ReRead Review: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Posted August 14, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 11 Comments

ReRead Review: Red Dragon by Thomas HarrisSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins

Date Read: April 2014

Genre: Police Thriller, Thriller

Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer's brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die--and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first

More Information:
Publisher: Dutton, Simon & Schuster Audio
Series: Hannibal Lecter #1

Also by this author: The Silence of the Lambs
Also in this series: The Silence of the Lambs


ReRead Review

Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)First Thought when Finished: This is probably my 5th reread of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up!

Overall Thoughts: (Quick Review) Red Dragon is one of those books that even though you know exactly how it is going to end, it still gets to you. Very seldom is there two dynamic “bad” guys that are so brilliantly crafted. Hannibal is of course his dastardly self (I often forget this is the first book he appears in) and his level of evil is off the charts. It is also very different than Red Dragon/The Tooth Fairy evil. In fact, it is Francis that is fascinating to puzzle out. His back story is as twisted as his crimes. Will Graham has always been my favorite profiler. Sorry Clarice fans but Will is just more fascinating all around. The way his mind works is as interesting as the criminals he chases. This book is twisted and scary. Just how I like my serial killers!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Alan Sklar / Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins

I thought Alan did a great job with Will and Francis but his Hannibal was a little off. That being said, overall I loved his pacing and deliverance of the story. I would listen to this again!

Final Thoughts: If you like scary (in a human not paranormal type of way) then read Red Dragon!


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Overall Rating
5 / 5
Story Rating
5 / 5
Character Rating
5 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
Felicia S
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11 responses to “ReRead Review: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

  1. Ok I don’t know where I’ve been but I had no idea there were Hannibal books! I see Anthony Hopkins in my head immediately whenever someone mentions Hannibal and I get serious goosepimples. I don’t know if I could handle reading this (I scare/freak out easily) but I sure would like to try!

  2. I’m watching the TV series and I really like it… This book sounds so tempting, I know books are always better than movies and TV series, so maybe I’ll give this book a go.

  3. Nope not for me… I am with Jessica the movies gave me the heebie jeebies. So gross. I liked Silence but not the subsequent ones.

  4. NOPE. *snickers* I am so very glad that you loved this, but I still have nightmares about the MOVIE, so I can’t even think about the book, LOL. ME<—–BIG chicken. And I'm okay with that. But I did just order all three of the Star Wars/Shakespeare books for my dad. FYI πŸ˜‰

    • The covers on the Star Wars books are EPIC! I am talking freaking epic. I think your dad will love them πŸ™‚

      PS It is ok to be a chicken. I can’t watch any horror movie that is based on poltergeist type things. I will get up and walk out of a theater!