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)
First, though i love king, especially his history of impeccable character development, i have always found many of his endings wanting (witness three or four tries in Insomnia). either there is going to be a Cell2 (or perhaps it will be "REDIAL'), or this ending just stinks. either way it turned a good readable book into a dissapointment. Though I love dark tower, i want to know when i am going to get a 2bcontinued. I resent not being warned.
2. the audio production was rushed to production, with snippets inserted, especially toward the end, by either the reader with a bad cold, or someone else.
3. if this becomes a screen play it will be the goriest king movie ever. i have always felt that hollywood was responsible for those bloody translations, but it is as if this was written to become a gory movie. easy enough to ignore when listening, or reading (if any of us still do that!), but stay away from the cinematic version if it ever comes. Gratuitous gore. It is worth a listen, if your a King fan, but he has written better!
The ending left a lot to be desired. The story was good, and I liked how he wove in our new paranoias since 9/11. But it lacked the same depth of his earlier works.
And the editing job was horrid. I found it to be very distracting, which was unfortunate. I have a huge collection of audiobooks, and have never heard such a poor editing job in any of them.
Still, it was entertaining, and thought provoking.
Slow, very slow - repetetive. A long short story. Narrative annoying - way below audibooks usual quality. In all, a bust.
Finally the old Stephen King is back. This is a great story I couldn't stop listening to it. From the current references it sounds like it was written last week. The reader however, was just okay. I think it was the editing, sometimes a word or phrase was edited in that was obviously not Campbell.
It's a decent Stephen King tale, but the narration leaves much to be desired. He's a study in monotony, flat and unexciting. Truly bothersome is when one can tell where a phrase, or a word or two has been edited back into the story long after the main body has been read. The volume changes, and the pitch of the narrator's voice changes suddenly, and then resumes as before. The incontinuity takes you out of the story. Don't bother with this one. Save your money...
You can betcha King has a sequel for this story on his computer. The ending is so ready for another book. Has strong resemblance to King's
wonderful, The Stand.
Being a long-time King fan, I find I am often disappointed with his endings. This is NOT one of those time. I'm not sure if this is my favorite SK book, but it's in the top 3 at least. It's a GREAT book.
In Cell, Stephen King finally dials in again with a thriller that matches the caliber of his earlier work such as The Stand. King’s premise plays off today’s overbearing reliance on cell phones and other technologies to create a “pulse” that results in a devastated nation of zombies. The zombies, however, work primarily as a backdrop to the survival of a group of “normies” who didn’t happen to answer a cell phone on the day the pulse was unleashed. Unlike some of King’s more recent characters, the “normies” are well-developed characters who readers can care about. And, instead of complaining about an unsatisfying ending, we should be looking forward to a sequel featuring this same fine cast of characters.
The narration edits in this book midsentence lasted up to 5 seconds. They were as annoying as the last 1/4 of the book. Half Way thru I was into this book heavily, but after that is lost me completly. I finished the book only because I was waiting to see if the Main Guy would wake up from a bad dream. Over all an OK book, but not award worthy....with some good tweaking thuough, this would make a good movie.
The book starts out great! I couldn't stop listening to it. I stayed up late at night just to get further in the book. I wondered is this the beginning of the end? What will happen to the world? I even thought twice before answering my cell phone! Boom, Bang, Boom, the book was over, and it just seemed like he got tired of writing. The pulse of the book was great until the end! The reader had really no concrete idea what was the outcome for even the main characters. I was very let down. Maybe, there will be a sequal to answer these questions but I doubt I would buy it at this point.
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