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Columbine

Narrated by: Don Leslie
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The groundbreaking best seller and classic.

'The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror...' So begins the epilogue, illustrating how Columbine has become the template for nearly two decades of 'spectacle murders'. It makes the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this flame more urgent than ever. 

What really happened on April 20th, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we thought we knew was wrong. It wasn't about jocks, goths or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on the scene, and he spent 10 years on this book, the definitive account. 

With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.

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

Critic Reviews

"Excellent...amazing how much still comes as a surprise." (New York Times Book Review)

"Like Capote's In Cold Blood, this tour de force gets below the who and the what of a horrifying incident to lay bare the devastating why." (People)

"A staggering work of journalism." (Washington Post)

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Coherently presented multifaceted case study.

I had never been exposed to this event other than brief news presentation and cultural memes. This book is comprehensive and engaging.

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Tragic, sad and sadly once again timely

Really well written obsessively researched portrait of a psychopath and the damage the wrought but also the way that people deal with tragedy.

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  • Wayne O'Brien
  • 02-04-2019

Profoundly moving

A genuinely moving account of an atrocity that continues to be painfully relevant today twenty years later. It's hard to fathom how two teenage boys could plan and inflict such mindless terror and suffering on the lives of decent, ordinary people. The entire account is driven by the author's skill in bringing the personalities of all those involved - both the shooters and their direct and indirect victims - to life such that one gains a harrowing insight into the absolute horror that these two selfish, self-entitled and painfully self-absorbed young men visited on the everyday lives of the pupils, teachers and parents of Columbine. The events leading up the attack and its hauntingly sad aftermath are studied in heart-breaking detail. My only criticism of this work is what I perceive to be the author's well-meaning but misguided attempts to portray Dylan Klebold as a kind, deep and thoughtful soul who longed for nothing more than the love and acceptance of his peers; he appears at some point to have lost sight of the fact that Klebold summarily executed five of these same peers in cold blood. Aside from this minor criticism I found the account to incredibly informative (there were many aspects of the attack that I was not aware of; for example it was intended by the perpetrators primarily to be a major bombing) and meticulously researched but my overriding emotion was one of great sadness for all those affected. I found the closing lines and the image it evoked to be particularly emotive. Highly recommended.

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  • VRJust
  • 26-03-2019

Wrong choice of narrator- sounds like an X factor advert

Wrong choice of narrator. Sounds almost deliberately dramatic which a subject of this nature does not warrant. This isn’t the narrator’s fault & isn’t “put on” its just the natural tone/ quality of his voice but it’s still not good. It’s borderline parody-like, if that makes sense & a few times I felt myself not being able to pay attention.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-2019

Wonderfully written

I found the voice actors voice a little strange at first, but got used to it. The book was beautifully written, equal parts horrifying and fascinating.

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  • mr c j skirving
  • 28-05-2019

14 hour film trailer

gripping story however the narrator sounds like hes narrating a 90s action film movie trailer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-2019

Excellent!

Well read, well researched, a very enjoyable listen to a very harrowing event. I would recommend this book.

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  • Jennifer
  • 30-04-2019

Very informative & changed my perspective

Highly recommend this.
Having briefly touched on the event in psychology A-level class as part of the question "Do violent games cause violence", this book has changed my perspective of the events and its causes. What you know from media coverage does not even come close to the detail covered here.
Also a beautiful and touching coverage of the impact on the victims and families lives, the people who are often forgotten about years after.

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  • Jonathan b.
  • 24-03-2019

A powerful book

This is superbly told and flawlessly narrated telling of a truly hellish event. The pace at which the story unfolds adds a mesmerising effect which places you squarely within the narrative. I very highly recommend this book.

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  • Peter H.
  • 07-03-2019

Tragic

Tragic story, an interesting one though, different to the rumours I'd heard, the story isn't what a lot of people think it is, defiantly worth a listen

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  • dougi douglas
  • 01-03-2019

A great listen, Fantastic

Loved this book, harrowing, scary, amazing, this book will stay with me forever
Masterful work, ordering Parkland now

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  • Sean
  • 23-02-2019

The definitive book on the events of the shooting

when a book is so well written and and thought out, that you can't put it down.

this book reads like a documentary, the author has done all his research.He had a well thought out book, from beginning to end. the side story's the aftermath, the victims and there family's, it's all in there.

the narrator has done a great job. his voice rises and falls and quicken given the effect of time, and horror.


I would recommend this book!