Carrie Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Feb 2005
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Why read Carrie? Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel like we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well--if not better--on the page as on the screen. Carrie White, menaced by bullies at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors. King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.
News item from the Westover (ME) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: "Rain of Stones Reported: It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th."Although the supernatural pyrotechnics are handled with King's customary aplomb, it is the carefully drawn portrait of the little horrors of small towns, high schools, and adolescent sexuality that give this novel its power, and assures its place in the King canon. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Guaranteed to chill you (New York Times)
Gory and horrifying . . . you can't put it down (Chigago Tribune)
[A] genius for storytelling (Daily Mirror )
One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep (Sunday Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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King has a knack of relating fiction to real-life and this is no exception. Teen bullying, a girls first entry into womanhood, it is all real and for most of us, scary. King in turn makes his stories scary to reflect this by using real problems.
Carrie is a teenager with 'normal' difficulties at school. She however does have an underlying power, a well hidden dark side that is waiting to burst out. And burst out it does in one hell of a blast, and a hell of a climax.
The characters are easy to relate to and you willl be forgiven if you think they are actually based on real people, such is Kings talent. This book is, for the most part, an 'easy' read. The plot is clear and simple to follow. However just because the plot is simple doesnt mean it is any less engrossing. And get engrossed into Carrie's world you will.
A super read that is quite linear with fewer twists and turns than in Kings larger books, but exciting none the less.
He is truly the epitome of modern horror.
You don't need me to tell you why you should read or re-read this book. This is Stephen King. By this point in time, unless you are just coming of age, you have already read this book if you are one of King's legions of fans or even if you were ever curious about this man's phenomenal success. Even more of you have probably seen the movie. While the movie was pretty faithful to the book, not even the magic of cinema can convey the true weight and atmosphere of this (or any other) book. Carrie is also King's first published novel.Read more ›
I had just lost my dad and was completely depressed. Within the first few lines of this debut novel by my all-time favourite write Stephen King, I immediately forgot all my troubles and concerns and was engrossed within the story of the "ugly duckling girl" that was tormented by her peers, tortured emotionally and physically by her religiously demented mother and had a rare gift - the gift of telekinesis - that allowed her to move objects with her mind. I felt sorry for Carrie and suddenly started wishing that I had a gift like this, but the genius of King is the way he is able to twist this wonderful rare talent into the ultimate nightmare.
Carrie is a simple story of how a girl who has no friends, suddenly discovers the idea of women growing up and discovering her first period, a trauma for her brought on by the fact that she believes she is dying, as well as the fact that her peers believe this is just a funny joke that they can use to abuse Carrie with. This is the catalyst that starts the whole horror of what the novel Carrie really is. Through the use of false interviews and made-up articles written by King himself, the reader learns the true horror of what this girl possesses and what she has to go through to get to the point of prom night where she will use her power to enact vengeance on those that have tortured her.Read more ›
published in 1974.
Like many others I'd seen the incredibly horrific film first, and at last I decided
to read the book.
It certainly fills in much of the detail of Carrie's Momma's religious nuttery, and
by the end you certainly feel for Carrie, almost sympathetic to the pandemonium,
death and destruction, that she inflicts on the township.
The only downside that I felt upon reading the book, the fact that government reports,
quotes and sections from books from the aftermath kept popping up, pretty much
giving the game away before the excitement occurred. The pure surprise element of
the occurrences would have been far more resonant, I felt.
But, nonetheless, a fair attempt for a first book, and the author should take heart, and
consider a second and maybe subsequent books!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Man, this book is so, so good. Amazingly, this is the first horror I've read by Stephen King. Why, oh why did I wait this long? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Killed by Death
Man , am I glad I read ' Carrie ' ! I want to write these comments because some three days after finishing the book I still have a vividly dark image in my head of the unlucky ,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Villette
Wonderful story and a great exploration of a character in pain. I can't believe this was King's first published novel, it's of such a great standard. Would highly recommend.Published 4 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards
Carrie is incredible, a must read for any horror or Stephen King fan. Despite Stephen not thinking it was worth publishing it is one of his best works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ThePurpleOrange
Carrie is frightening at times, the mother daughter relationship is disturbing and the ending destruction is described in a gruesome way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joel
Arrived quickly, and in prefect condition even though it was a second-hand purchase. Very pleased and love Stephen King. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carmella
Fantastic book! It was so gripping throughout that I couldn't put it down! He has a great writing style that just keeps you on the edge of your seat!Published 6 months ago by ScarlettNight666