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Carrie

Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,286 ratings)
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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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Excellent read

It's an emotional rollercoaster that is both extravagant yet horrifying. One of the best books I've read recently.

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Where it all began.

This will make the 7th Stephen King book that I have read or listened too, and I had to jump on his first novel. The story was good, dark of course as one may suspect. Was able to finish in just a day.

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I love Sissy, but...

I love this book. I really do.
And as much as I love Sissy Spacek, and the thought of Carrie reading Carrie... This was a bit nerve wracking. A bit of mispronunciation and a surprising lack of emotion on her part.
Overall worth it, but I probably won't be giving it a second listen for a while.

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Sissy Spacek + Carrie = Perfection!

King's first novel is still one of his best. Perhaps it's the rawness and simplicity of Carrie's story that make the novel so timeless, or how in an age of cyberbullying Carrie is just as relevant as a cautionary tale as it was almost 50-years ago.

You may think you know her, Carrietta White. But if you're only acquainted with her through films, you'll be meeting her for the first time. She's unlike anyone else you've ever met before or likely will meet again. Horrific, heartfelt and heartbreaking... she is Carrie.

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Carrie and Bias

I listened to Carrie because my wife, who's lived a Stephen King's novel for 70 years, thought an earlier novel of Stephen King, would be good for me. I listened to Pet Semanary last week. I admit his novels go fast, and its difficult to stop listening at some point. Its like you start tipping downward and you can't stop. I guess that's how a good book or story goes. King is really bias against religion, though from the two books I think he likes the Roman Catholics, but hates the fundamentalists. I don't know if I want to listen to anymore of his books, but its like Pet Semanary, where the demon gets into you and its hard to stop wanting to go back to the cemetery to draw out another of King's books and read about graphic sex and sadness again. The performance is great and the story is spell binding. I do not like to hear the "F" bombs all the time or the graphic sex.