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UR

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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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    Hakes Wilkes Barre, PA, United States 02-26-10
    Hakes Wilkes Barre, PA, United States 02-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Too short"

    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.

    3 of 4 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.

    4 of 6 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra St. Louis, MO, United States 05-07-10
    Sandra St. Louis, MO, United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "The worst King story ever..."

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Filios 12-10-16
    Rob Filios 12-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "mediocre"

    Slow start, it picks up but isn't mind blowing at all. Might be one of those, had to be in the year to appreciate it.

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    TodayMom 11-13-16
    TodayMom 11-13-16
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    "Takes a while for the story to get rolling.."

    A good King story to fill some time during a short road trip. It seemed to take unnecessarily long for the author to introduce the characters. But, once the story got rolling, it kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia 07-17-16
    Sylvia 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Stephen King Leaves Us Wanting More UR"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend and make sure they knew it was a 2 chapter short story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wesley was my favorite character because he wanted to do the right thing. There are many things he could have done with information from the future but he chose to save lives.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Holter Graham?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes technology changes everything.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make it more evident that this is a short story. I was soooo disappointed that I only got two chapters of UR - I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 06-01-16
    Stephen 06-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Cop Out"

    Stephen King has written a a good short story. But that is all it is - a short story. It is greatly overpriced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Pearl 05-17-16
    D. Pearl 05-17-16
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    "slow beginning but a great 2nd half"

    Holter Graham did a great job in narrating this novella by Stephen King. After a slow start it is vintage King as Wesley discovers the incredible power this kindle had. It explores alternate universes similar to 11-22-63, but all compacted into 2 hours of fun. I got audible free for 90 days and was able to choose three titles, and UR was one of them. I'm unsure if I'll continue beyond the trial period as its 14.95 per month

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.C.D. 05-13-16
    J.C.D. 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A KINDLE FOR STEPHEN KING"
    What made the experience of listening to UR the most enjoyable?

    The narrator made the story interesting and believable. Who else but Stephen King would have a pink kindle that tells the future?


    What other book might you compare UR to and why?

    Any other Stephen King novel. They're all full of surprises.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job keeping the narration low key - it added to the suspense.


    Who was the most memorable character of UR and why?

    Wesley - he's so frightened and confused and seems to remain so throughout the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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