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Columbine | [Dave Cullen]

Columbine

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.
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Publisher's Summary

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

Ten years in the works, Columbine is a masterpiece of reportage, from the acclaimed journalist who followed the massacre from day one and reconstructed the psychological journey of two teenage boys who became killers.

©2009 Dave Cullen; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Dave Cullen is the Dante of this high school hell. I came away from it thinking of Jack Nicholson hollering 'You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!' Read this quietly powerful account of Columbine and find out if you can." (Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler)

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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 04-08-13
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2014

    jricci

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    What did you love best about Columbine?

    I thought it told the real story of the events, based on years and years of research


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbine?

    Some of the ways the media lied and people just completely accepted it as truth. (shouldn't be a surprise, I guess)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Strange question for this book, isn't it?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me feel for the people, want to know how they are today.


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    Marcy 03-25-13
    Marcy 03-25-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Beyond the initial myths of Columbine"

    First, excellent narrator.

    Second, just like when I initally watched the events at Combine HS unfold via CNN reports with the rest of the country, I found myself unable to stop listening to this narrative. In his book, Cullen retells the story based on years of research and with a perspective that only time could allow. While the story and end results are no less tragic today than when we first heard about them, I appreciated his analysis and presentation of how some of the initial myths regarding the events, victims, and shooters (and their motivations) made it into the media so quickly. Experts now know so much more about the whos and whys, yet many of those initial myths are still held steadfastly in our collective American psychy as fact. I appreciate knowing more about the truth now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joy chimayo, nm, United States 03-17-13
    joy chimayo, nm, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Journalism, Great Reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Columbine the most enjoyable?

    I defer to other commenters. I wouldn't call the audio book 'enjoyable,' but it is smart, provoking, astute, and makes for much thought afterward. In fact, there is so much to think about, I wish there were another book...


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    The reader did a much above average job with difficult subject matter. The reader was able to capture all the emotions very well. Very well read.


    If you could give Columbine a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Columbine: The Media Myths, The Facts, And The Psychology Of The Killers.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well researched. Very well written. No insight into how to stop future horrors. Perhaps a bit too sympathetic to Dylan Klebold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 03-11-13
    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Some odd choices make this a poor listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andres Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-05-13
    Andres Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-05-13
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    "One of a kind look into Columbine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Columbine to be better than the print version?

    It is better because it is so well narrated. The narrator takes you back to Colorado


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the beginning. It sets the tone for the entire book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of coach sanders.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rudy TAYLOR, TX, United States 03-01-13
    Rudy TAYLOR, TX, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "New to Audiobooks"
    Where does Columbine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Columbine to and why?

    Just like Columbine, the story in "Careless Whispers" by Carlton Stowers was a book I couldn't put down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 02-26-13
    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 02-26-13

    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...

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    "Taking the mystery out of columbine. Well done."
    Where does Columbine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What other book might you compare Columbine to and why?

    Hate list because it deals with teen violence. Also the movie/ book bowling for Columbine.


    Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good listen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mary 02-04-13
    Mary 02-04-13
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    "Great listen; learned a lot of info"
    What did you love best about Columbine?

    The histories behind the victims, shooters & their families.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbine?

    How messed up Eric was & his evolution into becoming a sociopath.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Richlands, NC, United States 12-23-12
    Crystal Richlands, NC, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2010

    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

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    "Infromative"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.I think it was well done considering the amount of information to explain


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dave Cullen? Why or why not?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was trenhe first.


    Could you see Columbine being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not a clue


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    J. Frank Indianapolis, IN 10-27-12
    J. Frank Indianapolis, IN 10-27-12 Member Since 2013

    sentimentalist

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    "One of the epic events in modern American history"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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