©1985 Stephen King; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
An earlier King work, not his best, but still good.
If your a King fan, you will enjoy it. Okay.
I would recommend this one to those familiar and unfamiliar with King (but interested). This novel is among his best. The reading by Joe Mantegna is spot on. I have listened to a number of his other readings and really liked them.
Billy, Ginelli, and the various gypsies. I can't just pick one. Heck, he played Ginelli in the movie adaptation!
I have listened to his readings of various Robin Cook novels. I am not sure which readings were done when, but his readings are consistently enjoyable and well done.
Maybe some of you have listened to Paul Sorvino's abridged reading of Thinner (around 1986). It was hard for me to decide which one I liked better, but this being the full novel maybe makes it better for that reason. Part of me wished Paul Sorvino could have done this version as well (nothing against Joe!) just nostalgia, I guess. If you can get your hands on the abridged version too you won't be disappointed.
Awesome creepy characters
Non really. King weaves a very original tale in thinner
He's the classic gangsta voice. If you have seen the movie he plays Ginnelle. His voice his almost hypnotic at time, also he sounds a little like Fat Tony from the simpsons.
The ending punched me in the gut.
Listen with the lights on.
I tend to read too fast and miss some of the little nuances in a book. So when I can (driving, flying, waiting at appointments, etc.) I like to listen to a book I've already read, often discovering I missed something important my first time through!
Joe Mantegna did a FANTASTIC job reading this story and the drama in his voice added a lot (as opposed to when I read the hardback). He invoked strong emotion in me that the voice in my head when I'm reading a hardback didn't bring forth.
However, the music that was played at the ending to a chapter was horrible! A lot of the time it started too soon and drowned out Joe's voice and I think it lasted too long. It was a weird screeching noise that I didn't like at all. It's because of that I've started checking out reviews before purchasing to make 100% sure there is no music in any of the books I'm considering. It was just awful.
How the main character grew and hardened over time.
I loved the ending but hated it at the same time.
The story is great. The only problem I had with this audio book was the music that was thrown in at different places. It got in the way of hearing some of the words. At some points, the music was of a pitch and relative volume that it hurt my ears. Maybe it isn't so bad if you don't have the volume turned up high but on the road, where I listen to it, the background/ road noise kind of demands that I turn it up to hear it. Overall, though, good things!
I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me listening and wanting to get back into the car and listen. My big disappointment came at the end. For all the hard work, the ending was not worth their trouble. I have read all of Stephen King's books and this one is good. Nevertheless, the ending is not.
See this review - I thought the same thing... enjoyed the book and got pulled in but the last hour was weak and disappointing. Smart people all of a sudden get dumb and in way that did not fit the characters.
I am a huge Stephen King Fan. I read everything by him I can get my hands on. However I am starting to think I am not a very big Richard Bachman Fan. I know they are the same person but I really think King put his less impressive novels under the Richard Bachman label. Where the story is interesting in a Dime Store Novel kind of way, It is way to long for what it is about. Oh my, I am losing wait. Oh No, I am losing more wait. I can Not believe this, Come here honey and see, I have lost even more wait. Ohhh this is scary stuff.
It is an easy read. In my opinion, too easy. I hate abridged books but this one could be cut down to about 15 pages. Once again I love Stephen King. I just reviewed Misery. Which was one of the scariest books I have ever read and the descriptions and details where wonderfully crafted. But how much can you say about Wait Lose???
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