I first read this book a long time ago, since which time I've seen the movie repeatedly, and the "about" movie(s).
It is great, don't get me wrong. This is a great American book -- awesome storytelling, in a stunningly original prose voice that grabs completely. The dude is a master.
But I have to say that this time around, I feel that it bogs down in the second act -- mostly in the biographical minutiae about Perry. It seems -- perhaps because of the weird interpersonal symbiosis that developed between them? -- that Capote falls into a trap of imagining Perry as something much more interesting than he really was. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to drone on and on about Perry's useless existence, his pseudo-intellectual fancies, etc., and I'm thinking "So what...get the noose already".
And Scott Brick does a fine job. But those extended monologues -- many in female voices -- require him to adopt a quasi-acting approach. This is no reflection on the reader himself -- he really rises to the occasion. But the nature of the material itself had me thinking at times that plain old reading (with a real paper book!!) would be a better fit.
Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century
After watching the movie and then listening to the book then watching the movie again did I understand Capote's involvement with the murderers' stories. Very intriguing!!
I am not a fan of Scott Brick's narration at all. He goes from monotone to weird emphases on words and sentences that feels odd. He reads it like the narrator for "Unsolved Mysteries" would read it... but the book isn't written like a crime report. It is a book with feeling characters and deaths and backstories. He reads characters' teary comments at the funeral scene in the same way he reads about how the police find clues. It just doesn't work.
In general, it's boring and I'm not sure if it's the story or the way it's being told. I am struggling to get through the last half. May just ditch this one and move on.
This is definitely not my usual genre of lit, but I saw the movie (Capote - 2005) and was intrigued. Even if you're not a true crime person, this story gets under your skin and grips you. Capote defined the genre of true crime novels with In Cold Blood, and you'll see how and why it has become (and remained) so popular. I usually hate movies with books, but as an exception to the rule, I'd suggest you see the movie as well.
Scott Brick's narration is SPOT ON. What a perfect narrator. Kudos to Audible, or whoever matched him for this book.
Really enjoyed the book. From what I have read it was an original true crime book. It lived up to it's high reviews. Worth a credit.
Avid reader turned listener.
This is a very well-written and arduously researched book. I caught myself sometimes wondering, "How did he know that?!". Years of research and what I think, is the very keen and attuned mind of Perry. This book holds a lot of value in its sparking of the True Crime genre and really setting the standard on excellent true crime writing. Listeners won't be disappointed by this one!
Crazy true story, but a little slow at times. Had to keep listening to find out what really happened.
Well - yes, this is a five-star book and a five-star narrator. Nobody could have told the story of this tragedy more effectively or movingly than Capote has, and Brick's narration is marvelous. But the story is heartbreaking, not only for the callous murder of the victims but for the awful, wasted lives of the perpetrators. I was spellbound, but not in a happy way. If you're interested in true crime, this is certainly one of the best.
It is a bit slow but this book is made to be that way...Truman Capote did a great job of describing these murders and the entire case! Recommended read!
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
This was a really good book. You can tell that the author carefully crafted this book. The details and emotions were so real that I felt joy, sympathy, and bone chilling terror at certain times.
It starts out kind of slow - but when it gets going it does not stop until the end.
This is a great true crime non-fiction.
The narrator is also great. I've heard him narrate before and I've never been dissapointed with his work.