book on its own but if it weren't part of the Hannibal series I don't think it would sell as well.