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Guns Audiobook

Guns

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Publisher's Summary

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

King's earnings from the sale of this essay will go to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Stephen King is the author of 11/22/63, Under the Dome, Carrie, The Shining, and many other best-selling works.

"The overwhelming response from readers of the Kindle Single edition of Guns underscores the great need for thoughtful discourse on the issue of guns in America…I’m thrilled Audible is bringing Guns to the quickly growing audience of audiobook listeners." (Stephen King)

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"There are a handful of subjects in America so emotional and polarizing that the national dialogue around them amounts to little more than a shouting match. Chief among these is the subject of guns. In this intimate and moving Kindle Single, Stephen King employs all his gifts as writer and citizen to address gun violence in America. But why should we care what Stephen King has to say? As it turns out, there are a number of reasons. Despite his "liberal creds," King is an unapologetic gun owner himself. He is also the author of a novel--published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman--that has served as a "possible accelerant" for at least four real-life high school shooters. King had his publisher take that book off the market long ago, but the guns and the occasional bursts of unfathomable violence remain. When division is everywhere, is it possible for someone to argue passionately for the middle road? That is what King seeks to do here--this is a frank and thoughtful contribution to a dialogue in dire need of voices from the 'all-but-deserted middle.'" (Chris Schluep, Amazon.com)

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    Christina Cedar Falls, IA, United States 02-22-13
    Christina Cedar Falls, IA, United States 02-22-13
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    This short essay was obviously written after the Sandy Hook shootings and I think it benefits from the emotion of the recent event. One thing is sure--we need cooperation and we need change and Steven King lays that need out that need perfectly.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    DS 02-15-13
    DS 02-15-13

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    "Reasoned Promo for Gun Control"

    Thank you Stephen King.
    A voice of reason in a sea of paranoids.
    EVERYONE should read this.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    decembergrit 02-14-13

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    I loved this audio. Thank you Stephen for speaking out about this subject. I agree with you about the gun control issue and hope Congress will do the right thing. It's very scary to think so many people die everyday from guns.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Riegholt 02-15-13
    Riegholt 02-15-13
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    "If you are to speak your mind, do it like this!"

    I really enjoyed this essay. King's writing style -which I love- used to voice his opinion makes for a strong combination. The performance is super !

    As I don't live in the US my opinion on the subject is irrelevant, but I think it is less enjoyable if you happen to have and enjoy those high powered weapons.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 02-22-13
    Lori 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed story, but don't entirely agree with it."
    What did you like best about Guns? What did you like least?

    The accuracy in the way the media sensationalizes a catastrophic event.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    notthing


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he accurately read the story as it was suppose to be read and how Stephen King wanted it to be read.


    Was Guns worth the listening time?

    It's interesting to see what Stephen Kings views are, and his timing is relevant.


    Any additional comments?

    I may not agree 100% with Stephen Kings views, but I understand where he is coming from.
    I think the problem lies within the lack of stringent background checks. I fear the possibility, however small it may be, for a hostile government take over, or the government taking over the people someday (history repeating). The need for powerful guns may be viable, to protect our families or our rights as Americans.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 02-21-13
    Edward 02-21-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guns?

    The honesty of the author. Anyone that reads or listens will ponder these words for many a day. And when the next tragedy occurs and, it most certainly will occur, the profoundness of his logic will ring true.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    One sitting and a repeat.


    Any additional comments?

    My comments are from the perspective of a gun owner, clay and trap participant, hunter, collector and vocal protector of the 2nd amendment. Having said that, I not only concur with the writers assessment, but have written all members of congress to suggest that enough is enough. No I am not willing to give up all my weapons, however I have some 30 that I would deem unnecessary and dangerous if someone were able to to breach my locked safe. They will go.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan provo, ut, United States 02-20-13
    Susan provo, ut, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    Where does Guns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Short and to the point.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chapter?


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Well done. I can hear Mr. King.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad fiction is taken so seriously by some who are perhaps not in touch with reality. Mr. King has written so many books that are thought provoking, funny, hateful and oh yes down right scary. I believe his intention is to make us think.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AMS 02-18-13
    AMS 02-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    Any additional comments?

    I personally don't see how anyone (left or right wing) can argue with the logic Stephen Kings uses in this book. I would like to see this book passed out to everyone in our country, its a perspective on gun control that could save a lot of lives without taking away our right to bear arms.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    SigEp NE Beta 982 02-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did a good job of showing voice inflection.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but they did a good job with this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was though provoking regardless of which side of the gun control belief you sit on.


    Any additional comments?

    It was only 69 cents. It was worth the purchase and short enough you can knock it out in one sitting.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yale Basye, VA United States 02-21-13
    Yale Basye, VA United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2016

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    "A Respectable Perspective"
    If you could sum up Guns in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking, timely


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened to, but it is professional and straight forward. An objective presentation of highly controversial subject matter.


    If you could give Guns a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "Can You Hear Me Now, Joe Biden?"


    Any additional comments?

    An outstanding short read from a prolific writer. A somewhat different twist on a subject that has been covered widely in the press.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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