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.
"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)
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.
The author makes the case that what you know about Columbine is probably wrong. I found his arguments persuasive. The extent of the cover-up by Jefferson County officials was new information to me. The author also delivers on the promise to provide insight into the motivations of the killers. The book is difficult to put down. I suggest not reading it at night as it will very likely disturb your sleep. I did find that the narrative went a bit off-track during the long discussion of psychopathy, but it manages to find the way back.
All I need to say is buy this book if you have come this far. I was at the edge of my ears the whole time. I just went through a few month period where I was considering getting rid of my audible scrip because of bordom and wow did this bring me back. Very well written and researched book. I dont give 5 stars often.
"The only thing of my very own to which I can contribute to my own redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed." - William Temple
I enjoyed the story (and the narrator did a great job) but as the book went on the profanity (mostly quoting from the killers' own journals) began to get tiresome.
I did learn a lot from the book (details I new little about or knew nothing of). The story jumps around a lot, which was a little distracting, but it was still well done.
Riveting account. I only rated it down because the reader did a little too much tone inflection/emphasis, and since there is some offensive language, the inflection made it all the more offensive.
The actual content of this book was well-researched and well-presented from a writing standpoint (a little redundant in parts, but still an informative read). My main issue was with the narration. I would have preferred it to be a little more subdued and not so "In a World..." kind of movie trailer voice overfish.
This is a carefully researched story but the main characters are so narcissistic and out of touch with reality that it was difficult stay with the book.
What could have been a great book falls very flat. The author seems to take delight in the deaths of Dylan and Eric. The job of a reporter is to remain objective. What may have made this horrible is the voice of Don Leslie. He has ruined a few audio books for me. I know he is beloved by the audio book community but he voice lends wells to 1930's detective radio hour or perhaps a spooky movie, not one of the worst tragedies in the past twenty years. Not even worth a full star rating.
I can scarce imagine how or why anyone would listen to this authors narrative for fourteen hours. I myself couldn't listen more than ten minutes.
This author/narrator draws such loud breath/gasps after every few words that it was to me the equivalent of nails to a chalkboard.
Maybe a good book but doubt I'll purchase it to read after wasting money on this audio.
This author should have left the narrating to a narrator or quit smoking.
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