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I was curious about this book because of its notoriety; according to Wikipedia it’s the second biggest selling true crime book in publishing history, the first being “Helter Skelter” published in 1974 about the Manson Murders.
I feel ambivalent about the merits of these kinds of books as they feel sort of exploitive to me, but I suppose that makes me a hypocrite because I am the first one to tune into Dateline Mystery or 48 Hours or the Discovery Investigation Channel!
I think I understand what made the book so all the rage when it was published in 1966, as a society now-a-days we are sadly desensitized to this kind of thing (almost everything on TV feels like Murdertainment), whereas in the 60s we weren’t and so the case was more compelling. In today’s context, this true life murder doesn’t really stand out.
What a horrible thing to say! That the murder is not good enough to be interesting… believe me I am not that callous, just impervious over time. I don’t know if it’s me or the writing style but I just found it boring. I know the point of writing it as a novel was to humanize the people but it didn’t do that for me at all - in fact, it bored me so much I just hurried up to get to the end! Frankly I should have just abandoned it.
I also read that some parts of the story were embellished by Capote and some details were exaggerated to make the story more interesting! If that’s true then it’s another black mark for the book. Overall, I regret this purchase.
Regarding the narration, I just don’t like Scott Brick. Objectively he’s good, (and quite prolific – 584 titles in Audible) but to me he seems overly dramatic. I’ve said about him before: I get sidetracked by HOW he’s saying things as opposed to WHAT he’s saying – it’s distracting and makes it hard to concentrate on the story.
This is a beautifully written book. Capote worked on it for years and became good friends with one of the killers named Perry. He attended his hanging. The author spent a good deal of time in area in Kansas. I can remember the night in t968 or '69 after I finished the book when I wandered into my kitchen thinking ''where am I going to ger another book like this''? The answer was nowhere at that time. Read it for yourself, judge the talent displayed by author
Some folks probably love the detailed writing, too protracted for me i need some character development but i didn't need tonkjow every childhood detail of every character. drove me nuts, couldn't finish it and just skipoed to the end. i still got the whole story I felt.
I'll be honest, at first i wondered why bother talking about the killers so much, especially after going into such detail about the clutter family and who they were and what their lives were like. I had a lot of anger for dick and perry and truly despised them. However that must have been how the people of hulcam felt. By the end though the two men were humanized, especially perry. By the end i was just sad about the whole affair. The narrator was amazing and skillfully captured the personalities and flavors of the people/characters.
This is a classic and as others have noted, created a new genre. The story is told brilliantly in that even though you know the outcome, the character development and mood make it a book you can't stop listening to.
Scott Brick is excellent.
For excellent insight into the book, watch the movie "Capote" soon after you read it and a whole new dimension of the book emerges. This is not just a story of a sinister crime, but a subtle and powerful commentary on the criminal justice system and capital punishment.
my mind wanders easily but I managed to stay focused throughout this entire book. Scott did a perfectly acceptable job, and I have no complaints.
yes - in fact i have listened to it many times and that is because the writing is absolutely brilliant and the narration is perfect
Probably the way he narrated perry and dick, though they were not favourite characters of course because they were so evil
this book is too great to have a favourite scene - the whole book is of course a masterpiece as they say
yes, i have an extreme reaction of loving it so much because of the perfect balance of the narrator and the book he is reading - a perfect pairing.