The author weaves wonderfully between the victims and their parents, the murderers and their parents, and all the other outside entities such as law enforcement, city officials and the media.
Unveils how *Spolier Alert* the stories of bullying, Marilyn Manson and violent video games had nothing to do with the tragic event. Instead I was left with the conclusion that a perfect storm of events eventually led a single psychopath, Eric Harris, to create the hororific day at Columbine High School.
The stories of all the mothers, Dave Sanders, Patrick Ireland and Mr. D gave a nice splash of heroic characters.
The neglect and eventual cover-up of Eric Harris' previous police report about his violent behavior months before the attack was especially shocking.
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I missed this when it happened but since I'm a teacher, I needed to know. Good storytelling from many points of view but understandable. Thanks.
Wonderfully written & intricately organized, it reads like a thriller with an ending that you already know it's leading toward. So you end up being that much more horrified when it arrives. Thoroughly researched & reported, I could not stop listening to it. Thanks mr Cullen for writing it. It made me feel tremendous empathy & pity for all the parties affected by the massacre.
I was fascinated by hearing the "rest of the story" behind Columbine and really enjoyed this book. As someone who just caught the Columbine updates on the evening news after it happened, I was very surprised to hear how much the media got WRONG - myths that persist to this day.
It's still hard for me to fathom 2 teenagers actually doing this.
My only gripe: the story jumps around in the timeline a lot and it gets very confusing. It seemed like the entire event was described at one point, but then the story later looped back and told a different aspect of the event - with some overlap with the original telling. And then 2 chapters later, it jumps back to the beginning of the event again and tells another perspective with bits of the first two tellings mixed in. Very hard to follow and I could not keep the timeline of each re-telling synchronized in my mind.
I had read the book "A Mother's Reckoning" by Sue Klebold before I tackled this more comprehensive and independent work. This is a piece of work that should be admired. I found that Sue Klebold comes across as almost entirely justified in her views, echoing those previously documented by Dave Cullen.
This book is an enlargement on the story told by Klebold, and adds a whole set of layers of character and detail. I'd highly recommend this book, and I doubt that there will ever be a more definitive look at this subject.
Columbine ranks in the middle of all of the audiobooks I've listened to. The narrator was a little over dramatic and I think that may have taken away from the material.
I would, if the narrator was different.
Don Leslie was not my favorite narrator. His voice is fine, but his flair, for lack of a better word, flair while narrating annoyed me.
No extreme reactions, but I think it was in part to the narrator's silly tone and inflections. It reminded me of parents trying to mock teenagers opinions on what is cool. That really made it hard to take him seriously.
Interesting listen, especially when you compare it to Sue Klebold's book. While I felt it was good to listen and compare the two, I felt this was also a little over the top in the description of the two killers. I did like how they talked about the other people who are a part of this story.
powerful, detailed, unforgettable
It was an in-depth, well researched account of an infamous historical event that made me feel like I was actually there.
It really made me think.