Hannibal Rising : Hannibal Lecter

  • by Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by Thomas Harris
  • Series: Hannibal Lecter
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He is one of the most haunting characters in all of literature.At last the evolution of his evil is revealed.
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.
He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.
Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.
Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.
But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.
He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death's prodigy.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Harris is a horrible narrator

In the hands of a skilled narrator, even a mediocre novel can be brought to life in unexpected ways. Sad to say, this is indeed a mediocre novel, despite my high hopes that it would be otherwise.

With author Thomas Harris narrating, Hannibal Rising becomes almost unbearable. His otherwise charming Southern accent is a mismatch for the European locales of the book and his voice lacks the proper nuance for moments of both tenderness and of gripping evil. The end result is a grating and irritating experience.

I really wish I could file a positive report here, but this listen is just completely sapped of all life by the author's flat reading.
Read full review

- James Ball

Needs Professional Voice

This is a remarkably well written story of a very dark character. Laying the foundation that gives a deeper in-site into Hannibal that will add a meaningful depth to the later stories. Not just a "hole filler" or "gore fest" but a good story that also stands by it self. A must for Hannibal Fans.
Having the author narrate is a mistake. He is flat and emotionless in voice and his Southern American accent gets in the way of the European backdrop of the story. Persons of like accent or a more familiar ear to this accent may get past this poor choice in narrative. A trained voice would have made the telling of this story more spellbinding as the story itself is of that quality.
Read full review

- Terrance Hanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio