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)
The best so far
How detailed it was, it actually made you connect to the characters and understand the unfolding of a tragedy
She is great, and considering she starred in the original movie, I think she connected to this book in a personal way
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.
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.
I would say it is a top 20. Stephen King stories are excellent and the reader was able to show great emotion.
I have and would again, I just wish Sissy Spacek knew how to pronounce Desjardins.
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.
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.
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.
never trust reviews from the bi-polar
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
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.
The prom of course. Readers get to see it from different points of view and it makes the experience richer and more unforgetable.
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.
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!
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.
Sure. I enjoyed listening to Sissy Spacek reading the book; especially since she played Carrie to perfection on the big screen.
I read this book years ago. It seems Mr King has filled out the gauntness of the book in the intervening years. I'm glad. It was a good story and now a better one.
See my comment above. And she is a really good actress.
Glad I purchased it.
The book begins with Stephen King's prologue in which he discusses how CARRIE came to be. In his own words he describes the book as a bit dated but still a good story which is exactly what I thought. I'm a long time SK reader and have enjoyed revisiting some of his older works. I am always struck with what a great story teller he is.
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