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)
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.
House painter who listens to books every day on site. 5-6 days a week. Like 2-3 books/ week. :-)
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)
Did not read the print version.
Everything - well done.
Where the main character confronts the drunk driver - she had it coming.
With the release of several of Stephen King's short stories on Audible, I decided I'd plow through them as one large collection. Some of the stories left me longing for more. It felt like I was either left hanging, or the ending simply left me with a feeling of "that's it?" UR, on the other hand, was sufficiently thought-provoking that I actually felt satisfied at its conclusion. It's another one of those "what if" stories. Here, the twist is that an attempt is made to change the future (ala Back to the Future) rather than the past. I've always enjoyed this sub genre, and if you do, you'll most likely enjoy it as well. Holter Graham is an excellent narrator, and that always helps.
Ur is a great short story from Stephen King about a bookworm who decides to give e-readers (Kindle, specifically) a try. Only his Kindle is special delivery from the Twilight Zone. Book are available that authors never wrote, but it's when he realizes he can access more than books that the story turns. If you are a fan of King's work this is definitely worth a listen, especially for fans of The Dark Tower series. The best readers do not call attention to themselves and I can almost forget I'm listening and not reading. Holter Graham does this in reading Ur, so the overall experience is excellent.
I have been a Stephen King fan for many years. This short story was, in my opinion, not his best.
Usually I am taken down the path with his stories, living in the pages with the characters. This time, though it was well written, I found myself already knowing the ending. Yes, it has a Steven King Twist (Kindle, time paradox), of course it would. But something seemed kind of vanilla at the end.
I'm wondering if the reason I found this story ending somewhat vanilla is because I just finished 11-22-63 which is about time travel and this has a similar ring?
Overall a good story, clever, current. Good performance.
Yes - Very good plot - hard to put down (pause the audio)
The grim alternate ending of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Being able to differentiate between which character was talking by the inflection in the reader's voice (which is done extremely well in _11_22_63, right down to the Southern drawls and Russian accents)
_A Tangle of Timelines_
Excellent book, but a bit too short. Given the millions of alternate realities, King could have had fun with many other events. I feel he just scratched the surface with this alternate timelines theme. I'm currently listening to _11-22-63_ by King, which takes this theme and focuses on one event. It is like _UR_ was an appetizer to this longer novel.
The storyline is quick moving and suspenseful building to climax in typical Stephen King style though in my judgment is not among his best efforts, it’s still a worthwhile purchase and an enjoyable listening experience.
I was listening with a friend and fellow Stephen King fan and when the story ended we just looked at each other and said
Pacing, and suspense and the dimension that's added by hearing a story read.
Yes, unless you like an ending all wrapped up and not leaving you to finish the story in your imagination.
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