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Publisher's Summary

'Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.'The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within hours, those receiving calls would become insane, or die.In Boston, a young artist, Clayton Riddell, flees the explosive heart of the city. Clay's son has a little red cell phone. Often out of juice. But what if this time the battery is full? Clay has to reach his son, before his son reaches for his phone....Who doesn't have a cell phone? This utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't ask the question 'Can you hear me now?' It answers it with a vengeance. High concept, ingenious, and terrifying: Cell is the perfect nightmare for a whole new generation of Stephen King listeners.
©2006 Stephen King. All rights reserved.; Recording © and (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc.
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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)
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By Amazon Customer on 04-14-12

Excellent

What did you love best about Cell?

I enjoyed the concept of cell phones being the catalyst to an apocalyptic new world. I also enjoyed the development of the relationships between the survivors and the extreme steps they were willing to take for each other.

What did you like best about this story?

I actually enjoyed the ending, there is just enough to give closure while leaving it open to your own imagination to decide the next chapter for the character. I think this is fairly typical King.

What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Campbell Scott did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and giving you an emotional connection to them. I thought his narration was spot on, not overly dramatic and quite calming to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I quite enjoyed is audiobook, both the story and the narration. I'd certainly purchase more books by both of them, it was a great use of a credit.

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By Tamara on 01-18-12

Well worth it!

What other book might you compare Cell to and why?

Cell is in the Genre of Zombie books and Post Apocaliptic. What would happen if everyone that was on a cell phone right now just went crazy?

What aspect of Campbell Scott???s performance would you have changed?

I found it a little hard to get used to the tone of his voice initially but once I had settled into that he was able to portray the characters with consistancy and humanity. I enjoyed listening.

Any additional comments?

King has entered into this subject before in his book 'The Stand' which was a personal favourite of mine so I wasn't sure how this would stand up (pardon the pun) but it is a completly new angle and was great to listen to with modern eyes in a society of relience on Cell Phones. Again King's insight into the human mind is what make his books always enjoyable to read/listen to.

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By Mark on 06-05-06

Deceptively Intriguing & Enjoyable.

It is a long long time since I have read a Stephen King novel so I was unsure what to expect and not even sure if I would like it, however as a first audio book I really could not have chosen better.

The plot is surprisingly simple in a way but in this case the simplicity is the key to a great story. The main characters, whilst few, are all easily identifiable with and you cannot help but be drawn right into the story as it unfolds, their lives and differences and the overall emotion and hidden depth of this literary piece.

There is a magnetism about this book that made it difficult to find a suitable place to pause and I was keen to listen to it whenever time permitted.

Throughly enjoyable and I would love to listen to a sequel, which could be possible!? (Fingers Crossed.)

I would recommend this book whether you are a Stephen King fan or not. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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By J-H2O on 04-24-07

Well named !!

A well named title as I felt completely stuck in a 'cell' whilst listening to it ! I agree with others that the basic plotline was a good idea but for me it seemed to ramble on with no real depth or particular direction. I felt that I had to keep listening to reach the part where the story took off but it never seemed to arrive. Sorry - not good for me !

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By Jack on 05-06-16

Another great book by SK

This is not one of his best but it managed to keep me engaged the entire way. I had seen some reviews about the ending being poor but make up your own mind, personally I thought it ended in a tone that fit the story.

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By Rachel on 11-19-15

The King of Horror as always

What made the experience of listening to Cell the most enjoyable?

The narrator is my favorite male voice on audible but also a great match tot he story of a father and his boy

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