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Summary

The name on the covers was Bachman. But the imagination could only belong to one man: Stephen King.

'Thinner' - the old gypsy man barely whispers the word. Billy feels the touch of a withered hand on his cheek.

Billy Halleck, prosperous if overweight citizen, happily married, shuddered then turned angrily away. The old woman's death had been none of his fault. The courts had cleared him. She'd just stumbled in front of his car. Now he simply wanted to forget the whole messy business.

Later, when the scales told him he was losing weight, it was what the doctor ordered. His wife was pleased - as she should have been. But....

'Thinner' - the word, the old man's curse, has lodged in Billy's mind like a fattening worm, eating at his flesh, at his reason. And with his despair, comes violence.

©1996 Stephen King (P)2011 Penguin Audio USA

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  • piers
  • Midhurst, United Kingdom
  • 18-12-12

Thoroughly satisfying yarn

This is a great listen. Excellent, threatening narration from Joe Mantegna and the unusual addition of unsettling music. Revenge is such a powerful and compelling theme in literature and interest in this novel is really driven by waiting for the results of the clash between the two main protagonists.



I enjoyed this novel much more than I anticipated and it is much better than 11.22.63 which has much better reviews.

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  • Jane White
  • Uxbridge, Middlesex United Kingdom
  • 08-07-13

Thinner or not

Where does Thinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book has to be in my top 5. Its my first Stephen King book .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinner?

The end it is so dramatic you just dont think it will end this way.

Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna – was your favourite?

The main character .... you felt you were inside of him along his journey, which isnt an easy one.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful how you drive

Any additional comments?

This book is haunting. it is so well narrated by Joe Mantegna.... his voice puts the story across so well. You think about the word thinner even when you have finished the book. The story line is different, but the way it has been narrated by Joe makes this a very enjoyable gripping book to listen to.

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compulsive listening

Would you listen to Thinner again? Why?

I would listen to it again. It was so enthralling. Kept me on edge all the way through,also loved Joe Mantegna's reading of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Billy was my favourite character. Without him there would not be a story!

Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna – was your favourite?

Gino.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes - it made me laugh in some places. A bit sad at the end, but i did see that coming.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A brilliant Steven King classic

it's been a long time since I've read Thinner and this audio book did not disappoint,

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Another great 'read' by Stephen King

Another fantastic book by Stephen King. Ably narrated by Joe Mantegna. Some people have commented negatively on the use of music in the story. I thought it aided the atmosphere of menace that the author was looking for. Stephen remains one of my favourite audible listens.

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BRILLIANT

Wow, I used to read SK as a teenager. Now nearly 50. What a rediscovery! Even though it’s long it’s compelling. Guess I have a lot of books to listen to now!

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Thrilling

Exciting and nerve wracking despite being mostly psychological... no cheap scares or gore required! Great characters and plot.

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A dark, suspenseful tale, with one downfall...

'Thinner' is a story of revenge, skilfully woven by master horror-author Stephen King. The narrator gives an excellent performance, bringing the characters to life with believable voices, and copes well with King's sometimes
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The only sour taste in this otherwise appetising feast is the unnecessary inclusion of twanging guitar music, which heralds breaks in chapters and sometimes obscures the narrator's voice. It does nothing to enhance the story, instead hindering the pacing and mood.

I still recommend the book, but wish there was some way to cut out the music.

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Properly creepy

A great Stephen King novel which has all the hallmarks - a credible scenario, lots of character development , a satisfying denouement: and all beautifully read with (a surprise, this one!) some genuinely effective creepy music...

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Excellent narration,got the characters spot on

Finished in record time couldn't wait to listen to it on my journey to and from work.

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  • Piia
  • 03-03-13

nails on chalkboard

When I bought the book I already knew that the story and the reader where decent. The soundeffects screeching loudly all the time where the thing that really ultimately spoiled this audiobook.

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  • Todd
  • 23-10-12

"Thinner...Thinner..."

The word spoken by this story's villain lodges in the mind and stays there. Even now it brings an image to mind of a grotesque relic of a man who long ago lost the majority of his humanity.

King (sorry, Bachman) weaves a distressing tale that sees our protagonist Billy cursed by a gypsy after he accidentally runs the old man's daughter over, killing her. The result of said curse is the steady, inexorable loss of Billy's weight.

It's a simple premise. The first half of the book deals with the weight loss and it's consequences, while the second charts Billy's mission to find and confront the old man. The narrator does a decent job. I find it amusing that whoever decided to hire him just wanted to hear him do Ginelli's voice. Why? Because it sounds exactly like Fat Tony from the Simpsons. Same guy. However I also just found out that the narrator starred as Ginelli in the film version of this book. But I digress.

The book is a decent read from King. An interesting and disturbing one. The ending is quite tragic and as the reader gets closer to it, they realize the story can only end one way. Spine-tingling.