• Thinner

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-05-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (146 ratings)


The name on the covers was Bachman. But the imagination could only belong to one man: Stephen King.
'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
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4 out of 5 stars
By piers on 18-12-12

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.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jane White on 08-07-13

Thinner or not

Where does Thinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book has to be in my top 5. Its my first Stephen King book .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinner?

The end it is so dramatic you just dont think it will end this way.

Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna – was your favourite?

The main character .... you felt you were inside of him along his journey, which isnt an easy one.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful how you drive

Any additional comments?

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Piia on 03-03-13

nails on chalkboard

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Todd on 23-10-12


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.

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