Stephen King's legendary debut, the bestselling smash hit that put him on the map as one of America's favorite writers
"Gory and horrifying. . . . You can't put it down." —Chicago Tribune
Unpopular at school and subjected to her mother's religious fanaticism at home, Carrie White does not have it easy. But while she may be picked on by her classmates, she has a gift she's kept secret since she was a little girl: she can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. Her ability has been both a power and a problem. And when she finds herself the recipient of a sudden act of kindness, Carrie feels like she's finally been given a chance to be normal. She hopes that the nightmare of her classmates' vicious taunts is over . . . but an unexpected and cruel prank turns her gift into a weapon of horror so destructive that the town may never recover.
The original actress to play Carrie, Sissy Spacek, narrates this audio tie-in to the new film version of King's classic novel. Her Academy Award-nominated performance in the 1976 motion picture made her the iconic image of the author's young heroine whose terrifying telekinetic power is unleashed by the viciousness of ultra-mean teens and the insane demands of her fanatically religious mother. Here, while easily recreating the moods of that odd young girl, whose helpless confusion and despair eventually morph into childish delight in her talent for destruction, Spacek just as successfully takes on the personae of the small town's other disparate residents. King's fiction is constructed of dramatic sequences interspersed with documentary-like accounts of events leading up to Carrie's horrific vengeance. The actress moves smoothly from the magazine, newspaper, and official reports to dramatic scenes. Teenagers (some down-to-earth, some unpleasantly arrogant) teachers, moms, matrons, cops, the town drunk Spacek finds a voice for each of them. And those voices are so dramatically evoked that, if their speech carries a trace of her native Texas drawl in lieu of a Maine accent, no one, including the author, is likely to complain. King reads an introduction in which he describes the book's origin, his concerns about writing his first novel, especially one told from a feminine perspective, and, finally, how it's critical and popular success changed his life.
I’d seen the movie but never read this particular King book. A delightful way to spend a rainy afternoon in sunny Florida. Highly recommend the book even if you’ve seen the movie...way better.
King at his best
Carrie, King's earliest book, is told through flashbacks and news reports, detailing a bullied teenage girl who snaps when she's had enough, and we learn whatever she is, she's not normal. It's a bitter-sweet horror story that reigns classic King.
I couldn't put Carrie down! Great story, great writing, just great! Looking forward to reading more by Stephen King.