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Publisher's Summary

The unpause-able novel of one man's quest to find the source of his nightmare and to reverse it before he becomes...nothing at all. This number-one national best seller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, "pulsates with evil...it will have you on the edge of your seat" (Publishers Weekly).

Billy Halleck commits vehicular manslaughter when his lack of attention results in the death of an old gypsy lady on the street. Overweight Halleck is a lawyer with connections, though, and he gets off with a slap on the wrist. After the trial, the victim's ancient father curses him with a single word: "thinner". Shedding weight by the week, Halleck is desperate enough for one last gamble...one that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

With an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman", Thinner is a novel of "undeniable suspense" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and "genuine chills" (Kirkus Reviews).

©1984 Richard Bachman (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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Amazing book, terrible movie!

Watched the movie right after finishing the book, and boy did they mess that story up for the big screen! This book is really great, you can follow the main character as he transforms from dopey fatty to desperate, betrayed loner on a mission to save his life. The movie tried too hard to stay true to the source material and ended up a jumbled mess.

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Love this book

I notice it was different from the movie. Glad I notice it. I much from now on read and listen to the book then watch the movie for that particular book. Great work again from my favorite author Stephen King.

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The Bachman Books

Loved it! I'm reading all the king/Bachman books back to back, the whole catalog from start to finish in a year's time. I started Jan 2016. Now I'm reading the Bachman books. I had seen the film Thinner but hadn't read the novel til now. The film was a good adaptation, surprisingly cuz Kings books usually are murdered when turned to films. Only small differences and things left out. The book was lean and mean, just the way I like them. Great story, one of the Masters best, and a great narration.

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Great!

Narrator was mostly awesome, really great male voices. But the female voices did get kind of ridiculous sometimes. Still great though!

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  • Louisa
  • Los angeles, CA, United States
  • 12-02-16

Loved the movie so had to try the book.

As usual the book was better and I really loved the narrator. Would have been way more exciting and the ending would have had more of a punch had I not seen the movie a gazillion times already but it was still good. I love Kings work!

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Great Story

I liked the story and the performer's voice. Would recommend this tale to those who like Stephen King as well as those who aren't sure if they like him yet!

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Sickness can be Evil. In this case it was so.

This was an interesting read. Just what would be expected but then a wicked twist. And an ending that makes you think.

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the music

I don't know why anybody would add music to this. It did nothing for the story It was annoying.
I find myself trying to go to sleep to these books on audio the next thing you know is that you're hearing the most God awful music if you can call it that at the beginning of a chapter in at the end.

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Annoying music played throughout

The story was decent, not one of Kings best but I didn't hate it, the actual voice of the narration was good but there is terrible music cast over durring the whole story very annoying.

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  • GRETCHEN
  • WHEELERSBURG, OHIO United States
  • 10-10-17

I hate to say it but the narrator was horrible.

his voice just didn't go with the story.
But he tried and I like that