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)
I had seen the movie before I had read the book, but as always the book was far better than any of the movies made. With everything Carrie had been through, you find yourself rooting for her to get retaliation. This is a classic story of abuse and revenge. It's a great read.
It was especially fun that Sissy Spacek narrated the book since she played the original Carrie.
I read Carrie for the first time when I was 13. At the age of 51 I decided to give it a listen. The story is remarkable. It is so well-crafted that even in this age of "ADHD VIA INTERNET", it held my attention from beginning to end.
The Narrator was 5-star. I was afraid she would simply replay her role as Carrie, but she brought the dimension this story deserves.
Well-done and worth it!
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
This book will never get old. Horror of bullying..Parentes should read it. Horror with message.
I struggled to finish, but well, I need to practice the language. The story had its moments. I hoped a better performance from Sissy Spacek (it looks like she understands very well the suffering of Carrie but failed in another aspects of the narration). First novel of Stephen King and I think that he is a very sensitive person in the way that she understands and have a great empathy for the average or ordinary people.
My friends! We are about to embark on the most odious, the most evil, the most diabolical scheme of my illustrious career!
This is an early work by King. It's a little rough around the edges. You'll find a lot of half-baked ideas that king would later put to greater use in better novels. You have gossiping small town, bully that gets his, and your doomed romance. That's not to say this is a bad King Novel, just that it's his early work and it shows. King even describes this novel as "raw".
Carrie crawling to a lodge to kill the prime bully covered in blood, disfigured, and barely alive.
I'm not going to lie, the performance had to grow on me. I needed about thirty minutes to adjust to her voice, but it was worth the adjustment period. Spacek brings an odd, unsettling trait to her reading that fits the story perfectly. If the preview turns you off the reading, consider giving it a chance anyway.
I think the world has seen enough Carrie remakes.
The movie "Carrie" has always been one of the Stephen King stories that I thought they did a great job adapting, not because I had read the book, but because the movie is really well done. Well if you're about to read or listen to "Carrie", oh boy are you in for a treat. It's amazing! The movie tells the story of Carrie. The book is Carrie and owns her secret language, the language we all speak with our thoughts and actions.
The book reads like a case study of this incredibly odd event. It's told from multiple points of view from witnesses and has so much more detail. The horror factor is very high.
Sissy Spacek is an amazing talent. Not only is she a fantastic actress, she's a perfect narrator. I would listen to any books she reads, just to hear her talk. I'm so impressed with her and the entire production.
I loved it!
Pretty good. Mainly because I got this book free with the trail and it is the first audio book I'm going to hear
All of the moments were equally memorable, which is to say none of the moments were specially memorable.
Her voice is pretty good. I would suggest her to use a better microphone to record though.
Umm. NO. This is a massive book and pretty scary. I don't want to be alone while I hear something this scary. No thank you.
Well, this is the book I got with the Audible trial membership - That I cancelled right after I downloaded this book. Also, I didn't start hearing it yet. So yeah, I thought the least I can do was to leave a good review on this book :) I don't know if Amazon pays the publishers for books amazon give in trial.
This is one of my favorite books of all times, but I was a little disappointed by the performance. There were times when there wasn't much emotion put into words where it should be, and there was very little diversity in the characters' voices.
I think it was cool to have Sissy Spacek read it, but the performance was a bit underwhelming.
donald t wardlow
I first heard this book on tape in 1982. I was so eager to read it I played sick for the one time in my life to miss a boring church function.
The format is unusual-the story woven around pretend news items and entries from books that could have been written, had this nightmare been reality.
The story is about bullying-a universal truth since the first cave man realized he was bigger than some other cave man, then threw a rock at the smaller guy and laughed his heiny off. Carrie White is bullied-maybe the word tormented fits here-by the low lives in her school. Even Susan Snell, normally the typical New England blueblood with no personality acts like a jerk in the opening scene.
There is an early warning that Carrie is the wrong gal to push too far, but as always the warning is ignored.
Susan tries to apologize for the wrong she has done, but Christine Harginson, Billy Nolan and their respective todies won't allow any mercy for Carrie.
What happens next is classic Stephen King-writing with bare knuckles, no holds barred and no interest in a happy ending. Tremendous. Fabulous. Two weeks’ worth of nightmares unless you’re a Vulcan.
This is King as he was in the many short stories before “Carrie,” and in the Bachman Books series available on BARD, all written between Carrie in 1974 and 1982.
So don your earphones, pull your covers up tight
and get a grip on your nerves ... if you can.
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