In Cold Blood is based on a true multiple murder committed over 50 years ago. It is the story of a grusome killing and not everyone will want to read this book as it is definitely not 'light reading' and I found it to be very disturbing. I only bought the audible version after reading the biography of Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill A Mockingbird." Ms Lee assisted Truman Capote in his research of the murders and her biography "Mockingbird" by Charles J. Shields has a section about their research into the crime. Mr. Capote molds his characters in ways that appeal to the reader. He seems in many ways to be sympathetic toward the criminals. A true masterpiece with distressing subject.
Nancy Clutter was my favorite character in the book. I do not believe anyone could be quite that perfect, but Capote certainly caused me to love that young lady and to grieve her death. Amazing how Capote filled in the details about the last day in the lives of the Clutter family. He also makes the reader familiar with the neighbors, their reactions, and their lives following the murders. Throughout the book, I was shocked at the stupidity of Hickock and Smith and kept thinking it would turn out they had gone to the wrong house. Even though this book reads like fiction and even though Capote molds the characters to make them more likeable to the reader, the facts are true. These murders actually happened and regardless of how sympathetic Capote may have been toward the criminals, I could not find redeeming qualities in either of them.
Scott Brick is the best! He is my favorite narrator. His tone is perfect and he has a way of building suspense at all the right times. I cannot give him enough high praise for his ability.
Actually, this book was very unsettling. As I read the first few chapters, I knew these people were going to die. They were real people--yes, people with flaws in their character, a man who was very successful and very domineering, a wife who had mental problems, a daughter, Nancy, who was too perfect and a teenage son who appeared to be quite normal. I did not mourn their deaths until I read the confession of the killer and I wept as I read the last minutes of Nancy's life. Days later, I still get sad thinking of this senseless crime.
I have always been opposed to the death penalty for several reasons but this crime, even though committed in 1959, makes me rethink that opinion.
Capote provides over-abundant details of every person, place and thing that came near the Clutter family or the killers in this pioneering true crime novel. I always wanted to read this book, but found it a little dry and it was very slow going. The audio is a different story. Having this book read to you makes it more exciting than it ever could have been if I had read it myself.
The beautiful imagery makes the horrifying nature of the killers that much more haunting.
Short, staccato, accents.
A killing based not on hate, greed, or logic of any kind. A truly haunting murder that really could happen to anyone.
Besides being well written, this incident happened near my hometown of Great Bend,Ks. I can remember when the movie was filmed in GB.
It absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat! I think it only took a couple of days to listen to this audiobook.
There were times when I quit listening to what Scott was reading and was just listening to his voice.(somewhat annoying) He is not my favorite narrator.
YES! Good content and well written!
Highly recommend this audiobook even if you know nothing of this case.
Capote's use of language and description is terrific. My husband's family is from Garden City, Kansas, and this book truly took me there. The history of the criminal's past, and how they were caught was fascinating. Clearly the precursor to Helter Skelter, and told in the same manner. Narration was excellent too.
This book was well written but there was an overwhelming sense of acceptance and inevitability for such a tragic event. The town feels as much a victim as the family. It's like everyone except the villians are depicted in a black and white newspaper still.
Depth, visceral and tragic.
The juxtaposition of characters in the linear story line.
All characters were distinctive but no one character jumps out.
No. Over the course of one week it was listened.
Having previously watched the movies, In Cold Blood, Infamous and most recently Capote with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, I marvelled at Truman Capote's original book and that his story was never about himself. It's in depth reportive detail made me appreciate why it took so long for the book to be finished and published. What an immense effort it must have been to research all the characters and the Kansas community.
At first listen, I really was ready to put this book down- it seemed like a pedantic, somewhat outdated and uninteresting crime story. However, two or three hours in, things got interesting very quickly. Although I found the outcome of the chase rather inevitable, the process getting there was thoroughly enjoyable. In stark contrast to how it began, I found myself blown away by the ending and wanting more.
I watched the movie after I finished the book. The book contains so much more info, and Scott Brick's narration is perfect. A very well written book about an event that shocked the nation in the late 50's.
As a fan of CBS TV's 48-Hours, I love this book! Capote reveals details the human unconscious buries. His compassion for the people in this story is unbiased. No wasted space. Stunning.