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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 dream ...more
Audio CD, 2 pages
Published 2010 by RecordedBooks (first published 2009)
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Lou
Nov 01, 2010 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kindle Ur King"

I confess! I have committed a sin I have avoided reading novels from The Grandmaster writer Stephen King!
I repent! I will make my upmost effort in reading my way through The Dark Tower series, one book a month minimum.
King was one of the first to delve into publishing via the kindle from this genre. This novella will be looked upon in the future as the genesis of the kindle era. His talent is to turn anything into a craft from kindle to Riding the Bullet. Great creative story.

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Becky
While I was listening to this one, I said to a friend on Google Chat, "You know... it's crazy how much Stephen King affects me.
I'm listening to this audio book and I have a knot in my stomach out of nervousness." This about sums up what I love about Stephen King. Even in his shortest stories, he is able to take me out of my world and transplant me into the one he's created. He's able to make me not only know his characters, but care about them and root for them and worry for their well-being.

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Brian
Read this in King's newest collection. I loved this story. It reminded me of how much I loved experiencing the Dark Tower world. The premise: guy buys a Kindle and connects with the DT world. Imagine your favorite authors in other worlds. They have more novels. I looked at my favorites of favorites shelf and felt the obsession of the idea. Steinbeck, Dumas, Tolkien, Jordan, Twain. Imagine reading novels they never wrote or even read in this world! I'm glad this Kindle's not real. I'm not joking. ...more
Nickole
Jul 10, 2012 Nickole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
...... what the hell is this crap?! If you check out my reviews you'll know I am a serious SK fan, for over 12 years I have practically devoured any and everything he's written and while I can't list them all among my favorites, I will say I usually can find SOMETHING in them that garners a bit of affection for the story. Not with this dreck, I have never been more disappointed! I was so excited to find an SK novel exclusive to Kindle readers, and just like Charlie before me I could hardly conta ...more
Blair
UR is an extremely short novella, and also happened to be my introduction to Stephen King. The premise is pretty fascinating - a university English professor, Wesley Smith, orders an Amazon Kindle after a fight with his girlfriend, during which she rages at him for spending too much time reading books. When the device arrives (with alarming speed), it's inexplicably pink, and has a mysterious menu called 'UR Functions'. Wesley quickly realises that this menu gives him the ability to read a pleth ...more
Trudi

The Tower trembles; the worlds shudder in their courses. The rose feels a chill, as of winter.

I love this quote and I love this story! Not only is it a giant HEAP of fun, it's filled to the brim with Dark Tower references right down to an appearance by the low men in yellow coats - yes! more please!

The premise is pure King, and would have made an AWESOME Twilight Zone episode. I can just hear Rod Serling now:
Wesley Smith is a professor of literature and his mistress is the book. An unlikely i
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Kathryn
Nov 12, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King Fans
UR started kind of slow for me. At first it wasn't too interesting. Then, all of sudden, it picked up and I enjoyed it. I like the Dark Tower relation, and the idea of alternate realities. If you've read The Dark Tower series by King, you already know about this. Anyways, UR is a nice, quick read, with an interesting idea for a storyline.
Delee
Feb 16, 2014 Delee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5
Ruth Turner

(Collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)

I attempted to read his story a few years ago and gave up in disgust before I was even halfway through. It didn’t make much sense and I was bored witless.

Second attempt, the beginning is still slow, and it still bored me witless but I persevered and managed to finish it. Not a great read but certainly rates higher than some of his other short stories I’ve read recently.


CONNECTIONS:

Pot ‘o Gold (Rest Stop)


The Dark Tower:

Beneath the welcome message was a pict
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Michael
Jan 07, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure what there is to say here. While King is one of my favorite authors, I'm not an apologist. Among some of the best books I've ever read are some real clunkers.

This... this is something special. And by special I mean horrible. Not since Dan Brown have I wanted so badly to throw what I was reading across the room. I could not, of course, as I was reading on a Kindle.

The Kindle shilling and advertisements are shameless, which is all the more frustrating as one can only read the d
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Belinda
Feb 17, 2009 Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strictly braincandy. Yummy, yummy braincandy. I do love Stephen King. Trust King to not only be an early adopter of new technology where reading and writing are concerned, but to be so totally immersed in it that he treats his fellow Kindle addicts to a delightfully personal novella!

This story was just plain fun. Mild-mannered English prof. finally breaks down and orders himself an e-reader: A Kindle. It arrives, in PINK, and with no instructions...and "experimental" features guaranteed to make
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Oscar
El profesor de literatura Wesley Smith decide un buen día comprar un Kindle, aunque no está muy convencido. El aparato que le llega es de color rosa, en lugar del típico blanco. Pero ahí no acaban las particularidades del dispositivo, que Wesley irá descubriendo poco a poco.

‘UR’ (2009) fue el primer relato digital de Stephen King, que escribió para promocionar el lanzamiento del lector de libros electrónicos Kindle, de Amazon. Si bien hay algunas pinceladas más que evidentes de publicidad dentro
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Adam Light
Nov 24, 2011 Adam Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice little side trip into the land of King wherein the protagonist purchases a Kindle, in an attempt to win back the affections of his ex-girlfriend. He should have stuck with good old paperbacks!
Jodi
Sep 25, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! A quick read, and a fun story
Shelli Black Rose
Dec 24, 2012 Shelli Black Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard Stephen King fans
I almost can't believe I've rated a SK book with only 2 stars! I was so disappointed in this book (short story). It took me nearly 1/3 of the way into the story to even comprehend what was going on. Once that happened, I started to enjoy the story a little bit. But then the ending happened. That's it, it just happened. Nothing fantastic about it at all. Nothing even remotely interesting about the ending. It just ... ended. And badly, at that. It's almost as if King got to that point in the story ...more
Miss Kim
Jun 11, 2010 Miss Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Constant Readers
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Jon
This is a pretty good short from King, and I really liked the premise of it. A man orders a Kindle, and receives a pink one. "Don't they only come in white?". This device has access to other realities, and one can even see the future. It's a bit creepy.

There were references to the Tower, which I would have understood if I'd read that series yet. Overall I liked it, but I felt the end was a big let down. It seemed kind of..well...lame.
Chris
Sep 18, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Oh wow. It's only a novella, and not yet available as a "real" book. But King definitely delivers. Wirelessly.

Dierdra Byrd
I want a pink Kindle! Ok, so with that out of the way I loved this book! It was a quick read with a tie in from the dark tower series and hearts in Atlantis I think, at least made me think of that book. It was a good story from one of my favorite authors! If you are a king fan or even just own a Kindle pick this up!
Joel
Jun 07, 2014 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una de las muchas historias cortas de Stephen King.

Entretenido y bastante original. Una lectura corta para pasar el rato.

No nos engañemos, le pidieron escribirlo para promocionar Amazon Kindle
Fan De Bauer
Si hay un autor que tiene libros de todo tipo, es Stephen King. Su amplio recaudo de géneros incluye novelas de terror, de ciencia ficción, de fantasía, de ciencia ficción y fantasía, y hasta dramas como The Green Mile.

Ur, pese a que su historia centralmente es de ciencia ficción y fantasía, podría incluirse en nuevo género: “Aviso Publicitario”

La historia gira en torno a Wesley Smith, que, atormentado por las acusaciones de que debería leer desde una computadora, decide comprar una Kindle. Todo
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Joe
Sep 14, 2012 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Stephen King is an author who is not afraid of experimentation, especially when it comes to how he releases his works. "The Green Mile" was initially released as six paperback volumes. "The Plant" was an online e-book released in one and two dollar installments online. It ultimately failed and was never finished. "Storm of the Century" is an original screenplay that King wrote.

"UR" (pronounced "ERR) is one of his strangest experiments yet. This novella was released in 2009 exclusively on the Ama
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Kate
Apr 09, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
I expected to listen to this entire audiobook in one day, but the approximate running time of 2 hours is really more like 2 1/2 hours.

Wesley is an English professor at a community college. He's a stodgy literary type despite being in his early 30s, and recently broke up with his basketball coach girlfriend Ellen. "Why can't you read from the computer like everyone else?" is her parting shot at him. So Wesley buys himself a Kindle.

The Kindle Wes receives is pink, and contains a strange menu calle
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Paul Eckert
My two star rating belies the fact that I actually enjoyed this story. It was campy, but overall it was fun for a quick story.

My only gripe, besides the completely ridiculous circumstances under which Wesley purchases a Kindle, is that the story is basically porn for the Kindle-obsessed. Characters constantly remark on how easy the gadget is to use, how thin and lightweight it is, etc. What would be more enticing for Kindle readers to read than a story about a Kindle that contains literary works
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Michelle
May 17, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned
I am a lot like Wesley Smith, the main character. I'm not very "new school". All my reading up until very recently has been "paper", nothing electronic, all my stories have been read holding the cover between my hands. Since joining goodreads early this year I have become more adventurous and have now read 4 e-books, this one being the fourth and probably very appropriate considering my lack of exposure to this medium. I'm a King fan through and through and I enjoyed the references to the Tower ...more
Jason P
Mar 23, 2013 Jason P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UR

Like many of us out there stuck in book-land we are confronted with what to read next. So naturally we would hop on to the next book off our shelves. Since times have changed we now have technological devices that can also supply us with reading material. Whether it be your Kindles, Kobo's (whatever version), or plain ol' tablets we're given the option to read our very favorite novels on these things. But what if your device not only gave you those options, but other ones? Ones that could, say
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Lisa Kessler
Sep 19, 2010 Lisa Kessler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pablo Aguirre
May 19, 2016 Pablo Aguirre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente comienzo y desarrollo sobre un profesor que adquiere por primera vez un Kindle para leer libros por Amazon. Atrapante y desespera al lector en los acontecimientos metiendose en el personaje. Porque no entonces ponerle 5 estrellas?. Porque el final me desilucionó. Fue muy abierto pero a la vez carecío de emociones. Tal vez así tenía que ser...pero tenía ganas de más.
Nenette
May 05, 2011 Nenette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Stephen King's exclusive Kindle book that features a Kindle in the story, and such a story! Though very short, and even with a Kindle how-too injected in it, Mr. King brilliantly wove the plot into something very exciting, it'll be very hard to not read through it in one sitting. Highly recommended!
Octavi
Aug 27, 2016 Octavi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El primer tercio es claramente publicidad para kindle, pero bueno, para eso fue contratado King. Sin embargo a partir del encuentro con el kindle rosa la historia da un giro y se vuelve interesante. Curioso relato largo.
Laura
May 18, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente relato, con un poco de 22/11/63 y un poco de la torre oscura. Con un buen final, y sabemos q a veces a Steve le cuesta cerrar una historia.
Es cortito, se lee rápido y se DISFRUTA.
Súper recomendable!
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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