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Carrie

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Angelia Chisolm NW 77th Street 09-26-12
    Angelia Chisolm NW 77th Street 09-26-12
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 10-30-14
    Ruth Bain 10-30-14

    RueRue

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-20-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-20-15

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "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.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 10-04-13
    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 10-04-13
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    "A classic never goes out of style"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrie?

    The prom of course. Readers get to see it from different points of view and it makes the experience richer and more unforgetable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above


    Did Carrie inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic Richmond, BC, Canada 02-25-13
    Dominic Richmond, BC, Canada 02-25-13 Member Since 2017
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Baxter 09-11-17
    Ed Baxter 09-11-17
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    "Sissy Spacek was the Perfect Choice for Narrator."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Carrie is a story of intolerance, religious fanaticism, and bullying. It explores how far someone can be pushed before they snap. Carrie has a gift that allows her to unleash a revenge of epic proportions that some fantasize about, but could never actually execute. Its a fun listen and a great introduction into the early work of Stephen King. I highly recommend it.


    Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sissy Spacek did an excellent job narrating this book. Her voice here is the same as it was when she played Carrie in the 1976 movie. I found myself looking forward to the next time I'd have to listen.


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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 09-06-17
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 09-06-17 Member Since 2016

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

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    "First Novel is always a classic"

    Carrie white was always the example Stephen King wanted to show us about how much bullying affects our youth. The push too far. A hard breaking haunting tale read superbly read by Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in Brian De Palma. Forever a classic.

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    Justin Frawley 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic that no movie seems to do justice"

    Wonderful narration. the context in of itself was not scary in the least to me but perhaps that is because of the age I am and the age I live in. But a story of bullying, crazy family, and the unknown still ring very true.

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    Erin 06-29-17
    Erin 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    Very well written. Stephen King is very talented. Long, but worth it. Definitely would recommend to everyone I love.

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    AvidReader 05-31-17
    AvidReader 05-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you listen to Carrie again? Why?

    Yes. It's such a classic horror story. I notice something new every time I listen/read it.


    What does Sissy Spacek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is amazing. It so soft and feminine, but so eerie too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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