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.
I picked this because I saw a review of the movie and got curious.
It is breathtaking. The narrator is excellent and appears to do what the best narrators do - understands the material. The author uses English superbly, maintaining momentum and keeping my interest in a book which is outside my usual genre choice.
There is usually a point in any book over 5 hours where you think "Yes, yes very clever - now get on with it". This is the exception. I listened to it in two continuous sessions because I couldn't wait to get through it. A true classic.
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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.
A timeless classic. Some of the dialog is out dated, but it still shines as the ultimate True Crime Novel of the 20th century. Scott Brick does a fine job. This won't disappoint.
One of the reasons I've avoided listening to this is the downright chilling nature of criminal minds. It's heartbreaking how easily lives can be snuffed out with such brutality but with nonchalance. This is such an interesting study of the judicial system of the times as well. Definitely a classic and the narrator was excellent.