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 based my purchase of this audiobook on my affection of Mr. King's previous work, and the customer reviews. Bad decision. This book is basically a bad, long winded version of The Stand. I was very unimpressed, and wish I could get a mulligan on this book.
I enjoyed The Stand so I found that I enjoyed the format/theme of this book as well. HOWEVER, I felt cheated and frustrated after nine hours of listening to have the cheap blow of what I would call an"easy-out" ending. Do not expect a comfortable wrap up of the story, just enjoy the progress of it. If you need conclusions, this is not a book for you.
This is the first SK novel I have experienced. I am hesitant to read
any others, because of the way he ended this one. To me, this ends
horribly. Are you kidding me? Either a happy ending or a tragic ending,
but not this way, unless there is a sequel. If not, don't read unless
you can handle a non-ending, ending. Otherwise I was entranced, and
couldn't stop listening, even taking playing it on my laptop on my
home commute. Just next time Mr.King, give more thought to how you
want to end something.
I have read several of King's former novels, but I do not consider myself a fan, at least based on my interpretation of the word.
The book kept my attention, though the obvious narrator switches were distracting.
The ending was very abrupt and made me question the time I spent with the book. I am one of those readers who prefers closure.
Overall, it's a good listen, but it left me hanging.
I received an Entertainment Weekly magazine which had an excerpt of King's latest book. And from those few pages I knew I had to download it from Audible. This book will forever make me wonder with apprehension about the technological wonder which is the cell phone. I don't go anywhere without mine and could not even imagine having to deal with the horror that these characters encountered. I could feel the tension in my chest as I listened. I had to pause the reading just to catch my breath. Stephen King has done it again!
I've been a King fan since I read Salem's Lot back in 70-something. I've had the feeling that he has been going down hill for a while now and with Cell he's hit bottom, at least for me, I've read my last King book. If I want left wing looney political crap, I'll get Michael Moore. If I want a silly short story ending, I'll re-read some O. Henry. Unfortunately, if I want a first rate horror thriller, I won't read S. King anymore. It's really hard to believe the guy who wrote The Stand wrote Cell.
You certainly didn't have to wait long for the action to start. This is the best book I've "read" in quite a while. Each night I was anxious to get back to the story. The only problem I had was that it started out at such break-neck speed, I couldn't see how he could keep it up through an entire book. There were some slow spots later on and the ending was a little abrupt for me, but overall, a great Stephen King book.
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!
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