'It is an axiom of behavioural science that vampires are territorial, while cannibals range widely. 'Hannibal killed nine people before he was caught. And five on his escape. Two of his victims survived - one of them is in an asylum; but the other craves revenge. Mason Verger, a paraplegic confined to a respirator since his encounter with Dr Lecter, can move only the fingers of his crippled right hand across the soft blanket that covers his lifeless body. But Verger is very rich and very influential, and his reach extends into the echelons of power around the world. His need to find Lecter is insatiable. In Clarice Starling he has the perfect bait. As gripping and terrifying as any reader or listener of Silence of the Lambs would expect. Simply unforgettable.
©1999 Thomas Harris (P)2009 Random House Audio
I enjoyed this book and I also enjoyed the ending, which many fans did not. It did get changed for the film so people who have seen that first may be a little bit shocked by how differently the novel goes. I think the writing is excellent, the character of Dr. Lecter is as brilliant as ever and I would always give Thomas Harris books a try.
The narration was generally good although much of the time I struggled to understand what Mason Verger was saying. That is true to the story as Verger finds it hard to speak due to some medical problems, but I think for the sake of clarity it should have been toned down a bit in the reading.
Really good book, enjoyed the story. Most of the narration is excellent. However I couldn't understand what Mason Verger was saying and found this very offputting. The rest of the book was good enough to make me stick with it, but it was a bit of a shame.
I very nearly didn't chose to listen to this as the sample you can listen to on the website sounded wrong to my ear having just finish the excellent Silence of the Lambs, read by Frank Muller. Couple that with other reviewers stating that the character Mason is a little hard to understand at times, as well as me not being too taken by the film adaptation of this book, all added up to me being a tad reluctant. However, as my review title suggest, I really enjoyed it. You quickly get used to the narration, which is marvellous. Yes, Mason is difficult to understand at times, but he should be, given what has happened to him (No spoilers). All in all, it's brilliant. Loved it.
OK whilst I appreciate a narrator getting into their role (it would be even better if most audio books had more than one narrator for male & female characters) this one went too far when narrating Mason's character - I hardly understood a word he said!! It's a good job that I'd already read this book so I could remember most of what he said, otherwise the audiobook would have been ruined!!
Very good story which rounds off the tale of Lecter and Starling in a far more satisfactory way than the film which was based on this novel. The only thing stopping this being a 5 star review was the narration. It is clear that the narrator is very skilled at using varing accents to bring the characters to life, however on occasion he reads very fast which can make the dialogue slightly hard to follow. As well as this, he slightly over does one of the characters speech impedements (I won't say too much incase I spoil the narritive), to the point where his dialogue is near incomprehencable. Other than that, a fantastic audio book!
It's not often I rate a film better than its Source Material, but this is one such case.
I found this story tedious and in many ways the film by Ridley Scott made way more sense.
The Narrator was by far the most annoying to listen to. Some voices and accents he did very well, but listening to him speak for Mason, Barney or Cordell is absolute torture.
Apparently Cordell has a slightly Swiss accent? The Narrator made him sound 100% South African! I know since I am one. It's just weird.
I can't say I could recommend this Audiobook to anyone I'm afraid.
The story is fantastic and a great continuation of the Hannibal thread. It's rich in descriptive details that enhance your imagination throughout. The one letdown was the narrator. After listening to southern tones of the readers in Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, it was very jarring to be subjected to the american/British accent of this narrator, so much so that at times it took me away from the story because I started to think about that instead. The pace was completely correct but the tone was not right. For me it let it down.
"Ridiculously intrusive narration"
I have read and enjoyed this book. I was so looking forward to enjoying the Audible version on my runs but I am not sure if I can finish it. The narrators accent is so jarring, it distracts me from the story. This has never bothered me about an audio book before and I really didn't think it would make that much difference but it makes listening so much hard work! Please let me know if there is another version.
"How can you go wrong with Hannibal Lector?"
Yes I would. It is not only well written, but it translates well into an audio book
that it was unabridged
Can't really say the whole book was good
At least he pronounced a lot of the words correctly as some audible books have mispronounciations
"EXCEPTIONALY WELL READ- A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO."
ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I CAN REMEMBER, ONE ACTUALLY SIDES WITH A CANNIBAL, MURDERER- IN CONTRAST TO A DECENT UPBRINGING.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO- BECAUSE OF THE VENGENCE THE PERSON WRONGED GETS.
NO NONE, HOWVER THE PERON WHO READS THE TRILOGY
THE HUNGER GAMES, ETC., IS ENOUGH TO PUT ONE OFF BUYING AN AUDIBLE BOOK FOREVER-ABSOLUTELY USELESS- MAYBE THAT MADE DANIEL CARROL EVEN BETTER.
CLARISA - SHE GETS CURED ( PEACE OF MIND )FROM DR. HANNIBAL AND VICE VERSA
"The best book of the series"
I would definitely listen to this book again. I have read it once in printed form and will likely listen to the audiobook again in the medium term. I believe it to be if not the best, the most interesting book from the Thomas Harris series.
The characters - with the exception of Clarice Starling almost every character in the book is despicable. They are a very colourful bunch of people to say the least.
He is a wonderful narrator, his narration of the faceless, lipless and severly crippled Mason Verger was exactly what I would have imagined from the printed version.
A Cheerful Homecoming
Love the ending.. which flies in the face of popular opinion. A great and unexpected ending to a wonderful series of stories.
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