The extraordinary Booklist novel of one mans quest to find the source of his nightmare and to reverse it before he becomesnothing at all This 1 national bestseller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, pulsates with evilit will have you on the edge of your seat Publishers Weekly.You cant do anything Its gone too far You understand, Halleck Toofar Attorney Billy Halleck seriously enjoys living his life of upper class excess Hes got it allan expensive home in Connecticut, a loving familyand fifty extra pounds that his doctor repeatedly warns will be the death of him Then, in a moment of carelessness, Halleck commits vehicular manslaughter when he strikes a jaywalking old woman crossing the street But Halleck has some powerful local connections, and gets off with a slap on the wristmuch to the fury of the womans mysterious and ancient father, who exacts revenge with a single word Thinner Now a terrified Halleck finds the weight once so difficult to shed dropping effortlesslyand rapidlyby the week Soon there will be nothing left of Billy Halleckunless he can somehow locate the source of his living nightmare and reverse whats happened to him before he utterly wastes away...
|Title||:||Thinner (English Edition)|
|Format Type||:||Audio Book|
|Publisher||:||Scribner Auflage Reprint 1 Januar 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||299 Pages|
|File Size||:||865 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Thinner (English Edition) Reviews
I like the story, I like the reader - but everyone who buys this audiobook should be aware of the fact that contrary to what it says on the cover it is NOT unabridged. If you need any proof, check for example chapter 10: The first pages (5 in my paperback edition) are missing. Besides, the names of the chapters are mysteriously not read out; the pun of the chapter titled "The Scales of Justice" is therefore simply lost.
I liked this book. A lot. Stephen King is good at writing lengthy novels that don't really scare, but make you think "Hey, that was pretty damn cool". This book isn't very long; but that seems to be of little importance. The fact is that of all the books Stephen King has written, this is the one with the scariest ending. Gypsy curses and the overall moral message of the book "You Are Responsible For Your Actions!" all come to a nice crescendo. An actual feeling of horror (ok, maybe not horror but a feeling of unease) sticks with you after you read the book. There is actual impact in retrospect of this book. It will bother you (provided you possess a soul). By the way, DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE FIRST!!!! It will ruin the book. Read the book first, then watch the horrible movie. If not for anything other than the small part the author plays.
This book was intresting and suspenseful, for the most part atleast. I thought that the characters in it were intresting (with the exception of Genilli...it's so refreshing when writers stay away from racial stereotypes), that it was fairly well writen, and the story was reasonably compelling. The problem with the book is the ending. The ending was a complete letdown. The problem is, and I don't want to give away anything here, that you can't empathise with the main character's decision in any way. The movie isn't very good either, though I did like that the decision that he made at the end made a bit more sense. Anyways, I say that you read through the book, get to about the end, and make up your own ending. It'll be far more satisfying.
This is definately King at his best--King as Bachman (the only time he failed with this name is with The Regulators.) This novel proves to be short, quick, and easy reading, but no weaker in quality because of it--stronger, in fact, than his several hundred page long works. The story is interesting, and adds original elements to the Gypsy Curse plotline. Many readers may find thereselves initially envious of our Lawyer/Protagonists new found diet plan; hit one Gypsy who isn't watching where she's going and you can shed the pounds quickly. But the envy is quickly replaced by horror as a formerly rotund man finds himself anorexic (minus the critical part of the medical deffinition: he does not think he is fat.) This book also makes you question certain aspects of justice and revenge: who is really the "good guy" and who is really the "bad guy." I find that the lines here sway back and forth until they are finally blurred beyond visibility. Also, should revenge be allowed to extend to the avenged against's innocent loved ones? Probably not, but you are still made to think.This is a very worthwhile read, and one of King's Semi-masterpieces.
I read this book little after King had to step out as the man behind "Richard Bachman". Hiding under a nom de plume allowed King to make some of his most creative work. This novel is proof of it.O.K. So maybe a gypsy curse doesn't seem a fresh, new idea. But the whole scenario he builds for Billy Halleck after he is touched seems possible, making it the more horrific. In the book, Billy thinks at first he is wasting away because he might have cancer. These days, AIDS would be another good option about the "sickness" he catches.With just one single supernatural element (the curse), the story is left to play on the grounds of "reality". The effect is haunting.
As a new King reader, I found this book to be discriptive and yet it left a bit to the imagination. I say it is better than the movie because I found the movie much less discriptive and quite boring. This book, I believe, is well written but could use a little more excitement because listening about a man eating himself to death one moment and dying from "starvation" the next gets kinda boring. It took me a mere 3 days to finish and I was reading pretty steadily. The ending is the best part! The discription of the old man, the police officer, and the judge were all incredible. A must read for any King fans...all others might want to skim it for the good parts
I am a huge King fan and it's not to say that I did not like this book, I just do not think it is his best piece. I admit I may have enjoyed the book more if I hadn't seen the movie first. What made the book less appealing was all of the information about Ginelli which did not keep my interest and made the book drag. I thought the whole storyline to be another one that leaves you shaking your head saying, "he's done it again". The ending is especially one which really leaves you thinking, and again, if you've never seen the movie, you will be shocked! I like how King made the main character turn against and literally end up disgusted by his wife because of the events that took place. It is a short book so it is definitely worth the time of giving it a chance.
Under normal circumstances, I would hail Stephen King as a great writer, at least within his own genre. He's imaginative, original and intelligent. But, "Thinner" was a horrible excuse for a book. It was written more like a bad TV-movie than a story to be enjoyed by his hardcore fans. Well, I'm not a hardcore anything.Perhaps if the last half of the book wasn't spent chasing the Gypsies Matlock-style it wouldn't have been so bad. Needless to say, I was entirely bored with Halleck and Ginelli's shenannigans(sp?).Furthermore, I think Stephen King should watch his ethnic stereotypes. All this book needed to validate it as a piece of dog turd was the tiresome cliche that Ginelli was:a gangland type killer. Mr. King's white-guy-makes-good status is getting to his head.