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  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Carrie White is no ordinary girl. Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis. To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie – the first step towards social acceptance by high school colleagues. But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her...

©1974 Stephen King (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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"One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep." ( Sunday Express)

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Start here!

I am currently aiming to listen to all King’s books, and although I have already heard a few I’ve gone back to the start with Carrie. It’s a treasure to hear it read by Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in the original movie. The story is solid and addresses many of the trials and tribulations faced by the teenage Carrie in her coming of age and employing her telekinesis.

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A blueprint for later King epics such as the stand

kings first hit novel, as a lover of his other work this is a great book to see him demonstrating his skills and talents so early on. I also feel it's one of the only books I've read of his which try to explain the monsters

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Never assume

Having enjoyed the film for decades I thought I'd give it a whirl. I had assumed that the film was a fairly faithful adaptation of the book.

I was pleasantly surprised. It is easy to see how it launched King's career.

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She does a great job

The narrator does an amazing job. You flow with the bok, you feel what Carrie feels. Always a treat to have a Stephen King book read with skill.

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A Telekinetic Teen Thriller from the Maestro of Horror

This is a solid debut novel from a man who would go on to create some truly beloved epics (The Shining, The Stand & the Dark Tower series just to name a few). The premise is fairly simple & straightforward - it centres around an awkward young girl named Carrie White who is mercilessly bullied by her classmates & has an insanely religious wannabe-zealot of a mother. She also harbours the secret power of telekinesis & after a High School prank gone wrong she uses it to wreak havoc on all those who have humiliated her.

Stephen King crafts suspense like no other & the way he presents this story in the form of newspaper clippings & excerpts from books & documents is actually quite brilliant. King masterfully captures High School bullying that is just as relevant today as it undoubtedly was back when the book was published.

Some of the characterisation of characters like Billy Nolan & Chris Hargensen is brilliantly realised & they are more complex than one might consider at first glance. Carrie White herself is presented as a victim & no doubt she was but she was a product of a horrible upbringing by a truly unstable mother & I think it a mischaracterisation to consider that she goes insane in the book’s final act. I believe she was psychopathic & King I think gives enough hints throughout to suggest that that is the case.

All in all I think it is a fine cautionary tale in the dangers of bullying which is all too prevalent in our society.

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I really loved this read of Carrie by Sissy Spacek, however I was unimpressed by the audio quality; large slabs of the recording were accompanied by bad hiss. I also wondered if the voice record had been actually recorded in a professional studio. I’ve never encountered audio quality issues on Audible before. Maybe it was recorded in the distant past and it’s been rescued from the archives...

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Great Story, but a Little Too Scary

I am a fan of Stephen King, and enjoy almost all of his stories. Carrie is an example of a great story. Carrie's life reminds me of mine, but the aspects of it, including the idea of telekinesis is a little creepy.

As for the voice over by Sissy Spacek, is awesome. To have an actress who once played Carrie White narrating the novel is priceless.

Overall, good work.

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Don’t be afraid

Definitely worth a listen if you want to know the story before the movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s definitely not as scary as it’s hyped to be.

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get Will Patton

I liked the story but damn do I wish it was Will Patton who had narrated this one. sissys voice does not suit this style of writing and I found her to he incoherent at times with pace and tone. overall great tho

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  • Jason Hobday
  • 21-02-2017

Fantastic book!

As soon as i started listening i didn't stop until it was over. The charactures were so real. I've never ciried so much during a book.

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 17-04-2016

CLASSIC HORROR!!

THE MOST CHILLING TALE OF FUNDAMENTAL EXTREMIST RELIGION MEETS HIGH SCHOOL HAZING/BULLYING AND A FANATIC MOM ENDS UP OLIN MAJOR REVENGE AND CARNAGE - DISTURBING TO THE UTMOST!!

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  • Marie
  • 07-12-2013

Good story, but not so horrifying

I had quite high expectations for this book, that's probably why I was a little disappointed. The story is, without a doubt, original and a bit addictive, but it didn't give me the chills. I hoped for a good old horror story, but it was more a description of a tragedy with quotes from different books about telekinesis.
But don't get me wrong, it was worth the listen! I love King, but it wasn't as horrifying as some of his other stories.

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  • jack fourie
  • 17-01-2016

Worth a read but!!!

I would recommend other King books such as 'Shining' because this story is a bit too basic and there aren't really any high stakes or but Stephen King makes up for this with amazing characters and makes you feel like you are a student or a journalist inside this High School. The narrator was great and a perfect voice and brings a good vibe to the story

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  • Dania El Amin
  • 05-12-2015

much better than the movies

I'm a real lover of the writings of Stephen king. this is a good read but a little confusing to begin with until you realise that the reader is reading extracts from different books based on the event of carrie, along with the actually story. the jump back and forth becomes quiet smooth though as the story progresses. this is not a scary story but very well written and even though it is one of his first books it still stands the test of time. king is not afraid to speak of topics that others might shy away from and it lends strength to his writing.

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  • George
  • 07-07-2014

Much better than the film.

Where does Carrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five out of all audiobook listened to so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carrie herself. trapped in the body of an adolescent girl, tortured by her estranged mother and school friends who as we all know can be horrible in themselves.

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

Excellent choice of narrator. Sissy brought out all the feeling behind the characters portrayed in the book. Obviously seeing Sissy as Carrie in the film helped however Sissy brought to the book a professionalism that was believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The point where Carrie prepares for the Prom attends the dance and naturally fits in until the events that brought forward the catastrophe.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth listening to this book. The story brings to the reader the tale of a young girl persecuted for the way she was brought up through no fault of her own and then takes matters into her own hands in a devastating manner.

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  • Sam
  • 27-06-2021

Excellently read !

Sissy Spacek reads this beautifully, very emotive and we'll paced.
Great book, wish it was longer!

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  • melanie leeman
  • 07-04-2021

excellent 👌

sissy specek reads this ( the actress from the original film) and does an excellent job!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-2021

Great book, reccomended

Great listen. always love Mr. Kings brainchilds.
looking forward to the next one. book is better then the movie.

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  • Mr Stephen Goodman
  • 09-03-2021

Good Story Bad Narration

The story is good enough, not surprising as it's classic Stephen King. The narration is terrible though.

I think they thought it was a good idea to get the actress who played Carrie to narrate Carrie, but it wasn't. Her narration made the story boring. You can tell she is an actress as the only feeling in her performance was when she was reading a character's voice.

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