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  • Hannibal Lecter, Book 1
  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,964 ratings)
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Red Dragon

By: Thomas Harris
Narrated by: Alan Sklar
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Summary

A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered - the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.

All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago.

As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham's feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terror.

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.

©1981 Thomas Harris (P)2014 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"The best popular novel published since The Godfather." (Stephen King)
"Completely gripping." ( Time Out)
"Something out of the ordinary for strong nerves and stomachs, an intricately crafted chiller." ( Observer)

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Good book. But the narrator ruined it. Did not do the film or paperback justice.

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Fantastic! As a fan of the books, films and series

Narration was great, not annoying or dull. THE GREAT *BREATHES DEEPLY* RED *BREATHES DEEPLY* DRAGONNNN!!

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Sensational & Suspenseful

Fantastic narration and a gripping plot that never failed to impress at every turn! My initial interest in the book came from avidly watching the Hannibal tv series starring Madds Mickelson. As I delved into this beautifully narrated story I found that the tv show paid great homage to the book and it's thrilling yet steady pace.

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Great story

Great story kept me interested with each turn page leaving you with a happy customer

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Brilliant, as expected

After enjoying Silence of the Lambs so much, decided to come back and try Red Dragon, which I knew a lot less about. All I can say is Thomas Harris is a brilliant writer. His words flow so easily, the descriptions so clear yet not overwhelming, it’s like listening to a movie.

Without getting into spoilers, the plight of Dolarhyde was actually really compelling, not just some killer - a real complex character with a history filled out with interesting checkpoints.

The narrator of this book was very good, his pace was perfect - the only thing is he sometimes struggles to make some male characters sound different, so you can lose track of who is speaking - but that’s a very minor complaint on my part.

Highly recommended.

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Great listen

Well narrated, and really absorbing story. Will definitely be moving into 'Silence of the Lambs'

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Great Book read by a Caramel Voice, class.

Alqays loved these Book so a joy to listen to, The Man reading has the perfect Voice for this.

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it was a really interesting story ! the narrator did an excellent job of reading as well. I really loved the whole thing !!

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Compelling Listening

The presentation and pace of the narration is well constructed and justly delivered bringing life to an engrossing storyline. I much enjoyed this book and will seek out other Thomas Harris books and those narrated by Alan Sklar.

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Absolutely gripping

A fantastic story, an interesting protagonist, monstrous characters and a twisting plot. All read fantastically by a brilliant narrator

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