Cell

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Campbell Scott
  • 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.'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 know?' 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.

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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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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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- Mark

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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- J-H2O

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2006
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited