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My friend Rosemary Chance happened on this audio and loaned it to me (bless her) as she knows I am a rabid King fan. Unfortunately, I do not get to do as much reading of adult books as I once did. I truly do not miss much, but King is a real favorite of mine.

UR demonstrates once again why King is more than a bestseller list author. He stretches the boundary of books beautifully. In UR, a novella written exclusively for the Kindle (but happily now available in audio format), he gives us mediocre English teacher, Wes Smith. Smith teaches at a mediocre campus. He has a notebook with some lame ideas for a novel. But, he is more concerned right now with the loss of his girlfriend Ellen. They broke up because he preferred reading to listening to her rant about her coaching troubles. Her parting shot shakes Wes from his mediocre stupor. "Why can't you just read off the computer like the rest of us?"

Wes orders a Kindle. What arrives is neon pink and not quite identical to a Kindle. There are some special function buttons as well marked UR. What Wes discovers is both breathtaking and dangerous and horrific. As only King can do, in a short space, readers are transported into Wes' world, one made different because of his new "Kindle."

Side note: the humor which marks King even at his darkest is here, too. His remarks about the Kindle and the future of books and some contemporary authors are sharp jabs right at the midsection.

READNG LADDER POSSIBILITIES:

SECOND SIGHT
LONG WAIT TIL TOMORROW
BEFORE I FALL
Tags: speculative fiction
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