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The Hour I First Believed

Wally Lamb

When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right. While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers five generations' worth of diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in his family's house. As unimaginable secrets emerge, Caelum grapples with the past and struggles to fashion a future from the ashes of tragedy. His quest for meaning is at once mythic and contemporary, personal and quintessentially American.

When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right. While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers five generations' worth of diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in his family's house. As unimaginable secrets emerge, Caelum grapples with the past and struggles to fashion a future from the ashes of tragedy. His quest for meaning is at once mythic and contemporary, personal and quintessentially American.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right. While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers five generations' worth of diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in his family's house. As unimaginable secrets emerge, Caelum grapples with the past and struggles to fashion a future from the ashes of tragedy. His quest for meaning is at once mythic and contemporary, personal and quintessentially American.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Guidall

Length:

25h 13m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:37


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

49:56


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

01:01:29


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

52:45


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

01:06:18


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

51:25


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

47:52


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

48:08


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

19:30


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

17:10


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

42:52


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

52:26


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

33:00


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

56:26


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

11:35


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

54:40


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

01:48:41


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

37:41


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

16:27


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

20:17


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

22:14


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

41:25


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

38:48


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

26:08


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

58:16


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

18:14


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

55:57


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

40:08


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

47:17


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

43:56


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

57:48


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

35:14


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

34:06


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

47:34


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

50:23


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

46:13


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

00:42