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FIRST TIME ON AUDIO...
An Unabridged Novella Unavailable In Any Collection!

Tapping into our primal fears of modern technology that made Cell a #1 bestseller, 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 ...

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Overview

FIRST TIME ON AUDIO...
An Unabridged Novella Unavailable In Any Collection!

Tapping into our primal fears of modern technology that made Cell a #1 bestseller, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wesley Smith buys an Amazon Kindle to keep his mind off his recent nasty breakup, but he finds that his version is no ordinary e-reading device. Smith's Kindle has a special “Ur” option, which reveals the future and all the works his favorite authors have written in parallel dimensions. However, when the Ur delivers news of terrible events on the way, Smith must decide if he should interfere in fate. While King can certainly spin a good story, the Amazon Kindle focus (the story was written exclusively for and can only be read on an Amazon Kindle) keeps this one feeling like an advertising gimmick. While listeners can easily follow Holter Graham's narration, his style and projection aren't particularly impressive. He is consistent with his characterizations, but his light nasal voice lacks energy and momentum, and given that King's voice is quite similar to Graham's and King can narrate just as well, it seems unnecessary to have enlisted Graham, whose performance adds little additional flare. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442303096
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 371,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

    UR by Stephen King

    Weird but enjoyable since I just bought my Kindle DX this year, lol. Makes you think and ponder about what could happen, King is so good at making you ponder on the everyday things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Clever King--quick read

    I have to admit...this was on my first reads on my new Kindle...perhaps bn will make it available on their version? I read it very quickly and it was really a great book...the premise was quite intriguing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    A Poor Example of Stephen King's Work An English professor na


    A Poor Example of Stephen King's Work


    An English professor named Wesley gets dumped by his girlfriend and is driven by despair to purchase a Kindle although he has never wanted one. Strange things start to happen, beginning with the fact that it arrives by express mail although Wesley didn’t ask for that. And the Kindle is pink (!). Strangest of all, though, is the wide array of books available, books that were never written as far as Wesley knows.

    Author Stephen King has always been in the vanguard of those trying new methods of delivering their work to the reader and this is another step, a novella originally available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. However, only someone who already owned a Kindle could read this paean to the device so I don’t get the point of the “exclusive”.

    I’m a diehard King fan; he’s one of only a handful of authors that I buy in hardcover as soon as a book comes out and I also love most of the movies made from his books, no matter how really awful they may be. Stories released only in audio format also are in my hands as soon as they’re released but, for the most part, they’re not among my favorites of King’s work. Still, anybody who knows me realizes I’ll push his books whenever I can because I want others to enjoy his fine, if flawed, writing as much as I do.

    I’m very sorry to have to say I don’t like this one. The novella is pretty weak, with the premise that the professor’s very special Kindle can provide him with an incredible library of literary choices. That theme dwindles and is replaced by futuristic news, then builds to what could be an exciting horror story, but he lets the denouement just sort of fade away. I actually was shocked when I realized it was over because I thought there surely must be more. Most of all, though, this is a blatant commercial for Amazon and the Kindle with constant product placement (I wonder if anyone has counted how many times the word “Kindle” is used). As far as I can tell, there was no reason for this short story other than to pimp for Amazon.

    This won’t cause me to lose my appreciation of Stephen King’s work but I would surely like to have my two hours back.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Hitting us where we live

    As always, King delivers a twist on technologies that are currently being embraced. Like "Cell", King tackles the Kindle reader as a common technology yet with his distinctive off-beat thinking of how such technology can ultimately guide us in our lives.

    As a true King fan, I loved it. I am amazed at how he stays up-to-the-minute on his observations, hitting us where we live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

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    Good Story!

    Both my husband and I enjoyed this audiobook - it was very original and as always, Stephen King delivers on the suspense. The reader had a good voice for the story and conveyed the right amount of excitement.

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