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)
Stephen King has always been a good story-teller and I would sometimes put up with a lot just to get through the plot. So my question is, when did he become a good writer? This book, while bearing similarities to some of his other novels, is particularly well written and a joy to listen to. Campbell's Scott narration is pitch perfect.
While I liked this book a lot, it wasn't my favorite by Stephen King. It held my attention, yes, and it was narrated well, but still, it seemed to lack something that made it a great read.
Some will compare it to The Stand, but I feel that isn't fair. The story line was completely different as well as the tone of the story as a whole.
Recommendation for a S. King read: On Writing. Don't confuse this with "just a book on writing". At least 1/3 of the book (maybe more) is autobiography and read by King himself.
I am just glad Mr. King is still writing. I really enjoy his work. It seems that some people find it fashionable to be dismissive of his writing. I wonder if they actually read or listen to any of his books.
This is an entertaining listen. It's not "change your life" good, but good. The narration is superb. If you like King's previous work, you'll probably like this as well.
i don't normally write a review, but i had to in this case. i read some reviews...mostly popular,but i couldn't help but feel upset by some of the negative stuff. cell takes us to familiar ground in kings writing style. particularly the dead zone and pet semetary. ofcourse some may feel that he is repeating himself...i say in style only...and for this i am very glad. the premise may be an end of the world senario, but the style belongs to king alone. the amount of goosebumps generated from this work alone is enough to give it a 5 star rating. whenever you can feel for a character or characters you know you are in the middle of a good yarn. this is the first full length novel since king retired and i could feel the natural flow of a gripping and downright horrifing story. personally i loved this book and hope stephen king stays retired for many years to come.
I had told myself I wasn't going to waste my money on any more Stephen King audiobooks after investing so much time into the Dark Tower series only to be monumentally let down by one of the most anti-climactic endings in literary history followed closely by the snooze fest that was Duma Key. I guess I'm a slow learner but I've got it now. Cell just proves that King doesn't have an original idea left, just respouted gore. To make matters worse, by the time you've reached the end of Chapter three you know the author's stand on gun control, abortion, religion, partisan politics, etc. whether you want to know or not and whether it contributes to the narrative or not. FINALLY, I'm done!
The rumors are true. Stephen King has not written a really good scary book in a looong time. This one is no different. My review is simple, it's simply not good. Buy another "zombie" ish movie.
I did like the book, but somewhere in the middle I almost had a feeling that no ending would be possible out of this incredibly tragic Armageddon. I was surprised to find out that it was true, the ending was not there at all. It felt almost as if the author cornered himself and could not find any kind of answer to anything... there was just no resolution, which made the story so unbearably sad. You understand that even if the outcome of the last action proves to be positive, the world has truly come to an end, and there is no way out... Kist left be, very, very sad. But I did like it. :)
This was enjoyable enough for flight time listening, but it got pretty silly for my tastes. What is worse yet it seems unnecessarily so (i.e. putting in something outlandish that doesn't even remain consistent to the story's presumptions, let alone doing so with as few non-reality presumptions as possible, but that doesn't even add anything to some other part of the story, is just a dead end). So well narrated for sure, and that makes up for a lot, but can't really recommend it.
It's written by Stephen King, who is a great story teller, I really got in to the main characters, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Zombie books.
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
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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