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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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    Olivia 03-24-15
    Olivia 03-24-15
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    "Good story"

    A good story- but it seemed to skip around quite a bit. Don't get me wrong- I did enjoy it, but it was a little confusing. For some the way it skips around may make it interesting, but for me personally, it was confusing and distracting from the story.
    The narrator did a fantastic job in my opinion.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-11-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Early King doesn't disappoint."

    I consider myself a rather large fan of Stephen King, but I had not read some of these early books. I think what kept me from reading this one before now was the less than stellar movie. Not really my speed. I finally got around to reading this book (well, listening to it), and I have to say that I did enjoy it. I liked the vantage point of some of the writing coming from books and journals written after the events. That was a nice touch. I didn't love Sissy Spacek as the narrator. She did a good job, just not my favorite.

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    Ash 02-04-15
    Ash 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story nicely produced and read"

    The foreword by SK is a nice intro to this early work of his. For fans, you will love this story - so Stephen. Well read. Soulful.

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    Daniel 01-14-15
    Daniel 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but he's only gotten better."

    Not my favorite King but considering it was his first short novel it's still worth the ride. Classic, check it.

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    Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves) North Carolina 12-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Stuffed Shelves

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    "Great Thriller/Horror"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrie?

    The narrators infliction in telling the story. Every moment was memorable because the narrator left a lasting imprint in my mind.


    What does Sissy Spacek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


    If you could rename Carrie, what would you call it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    penkypoo 12-08-14
    penkypoo 12-08-14 Member Since 2013

    A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!

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    "The Ultimate Underdog Bites Back!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carrie to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this was an incredibly well done audiobook. It was definitely better than the movie, I love that she fought back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    Carrie and her mother, they were well done and very complicated.


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

    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.


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