Written like a classic King novel. A lot of us constant readers enjoy King not for the "scare factor", but for the "telling of the tale". It's a creepy good story with all the twisted wit and dry humor that King fans have come to know and love. A very satisfying 12 hrs and 28 mn indeed.
Good compelling story. I wasn't impressed with the production. Every so often you could really tell when something was rerecorded as the timbre of the voice would change enough to startle me. The readers voice was good I expect better taping.
This book was great to listen to, a pleasure a thousands times better than that “From a Buick 8” debacle he wrote a few years back ( one more book like this and I may forgive you for that.) I couldn’t stop listing to this book it kept me spellbound for the entire thing.
I love Stephen Kings work. I have read everything he has done, and this falls a little short. I was a great story with a week ending. It was in more of the style of his earlier works, like Pet Sematary and The Stand.
The biggest problem was that it built up to the climax, and then just ended with no payoff. I don't want to say that he was Phoning it in, because that be a really bad pun.
Stephen King has always been a good story-teller and I would sometimes put up with a lot just to get through the plot. So my question is, when did he become a good writer? This book, while bearing similarities to some of his other novels, is particularly well written and a joy to listen to. Campbell's Scott narration is pitch perfect.
While I liked this book a lot, it wasn't my favorite by Stephen King. It held my attention, yes, and it was narrated well, but still, it seemed to lack something that made it a great read.
Some will compare it to The Stand, but I feel that isn't fair. The story line was completely different as well as the tone of the story as a whole.
Recommendation for a S. King read: On Writing. Don't confuse this with "just a book on writing". At least 1/3 of the book (maybe more) is autobiography and read by King himself.
I am just glad Mr. King is still writing. I really enjoy his work. It seems that some people find it fashionable to be dismissive of his writing. I wonder if they actually read or listen to any of his books.
This is an entertaining listen. It's not "change your life" good, but good. The narration is superb. If you like King's previous work, you'll probably like this as well.
i don't normally write a review, but i had to in this case. i read some reviews...mostly popular,but i couldn't help but feel upset by some of the negative stuff. cell takes us to familiar ground in kings writing style. particularly the dead zone and pet semetary. ofcourse some may feel that he is repeating himself...i say in style only...and for this i am very glad. the premise may be an end of the world senario, but the style belongs to king alone. the amount of goosebumps generated from this work alone is enough to give it a 5 star rating. whenever you can feel for a character or characters you know you are in the middle of a good yarn. this is the first full length novel since king retired and i could feel the natural flow of a gripping and downright horrifing story. personally i loved this book and hope stephen king stays retired for many years to come.
I had told myself I wasn't going to waste my money on any more Stephen King audiobooks after investing so much time into the Dark Tower series only to be monumentally let down by one of the most anti-climactic endings in literary history followed closely by the snooze fest that was Duma Key. I guess I'm a slow learner but I've got it now. Cell just proves that King doesn't have an original idea left, just respouted gore. To make matters worse, by the time you've reached the end of Chapter three you know the author's stand on gun control, abortion, religion, partisan politics, etc. whether you want to know or not and whether it contributes to the narrative or not. FINALLY, I'm done!