Written by:
Stephen King
Narrated by:
Campbell Scott

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2006
12 hours 0 minutes
The next call you take could be your last in this terrifying #1 New York Times bestseller by master storyteller Stephen King!

On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and graphic artist Clayton Riddell is visiting Boston, having just landed a deal that might finally enable him to make art instead of teaching it. But all those good feelings about the future change in a moment thanks to a devastating phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse.

The delivery method is a cell phone—everyone’s cell phone. Now 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 relentless human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

There’s really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points the way home to his family in Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north, they begin to see the crude signs confirming their direction. A promise of a safe haven, perhaps, or quite possibly the deadliest trap of all…
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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.

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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.

This goes down as one of my all time favorite horror novels. The new twist on a "zombie-apocalypse" tale was clever and catching. The characters are easy to become attached to and the story moves along well. I was on the edge of my seat for much of the entire story and wanted my favorite characters to make it through to the end. Loved this book!

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Rick S.

I liked the story.

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Al Bueche

Great story by Stephen King and the narration is superb. Great listen.

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Jennifer C.

Not King's most exciting work.

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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.

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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.

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Conye Wheeler

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

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Mary Johnson

Very awesome.one of my faves

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Keith Murphy

I thought this was a typical Stephen King novel, nothing is predictable not even the ending. The reading was excellent, it also scared me more than several of Mr Kings recent books.

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Vicky in Westerville

This is one of the better books that Stephen King has written in a few years. However, the plot was somewhat reminiscent of The Stand. I liked the characters and thought the narrator did a good job of giving them a voice. While the story was suspenseful, I was disappointed the question of "who" and "why" was not fully answered. I also, thought the ending was weak. Overall though, a pretty good read.

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I listened to this book months ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. It's one of those stories that leaves you thinking about what might have happened after the book ended. Definitely worthwhile.

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Jesse Broughton

I'm not a very big fan of Stephen King but this book blew me right away. Being a father of a only child, I felt like I was Clayton looking for my son amid all that horror. I don't carry a cell phone all the time but when I do I think of all the phoners out there who can't live with out them. I would love to read a part two to this story because i didn't like the way it ended. I got very attached to the creators and hated to lose them through the book.

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Ed Jacques

I've read a ton of Stephen King books and the Stand is still my favorite. The description intrigued me and I expected a "Stand like" experience based on that. I was asking too much. The premise behind the book is interesting for sure but it gets a bit slow at times and he tends to be somewhat over descriptive when it's not necessary. If you've read King you are probably used to that. Overall I liked the book, but I did not like the movie style ending, and saw no reason for it either. That's probably my number one criticism. The narrator did a solid job. He kept the story interesting and did not try and overplay the voices as some do. Some of the edits were obvious, but I'm new to audio books so it might be the norm. I would actually give it 3.5 stars.

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Tom from lafayette

This has a one dimensional theme....and it expands on several directions from that. While it is somewhat absorbing, it's rather like watching a train wreck in slow motion....but the cars never come to rest to see the ultimate damage done. ie unsatisfactory ending. Worth the listen, but far less absoring than previous works like "buick eight"

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