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The Incredible Shrinking Man Audiobook

The Incredible Shrinking Man

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Publisher's Summary

This is the terrifying novel that inspired the classic motion picture.

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous, until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

©1956 Richard Matheson; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2007

"A horror story if ever there was one....A great adventure story, it is certainly one of that select handful that I have given to people, envying them the experience of the first reading." (Stephen King)
"A classic of suspense as poignant as it is frightening, a mix that only Richard Matheson could pull off." (Dean Koontz)

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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 09-09-06
    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 09-09-06
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    "Outstanding."

    Gripping, tense, thought provoking, well written, outstanding narration. A metaphorical exploration of one mans rage against a world seemingly determined to bring him down. This book is about anger, hope, courage, defeat and redemption. Ignore the "b-grade" allusions of the title, this book is literature of the highest quality.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 03-10-08
    Thomas 03-10-08
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    "What would it Really be like..."

    To slowly and actually shrink. From 6 ft, to 3 ft, to 1 ft, then to an inch, less than an inch. How would you get food? How would you get water? How would you feel? This is what Richard Matheson does so well.... create incredible circumstances, put real people in them, and describe the reality of how they feel and survive. If your expecting something cute like Honey I Shrunk the Kids, then move on. This book dwells deep into the emotional drain on the main character who is actually shrinking. It explores his fear, desperation, anger, and loneliness (don't worry, there's also plenty of adventure and excitement).
    I loved this book, and highly recommend it for a fun and at times emotional read. The narration was also very well done.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 02-20-13
    Amy 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Dark, Thought-Provoking Psychological Journey"

    This novel tells the story of Scott Carey who, because of exposure to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he had accidentally ingested insecticide, ends up shrinking at a rate of approximately 1/7 of an inch per day. He encounters all kinds of perils as he diminishes, from a drunken pedophile to sadistic street toughs, from the spider in the basement to the elements themselves, but this is first and foremost a psychological novel about the uncertainty of the individual in the 1950s and his/her place in the possibly futile, certainly alien post-war world.

    For example: "What he wanted to know was this: Was he a separate, meaningful person; was he an individual? Did he matter? Was it enough just to survive? He didn't know; he didn't know. It might be that he was a man and trying to face reality. It might also be that he was a pathetic fraction of a shadow, living only out of habit, impulse-driven, moved but never moving, fought but never fighting."

    This is a tense, frustrated, dark character study, and it's made all the better by an excellent narration that captures the frustration and fear of the protagonist very effectively.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Scales Winston-Salem, NC USA 04-19-14
    Darryl Scales Winston-Salem, NC USA 04-19-14
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    "I had to give up on the narration..."

    I actually thought the story was pretty good, although it had a little more profanity than I would have liked. The struggles Scott Carey faced were described in great detail, even to the point of emphasizing things we all take for granted. To try to put yourself in his place is unimaginable, but Matheson makes you ponder it to an unsettling level. At times it was engrossing, at other times it lagged a little, but I enjoyed the read.

    That's the main point of my review here on audible, I stopped listening to the audiobook about midway through and just read the rest of the book. The narrator was so over the top, his voice changes so corny, that he just kept taking away all the tension from the story. Vaudevillian is how I would describe it, definitely not right for this story. I'd recommend you read the book, but I'd skip the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 03-01-16
    Scott 03-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Science Fiction Classic"

    The Shrinking Man is akin to Kafka's Metamorphosis ... It speaks wonderfully to 1950's post-war paranoia of the self and natural world.

    Matheson should be required reading, and his Twilight Zone episodes include some of the best TV ever produced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great coming of age story"

    This is a simple story about a man who thinks he's going mad because he starts to get shorter little by little. No 'Spoilers' here. The story follows through the process of him shrinking and shrinking with all the trials he must face. Fear, terror, loneliness, and betrayal. He learns to deal with all of them He also becomes much more as a result of his 'transformation'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne McQuaide Decatur, Georgia USA 03-19-08
    Suzanne McQuaide Decatur, Georgia USA 03-19-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Chemicals, Sex and Violence"

    Written in 1956, this book is crying out for a new screenplay. The anger and frustration of a man beset by an unknown physical happening to his body becomes a mental journey into what it means to be human and the search for a reason to live in the face of consuming despair.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    STACY 02-07-15
    STACY 02-07-15
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    "Interesting"

    This book was like no other book that I have read, it has a lot of metaphors. For the deep thinkers

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    Mermaid Di 10-10-16
    Mermaid Di 10-10-16

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    ""I'm Shrinking! I'm Shrinking!""
    Would you listen to The Incredible Shrinking Man again? Why?

    This is a haunting story. Yes, I think I would listen to it again...

    At times, some of the "Shrinking Man's" thoughts and experiences are very hard to listen to, i.e., his anger, his frustrations, and some of his sexual fantasies and obsessions.

    The author hasn't left any situations or mental states out. It is a compelling tale.

    I might skip some of the places that were uncomfortable for me to listen to.
    It was longer than I originally expected.

    What I liked what seeing the spiritual side of the character's perception of his experience. His "growth" as a person was in proportion to his physical shrinking.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Matheson? Why or why not?

    I have always loved the movie, "Somewhere in Time." I would like to read/listen to the original book.

    Matheson is a conjurer who raises questions in your mind about "reality," and the imagination.

    Definitely want to read/listen more samples of his work.


    What does Yuri Rasovsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    OMG. Mr. Rasovsky's voice is amazing. Listening to this narrator is what continually compelled me to finish this book.

    His voice was perfect to complement this eerie story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The spiritual revelations at the end of the book, and positive outlook that the character experiences in his life, in spite of all the troubles he experienced.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the movie, "The Incredible Shrinking Man," when I was 6 years old.

    I never forgot this haunting film.

    Several years ago, I spotted a black widow spider outside a friend's home, and moved it (via a small branch) to a tree. I had been intrigued by the scene in the movie with the main character fighting the giant black widow. Seeing a live one, I saw how graceful it was.

    I haven't watched the movie again, but am so glad I discovered the audio book. So many facets of the story not included in the movie would have been impossible for me to understand as a little girl.

    I never forgot the last scenes when the character is united with the universe.

    The book has given me a new insight into the movie, and why I never forgot it.

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    A B Stevens Point, WI 07-14-16
    A B Stevens Point, WI 07-14-16
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    "Awesome, can feel his influence in King's works."

    Enjoyed it almost as much as I am legend. Perfect first person writing , and very quotable.

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  • Dan
    Huntingdon, Cambs, United Kingdom
    10/11/07
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    "Incredible!"

    Having thoroughly enjoyed a previous Richard Matheson story (I Am Legend - also on audible) I was anxious to see if his other work could measure up to its standards. This story is exciting, intriguing and exceptionally well paced. My initial concerns over the narrator were quickly put to rest as after a while you sink into the story. Incredible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    6/30/11
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    "Disappointing"

    Having listened to several other Matheson audiobooks (I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time, A Stir of Echoes, Hell House, What Dreams May Come) I was expecting more. The inspection of the main characters changing relationship with his family was typical Matheson but his 'adventures' around the cellar were, at times, uninteresting. At times, I found my mind wandering only for me to snap out of it and reach for the rewind button in case I'd missed a good bit. Not his best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Psteve
    North Wales
    6/21/14
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    "Not one of Matheson's best, but still a good story"
    Would you listen to The Incredible Shrinking Man again? Why?

    Probably, although I wouldn't rush to it. The plot was good, even if it took a little while to get used to it flicking back and forth between the past and present. Plenty of can't-put-it-down spells. I appreciate it isn't supposed to be a 'happy' story, but being intense from beginning to end gave a feeling of wanting to come up for air.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Incredible Shrinking Man?

    Won't give the story away ;-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "Beautifully Rounded Adventure"

    So much better than the film! Read with style. Very thought provoking and very honest. One of the few books I will listen to again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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