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I have always felt this is one of the few movies faithful to the book. But one must listen to the hypnotic narration by Frank Muller for a different take on the story. It would be ludicrous to summarize this tale, we all know it. But there are some aspects of the book that just could not fit into the time limit of the movie. The FBI bureaucracy and it's internal politics makes the listener fear the investigation will suddenly come to a screeching halt. The book shows how Agent Starling is willing to put her career on the line to stop the killing. It also deals with the terminal illness of Jack Crawford's wife and the stress it puts him under. The biggest difference between book and movie is that Buffalo Bill is actually more terrifying and sinister that Hannibal Lecter. Buffalo Bill is still on the loose(for most of the novel) and still on a killing spree. In the end Clarice Starling is the more interesting character, not Hannibal the Cannibal, because of her constant fight against a law enforcement world dominated by men and her ability to change, grow and thrive in it.
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Frank Muller was DESTINED to read this book to us. Plain and simple. The book itself is brilliant, but his reading takes it to a level that I didn't even think was possible! He nails Lector, and is PERFECT as Buffalo Bill (the other bad guy). By the way, to have TWO characters as iconic as Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill in the same book is quite an accomplishment unto itself. They are so different, and yet so perfectly dark in all the right ways. I found myself laughing quite a bit at Buffalo Bill's lines, but that's even more credit to how superb Muller's reading was.
If you loved the movie...even if you JUST WATCHED the movie... get this audiobook! It is top 5 on Audible, in my opinion.
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