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Cell: A Novel

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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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    A mother Romney, WV, USA 03-21-06
    A mother Romney, WV, USA 03-21-06 Member Since 2008

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    "Want it to continue"

    Great story but I felt like I wanted it to continue. I love Stephen King and he does this sometimes...leaves you a little hanging at the end. But don't let that stop you. It is a great book. I hope he continues the story in another book. Great narrator in this one too.

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    S. R. Constantine Minnesota, USA 03-20-06
    S. R. Constantine Minnesota, USA 03-20-06 Member Since 2011
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    "King in great form"

    Very entertaining! If it had been a paperback, I would say I couldn't put it down. As it was, the white knuckles weren't caused by my speed or the traffic as I drove down the freeway. It's a gripping and unpredictable story with characters you can become involved with. The narration is excellent. It's one of the better books I've read/listened to by King, and I've covered just about all of them. I highly recommend it.

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    johnmayersquare PORT ORCHARD, WA, US 03-20-06
    johnmayersquare PORT ORCHARD, WA, US 03-20-06
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    "Great Story and Audiobook"

    Definitely a great listen. Some audio glitches do not distract from an otherwise great story. King knocks it out of the park with this one.

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    Brian Spring 03-20-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Cell? Don't waste your $$ on the audiobook."

    Don't waste your money on this audiobook. In a nutshell, the narration was flat and uninspiring and the story itself left me flat as well.

    Perhaps its just hard to listen to Stephen King's books read by anyone other than the author. Though I imagine he would protest, he is a fabulous narrator of his own words - his speech idiosyncrasies notwithstanding. The narrator of this book sounded like he'd either had a labotomy or had just taken a lot of muscle relaxants. His tone was flat and his characterizations (when present) were quite lacking. This flaw, alone, made me regret having purchased this audiobook.

    Then, there was the story. It was not one of King's best. King's portrayal of a post-apocalyptic landscape was pretty vivid, as always. Unfortunately, the story never seemed to go anywhere. Yes, the journey was interesting - but the destination was not worth it.

    Read it, if you must - but don't bother with this iteration of the book.

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    GSDNH NH 03-20-06
    GSDNH NH 03-20-06 Member Since 2014

    Audio books have kept me sane through agonizing commutes.

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    "Welcome Back"

    I had given up on Stephen King. The Green Mile was the last good story he had written in ten years (IMHO). This story reminds me of "old King". The characters were believable and I could really feel for them. The story moved along at a good clip. Boston area residents will enjoy the pains King takes to pay attention to detail about our communities.

    The narration was very good but weird editing bytes were jarring. I wish the editors could make that smoother.

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    Kelli Reston, VA, USA 03-18-06
    Kelli Reston, VA, USA 03-18-06
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    "Not good at all - very disappointed"

    Let me say I am a huge SK fan. While I have not made it through his whole catalog yet, I have read most of it. When I first read the premise of Cell I thought it must be a joke, but reassured myself that maybe it was just a bad description and the book would be good once it got into the meat of the story. Yeah - that doesn't happen. This could have been a great short story, but it goes on and on forever with no real point. The dialogue stinks to high heaven - it is stilted and not consistent or true to the characters. There are many scenes that really have no part in the story at all and I wonder why they were kept. There are three or four lines or pecadillos about characters that are played over and over, making me sure that the meaning would come clear eventually and that never happened either. The end was a let down. The audio production is very bad with a boring reader and overdubs that sound like a completely different voice and often two or three words in the middle of a sentence. It is distracting and not what I would expect from a bestseller production.

    This is the only SK book I have ever read and been truly disappointed in. Truth be told, I would have ditched it about two hours in except I paid for it and I kept hoping it would get better. I am very sad to say that it just got worse. Do yourself a favor and get "Bag of Bones" instead. That is SK storytelling at its best.

    I am only giving it one star because I cannot give it a negative score. I found nothing to recommend in this one at all.

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    Brent New Salisbury, IN, USA 03-18-06
    Brent New Salisbury, IN, USA 03-18-06
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    "Can't wait for the movie/TV!"

    I am a Stephen King fan, but mostly movies and TV. I've read a few of his books over the years, but reading isn't really my thing. This is the first SK audiobook that I've listened to and I loved it. I was hooked from the beginning since it takes off very quickly. My intention was to just listen for an hour or so before bedtime. However, I got so anxious to get through it, I spent an entire Saturday finishing up. I don't regret that, the characters were so real and unique and the story keeps you in it's grip. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one as a movie..I can't wait to see who will play Alice and Tom (my favorites).

    I would have given it five stars except a few complaints..which I've seen in a few other reviews. First, I can't get past the ending..I really felt like I was left empty-handed. After listening that long and becoming so familiar with the characters, I really want to know how it ends! Also, there was an occasional "voice-over" that at times, was sort of distracting. To hand it to SK, I was a bit scared of my cell for a few days!

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    Kimberly San Marcos, CA, USA 03-18-06
    Kimberly San Marcos, CA, USA 03-18-06
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    "The Cell"

    This is an interesting book and gave me an enjoyable weekend's read -- but I am used to more from King. This book had a linear plot and was written from one character's perspective. I am used to enjoying bouncing back and forth between the "good guy" and the "bad guy" perspectives when reading King. Some of the scariest moments in his other books are when the reader is "trapped" inside the mind of the evil characters. The concept of this book is an interesting one, but the plot is not complex, the main characters are not very memorable, and I am afraid the book will be pretty forgetable over time -- unlike other King books that still haunt me (The Shining, Salem's Lot, ...). I wasn't scared at any point in this book, didn't care too much about the main character, but did like wondering who or what was behind the Cell "surge" that took place. This was more of a whodunit than a horror book. Not bad, not great.

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    briefucile 03-17-06
    briefucile 03-17-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Choppy narration"

    The story itself was great but the narration was awful. Many times there are breaks in the sound where it seems as if someone else speaks part of a line. Not as another character. It's supposed to be the same person talking/thinking but a deeper voice breaks in and then it switches back. Very odd. I did not like it. Besides that I would recomend this to anyone who LOVES Stephen King.

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    Rhett Kennesaw, GA, USA 03-17-06
    Rhett Kennesaw, GA, USA 03-17-06
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    "Very Interesting"

    This is my first Stephen King novel and I was quite impressed right from the beginning. It starts out hard hitting and keeps you that way until the middle when it flattens out a little. The pace picks up again toward the end. I had a hard time "putting it down" (turning it off) so I finished it in 2 days--off and on. Overall, I thought the story line was very imaginative and well thought out. Characters were easy to follow. Details were quite clear (and a little gory in places), but you felt like you there witnessing the events take place, which is what you want. I might have gone a couple different directions with the plot, but the ones King picked were good and kept the pace up. Would have liked for King to tell us the source of the "Pulse" and why? I'll just have to use my imagination--darn it. This should do for cell phones (which I hate by the way) what Jaws did for beach swimming--make you think about your next encounter. Do I let it ring or answer it?

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