Book Reviews of Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs
Author: Thomas Harris
ISBN-13: 9780312022822
ISBN-10: 0312022824
Publication Date: 5/19/1999
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
The book is always better--grittier, scarier, more real.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best psychological thrillers ever written, and personally, Thomas Harris' very best work. Bravo!
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Helpful Score: 2
Harris delivers a fast-reading, fascinating crime thriller with Silence of the Lambs. A lot of research went into this book and I found the informational, procedural passages very interesting. The focal characters, Starling, Lecter, and Crawford are compelling and run deeper than the characters you will find in most thrillers. Harris makes you care about Starling and pull for her, without resorting to melodrama. This book is well-written and worth reading, even if you've seen the movie already.
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Helpful Score: 2
Hannibal Lecter is once more sought out for his expertise in serial killers, being as how he is one himself. This time it's a young agent, Clarice Starling, who needs his help in stopping a killer who skins his victims. During the course of the investigation, Clarice must learn a lot about herself and the man who is helping her to save the life of a young hostage. This is the best in the Hannibal Lecter series, by far! If you don't read any other book in this series, read this one. It's even self-contained, so you don't have to worry about getting lost in backstory.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed reading this book and it's alot better than the movie.
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Helpful Score: 1
great book - well written characters
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Helpful Score: 1
LOVE this book! I thought the movie was great too - rare to love movie AND book!
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Scary. Just plain scary. If you haven't seen the movie, where have you been? Wait...that wasn't kind. I meant to say, if you haven't seen the movie (or even if you have), READ THIS. Spare writing style, so it's rather hard to get into the book at first, but once you're in, you're in for a wild ride. Scary. Really scary. Have I mentioned this is scary?
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This is a classic must-read, better than the movie book!
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Loved the movie, but I wondered if it was one of those cases where the book was better. The book is of course, but the movie is still a fantastic adaption. Either way, if you think you don't need to read the book because you've seen the movie, you're wrong. Harris is a master at suspense and its so well written that it's hard to put the book down. There are also enough little details and scenes left out of the movie to keep even the biggest movie buff interested in what's going to happen.
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We all hate Hannibal Lector, but love to read about him. A well written book.
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This book was a good but not exceptional thriller. I thought that the characters of Dr. Lecter and Clarice were sketchy, more of an outline than a portrait (I have not seen the movie, so don't have any comparisons to their portrayal in the film). Fast moving and well-structured plot, solid writing.
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Great thriller!

-K.
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Intense thriller!
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This book was AWESOME.
This was the first of the Hannibal series that I read, and I just loved it.
I am going to read the rest of the series now.
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This book was fast-paced...intriguing...exciting! Synopsis: A psychotic killer is on the loose. To catch him, the FBI need another psychopatic madman who is locked away from society. He is a brilliant, evil genius.
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Totally suspensful and spell-binding and at times horrific. Excellent writing.
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A young FRI trainee. A evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunged into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind- in the deadly search for a serial killer...
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A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psycopath's mind- in the deadly search for a serial killer...
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Excellent thriller
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spinetingling
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Thomas Harris at his best
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I've read all Thomas Harris books, and they're all good reads. I read this after I saw the movie, but like most books/movies, it was different but in a good way.
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Better than the movie. I can't believe that I waited so long to read it.
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One of Thomas Harris' best works and the first real chance we get to "get to know" Dr Hannibal Lector.
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For some reason, I couldn't get into this book. I have seen the movie dozens of times, but I was slightly disappointed by the book. It was overall good, but just not the best in the series.
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Thomas Harris really goes beyond what can be depicted in a mere movie and makes the killer a haunting figure that you'll think of for days - no, years - to come!
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Awesome read! I couldn't put it down.
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Great book. The plot catches me by surprise every time I pick it up.
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A classic thriller.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book! If you enjoyed the 1991 movie, this is a must-read!
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Book type is paperback, don't know why it is listed as unbound.
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Great book, will def read again
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Great book! The best of the Hannibal Lector series.
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From Our Editors
How to capture an insane serial murderer? Why not confront the cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter and probe his twisted mind in an attempt to hunt down your wanted man? Well, that was ambitious FBI agent Clarice Starling's intention. But her scheme opens Clarice to secrets even more frightening and dangerous.

From the Publisher
Listen to the silence...
An instant classic novel 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 F.B.I. novice, who risks her life to track him down and stop the bloodshed.
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This book thrilled me to the end, even though I saw the movie first.
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This book was not bad at all. I wish I'd read it before I'd seen the movie as I would of appreciated the writing alot more (got bored a few times just because I've seen the movie so much). The movie followed the book pretty well, but there is SOOOO much more in the the book that they didn't (or couldn't) put into the movie.
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One of the best, creepiest, murder mystery and profiler books ever! Hannibal is truly a nightmare come to life.
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I have seen the movie many times, but just got around to reading the book. It's an excellent story well worth reading.
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The great novel by Harris, before he lost his way with the sequel books. This one is a suspensful read.
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Harris writes this book, that was later made into the popular movie of the same name, in such a way that the reader is pulled into the story. I found myself halfway through the book before I realized it! The story itself is somewhat of a horrifying thriller. It's a great read when you're looking for something to spook you a little!
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(From Amazon.com) Clarice Starling, a precociously self-disciplined FBI trainee, is dispatched by her boss, Section Chief Jack Crawford, the FBI's most successful tracker of serial killers, to see whether she can learn anything useful from Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter's a gifted psychopath whose nickname is "The Cannibal" because he likes to eat parts of his victims. Isolated by his crimes from all physical contact with the human race, he plays an enigmatic game of "Clue" with Starling, providing her with snippets of data that, if she is smart enough, will lead her to the criminal.

(Me) I thought the movie was better, but I saw it before reading the book.
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How to capture an insane serial murderer? Why not confront the cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter and probe his twisted mind in an attempt to hunt down your wanted man? Well, that was ambitious FBI agent Clarice Starling's intention. But her scheme opens Clarice to secrets even more frightening and dangerous.
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read this years ago and loved it.
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Never read seen the movie
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One of my favourite books of all time! For anyone who loves the movie, or even if you don't, it's a must read!
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The movie scared me senseless...the book even scarier
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To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman
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Very suspenseful book, and sooo much better than the movie. Quite the page turner.
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Hannibal the Cannibal is just as scary in the book as he was on screen. This is the book which inspired the movie. It reads like a great episode of CSI. It is fun to read and think about the on-screen character.
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Well written classic of the crime fiction genre.
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Read the book, watched the movie, book is better.
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Very good
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Read this years ago befor ethe movie, the movies are never as good as the book and this is no exception
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SAW THE MOVIE, BUT AM GLAD I PICKED UP THE BOOK!....UNREAL!!SHOCKING!! THE BOOK IS AWESOME.... COULDN'T STOP READING IT. NOW I KNOW WHY OVER 40 MILLION COPIES WERE SOLD.
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Great reading
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The book itself is in really good condition. The cover is slightly torn at the seam, nothing bad, I put a little bit of tape on it to make sure that it didn't tear anymore.It is a really good book to read. I thought that it was alot better than the movie. I think that whoever gets this book will enjoy reading it as much as I did. I got it from another club member of paperbackswap, I don't regret it one bit. That's why I reposted it, so someone else can enjoy it also.
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what's there to say?
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The Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
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haven't read this book
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My book has a different cover than pic.

She is Clairce Starling, young, vulnerable FBI trainee. He is Hannibal Lecter, brilliant, evil genius. Theirs is a mesmerizing struggle between good and evil - designed to stop a killer, and guaranteed to chill your blood.
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Different cover than that shown in stock photo....GREAT READING