Invite Hannibal Lecter into the palace of your mind and be invited into his mind palace in turn. Note the similarities in yours and his, the high vaulted chambers of your dreams, the shadowed halls, the locked storerooms where you dare not go, the scrap of half-forgotten music, the muffled cries from behind a wall.
In one of the most eagerly anticipated literary events of the decade, Thomas Harris takes us once again into the mind of a killer, crafting a chilling portrait of insidiously evolving evil—a tour de force of psychological suspense.
Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams.
Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too, and is obsessed with revenge. He was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and he has survived to rule his own butcher's empire. From his respirator, Verger monitors every twitch in his worldwide web. Soon he sees that to draw the doctor, he must have the most exquisite and innocent-appearing bait; he must have what Dr. Lecter likes best.
Powerful, hypnotic, utterly original, Hannibal is a dazzling feast for the imagination. Prepare to travel to hell and beyond as a master storyteller permanently alters the world you thought you knew.
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Great book, stellar reading...one of the best audiobooks ever!
I'm happy to see this unabridged edition of HANNIBAL on iTunes. The abridged version is read by the author, and as fine a novelist as Thomas Harris is, he simply is not a good reader. This fellow, Daniel Gerroll, gives a bravura performance that, in my opinion, rivals some of the greatest marriages of narrator and novel ever (i.e., Jeremy Irons reading LOLITA). His Hannibal voice wisely evokes the mighty Hopkins, and he gives fine vocal characterizations to the rest of the dramatis personae. Br warned, however: those only familiar with the movie will be VERY surprised with the novel. It is quite different, shockingly so. In fact, Jodie Foster was so outraged that she turned down $20 million to reprise the role of Clarice Starling in the movie version, even though significant changes were made. Anthony Hopkins was only on screen for about 30 minutes in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. That story was mainly about Clarice. This focuses squarely on Hannibal, with Clarice taking a secondary role. And the villain is so vile (Gary Oldman in the movie) you actually find yourself rooting for Hannibal. My only problem is I bought the long out-of-print audio cassette edition for one thin dime. Do I want to upgrade to digital on an audiobook I already have in these hard times? Maybe iTunes will reduce it to $5.95 in one of their limitied time sales at some point. I can wait, I suppose...
End of the book is missing!!!
I love this book, and I was very excited when they finally put this the unabridged version on iTunes. However this version just cuts off at the end of Chapter.97??? There is more book!!, but thats all it gives you is end of chapter 97 and then audible thanks you for your purchase. I will be lodging a complaint and will improve my rating when/if it is fixed.
The Master is damaged….Don't buy until it is fixed. I got a refund.
As another person reported in the ratings (and I missed it) the master is damaged and the book ends before the climax (for those of you who have read the book). It stops at chapter 97. For those who saw the movie but didn't read the book, the ending of the book is very very very different. (I should put six more very's in there).
So ITUNES when are you going to fix this?