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Guns | [Stephen King]

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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    Michael McLeod Texas 02-14-13
    Michael McLeod Texas 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    Only heard the audio version


    Would you recommend Guns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only the ones who can tolerate listening to an alternate viewpoint.


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

    A liberal's view on why the 2nd amendment should be repealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall an excellent perspective from a rational liberal (yes they actually do exist - LOL!). There is considerable foul language in this audio book but it is part of artistic nature of this essay. It is used for shock value to emphasize points the author is attempting to get across. Although I disagree with both his conclusions and selected use of data, the author makes some interesting points. There are a number of times throughout the essay where the author displays his ignorance on some basics of firearms. The clip/ magazine terminology is one. The intentionally inaccurate and derogatory of automatic weapons vs. semi-automatic.is another annoying thing. His focus only on "gun violence" vs "non-gun violence" grossly mis-characterizes the point on the argument of "culture of violence". There is more to violence than just firearms.

    As the point of this review is to deal with the art vs. the facts, I will stop here and recommend that both blue bloods and red necks take 45 minutes and listen to Mr. King's thoughts on this topic.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 02-13-13
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "What he says is reasonable"

    Its perfectly reasonable what he says... just think about it... what he says are facts, not only opinions, so many facts he voices...

    so many kids and others were killed for no reason at all...

    Thanks to Stephen King for voicing his thoughts

    8 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Allen GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 02-15-13
    Allen GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2005

    Retired university lecturer. Photographer, writer, voice talent by avocation. Love reading, but sometimes audio is better

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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Essential, thoughtful, important


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It was well thought out. King has some excellent ideas about listening to and reading points of view that different from our normal sources. He used statistics like the tremendous decline in gun deaths when Australians said, "Enough" and changed their laws, and examples of unintended deaths from guns that were owned simply for protection (spouses who were shot when they who got up in the night to raid the fridge.) No gun = no death. I was also glad to hear some sensible comments on the number of ACTUAL "home invasions" vs imagined invaders (yes, of course there are anecdotes.) An alarm system probably really does work better than a gun by scaring the evil doer away before he breaks into the residence than having a loaded pistol under your pillow every night of your life.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    This was an excellent reading. I have friends who are gun owners, but some are not readers. Frankly, I think those people might be more willing to listen to this essay. They may be arguing all the way through, but they might hear some of it.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Not a thing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I would say that this recording should be offered free of charge, but when I realized the proceeds are going to a worthwhile group, well, I guess 75 cents is a small price to pay.

    5 of 20 people found this review helpful
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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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    Any additional comments?

    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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    decembergrit Texas 02-14-13
    decembergrit Texas 02-14-13 Member Since 2004

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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 Franeker, Netherlands 02-15-13
    Riegholt Franeker, Netherlands 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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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 rumson, NJ, United States 02-22-13
    Lori rumson, NJ, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    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 TAMPA, FL, United States 02-21-13
    Edward TAMPA, FL, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2008
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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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    Anita Key Largo, FL, United States 02-18-13
    Anita Key Largo, FL, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    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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