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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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    Jeremy L. Hebert Destin, FL 07-20-17
    Jeremy L. Hebert Destin, FL 07-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Stephen King For President 2020 Elections. 🎉🌈"

    Stephen King makes a lot more sense than any other people I've heard on this subject. He's very intelligent and I think he could really does understand the everyday American man. our current president, Donald Trump is living in his millionaire fantasy world. Stephen King understands our political situation and has some pretty damn good Solutions. 🎉🐕🤗🌮🌯🤹‍♂️

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Norm's Review 07-18-17
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    "Honest and direct."

    Certainly makes one think. Can't help but wonder how the Colombine killers acquired and kept their guns w/o detection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Carras Lacey, WA 06-12-17
    Mark Carras Lacey, WA 06-12-17
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    "Are you man enough to read this?"

    No matter if you are a liberal or conservative, this book is a must read.

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    beatrice 04-18-17
    beatrice 04-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "eye opening"

    loved it... short sweet and to the point. King explains why he removed his book rage.

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    Kathryn E. Taylor Jefferson City, MO USA 03-29-17
    Kathryn E. Taylor Jefferson City, MO USA 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and Informative"

    The narrator did a great performance into this book. He had appropriate emotional tone and clarity. There was a lot of good information in this essay and the argument was presented articulately.

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    Hands 03-24-17
    Hands 03-24-17
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    "Brilliant "

    Love the narrator's inflection of voice while reading! Another brilliant read by King. My 1st audible book & I can't get enough! Sleep timer is a great tool. 5 stars for sure!!!

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    "it's Stephen King c'mon"

    loved it. can't wait to listen to the rest of the book. narration was really good too

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    Toni H 01-24-17
    Toni H 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    Everyone should read this. It's so true. We need gun reform. He's not a teetotaler on either side. He makes great points. We really need to wake up, open our minds and find real solutions.

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    Jennifer Quijano 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen"

    Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Love the writting style and I think the narrorator did a good job. tons of interesting facts and information provided in this.

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  • Jim Vaughan
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    2/25/13
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    "Sane suggestions, but quite a rant"

    Stephen King makes some excellent reasoned arguments for a way forward in the "gun control debate". In brief: controlling automatic weapons, only allowing public possession of 10 rounds, and background checks.



    He also examines the mind set of some of the perpetrators - who had often been bullied, or else 'woke up' in disbelief and shock at what they were doing, and the book opens with a minute by minute account of a typical "event".



    However, it's an angry essay, which descends at times into a rant of name calling. King openly discloses how some school shootings had copied details from his own published book "Rage", and while he claims to have no regrets over writing the book (which he withdrew from sale), I wondered if some guilt was fuelling his own rage at these atrocities.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    3/29/13
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    "Guns, guns, guns ..."

    As a European, I find it incomprehensible as to how the American public can justify allowing weapons to be a part of public life - but they do. Stephen King's take on the topic is honest and interesting. As a gun-owning liberal he manages to see beyond the hyperbole both sides of the battle hurl at each other, while grasping the reality of living in a society which is already drowning in more firearms than any army should ever need. An excellent and thought-provoking listen.

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  • JB
    1/28/17
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    "Powerful message"

    This essay should be mandatory in all schools across the globe. Stephen King tries hard to atone for his publication of Rage, not apologise but atone.
    Well worth a read. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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  • Rebecca Bradley
    10/23/16
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    "A topical read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very topical audiobook. Short, but as with Stephen King, you don't need to drag things out. He tells you how it is, in his view and it's a realistic balanced view. He doesn't mince his words and it's a subject that is at times difficult to listen to. But, if you're prepared to listen to it, then you'll likely know more than before you started.


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  • Iron bru
    United Kingdom
    10/19/16
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    "Worth a listen"

    certainly put things in perspective as an English man looking in on the gun nuts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louis
    8/18/16
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    "Guns, S. King"

    Left me speechless. Superbly argued by King and passionately read. It should be compulsory listening to all NRA members.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    8/17/16
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    "Well thought out. "

    Well thought out reasoning to the slaughter in the USA. How the gun culture will change is anyone's guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    3/14/16
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    "Guns by Steve King"

    Just another reason to love SK. The fact he packs heat and still offers a coherent argument ... Come on folks sort it out for fs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    9/23/15
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    "One sane American"

    Stephen King writes some amazing stories; they're brilliantly executed, he creates a wonderful interwoven universe where fans can delight in discovering the hidden character and locale connections and he imagines the most vulgar, disgusting, cruel, and nightmare inducing horror imaginable. BUT, in this essay he manages to be the ambassador for all that is sane regarding gun laws in the US. He is a human contradiction to the repeated excuse that media violence causes insanity amongst the people who shoot others. In this essay he uses his fame to good avail, making clear, rational points and offering some fresh perspective from someone who has at one point likely been branded a weirdo by those who believe that America's 'Culture of Violence' is the cause of killings. A very interesting piece worthy of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Planet Earth
    7/28/13
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    "Almost a full-on rant"

    This short audiobook is Stephen King's take on gun culture in the USA.

    At times it almost seems like a rant but as you listen you realise that a lot of what he says just happens to be the truth.

    The reading is very good and although a difficult (delicate) subject Mr. King handles it really well.

    Add to that it's a snip of a price then what do you have to lose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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