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Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may be picked on by her classmates, but she has a gift. She can move things with her... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Loved This Book and the Movie

Loved the movie so much I just had to get the book with Carrie's (the actress) face on it. I don't know if this book was adapted after the movie was made, but there were some parts of the book that were not in the movie. I love that there were article snippets, interview snippets, and other stuff tossed into the story as well about how specially unique Carrie is. Made it seem like the story really did happen.

Great book

The characters are easy to relate to which makes the story seem so much more real. Very great book.


This is the first time reading the book. I've seen all the movies of Carrie and I loved them, but I loved the book way more!!! SK description of Carrie was amazing that I was making faces seeing how see really look like. Different than the movie.

Great Read

Typical work from King, who never disappoints. Not my favorite book of his but it’s still extremely amazing. More depressing than horrifying in my opinion.

It's My Favorite Book

Carrie is my favorite book. I read it at least once a year, usually over the summer when I have more time for reading. I'm not a big fan of horror, but am a big fan of science fiction. This book raises a very interesting question: What if a teenage girl who has been turned into a social outcast by a mentally ill religious zealot mother, discoveres she has telekinesis? And Stephen King does a masterful job answering that question. Powerful stuff.

the tightest book ever

Well the book i read was by Stephen King one of the greatest authors ever. Well I think this book was most interesting because these things that happened to carrie can really happen. Like being fiscally and verbally abused. Also when he stated the fact that she was sixteen and had her first period in front of everybody, i mean she has already been picked on and laughed at all her life i mean what worse could happen besides getting tampons and napkins and pads thrown at you. Well trust me you will have more to read, and also she found out that she had telekinesis whoa thats another thing coming for you. But the most part is can't believe the way her mom treats her. Her mom tries to act like she is the most holiest person in the world, and even when she creates sins her self by abusing her daughter and throwing her in the closet for hours and not giving her food. But when she finds out the cutest boy Tommy wants to take her to the prom she thinks nothing else could go wrong. Well she was wrong about that. She thought since she was with Tommy everyone would want to be her friend. Even though she wasn't the prettiest girl or really skinniest girl she thought every thing could actually be normal for her. But the day of the prom she actually was the prettiest girl in the room nice red dress her breast all out. Even Tommy didn't believe that it was her when he picked her up. She was a totally different person from when he first asked her to the prom. But the ending a can not tell because it is far to interesting for me to go and ruin it for you so just buy or rent the book and start reading. And trust me all that reading it is worth it.

Carrie...Read By...Carrie.......Other Editions Available, Check For Best Deal

This review refers to the Audio edition(CD)of "Carrie" by Stephen King... Other than her creator, Stephen King, can you think of anyone better suited to get into the head of Carrie White than Carrie herself? Sissy Spacek(who played Carrie in the film) not only does an excellent job in the part of Carrie, during this chilling read, but makes the transition from character to character, to the reading of the various news articles,journals and books relating to the bizarre events that lead to the horrific and tragic ending for a little town in Maine in the 1970's. Okay, just in case there is someone out there who has not seen the movie or read the novel, Carrie is a tormented high school girl. Tormented by her deranged mother and her classmates. She has grown up, knowing she has a special, but secret and potentially deadly talent. She is telekinetic. All she has to do is see something in her mind, and "flex" her brain and she can move the objects, lock a door, slow a heart beat. She's used this power on occasion, but hasn't really learned it full capabilities. Her peers are notorious for playing pranks on her. Mean and nasty pranks, always leaving Carrie dehumanized, and humiliated. She would always beat a retreat home when pushed to the edge, but on Prom Night, they went too far. When the pranksters go to great lengths to humiliate her in front of the entire class, Carrie's powers seem to take on on a life of their own.She flexes her will with a vengeance. The results are terrifying and the death toll is high. Long before "Mean Girls" made their film debut Stephen King had the bad girl type nailed in this electrifying novel.The story is cleverly told in narrative from the different witnesses points of views, official statements and testimonies. King makes the characters seem all too real. The story builds on Carrie's emotions, as with each spiteful event, her anger takes her just a little further to the brink, until finally, well you know what they say about a woman scorned..and one with telekinetic powers has the ultimate fury. Sissy Spacek's read takes Carrie to each level. The fear and humiliation she feels, and eventually her anger. When she cries out to her mother "Mama, Mama", you know what she is feeling. When she tells her mother, she has a "gift" for her, we know again, what's to come.Giving each character their own personality, you will get to know them very well. She did an excellent job with all of the various players. She makes it a most enjoyable and spine tingling listen. There are other editions of this audio version available. Some have deals from the outside sellers that are much more reasonable at this time.Carrie is one of the better deals I see right now. See my review of 10/12/06 for details of that audio edition. This story has adult situations and langauge and is not suitable for younger listeners. A great addition to your audio book collection. Take "Carrie" on the road with you and enjoy the read....Laurie

Kings First, and STILL One of His Best

This is King's famous debut novel. Though until Brian de Palma made the film, few people had even heard of it. But the film version launched the careers of King, de Palma, Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, and others.I admitedly have not yet scene the film version, but the book was great. King seems to be under the impression that this novel is very raw and unpolished, and perhaps he is right--I admit it isn't as polished as many books I've read, but I don't see this is a bad thing; if this is the case, perhaps it is what made the book so good. It was a very riveting book. King was also sucessful at getting at the emotional core of Carrie White, and other characters involved. It is a very worthwhile read, and goes by very quickly as it is only about 200 pages long (the original hardcover is 199 pages in length; I do not know the page count on subsequent volumes.) I definately recommend this book to anyone fond of the Horror genre or King's work (sadly, many people--dare I say most?--who read King do not read any of the other works within the genre; this is sad because some of the other talents out there surpass him by far.)

Great ending and a great book all together.

This was the first book I have ever read by Mr. King. I was a little dissapointed. I started reading it expecting blood and gore and horrible unimagineable things. But then I put myself in some of the characters positon and found myself totaly horrified.

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Carrie in The Gothic Elements of V.C. Andrews and Stephen King
The Gothic Elements of V.C. Andrews and Stephen King
Published by William Shelton • March 16, 2022

The gothic element in American literature spans many genres, and has woven an ever present thread from Washington Irving's famous equestrian, all the way down to Stephenie Meyer's interpretation of the heirs of Vlad the Impaler. Leveraging the fine works of previous generations, two Twentieth Century American authors, Stephen King, and V.C. Andrews, created characters and settings which distilled the gothic element to a rarified degree.

Carrie in King Had Gotten Into My Blood: Devoted Fans Try to Inspire a Stephen Skeptic
King Had Gotten Into My Blood: Devoted Fans Try to Inspire a Stephen Skeptic
Published by Amanda Cleveland • July 12, 2021

Fifteen years ago, I read Carrie and it inspired me to never pick up another Stephen King book again. But I want to understand! So to celebrate Billy Summers and understand the phenom, I asked his biggest ThriftBooks fans to tell me what they love so much. Maybe they’ll inspire me to pick up a King title and give him a try?

Carrie in 10 Fictional Proms
10 Fictional Proms
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • May 22, 2020

Ordinarily this would be prom season. But we aren't in ordinary times, are we? Prom is just one of many things that many 2020 high school seniors are missing out on this spring. As we collectively work through our disappointment over our losses, we can find catharsis in fictional experiences.

Carrie in Long Live The King: 9 of Stephen King's Best Books
Long Live The King: 9 of Stephen King's Best Books
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 11, 2019

It's been quite a week for Stephen King with the releases of both It Chapter 2, the movie and his new novel, The Institute. But then again, with about 80 books and dozens of hit movies to his name, maybe it's just like any other workweek. In any case, we're superfans and wanted to showcase a few of our top picks from the versatile author. (Psst, it's not all horror)

Carrie in Who Wrote That? Why Authors Use Pen Names
Who Wrote That? Why Authors Use Pen Names
Published by Bianca Smith • March 05, 2018
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