Reading a Stephen King book is always a sure thing for me. I know I'm going to be absorbed by the story. UR was no exception, but it felt like the story hadn't been developed enough, that it should have been longer. The ending felt sudden and unexpected, as if Mr King only had an hour left to finish the book. Regardless, I enjoyed the listen and look forward to the next journey with Mr King.
Some people may listen to this and consider it as just an ad for the Kindle, and I can understand that assumption if you only listen to the first 30-45 minutes. It is obvious that King has a liking for the device, and I cannot assume there was no marketing involved, but there is still a very good story here. Short, and to the point, it is easy to identify with the main character. I personally love the concept, and only wish it were explored in a longer format. That being said, it is definitely worth a listen.
I think Amazon must have paid Stephen King for every time he uses the word "kindle." There's no other explanation for this story. The premise of the story is not bad, but it's like a 2-hour commercial for Amazon's kindle product... I feel like a sucker for downloading it! I kept thinking it would get better, and it was short, so I kept listening. I wish I would have followed my gut and just turned it off after the first half hour.
I have something of a Stephen King problem: I admire the man. For all his success, he’s made it a point to give back, not just in terms of his money, but also in the way he supports small-time writers, agreeing, for instance, to guest edit Best American Short Stories a few years ago.
At the same time, I don’t think he’s all that good a writer. Most of his sentences have a flat ordinariness. It isn’t just that they’re unadorned; it’s that they’re inefficient too. I feel as if we get too much information about inconsequential elements. And he seems to depend too much on cliché. There is, for instance, an almost embarrassing transcript here of the main character’s mother’s answering machine message. It isn’t a character talking; it’s someone out of a lazy stand-up routing.
I grew up hearing from friends how wonderful he is, and I made myself read Pet Sematary many years ago. I gave this a chance because it was on sale, it was short, and it had been a long time.
As far as I’m concerned, nothing has changed. The premise here is intriguing – the main character’s new Kindle permits him to read the unwritten novels of the great writers – but King doesn’t fully explore it. Instead he uses it simply as a gimmick in a story that feels, by the end, clichéd in its plot.
There is a brief moment that suggests otherwise: King writes the first sentence of what the novella presents as an unwritten Hemingway novel: “A man’s life was five dogs. The first to teach him. The second for him to teach. The third and fourth for him to work. And the fifth for his old age.” (That’s from memory, so I don’t have it quite exactly.) There’s a spark there, a poetry to the sentence – and even to the rhythm of the story that it suggests will follow – that’s simply superior to anything else in this novella. It’s frustrating to think that, if King could write something this good, even for a couple sentences, that he could do much more than what he does with the rest of this.
Good idea but he didn't know where to go next and quit without closure. What was the tower and who were the enforcers. Too many questions. Why did the relationships change.
I liked the story, a good way to kill a couple of hours. Anything that leads back to the Tower makes me happy. Still, he's written better things. I feel I would have enjoyed it more at half the asking price.
This book was tedious and pointless. total waste of time and credit. I love audible but absolutely hated this book. I hung in the even after the boring first two chapters but the ending was so feeble it was never worth it.