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Author: Dave Cullen Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Twelve Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549117251

Publisher Description

Ten years in the works, a masterpiece of reportage, this is the definitive account of the Columbine massacre, its aftermath, and its significance, from the acclaimed journalist who followed the story from the outset.

"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. It wasn't about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as 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, and the killers' own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors. Expanded with a New Epilogue

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  • “Ten years later and I still remember reading this remarkable book…His well-researched portrait of the two teenagers who will forever be remembered as catalysts for what has become a recurring nightmare in our country, is powerful and unforgettable.”

    - Amazon.com

Awards

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A BookRiot Pick of the Best True Crime Books
  • New York Times Pick of Books of True Crime in 50 States
  • A Slate Magazine Best Book of the Last 25 Years

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is hands down the most comprehensive book on this subject. If you have any interest do not hesitate. "

    - sean2e, 9/5/2016
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I would consider this book to be the definitive account of what happened at columbine, made all the more poignant considering recent events. However, the one problem with this is, the author believes his to be the case as well and takes every opportunity to continually remind you how he is right and other accounts were so very, very wrong. The opening is a bit confusing, as it walks through the day of the massacre. What is confusing and annoying is that the author continually mentions there is more to the story while recounting the timeline. In hindsight, this does make an effective opening but during the initial reading it was more annoying than gripping, more like the author was trying to add suspense to a story we already knew the outcome to. The best part of the book is the background stories of Dylan and Eric and how they came to that end. Especially interesting is post mortem diagnosis of Eric as a sociopath and Dylan more a depressed/suicidal follower than psycho. Their attempts at bravado, both in their writings and videos is more sad than chilling or frightening. All in all though the book is well worth the read to both remember a significant event in American history and as small glimpse in the mentality than can see this as a viable goal to be obtained. "

    - Omar, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Listened via Audible. Excellent read if you are like me and harbored a morbid curiosity about the school shooters. "

    - Shetal, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a very informative book that was able to form a nonfiction event in a compelling way. However, given that this book was not of my own selection I found some of the subject matter to be very disturbing. I would not read this book of my own accord. It was written proficiently, though personally I perfer a bit more eloquence in the writing I read ( of course, that's me being a fantasy buff). Overall, this nonfiction-novel served its purpose as informing the populace on the truth of The Columbine Tragedy. However, there were times where the author seemed to interject some of his opinion with the characters/ quotes. "

    - Dylan, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Decent book that gives you a pretty in-depth look at what happened and why. "

    - Michael, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent account of the tragedy. Plenty of background evidence. Hard to understand what drove the two teenagers to do it. More info to be released in 2017. "

    - Christine, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really interesting, in-depth description of the Columbine shooting and its "before and afters." I appreciate how much emphasis Cullen put on trying to gain insight into the personalities and lives of the two shooters. It is a heart-breaking, thorough, and captivating read. "

    - Jennifer, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Such an amazing read that I just wasn't able to tackle until much after the incident that was so close to my home and heart. Working in the district and having children in high school at the time brought some real heart rending knowledge to this book. I gained some very interesting information as well. A great read. "

    - Cathy, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Must read, one of my favourites. If you think you know the ins and outs of this terrible tragedy, pick this up. Could not put it down. Amongst it's dark theme there are moments of heroism that the media left out. Part of my permanent collection. "

    - Jennie, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this book very much, even though I had lived through the news of the story and was pretty familiar with it. Obviously, it is a very sad book. "

    - Courtney, 1/9/2014
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    " Meticulously researched and overall brilliant, kept me hooked until the last page. "

    - Martyna, 12/31/2013
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    " Amazingly researched and thoughtful. At first I didn't like the back-n-forth organization, but it paid off at the end. "

    - Beckydham, 11/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you haven't read this book-you likely don't know what happened at Columbine...thought I knew and was floored. "

    - Audrey, 10/27/2013
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    " Good insight despite the authors liberties with creating hypothetical interactions "

    - Scott, 9/25/2013
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    " in his writing reminiscent of krakauer, cullen does a great job jumping from story to story to weave together a just about 360-degree view of what happened before, during, and after columbine. would recommend to anyone who likes a good investigative journalism story. "

    - Liz, 12/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Re-read after having a conversation about it with some colleagues. It was almost more disturbing the second time through. Essential reading. "

    - Kerry, 1/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Interesting, very interesting. I liked the writing style, but I didn't like he incessantly cutting away and focusing on trivial items. All in all a very fascinating portrait of two boys. "

    - Tom, 9/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was actually a really amazing book and it drove me to have legitimate emotions at some points, but the fact that it was so long just puts me off a little. All in all, still a great book. "

    - Augusto, 7/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An insightful look at the lives of the Columbine shooters and a number of the people they affected. "

    - Matthew, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It is impossible to get through this book without tears, especially if you have ever lost someone to violence. An even-handed look at everyone, even the killers themselves, which brings a cathartic release of grief for the horror that happened in this community. "

    - Robert, 6/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent book. Didn't expect it to be as good. Really got into the families. Amazing. "

    - Ann, 6/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fascinating yet disturbing account of the Columbine massacre – and how it could have been prevented. "

    - Joe, 6/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " outstanding journalism. a tremendous amount of information, reporting, research, went into this book, and Cullen explains the terrible event, what led up to it, and what happened subsequently, really, really well. "

    - Sasha, 6/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An incredible, compelling, insightful piece of nonfiction. More than journalism, it's the very definition of 'creative nonfiction.' "

    - Dale, 6/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A tough read, but well worth it. Everything I thought I knew about Columbine was not true. "

    - Marian, 6/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " An extraordinary and fascinating account of the tragedy, the players, the politics and the aftermath of Columbine ten years later. "

    - Suz, 6/13/2011
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    " Detailed..... Very disturbing that humans can be so destructive!!! "

    - Jennie, 6/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A shocking, informative, poignant and sorrowful piece of nonfiction. Extremely well told. I felt like I learned quite a bit about Columbine, and the journalist seemed to put quite a bit of thought into it. True, he fixed things up in ten years' time, but the writing still deserves accolades. "

    - Jennifer, 6/10/2011

About the Author

Dave Cullen is a journalist and author who has contributed to Slate, Salon, and the New York Times. He is considered the nation’s foremost authority on the Columbine killers and has also written extensively on Evangelical Christians, gays in the military, politics, and pop culture. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Boulder, Colorado, he has won several writing awards.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.