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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
the characters were well developed. especially carrie herself tho i felt her feelings of poor self esteem could have been developed even more.
i liked the picture that was graphically developed and showed how mean high school kids can be and it can really affect your self worth the rest of your life.
when carrie had her moment in the sun at the prom tho it was short lived.
i liked the reading but no character stands out as better than the rest.
i felt sad that a situation that was unnecessarily hopeless and could have been avoided wasn't.
I would from king, but not another book read by Spacek.
Carrie made an impression from the start. First menstruation in the school shower to her ignorant horror, surrounded by a mob of girls throwing tampons, and pads at her with laughter and taunts. Then, her mother's sick abuse of Carrie later that day, accusing Carrie of lust filled, sinning thoughts that brought on the blood and Carrie knowing it wasn't true, but having to give in to that nasty witch.
Too whispery, soft and dreamy. Takes away the drama of scenes and essence from characters.
Too late for that question.
This book deserved a strong female narrator like Cherry Jones that could have easily distinguished characters and made this thrilling.
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