Once you've read enough Stephen King, you start to get deja vu with every new novel. The narrative techniques, the characters, the plot twists... everything seems like a rehash of something before. But can you blame the guy? He's written, what, a gazillion novels? Of course you will get some repetition.
But even so, I am amazed at his ability to grab hold of your imagination and keep you enthralled for hours upon hours. Most 12 hour audio books would take me at least a week to get through - I listened to this in about a day! And even though the book reminded me about so much King I've already read (Dreamcatcher and Dark Tower stand out for me, and I'm sure if I thought about it I could find several more), I still couldn't stop listening.
Some of the scientific explanation was a little hokey, but hey, when you're talking about a book from a horror novelist where cell phones create a world of zombies, you can't expect Azimov-level sci-fi.
The ending is fine. King does more than enough foreshadowing in the pages leading up to the end, and if you think about it hard enough you KNOW what happens next even if King doesn't say it.
The narrator was great. There were a few production issues (the tone of the voice changed suddenly on a few occasions) but it was minor. I'd listen to this narrator again.
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.
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.
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.