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3.00003754622703 out of 53.00003754622703 out of 53.00003754622703 out of 53.00003754622703 out of 53.00003754622703 out of 5 3.00 (70,846 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780743555708
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Cell is hard to put down once you’ve picked it up. There is no shortage of harrowing scenes…ascends to the level of horror…a solid, entertaining novel.” 

    George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • Cell begins with a big, graphic jolt…King contemplate[s] the essential darkness of human depravity…A Hieronymus Bosch tableau of hellish depravity…A traditional King narrative studded with alarming signs of the times.” 

    New York Times

  • “Whether you are a Luddite or a mannerless cretin who can’t leave home without a headset and a phone charger, King wants you to know he has your number.” 

    USA Today

  • “A simple yet terrifying supposition…a nightmare landscape made more horrible by its proximity to the world we know.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Marie | 5/5/2017

    " HUGE Stephen King fan. Since I was twelve, and I am going on 44. Will be till the day I die, but this one was not his best. As usual, his characters are top notch, cool and their story lines are straight out of Kingland...but even though the initial premise was promising, I felt he went nowhere with it. SPOILER ALERT. The catastrophe is cool, but what happened after to the "phoners" was disappointing and left a bad taste in my mouth. I just didn't get hooked on the ongoing transformation, it wasn't "enough"... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 les | 4/14/2016

    " one of my favorites! I've read this more than a dozen times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Block | 2/16/2014

    " First King book that jumps right in with both feet. Usually he spends a lot of time building the characters and the story fills in around it. This did just the opposite and did it well. It was hard to put down and the characters were very likable. Made me think twice before answering my cell:) Would have liked a better ending or a sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skye Jones | 1/30/2014

    " Wow finally finished... this was an easy read and I have been meaning to read this book for years as it has only been sitting in my bookshelf for like 5-6 years ... I didn't mind the story line don't read sci-fi books so it was a totally different read then I'm used to. Wasn't happy with the ending It just stops or am I just not getting it :( I've got about 7 more of his book so hopefully they r better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hakim | 1/25/2014

    " I wasn't blown away but I liked it nevertheless. It certainly lacks action and could have done with a better ending but I found the characters well-developped and some were quite compelling. I don't want to give away any details... My advice is; if you're a SK fan, go for it. In case you're new to the world of Mr. King and you decided to give the author a shot, I would recommend picking another novel (IT, The Stand, Pet Sematary, Misery...). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walpolian87 | 1/23/2014

    " Not as gory as I anticipated but a great read nonetheless. It's got a good idea behind it (mobiles fuzzing up the brain and turning you into a zombie) and also concerns itself with telepathic ideas. The protagonist, Clay, is trying to find his family and a ragtag bunch of people fall in and out of his life as he makes his journey of which some are lucky and some aren't. It's mostly a book about exploring these characters and the uncertainty that pervades their situation of which King doesn't offer an explanation for at the end. It feels like it doesn't need to as well seeing as it's from the perspective of what would be likely you or I in this situation. Anyway, it's superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 1/16/2014

    " Meh, I've enjoyed some of his other stories much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Baker | 1/16/2014

    " Starting off strong, this is definitely of the more-recent King storytelling style. The conclusion felt stuttered and chopped, and I ultimately didn't get a feel for most of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Bruno | 1/13/2014

    " One of the least favorite King books that I have read. It had no real plot, poor character development, and, in my opinion, was just plain boring. Stephen King is my favorite author, but this effort fell way, way short of what I have come to expect of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Frysinger | 1/12/2014

    " I loved this book. It was really intense right when you read the first part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 12/29/2013

    " This book will always get to me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Cronk | 12/6/2013

    " Fun, nothing too crazy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 12/1/2013

    " Great book - action started on page 3 which was a departure from most SK books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/26/2013

    " I read this book quite a while ago now...I remember bits of it but I guess the main point would be that I remember really enjoying it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana Lukovic ひなたーちゃん | 8/14/2013

    " I`m sorry to say that this is by far the worst SK book I`ve ever read. I didn`t like it at all. I gave it two stars only because of the zombie genre and my devotion to George A. Romero and his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JJae | 3/11/2013

    " Pretty freaky book considering how much people are on the cell phones these days. Far-fetched fun. I enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miguel Rodriguez | 3/1/2013

    " No es de lo mejor que ha escrito king "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Peacock | 11/6/2012

    " Truly apocalyptic and a book I couldn't put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 10/17/2012

    " Very good. Kept you wanting to read more and wondering what was going to happen next. Had a lot of action, but a lot of violence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina Lynn | 6/2/2012

    " I love many King novels. This is not one of them. I believe every writer should approach a novel as if they were trying to be published for the first time. Cell would never have been published if it was not by King. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Coryat | 2/3/2012

    " Totally dated w the tech. Also kinda crappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek Oz | 11/1/2011

    " This was my first zombie-type book. I read it spring break sophmore year in between playing ultimate with a broken right hand, improper amounts of alcohol consumption and watching my friend knock another friends teeth out with a ping pong paddle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Peavey | 9/30/2011

    " Super bad! Why did I read the whole thing! Cause I'm a King fan. But this really sucked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Ressler | 9/25/2011

    " This is writing like you expect from Stephen King. Take an everyday item like a cellphone and turn it into an implement of horror with all the baggage that comes with a meltdown of society. I've read the book twice and loved it both times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon Milstein | 9/24/2011

    " Nice start, so-so execution and finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 9/4/2011

    " I have a zombie fetish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pablo | 8/5/2011

    " I would prefer other final, but i liked it so much "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 5/24/2011

    " It seemed like a shorter version of The Stand which is one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 5/19/2011

    " I liked the premise, about a pulse being transmitted by cells that turn people into raging maniacs. Would have liked to have learned the whos and whys it happened, though. And I guess I was disappointed by the end to where the 'zombies' evolve, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miguel | 5/18/2011

    " One of the greatest zombie novels of all time... :)
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannan | 5/17/2011

    " First Stephen King book I've gotten through and actually liked. Loved it actually. Amazing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/16/2011

    " This is quite seriously one of my all-time favorite reads! I adore King! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/13/2011

    " This started out great, a real page turner, but as it got going I kept expecting more, and it got more suspenseful, and then the ending was just kind of a big let down... I'm not sure I would recommend it, even though it was very well written (like all his books). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 5/12/2011

    " So far this book is pretty good. I like the idea of a zombie epedemic occruing due to cell phones. It could totally happen. Maybe now I'll be more careful with my cell phone. I think this book is also a societal comment on terrorism. There are a lot of 9/11 style references within this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolsgoodreads | 5/11/2011

    " Liked it, because everyone caught with a cell phone to the ear went bonkers! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 5/5/2011

    " Initially the book had me intrigued about cell phones causing mayhem but about halfway through the book the thrill lagged and eventually faded- then I got bored. I was disappointed with this title. Lately the last few titles I've read by my favourite writer have left me feeling empty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittanie | 5/3/2011

    " I loved this book. I think, despite the ambiguous ending, it held up. The plot was fast paced and enjoyable, and I really felt for the characters and the extreme tension they were under, along with their fear. Will most likely read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manuel | 4/30/2011

    " Very well paced and written. I could not finish this novel because I didn't have the stomach for it. This must be his most gruesome work. I can't stand zombies! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.