After the December shootings at
The audio version of Stephen King's "Guns" was released by Audible.com this week, where it shot to the top of its bestseller list. It's read by actor Christian Rummel, an award-winning audiobook narrator. (Listen to our exclusive excerpt below).
Audible's Matthew Thornton tells us "any essay by Stephen King is something we're thrilled to be able to offer to our customers." The audio download costs 99 cents and is a 49-minute listen.
The short form is an atypical offering from Audible. "Audible members overwhelmingly prefer long, unabridged works of fiction and nonfiction that they can enjoy over several days or weeks of commutes, workouts, etc.," writes Thornton. But some shorter pieces have been popular; "Go the F*** to Sleep," narrated by
Stephen King's "Guns" could almost be described as "self-help" -- he is trying to persuade people to make certain life choices. King, a gun owner, supports specific gun control measures. His earnings from the sale of this essay will go to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.