Review by Booklist Review
Ridiculed from the first grade through senior high school, Carrie White exacts a dreadful revenge on her school and her town when she unleashes telekinetic powers the night of her senior prom. [BKL Jl 1 74]
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
With the publication of Carrie in 1974, King began his prolific and enduring presence on the American fiction scene. Two years later, with Sissy Spacek in the title role, director Brian de Palma brought the novel to indelible life onscreen. Both versions are now considered modern horror classics. Carrie White is an awkward and unpopular high school teenager, bullied and beleaguered from all sides, who uses her burgeoning telekinetic powers to wreak vengeance on all who have teased or injured her. In her reading, Spacek reinhabits and reprises her film role as Carrie and impeccably voices all other characters as well. Not to be missed.--Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Figuratively and literally shattering moments of hoRRRRRipilication in Chamberlain, Maine where stones fly from the sky rather than from the hands of the villagers as they did in The Lottery although the latter are equal to other forms of persecution. All beginning when Carrie White, a girl with telekinetic powers (later established as a genetic fact) menstruates in full ignorance of the process and thinks she is bleeding to death while the other monsters in the highschool locker room bait and bully her mercilessly. In addition to a sympathetic principal and gym teacher, there's one girl who wishes to atone and turns her date for the spring ball over to Carrie who for the first time is happy, beautiful and acknowledged as such. But there will be hell to pay for this success -- not only her mother but two youngsters who douse her in buckets of fresh killed pig blood so that Carrie once again uses her ""wild talent,"" FLEXes her mind and a complete catastrophe (explosion and an uncontrolled fire) virtually destroys the town. King handles his first novel with considerable accomplishment and very little hokum -- it's only too easy to believe that these youngsters who once are peanut butter now scrawl ""Carrie White eats shit."" But as they still say around here -- ""Sit a spell and collect yourself. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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