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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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    Pauline 01-01-12
    Pauline 01-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm a fan but..."

    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.

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    Barry Washington Boro, PA, United States 12-26-11
    Barry Washington Boro, PA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great plot - could have been longer"
    Would you listen to UR again? Why?

    Yes - Very good plot - hard to put down (pause the audio)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The grim alternate ending of the Cuban Missile Crisis


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    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)


    If you could rename UR, what would you call it?

    _A Tangle of Timelines_


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Glenn Saint Peters, MO, United States 12-26-11
    Glenn Saint Peters, MO, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, I enjoyed it all the way to the ending!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was listening with a friend and fellow Stephen King fan and when the story ended we just looked at each other and said


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pacing, and suspense and the dimension that's added by hearing a story read.


    Was UR worth the listening time?

    Yes, unless you like an ending all wrapped up and not leaving you to finish the story in your imagination.


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    Diana 12-05-11
    Diana 12-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "From the mind of King, another winner!"
    Would you listen to UR again? Why?

    Yes. King is the only author who's work I will reread or relisten too.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer, I have been a huge Stephen King fan since I read

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    Kim Punxsutawney, PA, United States 07-14-11
    Kim Punxsutawney, PA, United States 07-14-11
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    "Love Stephen King - but....."

    This would have been good if I would have read it. The narrater had an irritating voice at times. This was my first audible book. I will try again.

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    Lisa NY,USA 05-19-11
    Lisa NY,USA 05-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It"

    This was imaginative, creative and an easy listen. I LOVED the narrator - it's just a great deal all around

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    Mark Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-10-11
    Mark Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Pink Kindle & Low-men"

    I loved it ... Stephen grabs you in the first 3 minutes and never lets you go! There are elements of the many re-occurring themes, but the story stands up well on its own! Bravo Mr. King! Holter Graham's narration is wonderful!
    MSD
    Ann Arbor
    2011

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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-15-10
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "This One Feels Like a Transition"

    I like S. King's work and writing. Some of his books appear to be transitional pieces between other larger works and to me, UR is one of those. Interesting as a story but if I had it to do over, I wouldn't buy this one.

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    THOMAS GREY 09-24-10
    THOMAS GREY 09-24-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't bother"

    If you are thinking of buying a Kindle from Amazon then get this book. This is a add for the Kindle, but the story can't get going for advertising! I wasted a credit on this!

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    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 08-13-10
    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 08-13-10
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    "Nice quick read"

    Classic Stephen King short story, fast and right to the point. I liked it a lot!!

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