On October 1st, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He's just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He's already picked up a gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he'll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay's feeling good about the future.
That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.
There are 193 million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.
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"King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way...are jaunty and witty." (Publishers Weekly)
I've heard maybe 20 of S. King's unabridged books on audio. Depth of content is mostly above average, many are excellent, (I unreccomend RoseMadder on audio). Cell is like the Stand, Desperation, Blackhouse and The Wastelands, people who ally themselves to survive and find common ground and answers to life's questions as they battle unimaginable forces. The characters in Cell have less backstory and even less lustre on their journey. King is a great writer though his current style is underwhelming. If the paring down was due to effectual storytelling I could stay interested, but if you love a good story try any of the audio books before Song of Susanna.
Very good audiobook. The storyline kept me coming back for more, although I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I enjoyed knowing the characters and felt almost a sense of knowing and/or loss in their circumstances.
What a winning combination! Steven King weaves another one of his fine yarns, painting vivid pictures in the reader's (or listener's) mind. The narrator does a positively superb job with this one, adding just the right touch of the local accent to each character. My only complaint - I couldn't "put it down." I started listening during a road trip which passed more quickly than ever before. I couldn't wait to finish and stayed up half the night to hear the conclusion upon my return. If you like King, you won't be dissapointed!
I am a Stephen King fan from way back, but this was a complete disappointment. I couldn't wait for the book to be over....there seemed to be no point to the story at times. Occasionally another voice would be inserted to utter a narrative sentence and it was distracting and confusing. Dont bother.
Say what you want about King... He may be somewhat formulaic and you do have to be willing to suspend disbelief, but this is a very enjoyable book and nicely read as well. I drive about 3 hours a day and listening to audiobooks gets me through the time behind the wheel. This one was especially engaging and I found myself at my destination in no time at all. I would recommend Cell to anyone who wants to make time fly.
This audiobook grabbed me right from the start, and held my attention all the way to the end. I agree with others about the ending, but still a very entertaining listen. I was turned off to King listening to Dreamcatchers, which started out great and then started to drone, so I was a little hesitant about selecting Cell. I've listened to many books, and rate this one a 5 because I was totally engrossed right to the (cop-out)ending.
I never rate books but had to for this one. The narrator is excellent and the story line will keep you occupied the entire time. I very much enjoyed this book even though I am not a King fan. Definately a must read.
King used to be one of my favorite authors, but not after this one. What an incredible disapointment. Words without point or direction. Ending is absolutely lame. Makes me wonder if King was a little low on cash this month so he spit this out without any planning or care taken in creating a story. Waste of time and money.
I purchased this audiobook because I was initially attracted to the basic premise of the story: the ubiquitous cell phone as the "key to our undoing." And while I still find the premise compelling, I was not overly impressed with King's story or the quality of the audiobook's production. I tend to look for unabridged audiobooks, but this one was too long; it could stand to be abridged and still maintain the basic plot. Also, I was distracted and very irritated by the dubbed in voice that would appear from time to time throughout the book. I'm surprised at the poor quality of this important technical aspect of audiobook publishing. Overall, the story is based on a good idea (and I consider myself a Stephen King fan from way back), but this audiobook did not do it for me on more than one level.
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