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.
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 like to pick up a classic every once in a while, to keep my perspective. I don't get what makes this a good read. One of the characters was "interesting" in his thoughts and manner, but the story and the rest of the characters were, well, boring.
What a captivating story. A real story, nonetheless. So well told, I will remember this book for years. Truly, one of the greats here on audible.
I am not a fan of Scott Brick's narration at all. He goes from monotone to weird emphases on words and sentences that feels odd. He reads it like the narrator for "Unsolved Mysteries" would read it... but the book isn't written like a crime report. It is a book with feeling characters and deaths and backstories. He reads characters' teary comments at the funeral scene in the same way he reads about how the police find clues. It just doesn't work.
In general, it's boring and I'm not sure if it's the story or the way it's being told. I am struggling to get through the last half. May just ditch this one and move on.
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.