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.
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.
For those who have not read the Dark Tower series, much is unexplained. It is a clever spinoff from the series. Yet like all of Stephen King books there are so many hidden yet secret allusions that one cannot either pick up or understand. This is a long way of saying UR is a good stand alone story.
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King toying with alternate realities equals genius. I also like the fact that when approached to write an ebook for Kindle, King said he would only do it if the story was ABOUT Kindle - 'atta boy! So, if you enjoy the 'what if', or the novel 11/22/63, this is a good one for you.
A simple and believable story with a fantastical twist. I quickly identified with the main character and appreciated the flow of the story. The narrator was spot on.
I love all things Tower and this didn't disappoint with some new insight on a few old characters. It had the bonus of giving me the same inspiration that I felt during Duma Key. Well done, Mr. King.
This is an excellent short story that will appeal to many sci-fi fans and Dark Tower fans. I have listened to this many times and enjoy it each time. There are a few people who make the ridiculous statement that this is an advertisement for the Kindle. It is true that the main character uses a kindle in the story, but that hardly makes it an ad. Just like having a Buick in a story doesn't make that book an ad for Buicks and having a character drink a Coke doesn't mean it's an ad for Coca Cola. Kindles and other e-readers are a part of everyday life and this story has to do with a special kindle and the multi-verse.
I kept thinking this was going to go some place a bit deeper than it actually did. I was a little dissappointed. It's worth the read... but it's definitely not life changing.
This King short story left me wanting more. Framed in the character of a college professor and his questioning of the Kindle and its role in our world, the mood and drive of our protagonist was so familiar to those of us who've watched our parents embrace the internet! Like the best King works, it all started out so familiarly and comfortable, and was so well-written that it didn't even have to introduce any elements of the unknown and creepy in order for me to be unable to put it down. Stephen King could write the phone book and I'd read it. Well-done.
That it is about The Dark Tower universe!
The main charachter
When I understood that it was The Dark Tower....
Holter Graham is my new favorite (Living)narrator. (R.I.P Frank Muller)