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Cell

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2006

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

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.

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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

  • Rus

    I just finished "Cell" and besides being a bit disappointed in this book, I felt the ending was a complete let down :( I have either read or listened to most of SK's books through the years and "Cell" probably is my least favorite book he has written. It started off like gangbusters and for a short time I felt that I was truly going to enjoy listening to this story. But somewhere towards the middle SK lost me...Once I got to the end of the book I guess I was hoping for bit more closure and explanation than what we were given. Also the "reader" was very good but there seemed to be a different voice that was interjected every now and then with a much different tone than the primary reader....Like as if when recording the original they left lines out and had to go back and edit...the additional voice was distracting...but then again this is just my opinion. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a face paced story which is fill with many gory moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rachel M

    Mundane. I thought King was supposed to be this wonderful writer, but this one kind of fell flat with me. It wasn't awful, I guess it just wasn't my taste. Thanks anyway Stephen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn't get through the first C.D. I don't know how good the book was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nanette

    I had stopped reading Stephen King years ago. I thought I would give him another chance..my mistake. The ending made me scream. It sucked and I would like someone to give me back the 10 plus hours I spent listening to this book. The narrator wasn't the worst but not alot of emotion or at times even different voices for characters..and there aren't really that many. My advise...stay the hell away from this book. And Mr. King...you owe me about 12 hours of my time back!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anna Shirey

    OK - this is Stephen King, so it can't be boring! But I really don't think it's up to his normal standards. This has a little of the apocalyptic feel of "The Stand", but with a very tiny plot (i.e. the survival of one group of people.) There is none of King's usual good v. evil philosophizing, nor of the epic significance he usually puts into his stuff. And the end is REALLY unsatisfying. But, that being said,it sucked me in. It's a cool premise, no doubt, and a good listen in general - just not as good as King fans might expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • elizabeth Manuge, Yarmouth , Nova Scotia

    this is a review of "Cell" by Stephen King I did not like this book. In fact i couldn't get to the end of it, its so grisly. The mental image of mad people eating other people is not my idea of enjoyable listening. Just one thing is there, a rather jaundiced interpretation of the use of cell phones. Perhaps I should have been more careful and researched the work of Stephen King first. Elizabeth Manuge

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennifer C.

    Not King's most exciting work.

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