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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77,850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Harris Narrator: Thomas Harris, Chris Sarandon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hannibal Lecter Series Release Date: March 1989 ISBN: 9780743545778
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A quiet summer night, a neat suburban house … and another innocent, happy family is shattered—the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.

All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer’s tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago. As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham’s feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Red Dragon is an engine designed for one purpose—to make the pulse pound, the heart palpitate, the fear glands secrete.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A gruesome, graphic, gripping thriller…Extraordinarily harrowing.” 

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Irresistible…A shattering thriller…Readers should buckle themselves in for a long night’s read because from the first pages…Harris grabs hold.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The high-profile film based on the original book lacked much of what this finely rendered audiobook possesses—subtlety, an informative and meaningful backstory, and reasonably believable characters. The film’s shorthand robbed this story of a multitude of vital points, but enjoying Chris Sarandon’s well-planned and controlled performance allows the whole story to shine through.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.i.m.i.c.a.o.t.i.c | 2/19/2014

    " Loved it, Wish the movie had some of the stuff in the book..the cut some stuff out.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 2/8/2014

    " Wow! Wanna be scared to death? Then you'd better read 'Red Dragon'. This was the first in the Hannibal Lecter series and I wasn't disappointed. A gripping, scary and frightening novel!! This would be a great book to be reading out in the woods, by flashlight in a tent!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/5/2014

    " I read these three harris books (red dragon, silence of the lambs, hannibal) in order and enjoyed them all. Good, solid mysteries with interesting characters. Also a very good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 1/28/2014

    " I read this novel one weekend in the spring. I basically dropped everything and read on my couch for three tension-filled days. It's the kind of story where the antagonist is humanized just enough to draw sympathy yet you feel terrible for rooting for him considering the horrible crime he commits. Dollar Hyde, the serial killer of this suspense story, offers a demented character but ultimately, he walks in the shadow of Hannibal Lecter. He is humanized in the way that his evil qualities are deconstructed and, at times, justified. Not many of us can relate with his physical deformities and way of thinking, but his reaction to trauma is very understandable. Thomas Harris follows suit with the suspense genre in working backwards from the critical moment of murder to the events leading up to it and to the killer himself. The story of the murder is framed within the stories of the serial killer on the run and the detective in pursuit of the mystery. Furthermore, his movement towards some sort of transformation is wonderfully paced in the way he is distinguishing himself from Hannibal, modeling him, and contesting the detective, Will Graham. This highly dynamic character of his is constantly moving and in terms of narrative, this gives Dollar Hyde a dark sense of depth. It makes you want to separate the killer from the crime. Probably the main source of suspense that I found is in the interplay between hostile space and secure space. A setting as simple as a home, not a surprise, can easily become a place of danger. I thought it was interesting how these spaces are attacked. The victims in the novel are preyed upon in ways that they don't expect and the order of Graham's discoveries gave me that very self-aware feeling. For a week or so, I felt like I was being watched-- constantly glancing behind me, peaking outside the blinds and clarifying that the people on the phone were exactly who they claimed to be. Reading this novel is pure masochism. The spectacle of murder is placed under such a microscope that it creates a sense of fantasy so the interest is a strange feeling, and the characters are so well-twisted that it's hard not to wonder where they are going mentally and to track them with readied interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soni | 1/19/2014

    " Maybe I am secretly a horror novel. It is a bit grisley but I totally got into this book. I thought I had figured it all out and the author threw me for a loop. Looking back I realized I let the author lead me to my conclusions knowingly and then picked me up, threw everything around, shook it up some more and then I was left dazed but realizing that was the plan all along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 1/18/2014

    " If you liked the movie and thought you would read the book for some added content, Don't bother movie book the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 1/12/2014

    " I read this book twice. It originally was published as "The Red Dragon" and then about ten years later it was re-published as "Manhunter". I enjoyed both times I read the book. I've read all of Thomas Harris' Dr. Lecture books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Lawrence | 1/12/2014

    " Probably my least favorite of the three books in the trilogy but still really entertaining in and of itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. Alexander | 11/19/2013

    " Best crime novel ever. Unbelievably creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Morgan | 11/10/2013

    " The characters were especially vibrant, but the story unraveled a little at the end. But, it's an enjoyable quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francis Riley | 10/29/2013

    " It was interesting, slightly weird and worth the read but not exactly life changing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 10/24/2013

    " Along with Silence of the Lambs, this book is Thomas Harris at his best. Don't read it in the house alone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Vedder | 10/14/2013

    " Read this before Manhunter movie came out. SO I had a heads up. Neither movie does book justice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukasz Glinka | 10/13/2013

    " Absolute Classics. The studies of worst features of human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Duncan | 10/4/2013

    " A very well-written and horrifyingly scary novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carla | 5/7/2013

    " not much of a psychological thriller or much else. memorable moment was a concise and accurate description of gas chromatography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilkay Gregory | 12/5/2012

    " Unexpected end. Silence of the lambs next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 10/5/2012

    " Not as good as Silence of the Lambs, but still chilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peacheytree | 9/26/2012

    " Definintely on part with Silence of the Lambs, if not somewhat better. I enjoyed how much Thomas Harris got into the mind of the killer, which he has to sacrifice somewhat in Silence of the Lambs in order to get more into the portrait of Hannibal Lecter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/5/2012

    " My favorite in the Lechter series. Classic serial killer, demented but brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnold James Isbister | 5/17/2012

    " Loved the mystery, investigation and insight into a warped mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 4/18/2012

    " I love this series even though I am not a fan of the horror genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2011

    " book was totally different from the movie but still totally twisted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Lynn | 12/29/2011

    " One of the best i have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/12/2011

    " I have read all the Hannibal novels and found them good. It is a creepy kind of book and one that I would not read numerous times. I liked this one the best of the three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 6/15/2011

    " I enjoyed the bood. I found it to be the scariest of the Lecter series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hera | 6/9/2011

    " I read this before the movie came out so it was probably more of a gem to me. It fills in the gaps the movie failed to address about the motivations of the killer(i.e. his horrible childhood, evil grandmother, etc). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarod | 5/18/2011

    " i thought this book was really good, i especially enjoyed the movie (2001) it followed the book precisely, rather than Manhunter which sucked "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwight | 5/13/2011

    " This was one of the few books i literally couldn't put down. I think this is the perfect example of what a thriller should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willeke | 5/12/2011

    " Maybe even better than Silence of the Lambs, just maybe... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/8/2011

    " The best Thomas Harris book, IMHO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/4/2011

    " Thomas Harris, by far, is my favorite author. This is where he introduced Hannibal. OMG, this book was so damn good and I couldn't put it down. I believe I read this in 2 days. The movie was good too, but the book is always better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 5/2/2011

    " Better than Hannibal, not as good as Silence of the Lambs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/28/2011

    " "Red Dragon" is a great crime thriller. Well-written, superbly plotted, a true page-turner. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading "The Silence of the Lambs." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/19/2011

    " Intro to Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs). A serial killer story with a lot of psychological writing and forensic investigations. I don't care that much for this type of book. It did end with a surprise though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djdee | 4/18/2011

    " Found this book very suspenseful.Lector is a great ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 4/18/2011

    " This book scared the hell out of me..It is just downright creepy, yet so good that I made it a point to finish it...Loved Silence of the Lambs too... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 4/10/2011

    " A long time ago, I had a good friend working on a degree in criminology, with a professor that recommended this book as a novelized look into the mind a form of a serial killer. This book truly was the 'one' that opened the door of Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sid | 4/8/2011

    " Read this book sometime back, after reading Silence of the Lambs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 4/2/2011

    " I liked this book. It was dark and different than I expected, but I had a hard time putting it down. There were some slow spots, but on the whole, it was a very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 3/31/2011

    " Interesting twisted tail. Anything Hannibal just tends to spark my interest. "

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