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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

Critic Reviews

"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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An absolute MASTERPIECE!!!!

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!

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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.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 09-20-15

King's First Dark Fantasy

“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.

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  • Dominic
  • Richmond, BC, Canada
  • 02-25-13

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.

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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.

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Great listen!

I have read the paperback version a few times but this was the first audible listen. I know many people disliked the narration but I personally enjoyed it. I don’t care that the narration didn’t include different voices for each of the characters.

I found this to be an enjoyable yet short audiobook and through listening, I picked up on some things I must’ve skipped over or failed to understand when I read the paperback.

Here are my suggestions to anyone who is skeptical: Listen to a sample on the Audible app before purchasing to see if the narration is to your liking. If you proceed and buy, keep in mind you can always return it and get your money or credit back. Speaking on behalf of myself, I have an Audible account and get one credit per month. I have returned audiobooks I haven’t liked before without any issues.

Happy listening!

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If you put your mind to it you can do anything.

A great story, but so unbelievably sad. I had only seen the movie, but having read the book my heart just breaks. Flex...

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carrie

loved it finished it in a day and a half. it was very well read.

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Una historia terrorífica de bullying

La historia sigue siendo vigente con el paso de los años. Es la consecuencia de años y años de abuso a una inocente. Llevan al borde de la paciencia y se la cordura a alguien que con mucho poder puede ser el ser más peligroso de la tierra. Es una gran historia aterradora con un mensaje respecto al abuso, el cual tal vez no pretende desincentivarlo pero sí mostrar el otro lado de la historia con un final sorprendente. La narración es excelente, una entonación que mantiene al oyente muy atento e interesado en la historia. Es un clásico de terror que es de mis favoritos y seguirá siendo en cualquier formato que se presente.

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Sissy Spacek ruined my experience

She gave an incredibly lackluster performance. I'm the kind of person that wants a reader to do voices and bring characters to life, but Sissy either wouldn't or couldn't deliver on this front. Multiple parts were difficult to follow because of the speed she read and dreary voice work. I was very excited to read/listen to Carrie because I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and so this entire experience has been a letdown. This certainly isn't King's best work, but a stronger reader could have made this story come alive.