It turns out a lot of what most of us know about Columbine is wrong. Some headliners: the "trench coat mafia" was not involved, and bullying plays only a minor role in the story. Also I was totally unaware that the main thrust of the attack was actually a propane bomb intended to knock out a support pillar in the cafeteria during lunch. Investigators believe that had the timing device worked, the bomb would in fact have toppled the support and the death toll would likely have been in the hundreds. There's an awful lot of interesting stuff in this book.
Unfortunately, Cullen has decided to make this the definitive account of the Columbine massacre and so there's a lot of uninteresting stuff too. I appreciate Cullen's desire to tell the story of the victims on the moral premise that they deserve their stories told more than the killers deserve theirs. There's a logic to that, but ultimately I just don't care whether the third student who was shot wanted to be a lawyer or a pilot. Sorry. I don't make my listening decisions based on that sort of moral calculus.
And that encyclopedic focus coupled with Cullen's other odd choice, to tell the story out of chronological order, makes this a difficult listen. One chapter tells the very important story of why a warrant that was sworn out against Dylan was never actually executed, and then the next goes on at great length about how different churches in town held competing services in the wake of the attack. If you do get the book, I recommend using the audible app to skip the less interesting chapters.
In case you don't decide to listen, and overall I recommend against it, the takeaway is this: Dylan Klebold was a sadistic psychopath and the main force behind planning the attacks; Eric Harris was a depressed young man, like many depressed young men, who fell under Dylan's sway. Just why this particular pair ended up perpetrating what would have been, except for Dylan's ineptitude with fuses, the second (to 9/11) largest peacetime mass killing in American history is not entirely clear. But there were plenty of warning signs, and one family in particular (the Browns) deserve more notice as the unsung would-be heros of the story. They repeatedly contacted Dylan's family, the school, and the police to warn of the dangers of the budding psychopath, but their warnings were not taken seriously.
It is better because it is so well narrated. The narrator takes you back to Colorado
I liked the fact that it gives a glimpse into the mind of this two young killers and makes you realize that there was so much behind this tragedy.
I liked the beginning. It sets the tone for the entire book.
The story of coach sanders.
Being a first timer an audiobook, I don't know what "Columbine" has started. I found this to be an enjoyable experience. I couldn't turn it off that's for sure.
Just like Columbine, the story in "Careless Whispers" by Carlton Stowers was a book I couldn't put down.
I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...
Hate list because it deals with teen violence. Also the movie/ book bowling for Columbine.
It made me cry. It opened my eyes to what really happened and all the things that happened after. It is extremely relevant for any parent, teacher, and American.
Even though this book is non fiction it reads like a well crafted story. If you like non fiction or fiction you will be happy.
The histories behind the victims, shooters & their families.
How messed up Eric was & his evolution into becoming a sociopath.
I Love to read and I am all over the place. From Fantasy to Non Fiction to True Crime. Sadly even some Romance novels which I never thought I would read but they turned out to be not bad some even good as long as they had some fantasy in them
No.I think it was well done considering the amount of information to explain
Yes. If another True Crime book I think it would open up many things about the media and the DA would leave out only showing there side. Instead all all sides like this book
No this was trenhe first.
Not a clue
I enjoyed this book from the point of being a parent during the time this happened with children in school and all the media scared me cause it seemed with these killers having a website and many people following it. I feared for my own children almost pulled them out of school and home-schooled them. This book showed many things I never knew and was well done by Mr. Leslie.
It is very difficult to imagine that 2 kids from a nice neighborhood and a good school could get so messed up, and forever change the lives of so many innocent people. Love your kids!
I've read a lot of good audiobooks. This ranks with among the better ones.
I like non fiction, events driven books. Looking for the details in what happened. That said, I think it's comparable to books like Blackhawk Down or Game Change.
You'll have to have a tough stomach to finish this. I was unable to finish the tape. It was too gruesome, too true, and too heartbreaking for me to go on.
It was almost too long, for the simple fact that one heart can only bear so much hurt in a period of time. I had nightmares, day mares, and sometimes I wanted to pause and cry. Sometimes I stopped the tape because I wouldn't be able to eat my dinner.
Beware. It's good to know. I'm glad I read it, but it was very hard to handle.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
Not terribly entertaining...but educational. If you're wanting to be swept away and escape..avoid this book. If you enjoy peeking behind the curtain to see the actual lives of mass murderers, and if there was a telling psychopathology or ANYTHING to use as a warning...then this is your book. I have a BA and MA in psychology so i found this educational and engaging...but it wasn't fun.