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Summary

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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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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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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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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much better than the film.

it takes you to places only Seven King can reach, deeply thrilling. You won't want to stop listening.

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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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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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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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Good, early King

I enjoyed the book, but not as much as his later work. The storyline was great, but I was less enthralled by the interwoven pieces from journal articles and books.

I thought Sissy Spacek did a great job, but she was in her 50s when she narrated this, and the dialogue is mainly between High School kids, which was slightly incongruous.

Overall though, pretty good and I’m pleased I have ticked off another Stephen King.

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Very well written book and fantastic story line. Not sure I liked the end but then that's Stephen king for you.

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Not as good as the film (rare)

I have watched three versions of the filmed and absolutely love them, so I thought let’s listen to the book, they are normally better than the films, how wrong could I have been, the book just didn’t flow through the story as I remember in the films, some of the ending is given away part way through using the phrase of “in a few hours they will be dead” and at this point Carrie hadn’t even gone to the prom. *Spoiler alert* I really didn’t like how it kept quoting from books that appeared to be written by the survivors, which again give away the ending. All in all, if you liked the films then don’t read the book, you will be disappointed