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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,814 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781442303102
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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 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • "King reminds us why he's the master of the novella."

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/24/2014

    " Buenisima novela corta, se lee muy rapido, ideal para leer en la tablet jaja "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Wiseman | 1/22/2014

    " An interesting premise for sure, but a poor ending in my humble opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 1/8/2014

    " Good but not great short story. King makes great use of a Kindle as the "MacGuffin" and creates some memorable characters in very few words which should result in a very good story but he lets the reader down by holding back at the conclusion of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Patrick | 1/6/2014

    " I swear I think SK is drinking again! He has been churning out one fabulous story after another! If I hadn't had enough reasons NOT to buy a Kindle or sinmilar device this story has definately pushed me further into my "real books only" corner. If I bought an e-reader I would certainly get one that was a direct portal to hell and not get away with just a visit from the Paradox Police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey Simeroth | 12/28/2013

    " Despite sections of this story sounding like a commercial for the Kindle, the premise is great and could have easily filled an entire novel. This read is fun and fast-paced and it's over before you really want it to be. A major Dark Tower tie-in caps this one off nicely, but if you haven't read that series you may be left scratching your head a bit. Overall I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it. As with most of his tie-ins, knowledge of the Dark Tower series is not required, it just makes it a bit more fun. And with the short length you have very little to risk, jump in and give it a shot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Hartnett | 12/27/2013

    " Seems I'm actually meeting Mr. Stephen King next month at RiverRun Bookstore (yay), I picked up this 2 hours book on tape at the libary during the recent NHPR Fall Fundraising Drive (yes, I paid my dues). I loved it! If you've every thought of buying a Kindle, you won't want to miss this tale...it's the creepy rather than gory side of King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunice | 12/10/2013

    " IT was ok, but under King's average. A quick reading and very entertaining for a couple hours, however I did expect more because it is Stephen King. I think is a perfect book to read on a plane or in a vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/25/2013

    " For the Stephen King lover only. Sometimes I wonder what he is thinking, but I love him anyway.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/29/2013

    " Loved this story. It reads more like one of his short stories. I was VERY surprised with the Dark Tower tie ins! Also a mention to one of his short stories, but I can't recall the name of it. Quick read and very fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/20/2013

    " Delightful! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 8/29/2013

    " Nothing more than a glorified advertisement for the Kindle. Extremely lame and shameless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Der-shing | 8/25/2013

    " Waste of time and $2.99. Less of a novella than a sketch, and not a particularly good sketch at that. King does a fine job of mopping up what little romance and mystery there was left of the Dark Tower series and throwing it in the incinerator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 7/29/2013

    " Love that this was written right when the Kindle came out. Amazon even gave King a pink Kindle like the one in the story. It seemed very similar to 11/22/63 to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Pinkston | 7/20/2013

    " Fun little SK short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimber | 5/20/2013

    " An entertaining read, it deserves a 4.5 stars rating, but not quite a 5. The oddness of the story itself pulls you in right away, and you'll remain confused and flabbergasted until the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 2/13/2013

    " 3.5 really. I'd give it 4 stars except he brought in the Dark Tower and the Low Men right at the end... Otherwise, typical Stephen King short story. And, this story furthers my conviction to not buy a Kindle. I noticed they do have them in hot pink now...ominous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arnold | 1/15/2013

    " Can't really go wrong with Stephen King. A story for the Kindle about the Kindle Stephen King style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/13/2012

    " Just a short one - maybe 100 pages. Kinda funny to read about a kindle while you are using one. ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan Williams | 9/8/2012

    " Very clever piece by Mr. King. A quick read about the impact of a rogue Kindle on a small college professor. Great setting and characters. My only regret was the novella length. I wanted even more. The master never fails to please. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/20/2012

    " Really short, but not a bad read. Not terribly original, but he did a good job of making the story revolve around the Kindle. I still don't see myself reading a lot of Stephen King though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jari | 4/10/2012

    " Very disappointed. I thought this would be a GREAT story, it centered around a PINK Kindle, but no, slow and lame. Can I get my money back? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Vanderbilt | 1/16/2012

    " This is definitely a Kindle (best device ever) advertisement but still a very fun story. Not the greatest King work, but a quick, enjoyable, and worthwhile read, albeit a bit too quick in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/28/2011

    " A short but nice read. I would recommend it especially to readers who are familiar with THE DARK TOWER and HEARTS IN ATLANTIS. If you don't know these books the ending of UR may seem confusing to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Brunton | 8/13/2011

    " I have herd this was the first eBook king wrote and have to say it is a damn good if quick read. Though can be a bit confusing at time as I'm sure it touch on his dark tower opus. But good to read in the morning commute "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/23/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. I followed up and watched the TV movie series on SyFy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lasha | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " This may be one of my favorite books of all time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rp | 5/21/2011

    " I am not huge fan of Stephen Kings' writing but this one is a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " I read this for the first time when I was 10. It's on my shelf to read at least once a year, I love it that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " Not as instantly readable as some of King's other books, but well worth the time to stick to it. Unfortunately, the made for tv movie ruined some of this book for me, so perhaps that's why it took me so long to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/19/2011

    " I have read this book several times. I love the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " The first half of the book is revetting; however, the ending is a real disappointment. There is a great build up for nothing. I actually expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I think this is the only Stephen King book that I have ever truly enjoyed. I do like a bit of Science Fiction!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2011

    " This was the first Stephen King I read. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " Great book, except the very end. This is something that Stephen King does quite a bit, unfortunately. He tells a great story and uses a contrivance to finish it. It doesn't mean I stop reading; it's just a bit jarring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheeba | 5/16/2011

    " one of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 5/16/2011

    " King absolutely knows how to tell a story. I love the allegorical nature of the book, pitting good against evil. I'm not a person that loves post-apocalyptic stories, but King makes me want to love this genre. One of the best reads I've had in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 5/15/2011

    " This was the first Steven King book I ever read. I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in a day. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.