Journal of a 40-something year old wife, mother and chicpreneur.

Title:             Carrie
Author:        Stephen King
Format:       Audiobook
Duration:    7 hours and 24 minutes

If you were born in the 70’s, then you would have seen this movie growing up. It was a pretty big movie during my growing up years. I know I saw the movie first. I’m pretty sure I read the book sometime in my early teens. I’m not completely sure to be honest. We didn’t have Goodreads when I was growing up so I could have totally imagined reading it.

I recently decided to read ALL of Stephen King’s work… in sequence. It might take me forever but I’ll get through the list eventually. First up on his list of works is of course Carrie.

Carrie (the movie) is easily one of my personal favourites. I can watch the movie ten thousand times and will probably never get bored of it. This movie introduced me to Sissy Spacek as well. I don’t think I truly appreciated the movie growing up as much as I do now especially after re-reading Carrie; her performance was brilliant. She really brought Carrie White’s character to life.

I purchased an audiobook version of Carrie narrated by none other than Ms Sissy Spacek herself. Let me just repeat this, if I did read the book when I was younger I don’t think I would have been able to appreciate the book as much then as I do now.

First there is a prologue read by Stephen King himself giving us a little bit of background on what inspired him to write Carrie. I thought that part was interesting though I’ll be honest I skipped a part or two cause it did get a bit slow.

Two, listening to Sissy Spacek narrate Carrie is an incredible experience. Seriously, you must listen to her bring this story alive.

Three, if I thought this book was good in my teens; revisiting the book now has convinced me it is excellent with an engaging storyline despite it being King’s first book ever published.

I’m pretty sure almost everyone is familiar with the story so I won’t go into details. In fact, I believe they even did a remake of the movie just a couple of years ago (I rarely bother watching remakes cause I usually get disappointed).

So in summary, this audiobook got a 5 star from me for great storyline and performance. Read this book. You’ll appreciate the build-up; the details on the unfortunate events as they unfold, the characters and how they play a part in creating the tragedy that ended with the destruction of a small town and the death of so many.

I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version. The listen is worth the experience even if you have read Carrie in the past. Safe to say that Carrie (the audiobook) is now one of my personal favourites.


Title:                    Younger
Author:                Pamela Redmond Satran
Format:               Audiobook
Duration:             6 hours and 48 mins

Sometime back, my husband introduced me to a TV series called Younger, a program he was certain I would love. My husband knows me too well. I was hooked from the first episode of the first series and binge-watched the first two seasons back to back. The finale for the third season had just ended last week and I am looking forward to watch the fourth season in 2017.

Anyway, I didn’t realize until about a couple of weeks ago that the TV series was based on a book of the same title written by Pamela Redmond Satran. I was browsing Audible and stumbled on the book and realized it was the same as the series. I don’t usually bother to read books when I’ve seen the screen version already but I decided to purchase the book anyway for fun.

While the premise for the book and the series were the same, there are of course some big differences in terms of characters from book to screen.

The book is about 44 year old Alice, who had recently gone through a divorce and was finding trouble to look for a job. In desperate need to make a change in her life, her best friend Maggie helped transform her looks through a make-over. Thanks to the make-over Alice now can pass off as a younger girl and she managed to secure not only a job but also a younger boyfriend.

I’ll start first with the differences between book and screen:

First, the book character is called Alice and the screen version is Liza.

Secondly, Josh is a 25 year old game designer who had just broken up with his fiancée. In the book, he is just getting ready to head to Japan to learn more about game design. Whilst the Josh from the tv series is a well known tattoo artist who owns his own tattoo studio or ‘parlor’ as Liza had called it the first time she met him at a bar in the first series.

Thirdly, there are more characters in the show than in the book. Which makes sense cause a TV series would allow you to expand the characters and the storylines better than a book of only 300 over pages. Plus, the Diana in the book is a mother of three whilst the Diana on screen is a single lady in her 40’s still in search of love. I much prefer the Diana on screen that the bitchy bossy Diana version from the book.

Younger is a short book, only six hours of listening in audiobook format and about 300 plus pages in the paper format. I finished listening to it within two days. It’s a light and easy read. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book as much as I do the TV series. I find Alice’s character in the book to be shallow and annoying and much prefer Liza in the TV series. I gave it a two-star rating in Goodreads.