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Carrie | [Stephen King]

Carrie

An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.
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Publisher's Summary

An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

©1974 Stephen King (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller." (The Los Angeles Times)

"Guaranteed to chill you." (The New York Times)

"Gory and horrifying.... You can't put it down." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Angelia Chisolm NW 77th Street 09-26-12
    Angelia Chisolm NW 77th Street 09-26-12
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    "The best of Stephen Kings books, and to think he a"
    Where does Carrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    How detailed it was, it actually made you connect to the characters and understand the unfolding of a tragedy


    Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is great, and considering she starred in the original movie, I think she connected to this book in a personal way


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, when Sue and Carrie were together. A moment of what I felt was guilt, love, and friendship, and perhaps for Sue growing up.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually watch this film when it came out. It was terrific in it's time. I also have read most of Stephen Kings books, including this one years ago. I couldn't resist listening to this book again especially with Sissy Spacek as the reader. Despite the fact I read it years ago, it was more enchanting and captivating then before. Perhaps because I was about their age when it came, out, and years of life can give you a new sense of understanding. I don't see Carrie as a horror book or movie, I see it as a tragedy. And just how cruelness to others can bring out the worse in people who are actually good, but pushed to the brink of madness.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 10-30-14
    RueRue 10-30-14

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    "Early Stephen King"

    Great reading by Sissy Spacek ! The prologue by Stephen King is interesting, too, for the origins of the character and story. It's got some slow spots, and the writing isn't as polished as later work by The Master, but it's definitely worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 10-04-13
    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 10-04-13
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    "A classic never goes out of style"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Many young persons have never read Carrie, depending on the movie to tell them the story. Big mistake. This is far better than the film.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrie?

    The prom of course. Readers get to see it from different points of view and it makes the experience richer and more unforgetable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above


    Did Carrie inspire you to do anything?

    Hopefully the reader will look upon bullying in a different light after reading Carrie and the forward by Stephen King. It is not a victimless harmless activity.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved this book since I was 14. Except for some references, the story is timeless.. A great start to an amazing career. Bravo Stephen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic Richmond, BC, Canada 02-25-13
    Dominic Richmond, BC, Canada 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story and pretty decent reader."
    Where does Carrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it is a top 20. Stephen King stories are excellent and the reader was able to show great emotion.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sissy Spacek?

    I have and would again, I just wish Sissy Spacek knew how to pronounce Desjardins.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was actually the most moved by the forward by Stephen King himself explaining where the idea for the novel came from and his regret over not helping the outcasts who were bullied in his youth. Made me think a lot more about it and possibly my own ineptitude in the past.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor 11-12-14
    Eleanor 11-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good"
    Where does Carrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 10 and is my favorite of the horror genre (though I have not listened to that many yet).


    Which character – as performed by Sissy Spacek – was your favorite?

    Carrie's mother. The portrayal was spot on.


    If you could take any character from Carrie out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Sue Snell or the gym teacher.


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    Helen Feddema Kerhonkson, NY USA 11-10-14
    Helen Feddema Kerhonkson, NY USA 11-10-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Terrific story, reading somewhat lacking"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephen King's first book, with many of the themes carried out in later books -- horror in an everyday setting, mysterious psychic powers, bullying. He says in the introduction that it is dated, but I didn't find it so -- the only thing that would be needed to bring the story into the 21st century is the addition of cell phones (the shower scene would be all over YouTube if it happened now), and maybe some bureaucratic ass-covering by the principal about the school's zero tolerance for bullying policy.


    Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reading has some minor problems, though. The story is set in Maine, so her Southern accent isn't right for this book. And she reads some passages in a low whisper, which means that if you are listening in a noisy environment, all of a sudden you can't hear anything until you turn up the volume, and then you get blasted with too-loud sound when she resumes speaking in a normal voice.


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    Susan'sEarbuds 11-30-13
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    "Go for the chills!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Chills up the spine. Real characters that you can "feel their pain" as ostracized, wounded, and hyper-sensitive personalities looking to even the score against the popular crowd. You want them to win even as you are horrified. It's one thing to not care about characters when bad things are happening; it's quite another when the story draws you in and the battle becomes your own. Great listen.


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    D. Rutledge Birmingham, AL 11-08-13
    D. Rutledge Birmingham, AL 11-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Lifetime lover of fiction!

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    "Classic Stephen King!!!"

    Can't believe I never read this one, but I finally got around to it so that I could see the movie remake. I must applaud Mr. King once again. I love his earlier works!!! This one is a gem, I love the way he paints a picture with words. This is an example of why I LOVE Stephen King...not a "scary" book, but just a well written piece of fiction in my opinion. Looking forward to seeing the film interpretation, although I know it will fall short...it'll be entertaining nonetheless.

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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 11-07-13
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "intence"


    Bullying, abuse, tyrannical religious monsters, twisted christian values… this one is a juicy, sink your teeth into, masterwork.

    The pain she endures from her religious, nut-job mamma is excruciating. It is real. It is something that can be believed in and experienced during the read.

    The use of the letters and newspaper clips that break up the character narrations make it unique, unusual.

    indeed this is great story telling. this is one of King's best

    -m

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    Jeff Davis Pennsylvania 05-09-13
    Jeff Davis Pennsylvania 05-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Carrie from the Inside"
    What did you love best about Carrie?

    The depiction of a young girl under the mental duress of her peers. She carried both an innocence and growing evilness, brought on by what's sometimes regarded as the in-crowd in high school situations. Her character grew well throughout the story, until like a twig, it finally snapped and caught fire.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the reports of the incident were portrayed in the question and answer sessions, not to mention Carrie, the character herself. King's portrayal of an impoverished girl rising out of the ashes, taken to the high school dance, and then exacting vengeance at that moment when all the innocence, replaced by a need for revenge, snowballs (or in this case fireballs) into a final conclusion.


    What about Sissy Spacek’s performance did you like?

    As in the movie itself, Sissy Spacek's performance was striking. The only other thing that could have made it better, possibly, was King reading the work himself.


    Who was the most memorable character of Carrie and why?

    Carrie, of course, would be the towering character here, followed by her mother, obsessed with religion, to the point where things become dangerous and dark.


    Any additional comments?

    While always a fan of Stephen King, I hadn't read Carrie, but watched in the movies quite a few years ago. It was a solid read, and I loved the opening by Stephen King as to his thoughts of Carrie, and what sparked the novel into being.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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