The Silence of the Lambs

Version: Abridged
Author: Thomas Harris
Narrator: Kathy Bates
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: September 2002
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction who scared the world silent. A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind -- in the deadly search for a serial killer...

An instant classic of chilling psychological suspense...a critically-acclaimed audio production of unforgettable intensity...From the tormenting words of the homicidal maniac Dr. Hannibal Lecter 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.

Reviews (4)


Written by Anonymous on October 22nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book immensely. The movie was better and I would have liked an UNABRIDGED version far better, but the voice actor made it work.

Silence of the Lambs

Written by Chad Koon on July 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really liked this audio book. It was narrated beautifully by Kathy Bates (Misery, The Waterboy) and she did a wonderful job with accents and different voices for various characters. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was the abridged version and not the whole book. It was interesting to see how this differed from the movie. The movie made use of cuts and did things a little differently for the sake of pace, which probably enhanced the material in my opinion, but I'm a definate movie guy. At the same time, I really enjoyed the book and just wish it could've been the unabridged version.

the movie was better

Written by Gabi on January 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is one of those rare occasions where I have to say the movie was better than the book, but still a good read uh - I mean listen.

If you love Lecter . . .

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on July 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well I said this about the other Harris book from the Trilogy that I've rented this is GREAT. I am and I loved it. Had read the book, seen the movie (several times) and STILL loved it. Kathy Bates narrates, and personally, I liked Harris on the other book better. Never would have thought that, but it was true. If you liked the movie, then rent this. If not, who knows!

Author Details

Author Details

Harris, Thomas

"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 and The Silence of The Lambs in 1988."