'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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Billy was my favourite character. Without him there would not be a story!
Yes - it made me laugh in some places. A bit sad at the end, but i did see that coming.
"What a good read!"
A brilliant story which is hard to put down, the characters were very realistic; a not very likeable main character Billy Halleck, with a even less likeable wife, however their characters were subtly portrayed by the author, and I have to admit, that I tended to start to feel empathy for the family and their sad ending. I had read the book many years ago and just had to listen to it again
The best part of the book was when Ginelli came into his own, superb planning and execution.
The narrative was excellent.
Keep your eyes on the road!
"Thinner or not"
This book has to be in my top 5. Its my first Stephen King book .
The end it is so dramatic you just dont think it will end this way.
The main character .... you felt you were inside of him along his journey, which isnt an easy one.
Be careful how you drive
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.
"Not one of his better attempts."
I think I've had enough of Stephen King now. So, no. This was a silly story groaning at the seams as it tried very hard to hold itself together till the pointless and, in every sense, hopeless end. I suppose the attempt to build suspense by using the device of the count down to zero as the punds dropped of the luckless hero was at least original. The phrase, clutching at straws comes to mind for some reason. SK did very well to get to the end, it can't have been much fun in the writing.
No, the narrator was fine.
Can't think of any.
It was telling that the story was credited to Stephen King writing as xxxxx, I forget the name. It seems like Mr King wasn't exactly proud of the piece. I should have noticed that before I bought it.
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