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The Silence of the Lambs

25th Anniversary Edition: Hannibal Lecter, Book 2
Narrated by: Frank Muller
Series: Hannibal Lecter Series, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thomas Harris’ legendary best-seller, Audible presents The Silence of the Lambs, with a new introduction written and read by the author himself.

An FBI trainee. A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes. And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim...

Seeking insight into the deadly madman she must find, FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a monster cannibal held in a hospital for the criminally insane. As Dr. Lecter invites Clarice into the darkest chambers of his mind, he forces her to confront her own childhood demons in return for knowledge; an unspeakable tuition he exacts to teach her how the monster thinks. But time is running out…

An instant classic of chilling psychological suspense, The Silence of the Lambs will take you from the tormenting words of a homicidal maniac 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.

A native of Mississippi, Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was published in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Rising in 2006.

All the Hannibal Lecter books have been made into films, most notably starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Sky has also produced a television series based on the notorious mass murderer, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy.

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Critic Reviews

"A brilliant, superbly crafted thriller" (James Herbert)
"The great fictional monster of our time" (Stephen King)
"A huge talent" (Ian Rankin)
"The best book I've read in a very long time. Subtle, horrific and splendid" (Roald Dahl)
"Thrillers don't come any better than this. Razor-sharp entertainment, beautifully constructed and brilliantly written. It takes us to places in the mind where few writers have the talent or sheer nerve to venture." (Clive Barker)
"A snapshot from hell" ( Rolling Stone)
"A virtual textbook on the craft of suspense" ( Washington Post)"

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  • James
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 05-04-2018

A first-rate thriller with excellent narration

Harris really knocks this one out of the park. His protagonist, the totally-unflappable Clarice Starling, is tremendously likeable and well-portrayed. Hannibal Lecter is, of course, an all-time classic villain, and the monster-of-the-week serial killer this time around is suitably chilling and discomfiting. Modern audiences will probably find the treatment of transgenderism somewhat uncomfortable, but Harris does at least make a clear, if awkward, effort not to sensationalise the subject. Though the plotting is structured around the thriller formula, Harris still managed to hit me with surprise after surprise, and I was totally riveted through the whole thing.

Frank Muller's narration is nothing short of stellar. He captures all of the characters with their various voices and accents perfectly. I also found Harris' short introduction to be illuminating, even if I'm not sure quite how much of it is actually true.

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An excellent reading of an excellent book

Frank Muller really did a wonderful job catching the nuances of the characters. They were easily distinguishable and true to nature. I am especially a fan of his Lecter voice. Spot on.
The story itself will always be my favourite.

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Excellent

The narrator was perfect. Excellently displayed a wide range of emotion and voices to make this a truly gripping novel.
The story itself was amazing. Hannibal is the evil version of Sherlock Holmes. A superb book

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Loved the book. My only complaint is there seemed to be this humming/buzzing in the background of the narrator constantly! It bugged me a lot at the start, but I guess I got used it to. Just wanting to let people know.

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  • Jae
  • 12-09-2019

Thrillingly, engrossingly terrifying

The narrator was incredible - I loved his performance of Lector and Gumb, and his rendition of Starling was believable and personable. The novel itself was, unsurprisingly, fantastic. I've never seen the movie and had only heard the title, so went in completely blind, and I was enthralled from the beginning. Deftly plotted, well-woven storylines entwined into perfect plot twists. I truly understand why it's become such a classic example of its genre.

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One of my all time favorite books

Gripping story and unforgettable characters. I absolutely Loved this book and have for many years. Highly recommend it to everyone.

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Best narrated audio book

Masterfully narrated. Amazing novel. Keeps you guessing all the way. A great classic. Highly recommending it.

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Riveting book!

Story is compelling, and the book is incredibly well researched. This was a labour of love and passion by Thomas Harris. The performance itself is fantastic, Frank Muller switched between personas seamlessly, and really does Hannibal justice through his eerie and exacting tones. Fantastic!

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A great read

While this has an interesting new intro by the author, nothing else had changed in the 25th anniversary edition. The audio quality remains average and can sometimes have you reaching for the volume. However, this remains a gripping thriller and the narrator does a solid job of bringing it to life.

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Five stars

A great read. In line with the film, as excellent as expected. Intro by Thomas Harris quite interesting.

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  • Amar
  • 28-01-2018

Flawless.

A classic. The narration was well aligned to the content. Well worth the price of the repurchase. Harris's introduction was a delightful aperitif.

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  • charlotte
  • 24-05-2015

Spellbinding listen

What made the experience of listening to The Silence of the Lambs the most enjoyable?

It is a very interesting listen

What other book might you compare The Silence of the Lambs to and why?

I have since gone a thriller kick, and really this is one of the best books of the genre

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You won't regret listening to this book

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  • JamesW
  • 01-12-2013

Superb and chilling

When you listen to an audiobook which has such an iconic film version, I feel sorry for the narrator however in this case, Frank Muller absolutely pulls it off.
Yes Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster made these characters instantly recognisable and while Muller certainly does draw on these performances, he doesn't make it a pastiche, instead adding some of his own nuances whilst still retaining he characters that we know and loathe (love?)

The story itself is excellent and remains chilling even after 25 years, and is a throughly good listen

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  • Mrs
  • 20-07-2015

really enjoyed this, a real thriller

I haven't watched this for many years and was interested to see if it was similar and if it would be as thrilling, it was, probably more so. I will be listening to this again, although listening to all 4 Hannibal books in a row is slightly paranoid making... but good fun.

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  • Ruby Sapphire
  • 25-06-2015

Brilliant<br />

We've all seen the film, and probably read the book, so expectations are high. This gripping thriller, exquisitely read, never disappoints. Highly recommended.





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  • thomas
  • 22-09-2015

loved it

loved it I love every book by Thomas Harris I wish another hannibal story would come soon

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  • michael
  • 07-12-2015

Amongst the finest

True entire Thomas Harris series is a listeners treasure trove to which I return at just the right intervals

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  • Andrew
  • 12-06-2015

Tence and chilling

Loved this book the voice actor portrays Hannibal just how I imagined he would.

Would recommend

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  • Josephine Murray-Smith
  • 30-10-2013

Brilliant - what a treat!!

What did you like most about The Silence of the Lambs?

I enjoyed this so much - even though I have seen the film and read the book, I still found something new in the audio book. The story is one of the best and is added to by the quality of the narration Great stuff!!

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a modern classic. Starling is a true heroine.

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not that I recall but I will look for more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

ERRRR Its been done!

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  • Mr
  • 18-04-2015

Great story - awful quality recording

The story in, every way, is great and I'm now enjoying revisiting all of the books in the series followed by the films.

The only downside, and it's a bigy, is the quality of the recording. It's too quiet and there is a constant white noise background. It sounds as if it's playing from a reel to reel tape! Made listening an effort at times which doesn't suit the multitasking listener at all.

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  • Dr. R. Taylor
  • 01-06-2017

An excellent reads of a good book

Well read and paced. An excellent audiobook. I have read the book, but needed an audiobook for a business trip. No regrets.

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  • Sharon
  • 26-11-2016

Exceptional audiobook

Exceptional thriller audiobook read by master narrator Frank Muller. Highly recommend. This is the special anniversary edition with introduction by author Thomas Harris. Perfect.

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