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
"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)
Yes, to all my friends who enjoy this type of book. The narrator kept things interesting, and intriguing. He absolutely kept me on my toes
The narrators infliction in telling the story. Every moment was memorable because the narrator left a lasting imprint in my mind.
It felt like I was listening to a thrilling story around a campfire, with infliction in tone and excitement. This would have never have been the same if I had read the book
I would not re-name Carrie, since the book is all about her and the life she led, and how she became the crazed girl in the end.
Carrie is a girl with telekinetic powers who has been isolated from her community due to the crazy reputation of her mother. Her mother has kept her sheltered and taught her extreme religions views and opinions.
All of this made going to high school a traumatic experience for her. Especially when the torture and traumatic times seem to occur on a daily basis.
Everything comes together and she finally explodes with rage, taking it out on anyone and everyone who has ever caused her pain.
It just so happens that the whole town has bullied her, so Carrie has a vendetta against a large amount of people.
I'd give this book 5/5 for an classic original King horror book.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
Yes, this was an incredibly well done audiobook. It was definitely better than the movie, I love that she fought back.
Carrie, since the book was narrated by Sissy Spacek and she played Carrie in the original movie...it made it all the easier to imagine.
Carrie and her mother, they were well done and very complicated.
Again I would pick Carrie, that poor girl never got the chance to have a real friend and feel loved. I would love to be her friend.
It's in the top 10 and is my favorite of the horror genre (though I have not listened to that many yet).
Carrie's mother. The portrayal was spot on.
Probably Sue Snell or the gym teacher.
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.
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.
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.
Lifetime lover of fiction!
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.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While certain bits of this classic are dated, it is unfortunately a timeless topic of the trauma and consequences associated with bullying. This is Stephen King's first published novel and I enjoyed reading it for the first time even after seeing the movie years ago. While this was not my favorite of his - there are moments when he goes into tedious detail describing certain events - the plot kept me into it through to the end. The characters are slightly shallow, but not so much as to be distracting - it is the guy's first novel and a short one at that. If my first effort is this good, I'll be thrilled!
Most importantly I think King illustrates well the many levels of wounds that bullying leaves - a hard heart for the intentional bully, unyielding guilt for those who follow along with bullying instead of helping the victim, helplessness felt by school administrators, and of course, the loneliness, ostracism, and pain of rejection felt by the bullied. The story is an important reminder of the impact of choosing aggression/assimilation over sympathy.
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