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!
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
Columbine happened when I was in the 6th grade therefore, I remember hearing about it and seeing a few pictures, but not all of the details because I was so young. This book did an excellent job of recounting the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School through looking at the events that led up to "Judgement Day" from many different angles (from the victims, families, media, and killers).
For me, finding out that Cassie Bernall was not the one in the library that was shot after saying she believed in Jesus. I was really confused because I had always thought Rachel Scott was the one that had said that then, they said it was Cassie Bernall. I felt sorry for the girl, Val, who was the actual person to say that to the boys. Another memorable moment was when Patrick Ireland struggled for three hours to get to the window (unable to see) and fell out of it with the help of paramedics/ firefighters/ police. That was so amazing!
Don Leslie has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed listening to him recount the information. He was good at using inflection and tone to capture certain moments and bring the story to life. I would definitely listen to him read other books as well.
I think it would have been overwhelming had I done that because it presented a lot of information, but it was very gripping! I wanted to know everything about it!
Picked this up just because I had a $10 off deal, but I couldn't stop listening. It's a terrific piece of research. I learned so much that I didn't know. Only a few years after an event, when the mainstream media has long fled can you really begin get the perspective to understand what happened and why. I knew nothing of Columbine except what I had seen on the major networks and read in the papers in the weeks following, and this was a real eye opener. So much of what I thought I knew was off, distorted or just plain 100% wrong. The narration was a little annoying to me, a little too 48 Hours, ID Network like, but don't let it deter you from listening to this content.
I admit, I felt a little ghoulish, purchasing this book. So glad I did. The majority of what I know about the shootings came from the media, and that is not at all how things happened.
It is meticulously researched, and goes out of the way to provide a balanced report of the entire tragedy. It moved me. I would highly recommend it.
if nothing else, it proves to me that if someone is really determined to cause harm, they will find a way to cause it. The perpetrators sent up enough flags... anyway, it is not my place to judge.
Well written, well narrated.
yes indeed! it gives great insight into the actual event and into the "why". the author has gone to great lengths to stick to the facts, and much of what he explores was either long forgotten, ignored or never brought to public attention.
That all of the rumors, theories and myths behind Columbine were just that....mostly false rumors and misbeliefs. This is the first work that I've come across that really explores the minds of Dylan and Eric, looking to see why they did what they did.