shows just how poorly the media can be at telling the truth yet feels no responsibility for correcting their mistakes after "the hype" is gone. I can't even imagine being a parent that has a murdered child begins to heal. A very interesting read.
This book was great for anyone wanting to get a detailed account of of the Colombine massacre. The narrator did a superb job, especially when quoting from Harris' and Klebolds' journals.
A thorough, well-researched telling of a story we thought we knew.
Dave Cullen's book leaves nothing unturned. He looks into the lives of all those affected; the victims and the killers.
The book can be gruesome, but with this horrific event as the subject matter, it has to be.
The language used in the book can also be brutal. The killers are quoted often. It is important to have the brutality of their spoken and written words included if the reader is to begin to understand what was running through their troubled minds.
Their are times when you will likely need to take a break from listening (I did), but the true story of this event needs to be understood.
Mr. Cullen's writing and Don Leslie's narration are top notch.
Audio books have opened my world so much. I have been a member for a few years and i plan on being a member for many more years <3
this was a great listen, I enjoyed the narrator. sad what happened though...very sad indeed
This is the story of the Columbine High school massacre. It's reading is amazing at helping to immersing yourself in the story of the tragedy and its effects on the small community it happened to. The book recounts the events before, up to and after the massacre in the high school. It attempts to help people understand what happened and why the 2 killers did the horrible deed.
It is haunting and the recounts of what happened by the survivors are told with emotion and feeling; even those of the killers and the records they left behind.
Highly recommended but prepare yourself for an emotional trip.
...I love listening!
Gripping, unbelievable, heartbreaking.
The story did an amazing job of laying out the facts of this case so we can see why it happened and the effects it had on the entire world.
I think that the common perception of why Columbine happened is totally false. The facts have gotten completely skewed, which was rather shocking to learn.
Even though this story is so sad and disturbing, I did learn a lot. this story was so well written and interesting, it reminds me why I like true crime stories. This is one of the best books of its kind I have ever come across.
The perspective of Agent Fuselier and his attempt to sort through the madness provided a voice of reason and much needed clarity.
I did not enjoy Don Leslie's voice. His performance was good but it is just the sound of his voice. Sorry, I cannot put my finger on it.
Randy and Judy Brown were right
The author's research into all the aspects and details of the story is impressive. It provides fascinating insight into the motives of Dylan and Eric. However, I found the saint-like characterization of Columbine's pricipal, Frank DeAngelis confusing. For someone who spent so much time "with his kids", he seemed out of touch with the reality of student life at his high school.
Ok, the author has this weird fixation on portraying Eric Harris as this semi-popular ladies man who was just your classic "full-blown psychopath", and that Dylan Klebold was just a depressed follower of Eric's, despite the fact that so much evidence goes against all this. He completely disregarded evidence from the boys' own journals, eye witnesses, and people who knew the two personally. Brooks Brown even described them as THE two most unpopular kids at the school. In his journal and in the basement tapes Eric talks about doing this basically because he felt excluded and left out. The author references Eric sleeping around with an older girl, Brenda Parker, who has even admitted herself that she lied about it for attention she didn't even know Eric. This is widely known and has been for some time, but Dave Cullen keeps the lie in the book bc it supports his neat little theory. Dylan's journal talks about planning the attack with someone else before Eric, so the whole entire thing may have been Dylan's idea to start with...There are many articles and videos out there detailing the other inaccuracies in this book, its too much to go in to here. The point is that there's a lot more to the whole story than is presented in this book. I think its a lot more complex and there are a lot of lessons that could be learned but I guess its a lot easier (and more lucrative) to just say "Case solved everyone: Eric was just a psychopath, and Dylan was his follower! We can all go home now..."
Idk, just didn't enjoy him as a narrator, personal preference.
It's an interesting read but should definitely be taken with a huge grain of salt. Readers just need to be aware that Dave Cullen wrote this with a huge bias, and not everything in this book is fact. It's sad that this book is seen as THE definitive book on the subject.
For anyone interested in an alternative (and probably more factual) account, I recommend checking out "No Easy Answers" by Brooks Brown.
This book in my opinion was excellent but disturbing. It seems to be well researched
Good narration, good story but also very, very disturbing.