Hannibal series of books were written by Thomas Harris. The series consist of four books, which revolve around the life of a cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter who is also a psychiatrist and a sophisticated serial killer.
Thomas Harris choice of modern literature and the genre of horror, psychology, suspense and thriller has fascinated his fans and thus increased the popularity of the Hannibal series. His choice of suitable characterization of scenes and the characters has also promoted the release of the audio books since the reader is supposed to captivate the listener so as to continue listening to the story.
All the series have been made into audio books, which are Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. Some of the audio books have been narrated by Thomas Harris himself while others have been read by other people. Moreover, some sites may have abridged or unabridged version of the audio-book or both.
With the abundance of Smartphones, PCs, and a fast internet connection, downloading has been made easier to most people.
Hannibal Audio-Book I: Red Dragon
The audio version introduces the listener to a hypersensitive former FBI detective, Will Graham, who seeks the help of a psycho psychiatrist Lecter for clues to catching a killer on the loose.
Will Graham had actually quit the FBI after he was captured by Hannibal Lecter who almost killed him. The FBI needs Graham’s insight and Graham on the other hand needs Lecter’s genius to get hold of a serial killer who is butchering entire families. Due to this, Lecter takes advantage of the whole situation and manipulates both the killer and Graham at large from his cell.
Red Dragon audio book is narrated in English by Alan Slar.
The version was published by Simon and Schuster Audio on 9th march. 2012.
It is unabridged and 12 hrs 6 mins long.
The program type is Audio book.
The narrator possesses the ability to assume the personality, desires and intentions of a wide array of different characters in three dimensional and fascinating ways. This book is recommended for anyone who not only loves literature but also loves the genre of fiction, thriller and psychological horror revolving around crime and mystery as brought out in the Red Dragon.
Hannibal Audio-Book II: The Silence Of The Lambs
The narrator introduces a serial killer dubbed “Buffalo Bill” because he has the habit of kidnapping overweight women, starving them for some days and then strikes by killing, skinning and dumping the remains in a nearby river.
Clarice Starling of the FBI’s behavioral science section is assigned to conduct a psychological profile of Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal is a psychiatrist who has been imprisoned for nine consecutive life sentences in a mental institution for serial murder. Lecter is reluctant at cooperating with Clarice but finally gives in to help find Bill.
The audio book is read by Frank Muller.
It was published by Simon and Schuster Audio on 7th April, 2011.
The audio version is unabridged and last for 10 hrs and 44 mins.
The program type is audiobook and is narrated in English.
This thriller audio book is not only entertaining but it also stimulates the intellect. The incredibly captivating antagonist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is depicted as a leading psychiatrist, cannibalistic and a walking paradox who manages to diagnose everyone else and read them like a book. Dr. Lecter is a favorite character even though he is a cannibalistic.
Hannibal Audio-Book III: Hannibal
In this audio version, we are treated to the author’s unique and riveting interpretation of his characters’ voices and personalities.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter poses as a scholar and lives a good life in Florence, with no intention of killing anyone as it has always been his norm. The FBI together with Clarice trail on him and he is nearly captured. Mason Verger, another monster who was accused of molesting his own children but managed to avoid jail term provided he sought psychiatric treatment with Dr. Lecter, is also in pursuit of Hannibal Lecter for vengeance.
The narrator of Hannibal Audio-book is the novelist himself, Thomas Harris.
The audio-book is published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio and was released on 14th July, 2000.
Its audio length is 6 hours and the version is abridged.
Program type is audio-book and is produced in English.
Hannibal Audio-Book IV: Hannibal Rising
In this audio version, one is treated to the author’s unique and riveting interpretation of his characters’ voices and personalities.
The narrator introduces us to the childhood life of Hannibal Lecter which facilitated his current personality. Through glimpses of Lecter’s early life, one discovers how Lecter came to be a highly educated and cultured man as well as a cold-blooded killer.
The audio book was published by Random House Audio and released on 28th November, 2006.
The version is unabridged and the listening length is 7 hours 3 minutes long.
The narration is in English.
The narration is however, devoid of suspense, characterization or the scenic descriptions that made Harris work so enjoyable. As an avid fan of Thomas Harris’s work, the book is great because of the mastery of image and the language which has a fascinating touch of modern literature.
The book has a thoughtful plot since it answers the questions about what actually led Dr. Hannibal Lecter to have such as a personality.
How to Listen
Download the free Audible app to listen on any Smartphone operating systems i.e. iPhone, android or windows phone, or on computers and MP3. Alternatively, one can look for the audio-books tab on Kindle Fire.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between abridged and unabridged titles?
A: Unabridged audio book consists of the book in its entirety, exactly as it was written. No content is edited or omitted.
Abridged audio book is a shortened version of the original. They may be condensed due to time constraints or some other reason.
Q: How long will my download take?
A: The answer is based on the variety of factors and depends primarily on one’s internet provider’s speed a high speed internet connection such as that of Fiber Optic is recommended for fast downloading.
With an average audio book length of about 10-12 hours, roughly 300-400 megabytes and a 7 Megabit broadband connection to one’s PC or Mac, the download session can take approximately 6-7 minutes.