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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Silence of the Lambs, it's the terrifying tale that introduced the world to Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter. There's a serial killer on the loose who specializes in murdering innocent, happy families, and now it's up to FBI Special Agent Will Graham to understand the brutal killer's motivation and anticipate his next move. Graham needs to get inside the killer's mind; to do that, he needs the help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the brilliant and vicious mass murderer whom Graham locked away years ago. The psychotic psychiatrist Lecter guides Graham deep into the Red Dragon's twisted world of demonic ritual and violence.
©1989 Yazoo Enterprises, Inc, All Rights Reserved; (P)1989 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Red Dragon is an engine designed for one purpose - to make the pulse pound, the heart palpitate, the fear glands secrete." (The New York Times Book Review)

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May as well just watch the DVD

I wish I had noticed how abridged this was before I bought it. But it is like someone describing the movie to you as it happens. Way too short. I may have to go buy the book now to see all the character development that I missed.

If you have seen the move, don't bother getting this audiobook.


It's a great story though. Wish there was an unabridged version.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Very choppy abridgement

This is basically the 'Cliff Notes' version of the book. Cut back far too much - this version tells you the basics, but there is absolutely zero character development.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • susan
  • des plaines, IL, United States
  • 05-22-12

DIFFERENT FROM THE MOVIE

Being different from the move and being abrifged made this a bad listen. Dont bother.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 01-11-11

Just watch the movie

I thought the movie was just okay and unfortunately, the audio book is worse. Why spend 3 hours listening to this when you could just watch the movie in about 2 hours and get the same out of it? Plus, the narrator, who wasn't bad, had a weak and lame voice for someone trying to portrait a killer called Red Dragon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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awesome book

I really loved this book could not stop reading and loved this thrilling story so captivating

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It wasn't bad, too little of Hannibal though

The story is good, very similar to the show (third season Hannibal). A little bit too short.

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yaaass

yes, all the yes. such prose, such madness. instant classic, for the serial killer-phile in you.