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 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.
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.
The narration was excellent and very well acted. Sissy Spacek is the actress that played Carrie in the original movie.
This is pretty much the shortest Stephen King book except for his short stories.
Highly recommended for a short enjoyable Halloween read.
I love audiobooks so hard!
So I was totally rooting for Carrie the entire time..
I did not enjoy the pacing of the book. The way it would switch to a later time and then back 3 hours to Carrie's point of view was difficult to follow.
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!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.