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  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror..."  So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders". It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year. What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Know About Columbine is False

  • By Kensai77 on 06-10-18

Everything You Know About Columbine is False

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Although there have been many prior school shootings, the Columbine tragedy distinguishes itself by being the first of the "cell phone age" in which the victims were able to broadcast the attack with gunshots and students screaming in terror live to the world as it happened. The horror of the bloody event became real, even larger-than-life as viewers listened to first-hand accounts from trapped students cowering under their desks while the killers roamed the halls. Chaos and confusion reigned hours after the killings had subsided. The police, the parents, and the victims still remained in the dark.

The author, Dave Cullen brings to light the gritty details of an event that has been mythologized, politicized, and obscured by time and possible police corruption. Everything we have come to know or heard about Columbine, from the victims, the killers, and the police, are in fact false. Neither Eric Harris nor Dylan Klebold were members of the "Trenchcoat Mafia", part of Goth culture, nor were they simply hunting jocks. Cullen deftly traverses the maze of evidence leading to the massacre and acutely portrays the following media hysteria. A debate arose in the aftermath of the tragedy whether to regard the killers - Harris and Klebold - as victims too in an event played out when 15 crosses were erected in a monument to the 13 murdered students. There was a darker turn in the cultural aspect as the two killers became martyrs for future copycat school shooters, most notably Seung-Hui Cho who mentioned Harris and Klebold as inspirations in a hate-filled diatribe after murdering over 30 people at Virginia Tech. Nearly two decades have passed since the Columbine school shooting yet the mystery of why it happened still remains prevalent. The Harris's and the Klebold's have maintained their silence on the early lives and behaviors of their children thus contributing to the growing misinformation and myths that have arisen since that sad day at Columbine High School. Overall this book is a must-read for anyone trying to understand this new phenomenon of school massacres and the modern mentality of a school shooter.

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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like these series

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-17-18

Interesting Brit/Euro post-apocalyptic view

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Was simply looking for an audio book for long rides. Didn't even realize it was set in England. Had no idea what a "lorry" was or why they measured weight in "stones". Good character development, villains were somewhat predictable and easily overcome. Author knows his military equipment, except for Sigs having a safety. Although some Sigs do have safeties, the military issued MK25/P226 only have de-cockers. The author never really describes which model Sig the heroes carry despite going into detail the makes and models of other firearms. The narrator's tone is a bit tense for me but does a good job throughout the story. It's a nice read for people into prepping and military firearms. An interesting take of the post-apocalyptic world from a British and European point-of-view.