Don't waste your money on this audiobook. In a nutshell, the narration was flat and uninspiring and the story itself left me flat as well.
Perhaps its just hard to listen to Stephen King's books read by anyone other than the author. Though I imagine he would protest, he is a fabulous narrator of his own words - his speech idiosyncrasies notwithstanding. The narrator of this book sounded like he'd either had a labotomy or had just taken a lot of muscle relaxants. His tone was flat and his characterizations (when present) were quite lacking. This flaw, alone, made me regret having purchased this audiobook.
Then, there was the story. It was not one of King's best. King's portrayal of a post-apocalyptic landscape was pretty vivid, as always. Unfortunately, the story never seemed to go anywhere. Yes, the journey was interesting - but the destination was not worth it.
Read it, if you must - but don't bother with this iteration of the book.
I had given up on Stephen King. The Green Mile was the last good story he had written in ten years (IMHO). This story reminds me of "old King". The characters were believable and I could really feel for them. The story moved along at a good clip. Boston area residents will enjoy the pains King takes to pay attention to detail about our communities.
The narration was very good but weird editing bytes were jarring. I wish the editors could make that smoother.
Let me say I am a huge SK fan. While I have not made it through his whole catalog yet, I have read most of it. When I first read the premise of Cell I thought it must be a joke, but reassured myself that maybe it was just a bad description and the book would be good once it got into the meat of the story. Yeah - that doesn't happen. This could have been a great short story, but it goes on and on forever with no real point. The dialogue stinks to high heaven - it is stilted and not consistent or true to the characters. There are many scenes that really have no part in the story at all and I wonder why they were kept. There are three or four lines or pecadillos about characters that are played over and over, making me sure that the meaning would come clear eventually and that never happened either. The end was a let down. The audio production is very bad with a boring reader and overdubs that sound like a completely different voice and often two or three words in the middle of a sentence. It is distracting and not what I would expect from a bestseller production.
This is the only SK book I have ever read and been truly disappointed in. Truth be told, I would have ditched it about two hours in except I paid for it and I kept hoping it would get better. I am very sad to say that it just got worse. Do yourself a favor and get "Bag of Bones" instead. That is SK storytelling at its best.
I am only giving it one star because I cannot give it a negative score. I found nothing to recommend in this one at all.
I am a Stephen King fan, but mostly movies and TV. I've read a few of his books over the years, but reading isn't really my thing. This is the first SK audiobook that I've listened to and I loved it. I was hooked from the beginning since it takes off very quickly. My intention was to just listen for an hour or so before bedtime. However, I got so anxious to get through it, I spent an entire Saturday finishing up. I don't regret that, the characters were so real and unique and the story keeps you in it's grip. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one as a movie..I can't wait to see who will play Alice and Tom (my favorites).
I would have given it five stars except a few complaints..which I've seen in a few other reviews. First, I can't get past the ending..I really felt like I was left empty-handed. After listening that long and becoming so familiar with the characters, I really want to know how it ends! Also, there was an occasional "voice-over" that at times, was sort of distracting. To hand it to SK, I was a bit scared of my cell for a few days!
This is an interesting book and gave me an enjoyable weekend's read -- but I am used to more from King. This book had a linear plot and was written from one character's perspective. I am used to enjoying bouncing back and forth between the "good guy" and the "bad guy" perspectives when reading King. Some of the scariest moments in his other books are when the reader is "trapped" inside the mind of the evil characters. The concept of this book is an interesting one, but the plot is not complex, the main characters are not very memorable, and I am afraid the book will be pretty forgetable over time -- unlike other King books that still haunt me (The Shining, Salem's Lot, ...). I wasn't scared at any point in this book, didn't care too much about the main character, but did like wondering who or what was behind the Cell "surge" that took place. This was more of a whodunit than a horror book. Not bad, not great.
The story itself was great but the narration was awful. Many times there are breaks in the sound where it seems as if someone else speaks part of a line. Not as another character. It's supposed to be the same person talking/thinking but a deeper voice breaks in and then it switches back. Very odd. I did not like it. Besides that I would recomend this to anyone who LOVES Stephen King.
This is my first Stephen King novel and I was quite impressed right from the beginning. It starts out hard hitting and keeps you that way until the middle when it flattens out a little. The pace picks up again toward the end. I had a hard time "putting it down" (turning it off) so I finished it in 2 days--off and on. Overall, I thought the story line was very imaginative and well thought out. Characters were easy to follow. Details were quite clear (and a little gory in places), but you felt like you there witnessing the events take place, which is what you want. I might have gone a couple different directions with the plot, but the ones King picked were good and kept the pace up. Would have liked for King to tell us the source of the "Pulse" and why? I'll just have to use my imagination--darn it. This should do for cell phones (which I hate by the way) what Jaws did for beach swimming--make you think about your next encounter. Do I let it ring or answer it?
Good book if you are a King Fan which I am. I have just gotten tired, I suppose, of the same formula gore. I do appreciate is eye for every day detail, but this book doesn't do it for me.
Also, periodically King feels obliged to make a political, economic, or religious statement (particularly antaganistic toward anything religious) which I have grown tired of. I often agree with his point of view, but couldn't his characters do something beside have a prticular view of life? He substitutes this writing approach for allowing us into the heads and motives of his characters.
In sum, a little tedious.
As a brand new "audio-reader," I was not disappointed in this novel by one of my all-time favourite authors. I agree with some of the others that there was a bit of a drag midstream but I found myself eagerly leaving for work in the morning just so I could reconnect with the storyline. The ending was a shock and left me wondering if there will be a sequel. Above average overall!