Some of the all too critical reviews dissuaded me from purchasing this book. When I finally took a listen it was a shock. I admit that it sounds a lot like The Stand - Raggedy Man/Trashcan Man there were a few parallels to Dawn of the Dead, but if you are truly a Stephen King fan it is not so hard to spot the differences in this work and appreciate the ending.
BTW the book is read by one author. There is a pitch and volume issue three times that I noticed but nothing that will interfere with the "stuck to the edge of your seat" ride that the novel takes you on.
I felt paranoid, elated and scared right along with the characters. I can't recommend this book enough.
This is King doing what he does best...situational fiction. What if you took all the people with cell phones and turned them into raving lunatics???
The story unfolds very quickly and as usual, King's characterization is superb. I felt like I knew the main characters personally.
Yes, there are some tonal variations (likely corrections during post-production), and the ending is *very* King. It leaves you wondering quite a bit. Overall though, an excellent listen.
He's back!... After his accident Stephen King's work took on a hostile fatalistic feel, but with Cell he is back....... with peculiar characters, great concept and a story line with the normal twists and turns and suprises.
While disappointing in both production and finish, King drew each character with the attention to detail that makes you get to "know" each one. Consequently, that, in some ways, makes up for a somewhat unsatisfying plot line and ending. I don't feel that King has lived up in recent works to others that sre truly epic, such as "The Stand" or even "The Shining". These also have well defined caharecters but better and fleshier plots. All in all, though, an enjoyable read.
I won't belabor the audio editting.. it was a distraction, not a show stopper. I enjoy Campbell Scotts' reading of the book, and thought he did a great job. Actors make the best readers, though Kings' own reading in Bag of Bones was surprisingly good!
It was a good story, well researched (Though I must say that MODEMS for the most part are a thing of the past) and well conceived. Kings' own disdain for SUVs, cell phones and iPods is clearly evident.. I felt like I was being lectured to from a bully pulpit. Still the story holds together pretty well.. until the end. I was watching my MP3 player with 4 minutes left to the story and I couldn't imagine a how he would wrap it up in that amount of time. Well, he wrapped it up much like a tree stops an errant car.
I think the story is a good, almost classic, Stephen King story (ala The Stand). But this production is HORRIBLE! I'm not the world's biggest Campbell Scott fan, but his work here is pretty good. The problem is that there are some funky edits in the story with someone else reading it. It's not a constant problem, but when it happens it is noticeable.
This book has the feel of a King and George Romero collaboration. The author re-visits the apocalypse in classic King style. Campbell Scott does a marvelous job with the narration. He paces it so well, the dread he creates will make you feel like a very large hand is squeezing your chest, -just a little. (If you liked Atwood's Oryx and Crake, you will enjoy this as well and vice versa) I literally could not pull the earphones out last night until I was done with this one.
the truth is this book was excellet. it took something that has been overdone(zombies) and puts a refreshing angle on it. like focusing on the individual, how they cope, how the fight, how they behave around other uninfected. and in some cases, how truly zombie-like humanity can be. and for those horror and gore fans out there, you won't be disappointed. very well rounded book in a typically square genre. listen and be scared, and heart broken, and angry, and in the end satisfied with a great audiobook.
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.
The Cell is an excellent idea, well written with great character development but unfortunately lacks an ending. The book ends at the perfect point for the sequel to begin, however there is no sequel. King sets us up with many different story threads and then just walks away. There were just too many unanswered questions. Maybe next time...