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Summary

'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

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  • Gemma
  • Radlett, United Kingdom
  • 25-05-12

Excellent story

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.

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  • Alison
  • ABERDEEN, United Kingdom
  • 13-06-13

Enjoyed this, struggled with some of the narration

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.

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Possibly my favourite of the Lecter novels

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.

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Excellent

Excellent end to the trilogy, very good narration, except some of the speech from Mason. Which at times was very difficult to understand.
Overall a very good performance.

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Hannibal

My first audible book and I loved it!

Great performance from Daniel Gerroll - only wish now that he read all the other Hannibal books!

Don’t be put off by Mason’s voice, you take a little while to get into it. I don’t agree with other listeners who have written that they wish they read his voice normally - I think that without Mason’s authentic voice it would ultimately of detracted from the character of Mason and wouldn’t of had the same effect on me.

Such wonderful and complex characters- I’ve always been obsessed with the character of Hannibal since I was young and watched the movies. This book however expanded on Hannibal’s character even more and made me appreciate the character even more (if that was at all possible) strange that after all Hannibal does you are still drawn to him and actually route for him throughout the book unlike Mason who is even more despicable then depicted in the films - Great writing by Harris.

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Brilliant, but not what it says on the tin.

Cover says read by the author, would've liked that. Ending seriously blows ones socks off!

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Hmmmm

I love the character. Red Dragon is a perfect example of the genre. Silence of the Lambs has maybe a slightly less interesting protagonist. Hannibal borders of self indulgent, particularly the scenes in Florence. As Harris says about the Doctor, "he won't deny himself". It's almost as if Harris is talking about himself instead. It does peak when all the major players are in orbit, but that ending...I can't decide if it horrified me because it was meant to or because it's awful. Left a bad taste in the mouth at any rate. The narrator commits to Mason but given the medium it's actually hard at times to follow, and his Barney is, well, odd. And to be honest this reading of Hannibal is a little too Anthony Hopkins for my liking.

If you can get past Florence, it picks up but be prepared for the finale. The TV show does it far better.

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Controversial sequel to The Silence of the Lambs

Where as Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs were police procedurals with slight horror movie overtones here Harris writes a straight up gothic horror with slight police procedural overtones. What was hinted at as merely sub-text in the previous book - i.e. the chemistry between the Lecter and Starling characters - here becomes one of the main driving forces of the plot. Harris' meticulous research, characterisation and plotting are as good as ever - this is a very entertaining story - however at nearly double the length of the previous novels it is a little over written and bloated.
The narrator Daniel Gerroll I can only assume has never seen the film versions as he makes no attempt to sound anything like how the characters have previously been established. In deed his portrayal of Mason Verger is particularly one-note and frustrating to listen to in contrast to Gary Oldman's exquisite interpretation.
There are some great moments in the novel. The scenes with the pigs and the whole brain eating dinner party and resolution to the plot does have and almost blackly comic feel and I did stick with it right to the end.

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great reading

The story and reading are very good. The only thing I don't like is an error in the recording. Chapter 32 ends mid-sentence and chapter 33 picks up a few seconds later in the scene. I would have given 5 stars overall otherwise, but I expect audiobooks to have better editing than that. If it had been a climactic scene I'd have given the book the lowest rating.

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Hannibal

Utterly brilliant and bar far the finest book I've read or listened too. I'll read/listen again. Utterly fantastic!!

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  • Laurie Hall
  • 16-02-17

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.

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  • The Rubber Kitty
  • 26-08-14

How can you go wrong with Hannibal Lector?

Would you listen to Hannibal again? Why?

Yes I would. It is not only well written, but it translates well into an audio book

What did you like best about this story?

that it was unabridged

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't really say the whole book was good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

see above

Any additional comments?

At least he pronounced a lot of the words correctly as some audible books have mispronounciations

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  • andrea
  • 05-09-12

EXCEPTIONALY WELL READ- A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO.

Would you listen to Hannibal again? Why?

ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I CAN REMEMBER, ONE ACTUALLY SIDES WITH A CANNIBAL, MURDERER- IN CONTRAST TO A DECENT UPBRINGING.

What other book might you compare Hannibal to and why?

THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO- BECAUSE OF THE VENGENCE THE PERSON WRONGED GETS.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Gerroll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Who was the most memorable character of Hannibal and why?

CLARISA - SHE GETS CURED ( PEACE OF MIND )FROM DR. HANNIBAL AND VICE VERSA

Any additional comments?

THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE,

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  • Chris
  • 17-07-12

The best book of the series

Would you listen to Hannibal again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Daniel Gerroll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you could rename Hannibal, what would you call it?

A Cheerful Homecoming

Any additional comments?

Love the ending.. which flies in the face of popular opinion. A great and unexpected ending to a wonderful series of stories.