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.
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.
katelyn the great
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!
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