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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,019 ratings  ·  97 reviews
A freak accident renders an ordinary stock analyst invisible, and though invisibility has its pitfalls, he is able to eavesdrop his way into amassing a fortune in this side-splitting, tear-jerking mixture of fantasy and nightmare.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Atheneum Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Woodge
This book has been in my top five favorite list since I first read it when it was published in 1987. I'd read it again a couple years later and now for the third time, nineteen years after that. Time flies. It was just as much fun this time around as well. It is such a well-done story about what would happen if an average guy, in this case a 34-year-old securities analyst, should accidentally become invisible. Not only that, he's also got four determined government agents trying to capture him a ...more
Peter
how can you not give this book five stars???(slowly shaking head)...the detail, the tension, the brilliant sardonic life view of my hero nick (did I mention the detail?)...i love this book and i love h f saint; WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU???...when i first read this book i spent the next few years scanning the book shop shelves under "s" looking for his next book but it never came...the radio interview on the net is wonderful, heartbreaking listening as you realise h f was still hopeful of continuing ...more
Mickey
OK, so the basic idea was covered by H.G. Wells long ago, but I found this book hard to put down. Not only does the pace keep you riveted, but the invisible man himself is such a smarta** that the dialogue often made me laugh out loud. It's a shame they butchered the story when they made it into a Chevy Chase movie, in which the witty repartee was replaced with expletives. Skip the movie, read the book...
Leftbanker
Aug 19, 2014 Leftbanker rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with an imagination

DO NOT confuse this brilliant novel with the crap movie it was later made into starring Chevy Chase. If ever a movie screamed out for a remake it would be this story.

I can state without any exaggeration that the umpteen times I have made it through this book cover-to-cover were the most fun that I've ever had reading. This last reading I pulled off in a single day! I also think that it's interesting how many people state that this is their favorite book, more than any other book I've come across
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Diane

When I think about invisibility, I think of it as a cool superpower. I guess it would be if you could turn it off and on at will. This book makes it seem much less fun:

• Trying to orient yourself in space can be very disconcerting, especially if you happen to be in an invisible building.
• The government will try to hunt you down. It wants you as a lab rat. It might be able to use you for intelligence. It doesn’t someone else to use you. It may need to eliminate you to avoid the embarrassment a
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Julie H.
The scene on the train is simply priceless. There were many many funny instances in this book that is not simply (only) a funny book.
Raeden Zen
Intriguing, Hilarious, Satirical Sci-Fi Thriller

“It was not really anywhere—or not anywhere this train should be stopping. This was not in itself particularly disturbing: if you have ever ridden on one of these trains you will know that, although they operate on the most important and most traveled rail route in the country, their movements are as random as the physical limitations of steel rails will permit. That is, they are always mysteriously speeding up, slowing down, or stopping altogether
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Maryann
Having been one of those people who always replied "invisibility" to someone's question of what power I would want if I were to posses a magical ability, I was instantly drawn to read this book. I was a little sceptical at first because I'd already read H.G's story of the invisible man, and, really, reading a book with no originality can be boring sometimes but I wasn't let down at all. I loved Nick's humour (written in 1st person) and his aspect of things which I thought reflected well on what ...more
Midas68
Review of abridged Audio Story along with Novel Review)

First let me say this is one of dem dere Abridged Farcities.
Now sometimes a Shorter Version can be a Good thing. Such as in Bad
stories your glad are finally over, or one of them Stephen king Forrest killing Telephone Books.

But mostly its all BUllOnie. I do tho got to tell ya something good about this. Its a Rare one.

Saints baby was a Incredibly witty book that should be read by All
who like such things as Good Books that are Good! And I'm tel
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Suka
One of my all-time favorite books. I bet I've read it at least 10 times. I was telling a friend about it, about how I kept buying copies of it and loaned to friends and never got it back. Well, he found it on Amazon and bought me a copy as well as one for himself. I recently re-read it and thought about how it worked in 1987, when it was written, but it would be a very different story if written today. Technology has advanced to the point that anyone could disappear and become "invisible" but co ...more
Eric
dave -- this is one of my favorite books of all time. i don't know if you've read it, but if you haven't then put it on your reading list now! H.F. Saint i don't think ever wrote another book, but maybe because nothing else could be this good.

And please, if you haven't already seen the ridiculous Chevy Chase movie version yet -- don't watch it till after you've read the book PLEASE -- and then only as a novelty. It's not an absolutely horrible movie, but compared to the book it was a total disas
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Katie Lynn
another I've already read. I will read this one again, just not now. I'm going through all my books deciding which to pack for the move and which to give away/sell. This is a keeper for now, but I still have a stack I haven't sorted yet so now is not the time to reread.

And, I know that no one else cares about this review, but this is how I keep track of what I've read or not. Sorry if you got stuck reading this for no reason. [insert sheepish grin here}
Corey Dubois
One of my favorite books of all time. The author seems to unkeenly know or suppose exactly what it would be like to be invisible. All of the nuances, and the problems. The abilitys and so forth. Told in an utterly interesting way, that draws you in wanting to know what happens next. Throughout the book, you feel as though your the character, alone and empty, in the middle of a city with millions of people. I highly recommend this book.
Emily
One of my favorite books of all time. He really put an amazing amount of thought into this book and what it would really be like to be involuntarily invisble. He explains why you can never ride in escalators, the exhaustion of constantly having to avoid everyone else, the lonliness, as well as how to seduce a woman by convincing her you are a ghost. One of the few books I´ve reread. It´s so good.
Keith Bell
Read this book several times since it came out and love it each time. Movie version with Chevy Chase is too campy. With all the remakes they are doing now a days, this should be one of them. I could see Edward Norton in the title role though.

A clash between a scientist and an antinuclear demonstrator at a nuclear energy plant catalyzes an explosion that renders Nick Halloway, a securities analyst, invisible. Realizing that he will become a caged, scrutinized guinea pig if he surrenders to federa
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Sean Randall
"Somehow, unwittingly, incredibly, I had become part of a live sex act performed before a hostile, disapproving audience. I felt exposed, anxious, and ashamed."

This, so early in the book, makes you wonder jus where this title is going. But as you look back, seeing that really, it's the last public appearance of our hero in any meaningful way, there's a touch of ... what? Sympathy, I suppose.

"I was becoming a sack of vomit and fecal matter. I suppose, on reflection, that that is what I had alway
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Steve Kunitzer
Warning: possible spoilers

I recall reading this book awhile ago; I liked it then and I liked it again. Don't recall the sex parts [probably NC-17 rated in some spots] or the excessive gastrointestinal narrative but I do remember the general theme; 1. man becomes invisible, 2. government wants man, 3. man doesn't want government, 4. man hides, 5. government pursues, 6. repeat 4 & 5 a lot 7. abruptly finish story. I actually forgot about part 7; probably repressed that memory but something jar
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Samie Foster
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man By H.F. Saint

I get my books from odd places. Garage sales, give a ways, bargain bins, and sometimes out of trash can at my friends house. (He has no tastes in books and often throw good ones away) I grab books that seem interesting, providing an new concept or have tons of potential. I prefer not to join the waves of current fans of big writers stalking their every move. I mean, these guys that no one hears of are sometimes better than JK Rowling, or Stephen King. Som
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Ronnie Roberts
This is one of my all-time favorite books, one I read again and again, as a treat to myself. It's clever, funny, engaging, and stays with you for a very long time. It also falls firmly into the - 'Don't Judge a Book by its Movie' category - please! A Chevy Chase and Darrel Hanna slapstick romance? It was like having the keystone cops acting out a John Grisham court drama.

Do yourself a huge favor and read this book. The protagonist, Nick, is so likable, and his dilemma so profound, you cannot he
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Weaverannie
Een boek over een onzichtbare man, geschreven door een heilige (Saint) moest bijna wel de moeite van het lezen waard zijn.
Het is het onwaarschijnlijke verhaal van Nick Halloway, die bij een bezoek aan een 'onderzoeksinstituut', waar onderzoek naar magnetisme wordt gedaan, maar dat erg lijkt op een kerncentrale, na een ontploffing onzichtbaar wordt. Hij wordt gezocht door agenten van de geheime dienst en moet op de vlucht. De onzichtbaarheid heeft voordelen: hij is niet eenvoudig te vinden, maar
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Kathleen Dixon
This is a re-make, as it were, of H.G. Wells' classic which I haven't read (at least I don't recall having read it, which may or may not be the same thing). I enjoyed it very much, even though I found some of his descriptions a little pedantic. These, however, fitted with the style and with the character so they didn't detract at all.

Saint does the emotional aspect really well - the loneliness must be debilitating when you're invisible to others. I know from personal experience of being cold-sho
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Marlowe
Written and set in late 1980s, H. F. Saint's invisible man is New York securities analyst Nick Halloway who, upon being made invisible as a byproduct of a science lab blast, finds himself dealing with the minute problems of being invisible in a major city whilst simultaneously attempting to evade capture by a government intelligence agency run by a man who seems able to second-guess Nick at almost every turn.
John
This is the "The Invisable Man", you've not heard of.
A charming book, driven clean in parts by humour, danger, human folly, and serendipity. Here we have good guys, bad guys, unlisted goverment heavy's and Wall Street stock brokers in Italian suits.
It also explores the graphic world of our invisible man in detail, including but not limited to an entertaining, if a bit graphic look into the bodies digestive processes (boulion is a good choice if you've got to look).
Single book author, St. John,
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Raro de Concurso
Está claro que la historia de El Hombre Invisible da para mucho, y aunque el libro de H.G.Wells es magnífico, también es cierto que en su brevedad se dejó un montón de jugo sin sacar.

Harry F.Saint encara la historia desde un punto práctico: qué hacer y cómo sobrevivir si eres un hombre invisible buscado por un departamento de la inteligencia americana. Y la verdad es que lo hace de forma entretenida y verosímil, a pesar de los numerosos números de escapismo del protagonista.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I had friends who did not like this book... but I did. I guess I like the idea of invisibility
Nick work in a scientific job and is knocked unconscious. He comes to his senses a few hours later, and realises that he has been turned invisible, by which time government investigators are looking at the building. He calls out to the nearest investigator, expecting them to offer help, and is astonished when the man speaks into his radio and even as he promises medical help. Nick can see that an ambula
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Leelan
I first read this book when it came out in 1987. And again in May 1992 about the time Chevy Chase's movie came out. The book makes a great effort to remain plausible throughout given the gimmick of an invisible man. And Halloway is much more normal and relatable than either H.G. Well's Griffin or Kevin Bacon's Cain. Not as normal as Chevy Chase's character. This isn't a bad book. It does begin to drag sometimes. I may have to watch the Chevy Chase movie soon though. It has been a while.
Agostino Scafidi
I quit reading at about 46% (according to my kindle). I guess I just realized that I didn't give a damn about an invisible man or the happenings surrounding him. The book was well written, albeit a bit dry. I think if I had more interest in the "condition" of the character, I'd continue reading.
Mark Schlatter
An extremely detailed novel of what it might be like to be invisible (with much more emphasis on the woes of the condition than the joys). Saint goes with a strongly rigorous definition of invisibility (e.g., food consumed is still visible in the stomach for a while), so the story has a thought-experiment feel to it. I would have preferred something with more fancy and less I'm-being-chased-by-the-government, and the intricate prose dialed down the excitement for me.
Katariina
Jul 29, 2014 Katariina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Robin Halvorson
This is the book that the movie that Chevy Chase botched was based on. The book was much better than the movie.
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