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Quitters, Inc PDF, ePub eBook Read by Eric Roberts Dick Morrison's life has become a nightmare of addictions, filling his days with overeating, overworking, and smoking way too much. When an old friend tells him about a surefire way to quit, he's more than willing to give it a shot. But what Dick doesn?t know is that Quitters, Inc. demands a high price from anyone who strays from their rigid rules?like Read by Eric Roberts Dick Morrison's life has become a nightmare of addictions, filling his days with overeating, overworking, and smoking way too much. When an old friend tells him about a surefire way to quit, he's more than willing to give it a shot. But what Dick doesn?t know is that Quitters, Inc. demands a high price from anyone who strays from their rigid rules?like a few volts of electricity for the nearest and dearest...or maybe a missing thumb? Forced to choose between his desperate need for cigarettes and the dire consequences of giving in to his addiction, Dick must decide just how important another drag really is.

30 review for Quitters, Inc

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Adapted for the screen in the film Cat's Eye starring Drew Barrymore, Quitters, Inc. is a gripping little short story that questions the ultimatum of addiction - what is your priority in life, and how far would you be willing to go to risk it? While definitely not as compelling as some of King's later short stories such as Things They Left Behind and The Body, Quitters, Inc. is a good one. Following main character Dick Morrison, who has tried everything to quit smoking to no avail, his friend re Adapted for the screen in the film Cat's Eye starring Drew Barrymore, Quitters, Inc. is a gripping little short story that questions the ultimatum of addiction - what is your priority in life, and how far would you be willing to go to risk it? While definitely not as compelling as some of King's later short stories such as Things They Left Behind and The Body, Quitters, Inc. is a good one. Following main character Dick Morrison, who has tried everything to quit smoking to no avail, his friend recommends he try a little-known organization that promises results. As Dick finds out though, it's not without a price and relies on cruel psychological tactics to get the job done. Fearing for his wife and his daughter, Dick has to really consider what matters most to him in this world. While perhaps a metaphorical look at how some people allow their personal vices to harm their friends and family, or maybe of the societal pressure to quit smoking, this book is also simply just one hell of a creepy one. Evoking paranoia and empathy for the characters, King gives a unique and memorable tale with modern themes and classic suspense. It also appears in his short story anthology (I think it may have been Night Shift?) and while maybe not as relevant today as it was in the 20th century, it still holds up as a decent story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    First published in 1978, QUITTER'S, INC. will make you think twice about seeking help for a tobacco addiction.Very Short.......Very Dark.......Very Stephen King! Enjoyed the audio! NOTE: DO NOT READ BOOK SUMMARY....GIVES TOO MUCH AWAY!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5* I thought I rated this one! I'll have to look....this is the most effective way to quit, for life.... I'm quite sure.....try to think of a better one when you finish this. Only King would come up with this one! ********And for goodness' sakes, I totally agree with Carol....who in the world thought the should give away that much of a short story in a synopsis.....I think they need a STOP WRITING SYNOPSES program for writers like this ......designed by King himself.******* ***Just watched the 19 4.5* I thought I rated this one! I'll have to look....this is the most effective way to quit, for life.... I'm quite sure.....try to think of a better one when you finish this. Only King would come up with this one! ********And for goodness' sakes, I totally agree with Carol....who in the world thought the should give away that much of a short story in a synopsis.....I think they need a STOP WRITING SYNOPSES program for writers like this ......designed by King himself.******* ***Just watched the 1985 version of this short story in Cat's Eye--this story is the first of three shorts, two from the Night shift book (the third made just for the film)-- that's where I thought I had rated it!!!!--but I haven't finished ALL the stories in it, only about 5 so far--(I haven't watched the other two, because I need to finish the book first). It was pretty good,( I didn't even feel that I wanted to try the newer version) but I felt it missed out on the perfect ending the story had. Though the movie's ending was good, I think they could have added another 30 seconds to include the one from the book. Naturally, the cat, who had the tiniest role in the story, has a much bigger one in the movie (and Drew Barrymore), which I think ties the stories together for the movie, but are not really in the book. **An interesting tidbit: the beginning of this movie includes a red 1958 Plymouth Fury....just a little fun for Constant Readers to catch :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine

    I'm glad I was able to quit on my own...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This is one of the four stories in Night Shift I was looking forward to the most (the others being "The Mangler," "Trucks," and "Children of the Corn"). This one delivered. The "Quitters, Inc." segment of Cat's Eye was always my favorite because it's so ridiculous. Basically a guy unwittingly hires the mob to help him quit smoking, and their tactics fall into the category of "strong arming." "After the tenth transgression, you become one of the unregenerate two percent, but even they never smoke This is one of the four stories in Night Shift I was looking forward to the most (the others being "The Mangler," "Trucks," and "Children of the Corn"). This one delivered. The "Quitters, Inc." segment of Cat's Eye was always my favorite because it's so ridiculous. Basically a guy unwittingly hires the mob to help him quit smoking, and their tactics fall into the category of "strong arming." "After the tenth transgression, you become one of the unregenerate two percent, but even they never smoke again. We guarantee it." One thing missing from the story is the party scene where Dick is jonesing for a fix so bad that he starts seeing all kinds of psychedelic shit related to cigarettes. This is what you see with nicotine withdrawals, so if you currently smoke, don't quit! I've been smoke free for six and a half years myself, but I did it with Chantix which gives you some great dreams! I'm glad I didn't have to resort to consulting this crew because they also monitor your weight. If you gain too much, unpleasant things are done to your loved ones. I gained 80 pounds over the course of those first six years, 30 of them in the first month alone! (I've since lost 50 in the past six months). So, if you smoke, don't quit; you get fat. 80 pounds is way over the limit Quitters, Inc. finds acceptable, so I'm sure I would've become one of the unregenerate obese had I commissioned their assistance. And here's Mark Twain with some thoughts on smoking in general. “When they used to tell me I would shorten my life ten years by smoking, they little knew the devotee they were wasting their puerile words upon -- they little knew how trivial & valueless I would regard a decade that had no smoking in it!” Yeah, there's that. I do miss my coffin nails sometimes. I enjoyed them, and there was the cool factor. I know, I know, "they're not cool, they're stupid, and dorky, derpa derr, derrrr." Perhaps "suave" is a better word. Cool and suave are in the eye of the beholder, and some smokers were damn smooth. In spite of my overall clumsiness in general, I was smooth and graceful in all of my carcinogenic inhalation related activities. I could light a zippo faster with one hand than almost anyone else ever could with two, then have it tucked back out of sight before you could begin to wonder how I had managed to light my fag. My butt discard was impressive. Ah, those were the days. I quit for several reasons. A major part was money (I was unemployed at the time). Part of it was health. (They put so many chemicals in those things nowadays that didn't used to be there). And another major part was to get the smug, self-righteous, anti-smoking crowd to just shut the fuck up. It took a few years, but I guess they wore me down, though I don't think I would've quit had cigarettes still been more affordable. And I'm referring to people in my own life such as relatives and... friends? I guess you could call them friends, but they weren't very good ones if they couldn't accept me for who I was after I politely, but firmly, suggested they let it go. Still, they were more than mere acquaintances or coworkers. Some were the people who would bring it up if you had a cold, coughed, or anything. Any ailment, even a hangnail, was linked back to smoking, and thrown in my face. It was nice to ask them "Weren't you sick just last week?" sometimes. But no, I was assured that we didn't have the same cold that was going around. Mine was smoking related according to these experts. (And an expert is any jackass with a briefcase who's 100 miles from home). Pshaw! And the anti-cigarette campaign in society actually has the opposite affect on me. Every time I see a truth.com commercial, I consider picking up the habit again out of spite. Hmmm... I still seem to be pretty bitter about some of this. I better work on that. At least the warnings on Canadian cigarette packages make me laugh. I seem to have strayed away from the story. I thought it was awesome and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good yarn with some slight terror elements in it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samadrita

    No one does creepy better than Stephen King. How far would you go to quit an addiction? What happens when the stakes are upped so much that there is no other alternative but to quit? Are you ready to face the consequences of your lack of dedication to a cause? Initially, I wasn't a big fan of the kind of horror Stephen King writes. But he drew me in eventually. It's like I hate the man for writing such gruesome stories and love him for the kind of effect he has on his readers, including me. His sk No one does creepy better than Stephen King. How far would you go to quit an addiction? What happens when the stakes are upped so much that there is no other alternative but to quit? Are you ready to face the consequences of your lack of dedication to a cause? Initially, I wasn't a big fan of the kind of horror Stephen King writes. But he drew me in eventually. It's like I hate the man for writing such gruesome stories and love him for the kind of effect he has on his readers, including me. His skillful narration pulls you in when you are least expecting it and suddenly you are under his spell, unable to get away of your own volition. Stephen King books are dark, dreary, depressing and every shade of grisly there is. King has the uncanny ability of invading the farthest nooks and corners of your mind, where your most basic fears reside in a state of hibernation. And then poking and prodding them till they awake and raise their seemingly innocuous heads, transform into menacing monsters and threaten to engulf you as a whole. That is what his works do to me, at least. Quitter's Inc is no different. A short story but the impact created is no less terrifying than any of the standard Stephen King novels. And the horror bit aside, it gives out a very strong message on addiction, the significance of quitting and having the strength to choose what's good for you. 'Cause if you don't quit, Lord help you! *sinister smile*

  7. 4 out of 5

    David (דוד)

    A story that inspired the 2007 Anurag Kashyap directed Hindi film "No Smoking", is one hell of a tale that I had been wanting to re-read since the last few years; and at long last it came. This one's one of my ultimate favourites, amongst the lovely bizarre ideas that King ever put forth within his books! :D

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    Always good with Stephen King. I wish it was a little longer of a story though.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Versha

    Gosh! This was creepy as hell, but somehow made a lot of sense. Rather than asking how far one can go to quit smoking this book asks how much you love your loved ones to quit it. Amazing concept!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    This is a short story by Stephen King, which was recently been released in audio format. The story was dramatized in the movie “Cat’s Eye” back in 1985, which featured three of King’s short stories. It is a typical King story -- dark and twisted with a bit of dark humour – about a man who is a chain-smoker who runs into an old college friend who gives him the business card of a firm called “Quitters, Inc.” who he says helped him to kick the habit. The main character, Dick Morrison, decides to co This is a short story by Stephen King, which was recently been released in audio format. The story was dramatized in the movie “Cat’s Eye” back in 1985, which featured three of King’s short stories. It is a typical King story -- dark and twisted with a bit of dark humour – about a man who is a chain-smoker who runs into an old college friend who gives him the business card of a firm called “Quitters, Inc.” who he says helped him to kick the habit. The main character, Dick Morrison, decides to contact the firm, more out of curiosity than a true desire to quit...and the results are not quite what he expects! I enjoyed it. It was narrated by Eric Roberts. I found the jazz music playing at the beginning of the book to be a little distracting, making it difficult to hear Eric’s narration until the music faded into the background and then finally ceased.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Alff (AlffBooks)

    Chilling but so well done!!! I couldn't stop this story, I had to finish it from the moment I started ^^ I didn't know if I wanted to know where the story was going but at the same time it could have been worse for me if I hadn't finished due to imagination! I recommend it very much!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    One of my favourite books by Stephen king. Recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    My Favorite Stephen King Story Read by Eric Roberts Duration: 45 minutes. It is true that with all of Stephen King's lengthy tales, my favorites are usually the shorter ones and Quitters, Inc. is probably Stephen King's shortest story. It was originally part of his book of short stories called Night Shift and was one of three stories in the 1985 movie Cat's Eye. The premise of the story is really cleverly simple. What if you went to a non-smoking clinic that was run by the mafia? Dick Morrison m My Favorite Stephen King Story Read by Eric Roberts Duration: 45 minutes. It is true that with all of Stephen King's lengthy tales, my favorites are usually the shorter ones and Quitters, Inc. is probably Stephen King's shortest story. It was originally part of his book of short stories called Night Shift and was one of three stories in the 1985 movie Cat's Eye. The premise of the story is really cleverly simple. What if you went to a non-smoking clinic that was run by the mafia? Dick Morrison meets an old friend who has kicked the smoking habit who tells him that if he visits Quitters, Inc. they will get him off cigarettes and change his life for the better. Morrison laughs off the suggestion but eventually does go for an initial consultation out of curiosity about their methods. I cannot divulge any more about this very short story without introducing spoilers except to say that their methods are anything but AMA approved, but they do work. The story is read by Academy award nominated actor Eric Roberts. Roberts gives an understated performance, like a man telling a story at the end of a bar after a long night. But, it works perfectly with the characterization of the mobster counselor at Quitters, Inc. http://dwdsreviews.blogspot.com/2011/...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stasia

    It was... disturbing. I felt really uncomfortable reading it, mostly because for some reason I could totally visuals it in my head, like I was there, just stood and watched. I really didn't like what I saw. But the fact that I could see it so clearly... wow. Just wow. 4/5 (minus one point for the rabbit)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    Chilling. I don't smoke - Thank GOD! I would have stopped after this story. I read this 20 years ago and I still remember this and how it made my spine tingle. Sinister. Very sinister and also, I think this would work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesa Loves Books

    Good one! This creepy suspense short story about a sure fire method to quit smoking was first published in King's collection, 'Night Shift' [1978]. I found it in the 'Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense' anthology compiled by Martin H. Greenberg (1988).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Simina

    This might be the most grusome method of giving up smoking. And yet...the most efficient. 5* from me, audiobook is great.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Raymer

    Short story. What a great way to quit smoking and to keep weight off while doing it. King sure has a great imagination.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿

    Wow, if this is true in real life... No one would smoke. hah!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Simon Kao

    Glad I don't smoke...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Matta

    That was crazy! Talk about a story that will only make me paranoid. At yet this everywhere organization is trying to make people better. It made my whole body shiver.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Medhat The Book Fanatic

    Unlike its short adaptation, I quite enjoyed Quitters, Inc. It was fun and sick.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    What a crazy story! Fun to listen to and thrilling at the same time! I was pleasantly surprised since I am not a Stephen King fan.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roz Curney-Sherod

    Nothing like a Stephen King short story to give you the creeps! Still it didn't stop me from smoking (LOL).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jelmer Dekker

    A short story from Night Shift. I really liked this short story! In my opinion, it was an interesting and funny idea. The ending was really nice too and the concept made me think.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Bennett

    Ever tried to quit smoking? Did you fall off the wagon or gain weight when you did? Well Stephen King has found an almost sure fired way to quit. All you have to do is go to Quitters, Inc. In this story, Dick is a heavy smoker. He comes across an old friend who was a smoker as well. As they are chatting, Dick finds out that his friend has quit smoking, lost weight and feels better than ever by going to this place called Quitters, Inc. After much contiplating, Dick finally decides to go. To his s Ever tried to quit smoking? Did you fall off the wagon or gain weight when you did? Well Stephen King has found an almost sure fired way to quit. All you have to do is go to Quitters, Inc. In this story, Dick is a heavy smoker. He comes across an old friend who was a smoker as well. As they are chatting, Dick finds out that his friend has quit smoking, lost weight and feels better than ever by going to this place called Quitters, Inc. After much contiplating, Dick finally decides to go. To his surprise though, he is in for more than he bargained for. He finds out that he has to quit smoking cold turkey and if he doesn't the consequences could be horrific. It's not like they are going to hurt him but they will torture his wife and then his son instead. Not only does he have to quit smoking but he has to keep his weight down and keep in good shape. Are they just bluffing? Can he make it or will his family endure the pain for his habit?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juanita Johnson

    In my opinion, Stephen King's best horror stories are the one's that could actually happen. This story is about going to the extremes to "kick the habit". Without giving too much away, how much is TOO much to risk for the chance to use just one more time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    I often think King's finest writing is in his stories. This one is rare, it's funny. It's also a wonderful, terrible, awful idea.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lance Lasalle

    Entertaining but slight. Thankfully not as horrific as it could have been.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Kadrekar

    Anurag Kashyap got me here.

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