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Guns Audiobook

Guns

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.
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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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    Brenda 03-19-13
    Brenda 03-19-13
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    "Clear and concise justification"

    I'm a former great fan of King's early works who became disenchanted with what I considered excess use of gratuitous violence and far too much unnecessary "grossness" which turned me off from his later works. I bought Guns out of curiosity regarding his opinion on the subject, expecting him to take an unrelenting stand against any restrictions on firearms of any kind. Instead, he presents a thoughtful and reasonable position that suggests an accommodating middle ground. Without insulting the beliefs of anyone with an opinion on the subject, he prompts the reader to think rationally. It was gratifying to read an intelligent discussion sans the typical polarizing rants and ridiculously divisive insults so typical of most of what is written about this explosive issue. Than you, Mr. King.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel E. Jacobs Mt. Holly NC USA 03-15-13
    Daniel E. Jacobs Mt. Holly NC USA 03-15-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    What made the experience of listening to Guns the most enjoyable?

    Putting in his own words what people have been trying to say about this debate for some time, as well as offering so of the same answers that seem to be the most reasonable one out there. Speaking as a gun owner brought up by in a family of them who father was in vet I have respect for them but I know what they are for and they are not for. They aren't toys that aren't tools they are for killing. when you Hunt you kill something, King reminds us what guns are for, and what we should be thinking about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guns?

    "those who stand firmly, even hysterically, against any kind of control love their neighbors and their communities, but harbor a distrust of the federal government so deep it borders on paranoia (and in some case passes that border without so much as a howdy-do at the check point)" and "If Lanza had been reloading after shooting his way in, she migh have succeeeded. He was crazy, but he was also a scrawny wisp of a kid, the bushmaster was his equalizer, he had plenty of ammo left, so he shot and killed Hocksprung before she could get to him. I wish with all my heart that she had tackled him and beat that crazy little *beep* head bloody against the floor, and gotten a medal from the president on national tv. she was too brave to die the way she did"


    Any additional comments?

    This adds a voice to the debate that is well thought out and well done

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    betty 02-16-13
    betty 02-16-13
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    "Don't be duped into BUYING this abuse"
    What disappointed you about Guns?

    This was presented as an unbiased opinion on this issue. You pay to be yelled at, called names and abused by this author. I have many of his books in my library and absolutely love most of them. This is not an unbiased discussion.


    Has Guns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator did a very good job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did have a few good points before he started acting angry about people who disagree with his opinions.


    Any additional comments?

    Why does everyone that has access to the media feel they are an authority on politics. Is there anyone that can have a discussion or express their opinion without getting angry with people who do not share their view?

    92 of 135 people found this review helpful
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    phyncke Berkeley, CA United States 09-17-13
    phyncke Berkeley, CA United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Book lover!

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    "Impactful piece"
    What did you love best about Guns?

    I love how hard hitting this is. Great piece on guns and gun control.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    The tone of his voice was appropriate for this piece.


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

    Totally listen to it in one sitting. It has greater impact that way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 04-01-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 04-01-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Well written but misguided"

    I have to say that objectively, I enjoyed this short listen. And I do respect Stephen King as a fellow gun owner, but I disagree with his politics, as mentioned in the book. I did enjoy how he correctly portrayed the media as ratings-hungry and immorally uncaring.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Z Meyer Duluth, MN, US 03-29-13
    Andrew Z Meyer Duluth, MN, US 03-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fast pace and fast. Not a wasted word. You will cling to the narrators voice for a fast 45 minute ride.

    Stephen King seems one of the first people to simply bring this contemporary issue under the light of logic. It is amazing how most people (attmitingly myself included) hang on or have hung on to at least one incorrect assumptions on this debate. Assumptions that have been spoon fed to us by the media, special interest and politicians on self serving missions that happen to be at odds with fixing the problems.

    Mr. King throws abucket of water on this issue in a cool, down to earth prose that show how political polarity and otherwise immature childishness has made BOTH SIDES of the arguement hopelessly divided. How thier lack of accountability and misconceptions have lead to lofty goals that are all but inachievable even with full compromise from the other side.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Australia 03-21-13
    Kris Australia 03-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Some people get it"

    This essay is brief, salient and just a tad snarky. Stephen King is not anti-guns in general, he just exposes the truths about what they are, what they do and what really happens when you do or do not own them. He suggests a course of action that doesn't force Americans to give up their 'constitutional rights'.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gene SANDY HOOK, CT, United States 03-18-13
    Gene SANDY HOOK, CT, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent look at Gun Control in the US"

    I found this essay very well constructed. I live in Sandy Hook so this issue is quite close to my heart. In my opinion Mr. King presents an excellent narrative of how all sides approach this issue and then outlines a "realistic" view of how and why compromises and changes to the law should occur.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marydyl 03-18-13
    Marydyl 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Marydyl

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    "Well Balanced"

    I appriciated this well balanced essay on gun control. Open discussion without hysteria is what this country needs and this is a good place to start.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Åsa LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-17-13
    Åsa LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I wish I could have written it"

    I don't know why I get so surprised every time he writes something that isn't scary ( And I love his scary stuff) and it is REALLY GOOD WRITING! He is such a good writer and this is right to the point. I wish everyone had to read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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