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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Harris Narrator: Kathy Bates Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hannibal Lecter Series Release Date: October 1988 ISBN: 9780743546041
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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction who scared the world silent. A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind -- in the deadly search for a serial killer . . .

An instant classic of chilling psychological suspense . . . a critically acclaimed audio production of unforgettable intensity . . . From the tormenting words of the homicidal maniac Dr. 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A virtual textbook on the craft of suspense. A masterwork of sheer momentum that rockets seamlessly towards its climaxHarris is quite simply the best suspense novelist working today.”

    Washington Post

  • “Fast paced...intriguing...exciting.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Harris understands the crafting of literary terror as very few writers do; readers who put themselves in his good, coldblooded hands will lose sleep, and demand a sequel.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For even the most jaded reader, the sustained and masterfully underplayed terror of this work will prove haunting. Harris places his clues with precision, and his characterizations…are superbly developed and richly complex.” 

    Booklist

  • Winner of the 1988 Bram Stoker Award
  • Winner of the 1989 Anthony Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1989 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/1/2014

    " Loved it. Makes the movie look plain at points, and viceversa. I have mixed feelings, but love both. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/29/2014

    " One of the best series I've ever read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sallie | 1/25/2014

    " Although I read this book (twice) years ago and have seen the movie many times, the character of serial killer Hannibal Lecter still makes my blood run cold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 1/21/2014

    " Another that goes on the list of the book is soooo much better than the movie, as will all of the books that go along with this one. I love the freaky, insane genious of Dr. Lector and I really believe that he had as true feelings as much as a person like him is able for Clarice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dankha Fiennes H | 1/18/2014

    " I love this book very much...very smart concept, i found the book very dinamic, Doctor Lecter is always so delightful to read.. the whole prision, the true of the caracter of human being i found here... it is in the whole world, bad people...smart and stupid people! Brilliant Harris! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/15/2014

    " This book is now really famous but I read it before the films and the hype...still a good book...but not as great as some might feel it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/20/2013

    " Gruesome? Yes, but VERY well-written. Edge-of-your-seat story, and just as much of a psychological thriller as anything else. Loved the movie AND the book - that's rare for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/29/2013

    " It scared me when I read it. One of the better books by Thomas Harris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/21/2013

    " The book scared the crap out of me. The movie reminded me of how scary the book was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 11/21/2013

    " This is an incredibly disturbing book, but the series is great. This book was compelling and really difficult to put down! "

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

    " This was very twisted. Interesting psychology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 9/5/2013

    " i was slightly disappointed with this book. I have seen and liked the movie and im of that perception that most books are better than the film. therefore i naturally thought this would be even better in print. it wasn't a bad book though and im still planing to read the other books in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shilpa Gottumukkala | 6/27/2013

    " this book has kept me awake till the wee hours of the morning..I couldn't sleep before completing the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Quadroy | 5/27/2013

    " For all the thriller writers out there, this is the bible. Read it, study it; for without a doubt, it is the perfect thriller. And it's a damn great read too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 7/10/2012

    " I had a nice review, but GR ate it. Can we please get a fucking auto-save? That would be hella nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Duggan | 6/12/2012

    " at first it was a slow start and took awhile for something to happen, but once it did it really picked up and was a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 3/15/2012

    " Overall a very good and interesting read. And the flow is much better than that of Red Dragon. The only thing that stops Silence of the Lambs from being fantastic is the annoying qualities of a few of the secondary characters (Senator Martin in particular). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan | 2/27/2012

    " As always different from the book. So much around to add a realistic texture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amycado | 10/12/2011

    " Do like. Need to buy the others now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrien | 8/4/2011

    " Not bad. Clearly the author did a lot of research; there was solid writing and wonderful characters. Dr. Lecter was a treat. But still, basically a thriller. One of the better ones, but not great literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 5/19/2011

    " This is so chillingly well done that you can't stand to keep reading but you can't stop. Don't take this on vacation with you if you're going someplace you don't know well, because it will freak you out so bad you'll only want to sit in your room the whole trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/17/2011

    " It scared me when I read it. One of the better books by Thomas Harris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/12/2011

    " All I remember about this book, aside from liking it, is that it was so gross that when the movie came out I refused to see it - and I still haven't. Reading it was enough - seeing it would be too much! :-S "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willeke | 5/12/2011

    " Scary and breathtaking at the same time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 4/30/2011

    " Not bad. Just like the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kmann | 4/26/2011

    " Book flows with even pace and covers some wide angles - lots of people which made it hard to keep track of. I was unable to predict the twists and turns - we ended up with an anti-climax which was sharp and a quick way to end the book on a good footing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 4/20/2011

    " Well-written and truly scary. One of the best modern horror books around. That is is also a good mystery doesn’t hurt. "

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

    " Loved this book as well.Lector continues to be a great anti hero! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/5/2011

    " Really quite good. The book successfully fills in the plot holes that were left gaping in the movie, and yeah I know I should be comparing them the other way around. I'm already sick of the characters, though, so I don't think I'll be reading the various pre- and sequel novels. "

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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

Kathy Bates is an actress and film director. She has received a Tony Award nomination, an Academy Award nomination, and she has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors. Her television work has resulted in twelve Emmy Award nominations, two of which were for her starring role on the television series Harry’s Law and most recently, a win for her highly praised appearance on FX’s horror-thriller series American Horror Story. She also won an Emmy Award for her portrayal as the ghost of Charlie Harper on CBS’ comedy series Two and a Half Men, a role formerly portrayed by Charlie Sheen.