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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

    RueRue

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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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    Lex Surrey, Canada 08-19-15
    Lex Surrey, Canada 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A solid star for King's catalogue"

    This is a book I've come back to several times. Always easily swept in, and held till the end--King's natural ability to create immediately relateable characters, or at the very least understandable ones, is apparent even this early on his career, and something that make his books instantly recognizable.

    The performance by Sissy Spacek I'd say was mostly pretty good--sometimes it could be a little hard to tell which character was speaking, and there were certain points when things felt a little cluttered. This was mainly the fault of the prose itself, though, and so it'd be unfair to put blame on her. King is a brilliant writer, but in some places reading his words aloud is not the best way to take them in. Some thoughts just flow differently when expressed in the mind, rather than through spoken words. Overall, it wasn't a bad narration, though.

    If you're new to King's work, there are certainly better places to start, but there are also worse. It's not a huge fright fest, as some of his later work (or even his next two, which are both far more chilling), but the characters are solid, and the book holds a high emotional impact, even if not giving too many chills or thrills. At a brisk 7+ hours, it's pretty easily listening...atleast if you can stomach the macabre gore that the cover itself alludes to. Check it out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad R. Allen Grand Rapids, MI 08-01-15
    Chad R. Allen Grand Rapids, MI 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "First time reading this classic"

    It's a simple story but full of primal fears and impulses. Poignant somehow. Its epistolary form makes it feel so REAL!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 07-31-15
    Denise 07-31-15 Member Since 2012

    Married w/two college-grad kids, 3 cats & a 2-story house that's too quiet most days! I love audiobks! I listen while I Xstitch! Xstasy!

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    "As thrilling as I remembered!"

    Sissy Spacek brought this story back to life for me! I hadn't read it in years. This is the best way to do it!

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    Derek Ingold 07-24-15
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    "Recommended"

    Still a good book even after the second time around. Pretty cool that it was Spacek reading it

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    Krys-Tyna 07-20-15
    Krys-Tyna 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Such a well written book!"

    Sissy Spacek does a wonderful job narrating this book.
    I've read it a couple of times, years ago & I've seen the movie a couple of times.
    I loved the book, really liked the movie, but this audio book is the best by far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BeHave 07-10-15
    BeHave 07-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sissy Spacek is wonderful"

    I read this book years ago before seeing the film version and though Sissy Spacek was an amazing Carrie so I was interested to hear her narrate the novel. She was wonderful, keeping me engaged and not wanting to turn it off. This is also a classic King novel, and it's easy to understand why he gained fame after publishing this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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