This book is one I hope to listen to again with my husband so that I have someone to discuss it with.
It was very absorbing. By the time the book was 1/3 over, I felt like I knew the Clutter family. It's rare to find a writer than can build an emotional connection between reader and the principles of the story so quickly and completely.
The performance for this book matched the writing style and enhanced the story.
While the book was too long for me to listen to in one sitting, I did find that it was so compelling that I was eager to get back to it after each interruption.
What eloquent prose for such a horrific and tragic tale. No question was left unanswered after I completed this book. Such sadness and waste told of so beautifully.
Yes, I would listen to In Cold Blood again. The narration was smooth and drew me in. The pacing was wonderful. There was even a small twist towards the end. Each person represented was an interesting character. It never got boring or slow.
Even though early one the reader is told who is responsible for the deaths, I like that there maintains a sense of mystery--even after the motive is learned.
I have not, but I just put more in my wish list.
It was interesting how "educated" the murderers were. Their moral compasses were interesting also
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
The book cannot be enjoyed in a traditional sense. I found it chilling and at times gruesome. It held my attention and I listened until I finished it.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat because Capote had access to all of the key witnesses surrounding the murders. He even interviewed the murderers themselves. Using their own words, he got inside the heads of the characters so you can see the world from their perspective. Since the reader goes into "In Cold Blood" knowing who the murderers were, Capote holds the readers' attention by showing how the events unfolded.
Hickok and Perry--the murderers. Detestable. Seeing their motivations and lack of empathy were chilling, haunting. Capote's analysis of the mind of a murderer applies to today.
Capote's access to the people surrounding the murder. He quoted not just newspapers, because he was there when the investigation was ongoing and the murderers had not been captured yet. He used childhood friend Harper Lee (To Kill a Mocking Bird) to ingratiate himself upon people to get them to open up and talk. Their conversations recounted here describe the horrors and the senselessness of the murders.
This is the quintessential book in creative non-fiction. This was the book that launched the genre. I agree with Capote on this one. He should have won the Pulitzer.
Maybe I was expecting too much from this work after reading many reviews praising the originality and artful depiction of "American crime." Overall the story was long, drawn out and anything but nail biting. I forced myself to listen to 11 hours of this, all of which would have been spent in lateral utility watching the ID channel for a large marathon.
Tragic, haunting, emotive
This true story takes the reader from one emotional perspective to another emotional perspective. It raises issues about the American legal system that still need answering in society today.
This book is shocking because it is true , how it was and is incredibly brilliant because you experience many perspectives.
Beautifully written, wonderfully read.
Hickok and Smith just seem like a couple of ordinary young men. Smarter than most , but capable of true evil. They remind me of Adolf Eichmann.
The way Capote is able to humanise these two vile people.
How close are we to evil?