It could be said this novella is two hour commerical for Amazon (I'm sure they didn't mind anymore than Fedex did when "Cast Away" came out) but still it was a light fun story. You can't help but love Stephen King and Holter Graham was perfect.
A story centered around a Kindle is interesting enough, but with King's characteristic flair for empowering objects, it's simply irresistible. Listening to UR is like thoroughly enjoying a prolonged inside joke. It's a great little contemporary short.
Even more delightful, Holter Graham's voice and performance are strongly suited for the story. Having listened to King's audio recordings of On Writing and other miscellaneous works, I felt very comfortable with Graham's performance. It felt very in tune with the author's own voice. I look forward to more productions by the duo.
So many books, so little time...
While UR might be considered a full length book for some, really in the context of Stephen King's other work, it is a short story.
Delightful and harkening back to the days of Gray Matter, UR was a wonderful listen. It has all the twists and turns of what we love about his work.
At first I was a bit sad Stephen King didn't read this story, but Holter Graham did a Fantastic job of reading and keeping me engaged in the story, which I finished in just a few hours.
Loved UR and want more UR.
I am a Stephen King fan, however this novella was a big disappointment. The entire first half of the story is a thinly disguised advertisement for the Amazon Kindle.
This isn't a novel; it's more of a long short story or a novella. There's no character development; it's totally concept driven. And the concept is one that King has employed again and again, there's nothing new or original here except that the vehicle is a Kindle. He reuses the tower concept, too. It's obvious that this is the first installment of a several, and the tower will gain prominence as it goes along.
King should be ashamed to publish this tripe. Under the Dome was an excellent book in which King showed he can really write, and that he has insight into his characters. Not so with UR. It's as if he just has to write, regardless of content and quality.
Thankfully, the book was on sale. I'll be giving the future installments a pass.
You may get the rare happy ending out of this short story by Stephen King. It was also interesting that he brought back the mysterious "low men." I can't wait to see if they come back in another novel. It made me want to re-read "Hearts in Atlantis." I think I will start tonight!