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  • Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul M. Barrett
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, arrived in America at a fortuitous time.

    David says: "Not a gun Nut? This is a case study in business"
    "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend and have recommended to any friend interested in pistol shooting and/or a Glock owner. Fascinating look into the unlikely success of the Austrian pistol manufacturer in the US.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Glock himself, as he apparently metamorphosed from an affable, trustworthy middle-income geek & factory manager (as well as unexpectantly brilliant first-time pistol designer) to an awkward, arrogant billionaire and foolishly prejudicial misogynist, losing control of his nouveau-riche hubris. The transformation as depicted in Barrett???s book is breathtakingly mind-boggling.


    What about Kiff VandenHeuvel???s performance did you like?

    Well-spoken, authoritative and convincing voice. He gives the listener the impression he wrote the author???s prose himself lending extra credibility to Barrett???s words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It invaded. It killed. It conquered. Glock: America's Gun.


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