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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69,280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217381
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Billy Halleck commits vehicular manslaughter when his lack of attention to driving results in the death of an old gypsy lady on the street. Overweight Halleck is a lawyer with connections, though, and gets off with a slap on the wrist. After the trial, the lady’s ancient father curses him with a single word, “Thinner.” Halleck begins to lose weight uncontrollably and must pursue the band of gypsies who are responsible for his deteriorating condition.

Now with an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Radoslav | 2/18/2014

    " Not the best by Stephen King, but I don't think it was so bad. There were really good ideas in this book, but unfortunately the final was a crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/7/2014

    " The first Stephen King book I ever read. Hooked me on Stephen King for a while after that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell | 2/5/2014

    " Fat people are evil. Skinny people are sexy. These are scientific facts. This book tries to oppose those facts and I'm not standing for it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Synesthesia | 1/25/2014

    " Gypsies don't work like that. If you can put a curse on someone making them skinnier and skinnier why the hell can't you fix your dang nose? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/10/2014

    " Scared the crap out if me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/2/2014

    " THIS WAS CREEPY AND CONFUSING, my kind of book!! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Yost | 12/27/2013

    " Stephen King is hit or miss in my opinion. it's no "Carrie". This book is the equivalent to watching those predictable horror movies. It's a guilty pleasure. It serves its purpose, tames the beast. Isn't that what King is for? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samarth | 12/15/2013

    " Meh, good story line and there was a 30 page segment which was really captivating, but didn't live up to the buildup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 12/10/2013

    " Very interesting with a crazy twist at the end. There is a very good lesson that goes along with this book, and it is an easy read. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose Pena | 12/7/2013

    " This is one of my favorite Stephen King's books. I read many of his books, but this one is the best. Be careful not to mess with the Gypsies. While traveling in Prague, I told some of the Czechs about this book. There is a lot of discrimantion against Gypsies in Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/4/2013

    " Made me scared of gypsies! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jsj0199 | 10/8/2013

    " The story was ok but not really that interesting. The ending had a nice twist though. Recommend checking this one out at the library and reading it once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Nittoli | 9/30/2013

    " Almost like an elongated short story or novella that had such a good set-up and punch that it warranted the extra hundred pages, ultimately this creepy tale of revenge and justice is a solid read. Probably falls closer to 3.5 stars, but I give it the bump since it was a childhood favorite... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nath | 9/18/2013

    " Well, my thoughts about this book are ambiguous. I liked the story and how he cooped with his problem, but in my opinion the ending was a bit farfetched, with the cake and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 6/22/2013

    " I read this a long time ago... It's about pie, right? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lacy | 5/19/2013

    " I hated this book it was so looooooooong and sooooooooooo boring... I would not reccomend anyone to read this because it will bore you to death! :DDD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Riley | 5/16/2013

    " I couldn't believe the disgusting consequences for everyone who was involved in an accidental murder "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stan | 3/6/2013

    " King comes up with some interesting ideas to start stories, but runs out of gas long before the finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Johnson | 3/4/2013

    " not as good as i was told "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/22/2013

    " As much as I'm a King junkie it is hard to admit that this is one of the crappier King-books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Gough | 10/24/2012

    " Pretty creepy tale of a gypsy's curse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 10/19/2012

    " Good but, not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 8/14/2012

    " I read this wishing I had this curse. Then as the book progressed, I took back that wish. Creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli Davis | 6/1/2012

    " Very interesting story with likable characters... although at times, I found myself rooting for the "bad guys." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 3/25/2012

    " I read this before I knew it was written by Stephen King. My version still says Richard Bachman, but his writing style is undeniable. Typical S.K. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike_p548 | 11/17/2011

    " Read this book during a week of after school detentions in junior high. I remember getting a feeling of hope from this book, mainly Billy Halek is fat and seemed to be getting plenty of action. I had no such luck, had to loose the weight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 7/25/2011

    " Richard Bachman is really Stephen King???!!! I remember being blown away when I found this out, but I don't really know why. I guess I just thought it was cool, that an author would have a psuedonym. How mysterious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/23/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. I followed up and watched the TV movie series on SyFy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lasha | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " This may be one of my favorite books of all time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rp | 5/21/2011

    " I am not huge fan of Stephen Kings' writing but this one is a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " I read this for the first time when I was 10. It's on my shelf to read at least once a year, I love it that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " Not as instantly readable as some of King's other books, but well worth the time to stick to it. Unfortunately, the made for tv movie ruined some of this book for me, so perhaps that's why it took me so long to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/19/2011

    " I have read this book several times. I love the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " The first half of the book is revetting; however, the ending is a real disappointment. There is a great build up for nothing. I actually expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I think this is the only Stephen King book that I have ever truly enjoyed. I do like a bit of Science Fiction!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2011

    " This was the first Stephen King I read. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " Great book, except the very end. This is something that Stephen King does quite a bit, unfortunately. He tells a great story and uses a contrivance to finish it. It doesn't mean I stop reading; it's just a bit jarring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheeba | 5/16/2011

    " one of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 5/16/2011

    " King absolutely knows how to tell a story. I love the allegorical nature of the book, pitting good against evil. I'm not a person that loves post-apocalyptic stories, but King makes me want to love this genre. One of the best reads I've had in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 5/15/2011

    " This was the first Steven King book I ever read. I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in a day. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.