A Mother's Reckoning

  • by Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives.
For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother's Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and countless interviews with mental health experts.
Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother's Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.
All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organisations focusing on mental health issues.


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"An Excellent Audiobook"

What made the experience of listening to A Mother's Reckoning the most enjoyable?

Honestly told by the author

What did you like best about this story?

Honestly told by the author

Which character – as performed by Sue Klebold and Andrew Solomon – was your favourite?

Sue Klebold

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

its not really the sort of book you would make a film about

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Would you consider the audio edition of A Mother's Reckoning to be better than the print version?

To hear Sue klebold read the book make all the difference.

What other book might you compare A Mother's Reckoning to, and why?

Can't think of any

Have you listened to any of Sue Klebold and Andrew Solomon ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not applicable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, desperately wanted to know how this woman survived such a unique set of circumstances.

Any additional comments?

I have no idea how this woman is still alive today given what her son, Dylan, put her through. The ultimate test of a mothers love.... I understand from listening to this book how the victims families must have felt, however, for sue to feel the need to explain in a book, her pain was also if not worse.... Having to grieve for a child you thought they were and then grieve for the person they had become.....

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-02-2016
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks