I really liked this story. Stephen King has once again spun a tale of bizarre expanses with believable characters and circumstance. This is well worth your time but I do have to say that I was disappointed in the ending....there is so much that is left undone I can only hope that King plans another entry into this saga that will take us to the next level.
Very linear, mediocre narration, really enjoyed the Dark Tower series on audio, but this one just laid there. Dissapointed in the ending, 'fofo fo u u' c'mon. I would not spend any credits or cash on this one.
Being new to audio books, this was a new experience for me, and I wasn't sure I could get into listening to a book, rather than actually holding one in my hand. With this Stephen King book, however, I shouldn't have had any worries, and the narration with the various accents was great. My only regret was that I had to power down during take-off and descent on the plane while we were on vacation. The characters were incredibly real, and I cared about them very much. I felt much of their anguish. The geography was so real that even though I don't live in the Northeast, I felt as though I knew exactly where the "Normies" were heading, and when there would be a trap laying for them. As usual, King picked the perfect setting for this situation. Several times I actually reached for my cell phone to be sure it was turned off. I'm looking forward to finding another book as totally engrossing as this one. Stephen King lovers (or simply lovers of this genre) must definitely read this book.
I've been a King fan for many years; I read "Carrie" in hardback. Yes, before the dinosaurs. But as much as I wanted to be totally into this audiobook, I couldn't manage it. There were sections that seemed to go on forever. And the ending left me flat. Sorry, Stephen.
Terrible ending. Nothing is resolved. Seems like King just got tired of writing and stopped. I didn't need everything wrapped up, but ----nothing????
Beginners of horror
Not up to his usually excellent story telling
Dull, bland, uninspired
The campy writing
Not for the typical King fan
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Campbell Scott can narrate anything and make it interesting...which is why I gave this a 4 Star Overall.
For plot, King has written a Readers Digest version of his best novel, THE STAND, and updated it with technology, however, the same type of protagonists and antagonists are in this novel. When I first read CELL-when the novel came out- I didn't realize how similar the plots were but having listened to "THE STAND" a few months ago made me realize how much these two stories are similar.
If you love every novel King writes and can't find fault with anything, you'll enjoy CELL, otherwise I suggest you just purchase THE STAND...Though Scott isn't the moderator it's still a grand listen and thats not something I can say about CELL.
I have been a King fan for years, but this was just terrible. The story line was interesting, but it seemed like this was written in a hurry, and for market only. If you were expecting typical King, forget it - and don't waste your money or time.
The story carried along ok, but it seemed that SK didn't have a real ending here and just truncated the whole thing. Extremely disappointing to say the least.
I like Steven King. A lot. That's why I regret having to pan this book. Although the story starts out strong, with the detailed narration and initial character development that King is so well known for, the plot arch quickly peters out. What, at first, promised to be a unique zombie story turns into a drab and un-engaging treck through thick prose. What's worse, King has obviously stopped caring about investing even the smallest modicum of research into his fiction. Virtually every reverence to modern technology and pop culture read with the sincerity of an aging parent trying to appeal to a hip teenager.
Although the beginning of the story promises deep character development, it doesn't deliver, and the characters (aside from the main character) remain cardboard cutouts. After the initial excitement of the zombie story fades away, this weird, nebulous psychic nonsense tangent ensues, which could have been a fun twist, but never develops. [Spoiler alert] Then this kid comes up with a far-flung hypothesis that only an old man who knows nothing at all about computers could come up with, and there you have it: instant denouement.
The climax of the action doesn't really make sense either, but even that would have been forgivable if the end of the story had been rewarding. It isn't. Instead, King pulls a poorly-veiled version of the ending of IT out of his bag of tricks and grafts it on. I'd recommend King to any reader, but not this book.