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.
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.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
“Sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. It's what you say when you spill a cup of coffee or throw a gutter ball when you're bowling with the girls in the league. True sorrow is as rare as true love.”
― Stephen King, Carrie
There is a giant, dark gap in my reading history where Stephen King belongs. I've read a couple of his mid-career "also" novels (The Dark Half, Needful Things, etc). Some of his better known novels seemed a bit like a redundant read. They have soaked into the collective consciousness. But there is also this strange magnetism of his work. I don't want to just know 'Carrie' by the movie (or I guess movies and a musical is more technically correct). I want to read it clean and clear. So, I've been waiting patiently and now I've finished 'Carrie' and it was about what I expected. This, the earliest of King's novels, shows clear sign that King was always more than just your run-of-the-mill hypergraphic. He possesses/ed a certain vision and creative ability to mine all the dark, dank and soft corners. He recognized early that true horror isn't born from just blood or a knife, but from the emotions and fanaticisms and the brain.
Anyway, I liked it. I'll probably now have to read/listen to 'The Stand', 'The Shining', 'Cujo', and a handful of the other pillars of horror thrown upon us by Maine's Dark King.
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!
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.
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!
Sissy Spacek has done it again! She makes Stephen King's prose as chilling and lively as he intended it, and despite it being his first, the story seems to show great mastery of narrative and description as if he'd already mastered his craft by this point.
Not sure if i can pick one as they all have something i like about them.
the description of Carrie's use of her psychic powers as a little girl. it not only showed her mother's fanatisism and a reason for sympathy but the potential Carrie weilded.
Be Nice to the nice ones.
Anyone wanting to write horror or fantasy MUST read this for a proper education. This is a scare done the right way.
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.
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