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)
This book outlines the school tragedy in Littleton Colorado in 1999. It brings you to the victims, the families involved, and the killers. This book will keep you listening until the end.
this book should be read or listened to by every person on earth. Dave Cullen is able to capture the multiple prospectives on this tragedy and conveys them in a sublime narration through alternating between periods before, during and after the attack.
the book does not engage in hate towards the shooters but objectively portraits them and their development up to the tragedy.
It's a remarkable piece of literature and portrait of a major historical event.
The narrative performance of Don Leslie is searching for its kind, with a great sensitivity for the text and tone of each sentence.
All in all a absolutely stunning production!
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
This was a great book, and a great record of a horrible tragedy. The author did a fine job of relating the events in a very unbiased, journalistic way. There was a lot about those boys that I did not know. Simply a tragedy.
Very well written. Easy to follow. Great narration. Difficult subject but very well handled. I never knew I had learned it all wrong. Who would have believed a psychopath could evolve so much in High school.
I got hooked on audiobooks when I used to work in a public library. I like that they are much more immersive than physical books or ebooks.
The sequence of the narrative makes this an enthralling read. I wish it was fiction rather than real but the author does justice to the tragedy of Columbine. The meticulous detail and thorough research makes this a must read.
Mr. Cullen dealt with the topic in a respectful manner. I have vivid memories of this incident. The iconic images of children running from the school and Patrick falling out of the window, were brought back to mind. As, a teacher I still live with the effects of Culumbine. We do active shooter drills at school and practice lock down procedures.
After reading the book, I still can't understand the "why". What drives two young men to such action? Eric is a psychopath and Dylan a kid with so much self loathing. The parents were tragic figures. I was left with the sad conclusion that there is no concrete way to stop this from happening again, if access to guns and weapons remains.
There were a lot of assumptions that I had about the incident that were corrected.
I did like to hear how some of the survivors did not let the event define them and courageously moved on with their lives.
Fascinating. Hard to stomach in parts. Great voice, well written. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this important event in our nations history - and even if you're not(I wasn't particularly interested before), it's still great.
I had expected to be sad listening to this. The story telling did evoke emotion but also a great deal of curiosity and thought.
The story of the Columbine event is interspersed with details about individuals' pasts and progress since, also aftermath of the event in the town, and a look into the killers and discussion about the killers as subjects. I felt respect for those affected and somewhat understood the killers as young people with textbook psychological issues.
I did not prefer the narrator. I felt his voice was too intense for a topic so intense. He did well though.
I remember watching and reading the news of this shooting when it first happened and now, 16 years later, I still get goosebumps about it. This book is definitely a good source to learn so much about everyone who was touched by this tragedy. It made me feel angry and it made me teary eye at times. What a story!
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