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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77,677 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Harris Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hannibal Lecter Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442353459
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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

  • “Warning! If you’re subject to nightmares, don’t read it!”

    Colorado Springs Sun

  • “An unforgettable thriller.”

    New York Daily News

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louanne | 2/9/2014

    " Still think about this book sometimes. Scared me. "

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

    " This one should have gotten a Bram Stoker award too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 1/24/2014

    " Although I seldom listen to audio books this was a good one. Scary without distracting your attention from the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickkie | 1/13/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book so much more than 'Silence of the lambs' more complex much more interesting couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book but wish the author hadn't wrapped up the ending so abruptly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/8/2014

    " The first in the series is a bit rough around the edges, but it unexpectedly turned me on to William Blake's series of watercolors. Guess you'll have to read it to see the connection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaya | 1/6/2014

    " Another middle school read- The Hannibal Lecter book before "Silence of the Lambs." Killer isn't as good as Buffalo Bill. This does have a scary ending though. "Manhunter" the movie is okay but not true to the book and "Red Dragon" is horrible - AND I had to see it by myself because a friend stood me up and I was reviewing it for school paper. Ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/5/2014

    " I liked this much better the second time around. The first time I read it, I had already seen the movie, and the writing style didn't work for me so well in that situation. But this was an enjoyable piece of mystery/detective fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Crist | 12/31/2013

    " This book was a very good book,but a little dissapointing, only because Hannibal/Hannibal Rising were like perfect and this one just seemed to lack in something. One thing about Red Dragon I did like was the investigative side of it, and how it feels sort of like a dark CSI book. I would advise this book to anyone who likes investigative/detective/thrillers/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/19/2013

    " A good, suspenseful read that adds depth to the superb movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 11/15/2013

    " Finally finished. Glad this book wasn't the first I read in the series. I would not have read any of the others had that been the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 11/14/2013

    " 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 Rebekkila | 11/12/2013

    " Very creepy characters in this book. I found it hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/27/2013

    " The disappointing prequel to The Silence of the Lambs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 9/30/2013

    " A suspenseful and thrilling story that introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter. Brilliantly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 9/16/2013

    " An excellent novel by Thomas Harris. To be honest, having seen the movie I expected the role of Dr. Lecter to be much more pronounced and was disappointed in that regard. However, this did not diminish my enjoyment of a well-crafted and tightly-written novel of horror and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 5/25/2013

    " My least favorite of the Harris books, but nonetheless great. Dolarhyde is a wonderful villain, but no match for Hannibal. I cannot read what Lecter says without the voice of Anthony Hopkins speaking the lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 5/8/2013

    " What can I say? I love Hannibal Lecter. This is the kind of trash I think it's awesome to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krissy | 4/25/2013

    " It was a quick read. I thought most of the characters were rather 2D though. I was also disappointed that Lector didn't play a bigger role. It was a decent read in any case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 2/15/2013

    " Great read. I expected to read a little more about Dr. Lecter, but nonetheless, the writing and character building was fantastic. Not for the faint of heart. Some very gruesome scenes. Also, just when you think you know what's going on, something unexpected happens. Not predictable in the least! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Terry | 1/18/2013

    " Good book but really no difference from the movie. Worth the read but don't watch the movie first if you can help it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/20/2012

    " Call me nuts but I just love this series... I read this one first because I wanted to read it before Hannibal came out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Morris | 10/14/2012

    " Better-than-average detective paperback, but not much better. Amazing that this blossomed into such an incredible series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarod | 9/13/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 7/17/2012

    " Get ready to leave the light on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 7/5/2012

    " enjoyed both the book and the (2002?) movie... "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris began his writing career as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was published in 1975, but he is best known for his works featuring doctor Hannibal Lecter. The first four of his Hannibal Lecter novels have been made into films, most famously with actor Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal; the film version of his book The Silence of the Lambs swept the Academy Awards in 1991, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.