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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2006

Duration: 12 hours 27 minutes


There's a reason cell rhymes with hell. 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 one hundred and ninety-three 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.


  • Amy

    This book and narration had me hooked from the beginning to the end - it was one of those stories that kept me thinking about the plot line long after listening! Absolutely loved it and recommend this read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris B

    I am sorry to say so, but this book had all the elements I love: apocalyptic event, mysterious nemesis, rag tag group of protagonists. But it never came together. I failed to make a connection with any of the characters, even if one was lost. The climax was predictable and the resolution was almost obligatory. I love King but I didn't love this book. Campbell Scott, who excellently read The Shining, also sounds bored and on the verge of falling asleep or raiding the fridge.

  • Evelyn W

    Very engaging, and the main characters were endearing. Mr. King kept me wondering what would come next until the very last word. The narrator was great also.

  • Leilani Maynard

    I had already read this book and thought I'd give the audio verse a try. I really enjoyed it. I have listened to other books done by the narrator and he did a good job on this one too. A good story and narration, highly recommend.

  • Conye Wheeler

    I absolutely love Stephen King. I have never disliked any of his books. I also enjoyed the narrator

  • Anonymous

    Another great book from Stephen King. This one kept me interested right from the start. The reader was excellent.

  • Mary Johnson

    Very of my faves

  • ALadyJett

    I really liked this story at first it really went quickly. It tended to drag at little towards the end, but all in all it was good., I liked the odd groups of characters whom became friends outta need to combat the odd happenings. I can say it kept me interested for the most part a good story.

  • Anonymous

    I drive a great deal for work, and listen to books rather than the radio. This kept me on the edge of my carseat and many evenings, I would pull into my driveway and continue to listen because I was so enthralled. Make people who can't disconnect read or listen to this book-maybe they'll hangup and engage in the moment...

  • Timoteo Barajas

    It has been a very long time since I've read a King novel, I think the last was The Tommyknockers. I stopped reading because I kind of bored with the stories, not because the story was bad but because it was so formulaic, I was reminded of this again as I listened to Cell. The underlying structure of the story reminded me of the Stand and It. I don't think we need a pulse to create zombies, just look at most folks on a cell phone and how can you not think they are already zombies. Nope, the world is scarier now then its described in the book. The narrator did a great job and I'd be willing to listen to another book with Cambell Scott.