I remember watching and reading the news of this shooting when it first happened and now, 16 years later, I still get goosebumps about it. This book is definitely a good source to learn so much about everyone who was touched by this tragedy. It made me feel angry and it made me teary eye at times. What a story!
I've read Rachel's Tears, and I still consider that the best Columbine Book, but that just focuses on her. This is the best book about the event in general I've ever read. I already knew alot about it, and am always correcting people when they repeat the long debunked myths about the tragedy, but I learned so much more in this book than all my previous research combined! It's the most in-depth look into it, and it's obvious Dave Cullen took his ten years of investigating seriously.
As for the reading by Don Leslie, I was amazed at how he managed to express the emotions of the "characters" talking, believably showing anger when reading Eric's angry journal entries, or fear when quoting a student immediately after they escaped. His narration was perfect for this book.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to both people who know alot about it, and those who don't know anything about it.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Yes. This book needs to be read several times as Dave Cullen has certainly done his research and has based this on fact. I had to re-read a couple of Chapters on my first read in order to gain a further in-depth understanding.
Several psychology texts would be all that I could compare it too. I really can not think of anything else other than a couple of others such as those about other school shootings (Newtown), which I have yet to read.
Don Leslie is an excellent performer and brings so much compassion to this book. I feel that if I had been reading it myself I may have prejudged the two 'shooter's' parents and I may well have been dismissive about their feelings. I think that I would perhaps jumped through references to them. That was not at all possible with such an invested performer.
I was shocked. Although I had pulled my daughter out of school the year after Columbine and Home Schooled her out of fear I did not know the whole story. I suppose none of us did. I had no idea that one of these young men was an excellent student and the other was close behind. I was surprised to read about the pre-planning and the explosives. The final picture of the carnage and the two boys who had killed and maimed so many without conscience then killing themselves but being close to each other and landing in each other's laps did show me a lack of compassion but not a lack of fear. Were they scared at the final moment of their lives?
We will never know...
I feel that this is so well written and performed and it is definitely a great book to add to your collection.
Yes. It was well publicized at the time, but so much of what came out about this came out later and I did not see it at the time. It will make you angry (to see it as preventable) and make you sad (as you really get to know the individuals).
Good storyteller. The end of the book was a little weak in terms of the telling of the story.
Too long to do that. I listened on multiple car rides. You need to be doing it in hour plus chunks--not 10-15 minutes--particularly in the beginning because there are so many facts and character details.
The myths debunked
It reminded me of Helter Skelter. The author here became an expert on the event and tells the story of the events leading to that day, during the shooting and the aftermath in very eerie detail. Unlike Helter Skelter there was no trial to cover after the murders per se, but the psychologists posthumously diagnosing Eric Harris as a Psychopath and the critical eye on the police response all feel very much like the trial portion of Helter Skelter.
I don't recall him really doing characters, but the painting painted by the author does a great job of getting you inside the head of these two boys.
Very much so, I think it took me a few days listening all day at work, but I was enthralled the entire book.
I wish everyone read this book so that all the lies and myths that still surround this can be put to rest once and for all. I feel that the lies and myths make the shooters look like victims of some debased system full of evil entertainment, when in fact they are monsters (especially Harris). The myths surrounding the victims are a bit harder, because it brought comfort to the parents and others, but a lie that helps people is still a lie and to see it all set straight was wonderful.
Last of all the meeting between the shooters families and a few victims families was a great way to end the book.
I love listening to audiobooks on my commute! These books make the time fly by!!!
This has been, by far, my favorite audiobook I have listened to!! The narrator has an amazing voice and read this book so well. I will revisit this audiobook in the future.
This book takes you step by step into what happened at Columbine. It also give amazing background an insight to the shooters and victims lives before and after the tragedy.
A true story.
This is a no brainer...just download it.
I don't think I would have gotten through a print version. The audio version just seemed like a better fit for me.
I read this book shortly before reading, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and there are definitely paralells. In a way I consider these shootings a type of domestic terrorism and both books convey that point.
I feel like I learned a lot about the victims, especially the teachers and that was very moving to me.
I always find the audio version more intense, and in a story such as this it's even more effective.
I found it a revelation that the boys were not outcasts, nor abused or neglected or in any other way victims themselves, it was the central point of the tale. They were just evil - amoral and incapable of real compassion. They don't deserve our compassion, people like this need to be channeled and restrained for the good of society. If we can identify them early and accept what they are we (society as a whole) might find a use for them but if not, they should be destroyed or contained before they destroy others.
Is sociopathy another type of birth defect? We wouldn't let a blind person drive a car, and we shouldn't let a sociopath free in our school system.
I know this is harsh, but isn't what they did to the kids they went to school with, and the community at large harsh also? They left scars on their country and what's worse, they wanted to leave scars. The ultimate victory may belong to Eric and Dylan.
Mr. Leslie read the story without undue drama. The story itself was the drama and his cool demeanor enhanced the effect.
I was moved by everything the victims and their survivors suffered and the heroic way some of them coped, but mostly I was so sorry for the boys' parents, who were vilified and crucified and as blameless as any of the other victims. Their boys used them without mercy. And they and the people they sought out to help were completely beyond their depth dealing with the reality of these kids.
It's hard to describe the chilling effect of finding out these were ordinary kids, at least on the surface, that their parents were involved and caring and administered discipline in accepted manner and were struggling to keep them on track. It was scary too, to know the entire thing might have been prevented if the police had acted sooner, or if the counselors had been more experienced with antisocial behavior and been able to recognize what they were dealing with - they were involved in plenty of time to sideline the ultimate outcome but totally failed to recognize the depth of the psychopathic disease festering in these boys.
Absolutely drew me in from the first listen. So much here that I didnt know when it was going on. Sadly disturbing; you want to hear the "why" and no one still really knows. Compelling listen!