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.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
There has been a lot of hype about this book, mainly because of recent films (and one classic film) based on it's subject matter. I have read several books and short stories by Truman Capote. I have read several True Crime and Mystery novels. In Cold Blood blows all of them out of the water. Truman Capote just has a natural ability to weave threads of a story into a great book. Pulp True Crime novels simply can't compare to a writer of Capote's caliber. If you listen to one true crime novel this year, make it this one.
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.
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'm a new fan of the author. You'll believe you've watched this first hand, the writing takes you into the home and into the heads of every character. Really a great book.
No, overall the book is interesting however there is no real mystery to the story. It doesn't take long before perspective shifts to the killers and then time is spent on the build up of what happened before, during and after the murders. Still an interesting read, but if you are seeking a Who done it, look further.
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.
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...