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One of Us Audiobook

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath

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A harrowing and thorough account of the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back together.

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the island of Utøya, where he killed 69 more, most of them teenage members of Norway's governing Labour Party. In One of Us, the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and what led up to it. What made Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, become a terrorist?

As in her best seller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels at the vivid portraiture of lives under stress. She delves deep into Breivik's troubled childhood, showing how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado became a right-wing activist and Internet game addict, and then an entrepreneur, Freemason, and self-styled master warrior who sought to "save Norway" from the threat of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equal intimacy about Breivik's victims, tracing their political awakenings, aspirations to improve their country, and ill-fated journeys to the island. By the time Seierstad reaches Utøya, we know both the killer and those he will kill. We have also gotten to know an entire country - famously peaceful and prosperous, and utterly incapable of protecting its youth.

©2013 Åsne Seierstad; Translation 2015 Sarah Death (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michelle in New York City
    NYC
    18/11/16
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    "A Thoroughly Researched and though provoking Book"

    This is the shocking story of Anders Breivik, who, alone, killed 77 people in a one day terror attack on his fellow citizens of Norway. Many of these victims were teenagers who were attending a summer camp. This book is very well written and tells, not only the progression of this mass murderer's life , but also weaves in personal stories of the progression of many of the victims' lives. I thought this was a very important part of the story...so the reader can get a better understanding of the impact of this event.
    This is really a very thoroughly investigated book and this writer tells a complete and thought provoking story.
    Although the courts found this man sane, I think his own writings and actions prove differently. He is truly a madman with a murderous rage and no empathy for others. He also has an extremely high opinion of himself. The book that he was writing is an example of his disorganized, bizarre and grandiose thought. I was shocked to find that he was only given 21 years in prison... the maximum penalty in Norway. He is most certainly a danger to society and I am not sure what Norway will do with him upon release.
    The narrator has a very pleasing voice and is a positive addition to the audio version of this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Romarok
    21/05/17
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    "Good, but long"

    Excellent insight into a horrifying mass murder in Scandinavia and beautifully written. But some parts, i.e. the life story of the perpetrator, could have been dramatically condensed. Nonetheless, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Norway massacre and what led up to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John K Rayburn
    Dallas, TX
    06/05/17
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    "Very detailed"

    Would be better if I had printed edition to re read some details. Lots of details

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Djones
    Minneapolis, MN
    05/05/17
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    "Heart wrenching and informative"

    I decided to listen to this book because I wanted to know more about the case. What I ended up with is a much clearer understanding of Norway's social and political structure. Being from Minnesota, I'm basically one of the only people I know who doesn't have Norwegian or Swedish ancestry. Learning about Norway was fascinating and I'd love to travel there someday.

    The author describes the perpetrator, the victims, the survivors, and the many people indirectly impacted by this crime with such care and respect. Yes - even for the perpetrator. Through his own words - his blog, his "book", his testimony - he showed what a bigoted, misguided monster he is. The author simply presented the facts in a well organized, thoughtful way. The performance was excellent - she did an amazing job pronouncing Norwegian words and didn't "Americanize" anything. I appreciated that. This book is difficult to get through. It's painful. It's unbelievably sad. Your heart will break for the parents of these children. But it's also very well written and extremely well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clyde
    19/03/17
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    "Greatly detailed recounting of horrible crimes!"

    Terrible crimes, intriguing story...
    Really poor narrator/reader choice.
    Uppity sounding reader; incongruent with atrocities of story. Too sing songy. Melodramatic voice sounds like an American soap opera star from the 1950's to 1980's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Harbour
    01/02/17
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    "What a powerful and disturbing book"

    This is a amazing work, powerful in the message of lost hope and youth by a evil twisted individual. The detail is amazing and the individual stories will brings you to tears. Well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ze'ev Yanay
    09/11/16
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    "A must-read story."

    Shed a tear, feal the rage, be swept away to one of the most devastating stories of hatered and love.
    Just read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arthur
    04/11/16
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    "Excellent narrative - hard to put down"

    This is a story about the Norwegian version of 9/11. Much of this narrative is eerily similar to American domestic right wing terrorist attacks. However, the author goes into much more detail about the terrorist and his victims than most narratives go into for a terrorist attack - at the end of the book, you really feel like you know the terrorist - that he isn't a monster but he literally could be one of your conservative/Libertarian friends who got lost in his own reality. Definitely a good cautionary warning of the new reality in the age of the Internet.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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