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UR

UR

Geschrieben von Stephen King

Erzählt von Holter Graham


UR

Geschrieben von Stephen King

Erzählt von Holter Graham

Bewertungen:
4/5 (136 Bewertungen)
Länge:
2 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Aug 16, 2010
ISBN:
9781442303102
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

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.
Freigegeben:
Aug 16, 2010
ISBN:
9781442303102
Format:
Hörbuch

Über den Autor

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). 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. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and 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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  • (5/5)
    Once again, Stephen King manages to be creative, fresh and innovative. UR is cutting edge and very topical... with the spooky overtones we expect from Mr. King. On the one hand, I hate his short stories.. because in no time at all -- you're done! On the other hand, I am continually amazed at how complete he manages to make his short stories. You approach the final pages with regret, and I am certain that - had he wished to - Mr. King could have turned this concept into a full-length novel (and still could? hint hint).. but the story is complete. You're not left feeling that you've read the Reader's Digest version, or feeling that he got bored/busy/stuck with a deadline... and so he cut the story short.
  • (3/5)
    Disappointing
  • (3/5)
    Totally weird....but definitely Stephen King
  • (3/5)
    Wesley Smith, a college English teacher, buys a Kindle after a fight with his girlfriend, a non-reader who coaches women's basketball and mocks his resistance to new technology. But Wesley's Kindle is special, and he has to agree to special rules to receive its content. On his Kindle he can access works of the most famous authors of the ages from other dimensions. He discovers new works by Hemingway, Shakespeare, and novels by Poe. As he begins to feel he's starting to go mad, he shares the secret with two others. Ultimately, they check out another of the special features--future issues of the local paper. Of course what they discover is horrible and they must decide to break the rules.

    Some readers have seen this as simply a long ad for Amazon's kindle. Instead I heard King, through Wesley, singing the praises of hard copy books and they way they smell and the joy of looking at them on your shelves. In addition, I see common questions about what happens when we try to change the future, and a fascination with JFK. Others have said this is loosely tied to The Dark Tower series. I've never been interested in reading that series. This little novella makes me think it's time to reconsider.

    This wasn't a great work, but I think it said a lot in its mere 61 pages.
  • (4/5)
    I saved this book to read this weekend for the read a thon on bookobsessed. I really enjoyed it although I must admit that at first I thought what is this? a promotional book about the kindle by Stephen King? I was wrong. I immediately realized the connection between his new book 11/22/63 but of course also the link to The Dark Tower and to Heart of Atlantis.I love that he always manages to make those links to his other books. This story makes me want to read more about all the urs and timelines. Short but sweet!
  • (3/5)
    UR is a shameless novella parading as a plug for Amazon's ebook reader Kindle. I own one and really like it. I like Stephen King, especially his novellas, so this was an easy choice. It's not his best but I did like the protagonist. Reminds me of someone.
  • (3/5)
    Typical Stephen King. The Tower, low men in yellow coats, strange things happening. Definitely interesting, and it was a quick easy read.
  • (4/5)
    Not my favorite King story: it seemd very forced, but I know his view on Kindles!!! Even though I read this story on my Kindle!!!!!!!
  • (4/5)
    This is 'lite' SK and I enjoyed it! The supernatural element is present and the story carried my interest. Some will say the ending is too tidy but I say variety is the spice of life and I am happy to see that SK can pull off uplifting as well gloomy when he so chooses. I enjoyed the story and true to life characters from beginning to end. After having recently read Full Dark, No Stars, this offering was like a slice of sweet pie at the end of a full course meal. Delightful!
  • (2/5)
    This story seemed rushed and completely out of whack with the Dark Tower mythos.
  • (3/5)
    The story had an interesting concept, but after being a King fan for almost 20 years, the same "other worlds existing within the Tower" is getting a little old. I story was still enjoyable, though.
  • (4/5)
    I liked UR. A story about a pink Kindle delivered to a college professor who has steered clear of the new gadget in favor of actual books. I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it. Quick read unfortunately, but I'll take my Stephen King anyway I can get it. Short or long, I love the way he writes.
  • (1/5)
    This was a major disappointment!! I paid $3 for the download and figured anything by King would be worth it even if it wasn't his best stuff-upon readingnd very hard to believe Stephen King had a hand in this other than lending the premise. the build up was slow, much of the first pages were devoted to describing kindle advertising, how it works, how everyone should have one, and then just as the world begins to warp and the good stuff gets started it's over, and to top it off, wrapped up in a neat, pretty bow, very anti-King.
  • (3/5)
    This is a novella be Stephen King that gently pokes fun at eBooks, via the delivery of a Pink Kindle to a college professor. As he uses it more often, he finds a separate section called UR, which includes titles by well-known authors that don't exist in the "real" world. What trouble will it bring him??
  • (3/5)
    Decent King short story, more like his older styles.
  • (5/5)
    UR is an Amazon Kindle exclusive apparently published nearly a year ago, but I have only just come across it.It is not a long work, more of a novella really, and designed to tickle the fancy of the Kindle owner.Provoked by his girl friend, and by a student in his Modern American Fiction class, mild mannered college professor Wesley Smith orders a Kindle, out of spite. One of his colleagues tells Wesley that the Kindle comes only in white, but when Wesley's is delivered within 24 hours, he un-boxes it to find his is pink.When he explores his Kindle Wesley discovers that the Menu button presents him with a number of choices. Right near the bottom is something called EXPERIMENTAL - there are choices here for basic web, music download, text-to-speech, and UR FUNCTIONS. And so Wesley enters the worlds of UR BOOKS where he finds hitherto unknown books by great writers like Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare and others.This is really not a work that is meant to be taken seriously, but I can see on the Amazon site comments by Stephen King fans who express their disappointment in this book. I'm not a reader of Stephen King otherwise I gather that I too might have been a bit miffed at his tongue in cheek homage to the Kindle.Here's a thought though: we are all used to the idea of the power of a book to transport us to a different reality, but what if there were millions of different realities where events that have happened in our world don't occur, where authors are born earlier, die later, and write books we don't have available to us here?
  • (2/5)
    I found this book to be very boring. The first half was basically just an advertisement for the Kindle, but since this book is only available on Kindle, I must already own one. So that was annoying. The second half had potential, but it never reached it. Low men in yellow coats show up, and they are always scary, but I could have used a little more of the chill.
  • (4/5)
    This was actually more of a novella, available only for electronic download. I found it entertaining, as was surely the point, to read it on my kindle while the story itself is about a very unusual kindle. As is typical for Stephen King, the lead character is well developed in a very short time, and the plot was quick and engaging. Being a true constnt reader, I loved the end.
  • (4/5)
    UR is a novella that's only available for the Amazon Kindle. In it, the hero receives a strange pink Kindle and discovers he can use it to access books from alternate timelines. I am a sucker for alternate timeline stories, so I positively ADORED this. :D
  • (5/5)
    Omg it’s so creepy and amazing as always. Love his work!
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this. i really wish there was more to it than there was, but i enjoyed it for what it was.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing King Short! Very interesting and capivating. Reconmemded to any King fan
  • (5/5)
    The way that Graham narrates a story I relish because he breathes his stories. Stephen King, the novelist and Graham, the narrator are powerful.
  • (3/5)
    Wesley Smith is an English professor at an average college in America. As his girlfriend breaks up with him, she grabs the book he's reading out of his hands, tosses it across the room and asks him why he can't read off the computer like everyone else. Out of spite, Wesley buys a Kindle but his Kindle isn't normal. First of all, it's pink. Secondly, it gives him access to much more information than he imagined.

    UR is the most recent short story/novella by Stephen King. Leave it to Stephen King to take a normally harmless everyday gadget and make it wicked (Christine, anyone?). This short story was narrated by Holter Graham and he did a pretty good job. It wasn't outstanding or terrific but it wasn't bad either. That's about my description of the book. I became addicted to Stephen King's stories at one point in my life and found his horror stories to be mesmerizing; however, it seems as if his stories have lost that it quality that they had before. I think the main reason is King doesn't really write horror stories anymore. It's kind of freaky to think that I could order a Kindle that would access different worlds but it's not that "I've got to stop reading because I'm too scared to go any further" type of scary. Guess I'll get off my soapbox now.

    UR is a good short story just don't expect to be scared.
  • (4/5)
    It was a interesting read, it kept me wanting to listen non stop.
  • (5/5)
    Holy crap..that was excellent! A wonderful unexpected gift back into that awesome world of the dark tower. Thank you Mr King..you made me smile and brought me back to a time when I was happily lost in a world other than this.highly recommended ❤️?
  • (5/5)
    Had to listen to it all at once, could not stop!
  • (3/5)
    Excellent short story, nice touch with current technology
  • (4/5)
    What I've come to expect from King...a nice easy to read book. This was a simple story that tied into other King themes really well.
  • (5/5)
    Very interesting novella. I heard it and the guy reading it was pretty good. Not a monotous note as other I've heard before.

    This novella is about a Kindle that besides his normal function as a UR function, showing novels from alternative realities where authors didn't perish when they did as our earth. Besides that he also saw news from alternative realities some equal to ours but others quite different. (Interesting he gave the Democratic Party most of the wins in alternative reality as he is a democratic guy).

    After seeing a new that his Now-Ex/Future-To-Be girlfriend was going to be killed along most of the female team he tried to thwart the plans. With the help of a student he makes a plan in motion.

    The overall plot is quite simple and the main characters is quite developed.

    Even if I didn't read the Dark Tower (so far) I was entertainted by the small references to it. The low men in yellow coat and the cataphrase... "Everyone serves the Tower".

    My problems with the story?
    I hate Kindles and other e-readers! I enjoy the discussion between our main character and a kid about the difference between e-readers vs paper books. Old School VS New School.

    Argh!