King has a tenancy to build up his stories and fail to deliver a satisfying climax. This book was by no means bad, but it simply left me unsatisfied by the end.
The narration was good and the characters were alright, but the way King chose to represent, for the lack of a better word, the 'Adversaries' of this story was a huge letdown.
But that's just me and I hope you enjoy the book better than I did!
I still remain a huge King fan.
This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. This is the type of book that makes the reader imagine every word Steven King writes. I was amazed with the vivid images that were given from this book. The problem I have is with the ending. Without giving away the ending, the reader is left with choices on what happened after the end of the book, instead of letting the author make the decision. I would have rated this book a 5, but after yelling at my MP3 player upon the ending, I felt that I was risen to the point of greatness, and just fell off the cliff at the end. I give it a 4, because I was able to feel comfortable with the ending that I chose to have for this book. I just wish Steven King could have done that instead.
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.
Terrible ending. Nothing is resolved. Seems like King just got tired of writing and stopped. I didn't need everything wrapped up, but ----nothing????
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.