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
"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)
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
Elements of the Black Tower series and of Hearts in Atlanta are in this short story. If you have read the series or the book, it will enhance your enjoyment. It is not necessary though and reading this will enhance your reading of the book or series. It does not matter where you start.
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I would hate to pay full price for this, but at $2.00 an hour it's a bargain. Your paying for quality, not quantity. Imagine, if your favorite writer had lived five or ten years longer then you thought and he/she wrote books during that time, never published in our universe, and you found them. The first part of the book, should really appeal to classic literature fans. The second part of the book, deals more with knowing the future and how to respond to that. This of course has been done by multiple authors and King really does not bring anything new to the subject. Still it is an interesting read and trying to guess what is going to happen, makes it more fun.
I am not familiar with the narrator, but he does his job so well, you forget your listening and not reading.
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 chose this book to have something quick and interesting for a short road trip. It met my expectations. The narrator did an excellent job and Stephen King kept enough suspense throughout the book to hold my attention.
The ending was a bit of a let down for me, but that seems to be the case for me with most Stephen King books.
As a book lover and a "what if?" Laws of paradox lover these 2+ hours went by quickly. The ending was unpredictable and as a Stephen King fan, knew it could have gone a few different ways. The narration was excellent and I will look for more Holter Graham narrated books. Would read/listen to it again!
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.
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