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Cell: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Cell: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2006 Stephen King. All rights reserved.; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Justin casper, WY, USA 06-21-12
    Justin casper, WY, USA 06-21-12 Member Since 2006

    Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.

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    "Good book keeps you listening"
    Any additional comments?

    Sometime I wondered if King wrote the book due to lack of back stories, overall a decent book that will overall make the listening worth it.

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    Retzlaff Gordon, NE, United States 05-15-12
    Retzlaff Gordon, NE, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The ending made me scratch my head but awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book! I would recommend anyone read it that is into a little Sci-Fi. Loved the way it kept you going back for more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clayton and Jordan were my favorites, Clayton was the thinker and Jordan was the Brain.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    I loved listening to Campbell read, his voice matched the main character to a T


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    At Least we Did Something!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must read! Makes you think twice about your cell phone. But with the way the ending was I hope there will be a part 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-09-12
    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Underrated King thriller. Absolutely loved this 1"

    Take two things I love, Zombies and King books.

    Enough said.

    This isn't a horror story this is a thriller with a crazy plot that should scare anyone. Honestly, this helped fill in a gap on The Walking Dead for me. As a tech enthusiast I find techno-thrillers as a cautionary tale entertaining. This is a good book for you if you follow the last sentence.

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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

    bubbles

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    "I was VERY excited to read it...."

    My husband gave me this book for Valentine's Day last year.....and I was VERY excited to read it being a forever diehard Stephen King fan. He did not disappoint me at all with this book......it was gruesome gore and quirky humor and intense stress from page 3 until the end. The story was pretty depressing and sad.....considering the fact that all mankind can be wiped out by a pulse sent thru cell phones. If you are into zombies.....searching for a beloved child........intense frightening situations.....and quirky humor when you least expect it.....then you will love this book!

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    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 03-11-12
    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "good story"

    kept me on the edge of my seat. Although most reviews don't like the ending I think it was just fine. I do rather a twist and to have something sinister lurking in the background.

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    Ryan Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-21-12
    Ryan Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-21-12
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    "Great Zombie-style Book, but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cell to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book, the narration and story were great. The pacing was great. The characters were realistic...but I honestly hated the ending. It felt like there should have been more explanation. It reminded me of the last scene of The Sopranos. :(


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clay, because I felt that he behaved similar to how I think I would behave in that situation.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice acting. There were times when you could really feel the tension.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't pick up the phone...


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    Christine McKinleyville, CA, United States 02-02-12
    Christine McKinleyville, CA, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Put that phone away!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cell the most enjoyable?

    I'm a Luddite of the cell phone world. Have had same flip phone for years. Use it about 3 or 4 times per month. Hate to text, and rather not give out my number to anyone. When it beeps to tell me a message is waiting, it usually takes me hours to figure out that's what that beeping is in my purse.

    This story is revenge for phone Luddites....;-)





    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Listened on walks for days...but did keep me walking longer distances so I could hear more...


    Any additional comments?

    A little gory as one could expect from King story telling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Squeak Alaska 01-27-12
    Squeak Alaska 01-27-12 Member Since 2009

    The Dragon Mother

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    "E.T. don’t phone home!!"

    This is one of those books that I have wanted to get around to for a while. Because I am a fan of Stephen King, I really had to know what he did with the cell phone!

    There are cell phone usage scares out there all the time (cell phone gives you brain damage, etc..) but the biggest scare I have ever had with the cell phone, before now, was the first time I opened my cell phone bill after I gave my three teenaged daughters cell phones. YIKES!

    This tale of the cell phone goes beyond what teenaged kids can do to your bank account and blood pressure. This ‘pulse’ that runs through the cell phone, changing everyone into zombies, is just the beginning of this strange tale.

    The thing about mindless zombies that makes them easy to defeat is the fact that they are mindless. So what would happen if they were not so mindless? What would happen if they all started not only working together but also started displaying supernatural abilities? Would the ‘normal’ folks ever stand a chance to survive?

    Although I generally enjoyed this very interesting story, there were a few things that I couldn’t accept. I know you are probably thinking I couldn’t accept the supernatural zombies, but no, I could accept that. It has all to do with the batteries, the family, and the brain. Because I don’t want to ruin the book for others, I will leave it there. I did really like the ending though.

    The Narration Review
    This book was narrated by Campbell Scott and I did really enjoy his voice. It was very pleasing to the ear. His character voices were very well done and easily distinguishable from each other. I think this is the first book that I have heard him narrate, but I do look forward to hearing him again. On GoodReads he is also listed as narrating The Shining and although I have already read The Shining, I might go and pick it up just to hear what he has done with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 09-01-11
    Jeremy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 09-01-11
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    "Please don't waste your credit."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    I would try another book from King, Scott is a terrible Narrirator!


    Has Cell turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The genre is great, but Cell is a mockary of it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Campbell Scott’s performances?

    No. Scott was horrible. I had to struggle to stay awake through his dull, monotone reading.


    What character would you cut from Cell?

    What characters? There was no character development at all. 50 million people could have easily fit into any of these spots. I'd cut them all, none of them were special.


    Any additional comments?

    There is somewhat of a spoiler in the review, but in my opinion it is for your own benifit.




    This is by far the worst King novel that I've ever read/heard. The story takes off way to fast and there is absolutly no character development at all. The story is so fast paced, it leaves you often wondering if you missed something important....but you didn't. King did. There are so many gaps to fill in this novel it comical. It seems as though King had maybe a week to write this book, and rushed through it as quickly as possible. The main character is a joke, he is missing a son, but doesn't really seem to be in that big of a hurry to find him as he is easily side tracked. And there is no investigation at all regarding what has happened to the people of Boston. The main character just suddenly knows...amazing!...and...later on towards the end....they suddenly know how to counter the problem....again as if by magic with no investigation at all. I will honestly say there are a couple of interesting parts regarding the "Zombie" behavior as the book progresses. But that is quickly ruined by the addition of telepathy, and levitation. Flying, mind reading zombies....nice one King. The story drones on and on with our group of heros walking....and walking....and walking.....with nothing really of any interest happening throughout the majority of the book. Finally when it does start to become interesting, the ONE time you find yourself on the edge of your seat with suspense...the "Oh hell, whats going to happen when he does that?" felling......the book just stops.........it doesn't end....there is no ending....just stops as if he forgot to finish, but published it anyway.......So please do not waste a credit on this book. Find another in the zombie genre.....World War Z is good with a great cast of narrirators. But as for Cell, the pages of this book would be better used for bath tissue.

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    Chris Lansing, MI 04-13-11
    Chris Lansing, MI 04-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "My first listen"

    This was my first audio book when I purchased my subscription and I have to say it was a very good hello from audible! The story is basically following a group of people in the immediate aftermath of a zombie apocalypse caused by cell phones.......but these are not your average every day zombies by a long shot. In fact by the end of the book you may be questioning who exactly is the superior life form on this planet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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