Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
I had heard about this book for years, and given this year's movie about Truman Capote, felt it was time to read this one.
The one major thing I appreciated about the author is that he did not belabor the killings themselves and "torture" the reader with excessive gore. While the crimes were described, they were communicated in a less disturbing fashion than other books I have read.
The manner of delivery was also very unique - understand that this is a novel-like story based on true crime. The dialogue between the killers and between many others in the book is fabricated, but based on true facts & situations, which is a unique way to write the book.
An added bonus is the narrator - he does a GREAT job! Very well done!
The only "issue" I had with the book, (and I'm sure there are varying opinions on this) is that I do believe Capote seems to be more sympathetic to the murderers that I would have been comfortable with. It is also interesting that the surviving members of the Clutter family have had major issues with the book.
Having said that, it was a well written book about a very sad subject. Like the book "Pointing From The Grave" the sad message is that in a crime like this many, many lives are destroyed beyond just that of the victims and the perpetrators. Very very sad.
A great book. It's amazing how in depth he gets into the lives of everyone surrounding the case. A really captivating story.
The only funny thing is, after seeing Capote the movie, to note that although he has put in so much detail, he purposely left himself out of the book, when he actually got quite close to Perry Smith and played a role in getting the guys good lawyers and such when they were on death row. The only time he hints at himself is when he mentions "a reporter" who made frequent visits to the prisoners.
but nevermind all of that. The book is great.
I am squeamish. I don't like horror films and a even Buffy the Vampire Slayer has kept me from sleeping on occasion. I was worried from other reviews that the book might be gory or disgusting and that I wouldn't make it through. Not so. I also worried that the book would drone on, as others had complained. Not for a second. Finally, my biggest worry was that the writing would be poor or the narration bad (side note: ALWAYS listen to the sample read before purchasing an audiobook). No and no.
Scott Brick is masterful. I mean, I don't know where this guy might go for a little recognition, or how he acquired such a skill, but his reading is superb.
Capote's writing is masterful and the language and detail he chose to include are so literarily perfect it is hard to believe that he is relying on quotes and facts. Brilliantly executed. Capote's quotes of the real people put Steinbeck's fictional characters to shame. On this count, the book is a gem in the American cannon.
Finally, there is an beautifully walked line between giving us the details and putting the reader in touch with the the truly horrifying events, without the melodrama and theatrics that most authors can't help but fall into.
This was an audible that after a long draught, got me finding reasons to take the dogs out or go for a long car ride. I was listening first thing in the morning and before I went to sleep (no problems sleeping!). I devoured this and now want to see the movie.
I am a scrooge when it comes to my credits. This one was perhaps the best one I have spent to far.
I'm not totally unfamiliar with Truman Capote's work, but I never got around to reading "In Cold Blood" before. I now see why it is seen as an American masterwork, and Capote's personal magnum opus. I felt totally pulled into the story and couldn't put down---the prose is mesmerizing, the story itself is captivating and Scott Brick is perfectly suited for this reading.
For those who aren't really familiar with the book, a short synopsis: This is a "true crime" story about the murder of the Clutter family in the small western Kansas town of Holcomb, and the story of the murderers and the aftermath of the crimes. It isn't a mystery---we know from the outset who committed the crimes and that they were caught---but the details of the criminals' ongoing escape, the pursuit and the reaction of the small community provide a stunning story.
One word of warning: This book is pretty graphic in places with regard to the state of the murder victims. Not for small children or the squeamish.
It took me a while to get up the nerve to buy this and listen to it. Listening to a true story about a horrible murder is not always easy. The author's approach made it much more interesting. I see why this book has endured for decades.
Scott Brick is amazing as the narrator, and the story, while held at arms length is truly gripping. This story of a family gunned down for almost no reason and the story of the men who did it...
This is the story of two drifters who broke into a Kansas farmhouse looking for a rumored large stash of money. Finding none, they proceeded to savagely murder the entire family. This story is masterfully written and equally well read. It's an excellent presentation, told documentary style, explaining the actions without eliciting sympathy for the drifters. It's a bit rough when the actual crimes are discussed, however this is quite a riveting listen and I highly recommend this audio book.
I almost quit this audiobook because its a little slow in the beginning. After a while, I was hooked. Wow, this is the best reader of an audibook ever. Conveys so much emotion with each character. Highly recommended.
I was riveted by this book. Having never read it and knowing very little about the murders and subsequent events, this was all new to me. Capote really made me ponder who this family was that was so brutally slain and then be fully involved in the chase. No, this is not a mystery or 'who done it' novel. True Crime rarely is because all one has to do is research the crime on the Internet to know 'who done it'. This is instead about the crafting of a non-fiction story and telling the tale from an all-encompassing point of view. Yes, it's long, but there are few points where I felt the dragging associated with so many fiction novels today. It was more of a sense of urgency and impatience to find out what would happen rather than a bogging down in the storytelling. If you like books with substance rather than fluff and no character development, then you will enjoy this book immensly. It is cerebral but not in an elitest way, making it accessable to anyone who likes a thorough tale, so often lost in this world of editing and fast forwarding to the best part.