I bought this one on the basis of King's previous work and was disappointed. Had I read / heard this book without knowing who the author was, I would NOT have guessed it to be Steven King. Either King has lost his touch or he's become lazy and decided to just coast for a while.
I based my purchase of this audiobook on my affection of Mr. King's previous work, and the customer reviews. Bad decision. This book is basically a bad, long winded version of The Stand. I was very unimpressed, and wish I could get a mulligan on this book.
I enjoyed The Stand so I found that I enjoyed the format/theme of this book as well. HOWEVER, I felt cheated and frustrated after nine hours of listening to have the cheap blow of what I would call an"easy-out" ending. Do not expect a comfortable wrap up of the story, just enjoy the progress of it. If you need conclusions, this is not a book for you.
This is the first SK novel I have experienced. I am hesitant to read
any others, because of the way he ended this one. To me, this ends
horribly. Are you kidding me? Either a happy ending or a tragic ending,
but not this way, unless there is a sequel. If not, don't read unless
you can handle a non-ending, ending. Otherwise I was entranced, and
couldn't stop listening, even taking playing it on my laptop on my
home commute. Just next time Mr.King, give more thought to how you
want to end something.
I have read several of King's former novels, but I do not consider myself a fan, at least based on my interpretation of the word.
The book kept my attention, though the obvious narrator switches were distracting.
The ending was very abrupt and made me question the time I spent with the book. I am one of those readers who prefers closure.
Overall, it's a good listen, but it left me hanging.
I received an Entertainment Weekly magazine which had an excerpt of King's latest book. And from those few pages I knew I had to download it from Audible. This book will forever make me wonder with apprehension about the technological wonder which is the cell phone. I don't go anywhere without mine and could not even imagine having to deal with the horror that these characters encountered. I could feel the tension in my chest as I listened. I had to pause the reading just to catch my breath. Stephen King has done it again!
I've been a King fan since I read Salem's Lot back in 70-something. I've had the feeling that he has been going down hill for a while now and with Cell he's hit bottom, at least for me, I've read my last King book. If I want left wing looney political crap, I'll get Michael Moore. If I want a silly short story ending, I'll re-read some O. Henry. Unfortunately, if I want a first rate horror thriller, I won't read S. King anymore. It's really hard to believe the guy who wrote The Stand wrote Cell.
You certainly didn't have to wait long for the action to start. This is the best book I've "read" in quite a while. Each night I was anxious to get back to the story. The only problem I had was that it started out at such break-neck speed, I couldn't see how he could keep it up through an entire book. There were some slow spots later on and the ending was a little abrupt for me, but overall, a great Stephen King book.