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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  10,330 ratings  ·  906 reviews
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
"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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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
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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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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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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Nickole
...... 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
Belinda
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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Kathryn
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.
Michael
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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Adam Light
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!
Miss Kim
Jul 16, 2010 Miss Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Shelli Black Rose
Jan 08, 2013 Shelli Black Rose rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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!
Michelle
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
Chris
Oh wow. It's only a novella, and not yet available as a "real" book. But King definitely delivers. Wirelessly.

Joe
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
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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Nenette
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!
Laura
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!
Miloš
Cool! :-)
I really liked it!
Ken McKinley
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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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Conessha
I don't read Stephen King much because I feel his books are to close to reality.. seems like they could happen. But I did enjoy this book. A college English professor name Wesley receives a pink kindle in the mail.. finally he is going to get more modern like his ex girlfriend told him he needs to do.. But this kindle is different not only in its color but its like no other, this kindles has alternate realities. there are books that were never printed by authors who died long before, but in cert ...more
Lisa
Leave it to Stephen King to write a horror story about a Kindle! In this tale, the hero is an English professor who loves books and hates technology. As his girlfriend is breaking up with him, her parting shot is: "Why can't you read on the computer like everyone else?" Out of spite, he buys a Kindle. But when he gets it, it is pink. (All Kindle owners know these devices only come in white.) As he explores its features, he finds in the "experimental" section a place that gives him millions of al ...more
wally
on the kindle...heh!

1st sentence +:

when wesley smith's colleagues asked him--some with an eyebrow hoicked satirically--what he was doing with that gadget (they all called it a gadget), he told them he was experimenting with new technology, but that was not true.
he bought the gadget, which was called a kindle, out of spite.


this one has been available for some time. just never got around to reading it...so here i am...on the kindle, as i said. onward and upward.

king never disappoints.

this could e
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Guillermo
In UR, Wesley Smith decides to buy a Kindle after breaking up with his girlfriend - or rather, her walking out of his life. He purchases a couple of titles before exploring the Experimental option on the Main Menu. The usual stuff appears, but it's the UR Functions that catch his attention. Soon after, Wesley discovers several novels from writers like Hemingway that were never published and some that came to being after his death. Soon, realization sets in - this e-reader taps into alternate rea ...more
Barry
A fun, fast-paced read. I knew it was (a more obvious) part of the Dark Tower canon the moment Wes turned his pink Kindle on, but I was surprised at just how much it ventured into King's signature mythos towards the end. Still, despite my quibble about this shared-universe dependency, this was a fun read, and THE perfect way to break in my birthday gift from my amazing fiancée: a Kindle Paperwhite!
Christine
UR is Stephen King showing us his best as a short story writer. A Kindle e-reader, alternate realities, a couple of interesting relationships, and a suspenseful plot. Mr. King gives us just enough of everything … characters fleshy enough to get to like (or hate as the case may be), an ordinary everyday existence that tip toes into the realms of the twilight zone, a plot thick enough to draw the reader in, and a couple of moral questions that make you go “Hmmmmm?”. A few references to and surpris ...more
Jason P
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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Jo Ann
Oct 18, 2014 Jo Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kindle fans or people who love their e-readers.
I couldn't help but wonder if Mr. King might just be poking a little fun at the electronic reading age. But what ever his maddness is, I loved this short little story. Just beware of pink Kindles from Amazon..... bwaaaahahahaha!!! :)
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“Kindle, isn’t it?” the waitress asked. “I got one for Christmas, and I love it. I’m reading my way through all of Jodi Picoult’s books.” “Oh, probably not all of them,” Wesley said. “Huh? Why not?” “She’s probably got another one done already. That’s all I meant.” “And James Patterson’s probably written one since he got up this morning!” she said, and went off chortling.” 9 likes
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