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UR | [Stephen King]

UR

Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.
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Publisher's Summary

Tapping into our primal fears of modern technology, which made Cell a number-one best seller, Stephen King sets his sights on the latest high-tech gadget in UR, in which a mysterious e-book reader opens a disturbing window into other worlds.

Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

From vintage cars (Christine and From a Buick 8) to household appliances (Maximum Overdrive) to exercise equipment (Stationary Bike), Stephen King has mesmerized us with tales of apparently ordinary machines that take on lives of their own. UR gives this classic theme an up-to-the-minute spin, resulting in a horror masterpiece for our time and for the ages.

©2010 Stephen King (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Firm, gripping, and deftly written by a craftsman at the top of his game, this is King at his crisp, clear, page-turning best." (Amazon.com review)

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    doG ma Denton, TX, US 02-18-10
    doG ma Denton, TX, US 02-18-10

    I AM!

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    "BRAVO!"

    Just finished UR, and all I can say is WOW! What a fantastic story. I am one of SK's constant readers and still had no idea how this was going to end up until the last word had been read. I had not heard of Holter Graham befor this but he was perfect for this story. Excellent Read!!!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States 02-19-10
    Amazon Customer RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States 02-19-10
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    "UR Functions Well"

    What a great little short story about our choices, even if well meaning, and their consequences. Stephen King brings us into contact with the Dark Tower once again and it is always nice to go back there along a new path of the beam.

    Very good narration. Left me wanting more.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Fremont, CA, USA 02-24-10
    John Fremont, CA, USA 02-24-10 Member Since 2002
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    "If you're a Dark Tower fan, you'll love it"

    I have read the entire Dark Tower series multiple times and its my favorite series of all time. I know Stephen has his detractors, but I really love his stories. If you're a Dark Tower fan, about half way through this quick listen, you'll really appreciate this story. I have to admit that the ending left me wanting a bit more, but I enjoyed the story all the same. Knowing what I know about the Dark Tower series, when certain elements come into play, you can't help but laugh! Overall, a worthwhile listen for me personally.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    a pelham, NY, United States 02-19-10
    a pelham, NY, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    "shouldn't audible give us a break?"

    this was an entertaining couple of hours, but a little SK derivative (still better than most writer's best). however, i object to audible's full credit charge for something that would have cost about the same had i paid cash. i've been a member for 4 years. shouldn't this have been a 1/2 credit listen?

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 03-03-10
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 03-03-10 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Wellllll.....not my favorite, sorry"

    I'm clearly in the minority here, I really thought this story was not so terrific. I love SK and have listened or read all of his books, but this short story left me with a "that was okay" kind of feeling. The story was predictable and I felt like I could have left it any any point and not have missed out. So if you are on the fence about spending the credit......

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 03-20-10
    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 03-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "loved it"

    I'm not a big Stephen King fan, but this short story was the right length for a driving trip. Turned out to be a great story and one I will remember. Most of King's work could do with some editting, but this story was perfect. Loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 03-22-10
    Amber Roseville, CA, United States 03-22-10
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    "A fun romp in a typical Stephen King universe"

    Stephen king likes stories where people are trapped and their true natures come on display. Average Joes and outsiders become heroes, and the rich, political bigwigs show their true, evil colors. It's an entertaining story that rehashes many of King's favorite themes...nothing surprising for fans of King, but an entertaining listen from beginning to end.

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    Robert Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 02-22-10
    Robert Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 02-22-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazon Advertising"

    OK, I love King and I can honestly say the story is not bad. In fact, it is truly a Stephen King short story. I also have to say that I don't mind capitalism and marketing. The problem is, this is a two hour book about the Amazon Kindle. The story keeps this from being a 0 star book for me. I would not have minded had this been a freebie but to pay for what is essentially a long Kindle ad was a bit frustrating.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 10-19-13
    brenty United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Gripping and perfectly executed"

    I love much of Stephen King's work, but he tends to prattle on; I hate to say it, but a case can often be made for the abridged. But the pacing and length of this story was spot on, and it had me until the end.

    The ideas in this book strike an ideal balance between being novel (in the best sense of the word) and truly compelling -- no small feat. Many works of fiction manage one at the expense of the other, yet this accomplishes both and remains entertaining and emotionally engaging at the same time. Delightful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ThaKevMan 03-03-10
    ThaKevMan 03-03-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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