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Publisher's Summary

Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction who scared the world silent. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A young FBI trainee plunges into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind in the deadly search for a serial killer.

The Silence of the Lambs is an instant classic of chilling psychological suspense. From the tormenting words of homicidal maniac Hannibal Lecter and the flesh-rending depravity of an elusive killer to the sheer courage of a young FBI novice who risks her life to track him down and stop the bloodshed, this critically acclaimed audio production, narrated by Kathy Bates, has an unforgettable intensity.

©1988 Thomas Harris, All Rights Reserved (P)1988 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

Critic Reviews

"A virtual textbook on the craft of suspense. A masterwork of sheer momentum that rockets seamlessly toward its climax...Harris is quite simply the best suspense novelist working today." (The Washington Post)
"Superb." (The New York Times)
"Beautifully written." (The San Francisco Examiner)

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

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  • JJ
  • 01-14-10

Lots of fun.

I wish this was the complete book, not an abridgement that attempts to mirror the movie (which is why I only gave it four stars). That being said, Kathy Bates is FANTASTIC. This was a very enjoyable listen that was over far too soon.

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Please identify abridged books better...

...or better yet, don't offer them. It's frustrating when you purchase a book get half way through it and realize you really only got part of it.

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A superb story.

Very satisfyingly creepy. Also, not quite as gory as I was expecting for such a groundbreakingly gruesome story. Probably just a sign of the times. Everything to follow has had to struggle to be bigger and badder. Still, excellent.

Kathy Bates' one-woman-show is a vibrant gallery of American accents, always human and believable.

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The famous "Silence" reading by Kathy Bates

Yes, it's abridged, but it is well abridged: the plot does not suffer. This is the reading of "Silence of the Lambs" mentioned by Stephen King in his book "Rose Madder," as an all-time revered best by an audiobook producer who "discovers" our heroine and her beautiful voice in a pawnshop. This leads to a respectable job and profitable career for our "Rose Madder" protag, and the reader is grateful for it. In that Audible audiobook, well worth a listen, Stephen King himself reads the part of Norman, the rogue cop, and does a good job.

Kathy Bates does have a beautiful voice and she does read well. Problem for me: she tries to do Hannibal Lector the way Anthony Hopkins did ----- but only Hopkins can be Hopkins. She does Jodie Foster quite convincingly, however. I was satisfied enough that I did buy her reading of King's "Desperation."

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  • SJ
  • 07-29-19

Abridged versions of books are loathsome

If I had known that was what I was buying I would not have done it.

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Disappointed

I mainly bought this version because of Kathy Bates. I did not pay attention to the fact that it was the abridged edition. Make sure if you purchase this book that you get the unabridged edition. The abridged edition was a waste of money and time.

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As Good As The Movie

If you liked the movie, then you'll enjoy this narration. Kathy Bates did a WONDERFUL job and brought life to the characters. The book is equally as "creepy" and thrilling as the movie.

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Scary good....

Might not have Foster or Hopkins in it, but the book is still great nevertheless. The way it's written keeps the listener in it the entire way - and narration is superb!

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Don't waste your money

Abridged books should bear a large printed warning that it is abridged. When it ended after a little more than 3 hours I felt cheated. My fault. The other version is the whole book, I chose this one only because it's read by Cathy Bates who (in my opinion)is one of the greatest talents of our time. The fact that it's abridged appears at the bottom of it's description and I missed it. To cut up and shorten any authors' work is, to me, as despicable as altering or painting over a work of art.

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wow

Amazing! really did this story justice. More details than the movie. Makes it easier to digest.