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  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Carrie

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
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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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Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors of all time. He has published 61 novels, more than 200 short stories, and six nonfiction books—and he shows no sign of stopping. With such an extensive portfolio, choosing one audiobook can be daunting. We’ve compiled a list of the 32 best Stephen King audiobooks to make the choice easier. Whether you’re looking to get stuck into one of his creepy, classic stories or a sci-fi novella, you’ll find a title on this list that will get your heart racing.

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All About The Execution

The "plot" in this early Stephen King novel can be summed up in a sentence: 'A suppressed/abused and bullied highschool girl with psychic powers snaps'.

That's it.

That's the plot.

Do not buy this book looking for clever twists, serial revelations, edifying characterization, or page-turner pacing. What makes 'Carrie' worth reading is a demonstration of how a seemingly pedestrian posit can be turned into an engrossing story. The dialogue is typically realistic, the author makes a fantastical scenario feel plausible, and the mind's-eye visceral descriptions are unsurpassed - this is unabashedly King.

Unfortunately, the narration in this recording lets the story down somewhat. Sissy Spacek is a phenomenal actress, but Random House Audio could have cast this project better. Spacek's diction, timbre, cadence, and tone are fine, but her voice-acting is non-existent (every character sounds identical) and her rate of reading is too slow (I found playback at 1.15X was required for the optimal experience). The performance of this audiobook is distinctly average.

Regardless, fans of Mr. King should definitely have this book in their library - despite the relatively weak production value. It's a fine sample of his unique ability to turn a weak plot (on it's surface) into a mesmerizing book. This 7.5/10 star selection would be great for a long drive or a boring night shift. Spend the Credit.

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Not for me

Predictable and boring. I was hoping it would improve it never did. I cannot recommend this at all.

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Perfect narrator!

It was great to reunite with the story through audio. I read it multiple times years ago.

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excellent

excellent book, Sissy Spacek did a great job. One of my favorites from Stephen King.

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Great book.

I'd prefer to give it a 3.5. star rating due to the thick accent of the narrator at some points. Great book, though.

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amazing!

nothing to say other than it was perfect! would recommend to anyone getting into audio books

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Not my favourite.

I struggled to finish this one, didn't enjoy it much.
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A classic begging to be read.

Stephen King is a master at taking us into the young minds of impressionable teens.

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One of my favourites

What a great job the narrator did!!! This was my first audio book and I am absolutely impressed

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Awesome

One of the best audiobooks I've heard. Very well done. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Angelia Chisolm
  • 2012-09-26

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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  • Matthew S. Hill
  • 2016-02-09

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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  • Darwin8u
  • 2015-09-20

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
  • 2013-02-25

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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  • Dora
  • 2019-09-08

Woah

I consider myself a big King fan, but as such I'm only slowly making my way through his works.

Carrie has made it's way to the top. As I know it's his first, I was almost shocked at how much I enjoyed it. I have seen the classic original movie, but I definitely prefer the book. Its darker and heavier.

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  • Amy Judy
  • 2019-09-13

Beautuful!

Wonderfully written; what horrified me was not the supernatural aspect but the natural: Humanity itself .

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  • RueRue
  • 2014-10-30

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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  • Elizabeth Benjamin
  • 2020-06-22

Great story! But..

I really loved the story itself. But the production was ok. sometimes I struggled to tell the difference between characters being voiced until 3/4s through the book, then the performance was Abit better. The quality of the recording was okay at best. white noise could be heard through the entire story.

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  • Jonathan wheeler
  • 2021-04-12

white noise

king hasn't yet let me down and the story was great, but the narration was ok, I'm not saying she did a bad job but the whole time there was this white noise in the background as she was reading so if thats something that bothers you then I would see if they have another version

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  • GK
  • 2012-08-30

Carrie White's Bloody Handprint

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Sissy Spacek?

I would from king, but not another book read by Spacek.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrie?

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.

What didn’t you like about Sissy Spacek’s performance?

Too whispery, soft and dreamy. Takes away the drama of scenes and essence from characters.

Could you see Carrie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Too late for that question.

Any additional comments?

This book deserved a strong female narrator like Cherry Jones that could have easily distinguished characters and made this thrilling.

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