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Hannibal

(Hannibal Lecter #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  83,485 ratings  ·  2,799 reviews
Years after his escape, posing as scholarly Dr. Fell, curator of a grand family's palazzo, Hannibal lives the good life in Florence, playing lovely tunes by serial killer/composer Henry VIII and killing hardly anyone himself. Clarice is unluckier: in the novel's action-film-like opening scene, she survives an FBI shootout gone wrong, and her nemesis, Paul Krendler, makes h ...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published May 18th 2000 by Arrow (first published June 8th 1999)
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Gbolahan This is the only story about Hannibal that I've read (haven't watched him on TV either). That said, I enjoyed it, it was easy to follow, etc.

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Peggy
Aug 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
Okay, let me confess up front: I loved Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs. Loved them. I enjoyed the movies, too: the movie version of Silence of the Lambs scared the pee out of me, and even so, I didn’t want it to end. So, long years later when I finally got hold of a copy of Hannibal, I really, really, wanted to love it, too.

But I didn’t.

Well, that’s not entirely true. If I pretend that this wasn’t a sequel about characters I already know, then I can find some bright spots. The book has
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3), Thomas Harris
Hannibal is a novel by American author Thomas Harris, published in 1999. It is the third in his series featuring Dr. Hannibal Lecter and the second to feature FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling. The novel takes place seven years after the events of The Silence of the Lambs and deals with the intended revenge of one of Lecter's victims. It was adapted as a film of the same name in 2001, directed by Ridley Scott.

عنوانها: هانیبال؛ ادامه ی سکوت بره ها؛ پر
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Matthew
It has been many years since I read a Hannibal Lecter book. The last Thomas Harris book I read was a couple of years ago, Black Sunday, and is very different from his Lecter titles. I noticed some of my friends were doing a buddy read of Hannibal, so I figured it was about time to give it a try

I will say 3 to 3.5 stars.

I liked it. But, it was a fifty/fifty thing. Half of it was the gruesome, suspenseful, mysterious story that I remember from previous Lecter books and movies. The other half was d
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Alejandro
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: detective, horror, novel
He’s Hannibal alright, but she’s not Clarice!


This is the third novel in the “Hannibal Lecter” book series.


WILL THE REAL MAIN CHARACTER PLEASE STAND UP?

I already explained in my review of The Silence of the Lambs that I became fan of the story for Clarice Starling instead of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and pondering about the “ball effective time” of Lecter in the first two books, I still believe that Thomas Harris never thought that Hannibal Lecter would become the leading character in the book
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ✺❂❤❣
DD 10/01/2017 Hated it passionately. This is that rare case where books are even worse than films, if you can believe it. I don't know whatever possessed me to flip through this series. Thankfully, that entity (demon of boredom? cluelesness?) was swiftly exorcised by pretty average writing, plot with Boeing-sized holes (were we really supposed to believe in vanishing special agents who almost no one conveniently gives a damn about?) and nauseating character-building. So far this is a DNF. Left t ...more
*TANYA*
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hannibal happens to be one of my favorite fictional characters and with this book I became more enamored with him. Yes, it's twisted but me likes him a lot!!
Noiresque
Jul 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a theory about this horrible book.

Both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs are formidable pieces of pop fiction. They are well-written thrillers with great descriptions and characters. They were both adapted into great movies. They made Thomas Harris a very rich man.

I think Mr. Harris made a bet, maybe with a friend or just to himself. He knew that his next novel would be snapped up for big bucks for the screen rights. He knew he would not get any control over the script. So he dec
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Erin
Who knew The Hannibal Lecter series was a love story.

What Da Fuck did I just read?

I was hesitant to read Hannibal, various people told they hated the book and Everyone said they hated the movie and since I Loved both the book and movie versions of Red Dragon & The Silence of the Lambs...I was worried...Very worried. I waited over a month between finishing Lambs and starting Hannibal. I just kept putting it off & putting it off until I finally decided to force myself to read it for my Read-A-Th
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Jess☺️
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD !!!! Hannibal by Thomas Harris is the 3rd book in the Hannibal Lector series and I need more 🌟 this is my favourite and I think the best one of the series.
It's more creepy, more edge of your seat thrilling and a little more gory/scary ( starving boars/ wild pig's and people eating and threating to eat people 🤢 enough said ) oh did I forget the big twist at the end 😱
This series is a series I recommend for everyone to read , The film's/TV series do a great job but w
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Tristan
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Did you ever think, Clarice, why the Philistines don't understand you? It's because you are the answer to Samson's riddle. You are the honey in the lion.”


Clearly, the world didn’t need ( 'want' is another matter, of course ) one more novel featuring Hannibal Lecter. At the end of Silence of the Lambs, the good doctor had escaped the clutches of the law, after having treated the local authorities to a grotesque display of Grand Guignol theatre by way of parting gift.

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Stargirl
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh that ending. Sublime.

Gothic horror detective chase story, blends genres with great ease, affirming Harris as a master storyteller- as if we didn't already know. Don't go in expecting another Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs. This is a much bigger, far darker experience. It's all in the title people. Silence was the story of Clarice Starling, so there is a lot of hope and innocence to it. This one, is about the dark side of her character- and of that awful/awesome Doctor Mr Lecter himself.
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Ginger
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, buddy-read
Jesh, I have to say it. Cover your ears if you can’t handle profanity.

But for fucks sake was that ending?!!
Because of the way Hannibal ended, I can’t rate this higher then 2.5 STARS.

Hannibal almost put me into a book slump. I’m not lying. I’ve read Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs and loved both. I couldn’t put either book down and was obsessed.

With Hannibal, I didn’t even want to pick it up at times. Thank goodness I read other books at the same time and the dreaded book slump didn’t get
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Sufferingbruin
Oct 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Lord, what an awful book. Awash in mediocrity from first page to last. It has mediocre characters (the same which were so captivating in "Silence of the Lambs"), mediocre dialogue, mediocre scenery, virtually no suspense (but a plethora of pointlessly putrid acts), and a meandering narrative that often lacks consistency of time and place. "Hannibal" does not induce fear or revulsion so much as groans and guffaws. But don't worry: there's a bleeding HIV-postiive woman holding a baby whose last li ...more
Sara
In the interest of full disclosure blah blah Hannibal is my aesthetic yadda yadda Mads Mikkelsen herp de derp cheekbones blah blah darkness is sexy.

In all seriousness if you’re reading this I’m going to assume that 1.) You’ve got at least a working knowledge of Hannibal Lecter and his adventures and also possibly 2.) You’re a friend of Matthew’s and you think its just HILARIOUS that he makes me write these.

Incidentally Matthew I hate you. Look I made a shelf about it!

I like this book. I would,
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Kerri
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Ashley Daviau
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m very surprised to see so many low ratings for this novel as I thought it was a masterpiece and by far the best book out of the series so far! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen, I was absolutely fascinated by this installment and loved how action packed it was. There really wasn’t a dull moment and I LOVED that it was much more gory than the previous novels, I love me so good gore! I also really enjoyed getting to know Clarice more in depth and to really see ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
**Note - After my re-read on 3/24/15, have bumped from four to five stars and edited review a little. *

I read the four books in order of sequence, not publication, ending with Hannibal. I'm not sure if it was following them in order or my mood, but I was more enamored this time around. It's turned out to be my favorite in the series. I know this isn't the popular opinion, but I think Harris did a brilliant job wrapping up the series.

The plot is as diabolical as Silence of the Lambs was, this tim
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Chris Shepherdson
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Thomas Harris created the infamous Hannibal Lector in Red Dragon he couldn't have known the influence that character would have on crime fiction for the next decade. By the time he came to write Hannibal, ten years after his previous book, The Silence of The Lambs, he must have felt some serious pressure. The fact that Hannibal is the book it is, when written under these circumstances, makes it all the more remarkable.
To call it a crime novel is doing it a grave injustice and reading it as
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Rade
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
"is it as good as Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs? No...this one is better." - Stephen King

Oh put a cork in it, King. I love you but you are not being truthful at all. This book was IMO a giant turd of words. Feel free to disagree.

For one, Lecter needs to remain a secondary character, the kind that will offer advice and feed on personal information of the people interviewing him. In this book he is featured a lot more than in other books. He is free but at the same time he is hunted and
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Dannii Elle
This is the third instalment in the Hannibal Lecter series.

I might have put this book down for a whole month but then I binged through over half of it in a single day, so make of that what you will.

I have a difficult time saying I 'enjoyed' this book, given the dark topics it focused on... but that was exactly my concluding reaction. Harris takes the readers across the globe and through a multitude of perspectives to deliver a fully-fleshed examination of Hannibal Lecter's return to the forefro
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Rob
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers

Number three in the Hannibal Lecter series.
Really its only number two as in the first book ‘Red Dragon’ Hannibal was just an embryo waiting for his moment in the sun.

You have to hand it to Thomas Harris when it comes to creating disgustingly vile characters he is really good at it.

Hannibal has killed a lot of people over the years and only two survived their experience with Hannibal. One survivor, Mason Verger, now spends his days on life support machines and dreaming up ways to kill Hannibal. B
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Bradley
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, psychology
I knew it was really a love story because I had seen the movie first, but I didn't realize how much of a love story it would become. Sure, cat and mouse games were predominant, and they were satisfyingly concluded, but the true joy for me came with not only identifying with, but actively loving the title character. Clarise, on the other hand, has become a much more interesting character.
I'm not certain how much I believe her own transformation. Sure, a person can be programmed, and I know that i
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James
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
The book starts off wonderfully with Harris's visualization; you can see everything you read. There are complex characters introduced and of course a wicked weave between them. He shows the master insanity of Hannibal with his elaborate set-ups for escape from not only Starling but from a vile creature named Verger who sets out to seek revenge on the good doctor. And you are eating this up the whole time, because it seems that Harris is once again quite the masterful story teller. But then you g ...more
Niki
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Full review will come very soon, maybe even in a few hours. I don't need to think long and hard about this one before reviewing it.

...Indeed, a few hours later, here I am reviewing this book.

First things first: I will not be putting any of the spoilers under a spoiler cut. That's because you SHOULD spoil yourself before reading this book, and spare yourself from reading it altogether.

(Spare yourself. SAVE yourself. It's too late for me, but save yourself!!)

Usually, I put the negative stuff I hav
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Anne
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Sale's over. $7.99 now. Still worth the price of admission, so if you haven't read this, get on it.

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This incredible novel is only $1.99 today for Kindle. I suspect it's due to Cyber Monday, so move quickly if you want it at this price. I promise you won't be disappointed. Pick one up here.

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I couldn't tell you how many times I've read this book. At least once or twice a year since 2002 or so. I love this book so much I have it
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Madeline
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crap-tastic
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May 舞
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
First half of the book: 3 stars
Second half: 5 stars *THAT ENDING OH MY GOD* I'm emotionally drained
F
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, usa
LOVED
Somia
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Surprised Stars

Book 3, sees Sterling’s career on the rocks, Dr Lecter is doing well but now has a massive bounty on his head, but this is Dr Lecter, people may think they are hunting him, but he is not the real prey, about to be trapped. Rather he is the predator that shouldn’t have been poked.

The tension that ripples through the air in the 2001 movie version of this, and grips your throat didn’t manifest potently throughout the book for me, in particular I am referring to the scene where C
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Bill
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I had waited ten years for the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. Ten very patient years because I believed the longer the wait, the bigger the payoff. Wrong.
If Thomas Harris spent the last ten years meticulously writing this latest installment, I'll eat my liver. Now hang on, I don't mean to say this is a bad novel, in fact it will make a tremendous movie. That's the problem...it read like a screenplay.
The characters I grew to know in the last novel just didn't seem real enough and I didn't re
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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 printed in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Risin
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