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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.
Serial thriller: don't miss more from Thomas Harris.
©2006 Yazoo Fabrications, Inc. (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 12-12-06


I liked the idea of hearing about what made Hannibal the sociopath, it was interesting how Thomas Harris portrayed him as a severely damaged child. The book was a bit disjointed, and it was difficult sometimes to keep track of all the names (being a visual person, I have a much easier time reading when there are lots of characters). The one major downfall was actually the narrator, and while I know it was the author himself, his southern accent really threw me off when I was trying to get into a Eastern European story, and his French and German accents were even more distracting. I appreciate his involvement, but I think another narrator would have served better. It is a good book, however, and I recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terrance Hanna on 06-30-07

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.

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