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.
I've listened to hundreds and I mean hundreds of books on audible and always rate every single one. I've never written any comments or review before but this book was so good and so mesmerizing that I felt I owed it to anyone who was on the fence about whether or not to listen.
No long review or summary is needed I will just say that I have never before felt so emotionally and intellectually involved in a story as I was with this book. I've never read a book based on a real life tragedy that was able to so completely show every side of the story and to do it without any bias or allegiance to any particular side. It allowed me to form opinions and feelings about the victims and the killers that weren't already hinted towards by the writer. It makes sense that it took almost ten years to write because the author actually complied all the facts and data needed to tell a full and complete story.
The book was extremely graphic and emotional at times but done is such a way that I would be surprised if anyone, even the most conservative of people, took offense to it. I cried a lot but not all sad tears and I learned so much as well.
I'll end with my full and complete recommendation that everyone read or listen to this book, it is an amazing read and I'm sure one that I will listen to more than once.
Never in my life could I be as thorough about explaining anything as this author was about the Columbine High School shooting. This isn't my first time reading it, and I'm glad I listened to it this time. The subject matter is terrible, but this product is great!