This is the second time I have read In Cold Blood. It is better than I remembered. Truman Capote is an excellent author. His language and writing style pull the reader in so that he/she is an actual part of the story. One can imagine they are actually there in each scene. Each character is described so realistically that by the end of the book the reader feels like they know them. The feelings and thoughts of the killers are surprising and by the end of the book, I felt like I knew them - along with the rest of the town. I definitely recommend this to anyone.
I can't say anything about the book that hasn't already been said, so I will instead comment on the audiobook. I would have given it 5 stars, but the narration by Scott Brick was a little dramatic and theatrical for my taste. But I imagine that it won't be an issue for most, and I hesitated even docking the one star. If you enjoy a more emotive reading, consider it a 5-star audiobook.
This classic was well read by the narrator who took on the voices of the characters. Made the whole thing like good radio show.
This is just a book about a couple of creepy dudes. I found it mildly entertaining but not the best read
Nothing wrong with the audio book (the narrator is great). It's the book itself. When the murders themselves took place so early on (and "off-camera") I knew there was a problem coming. There's no suspense to anything that happens, and then Capote chases all these rabbits along side paths that have nothing to do with the story itself or the main characters. More than once I found myself asking "Why do I care about that?" I know it is considered a classic, but it's much in the same way as many "classic" movies that critics love, but as an audience member I found myself wanting something... more. The "dispassionate" author makes this come across as a newspaper article that you start reading on page 1 and find out it's continued on page 2... and 3... and 4... and 5... and eventually you find yourself thinking "You know, I was interested in this when I started, but how much longer is this going to go on?" If it wasn't Capote but some random college student, the professor would have torn it apart. Remember the scene from "A River Runs Through It" when the father hands the writing assignment back to his son and says "Again, half as long" ? I wish Capote had met him.
This was a great book. It had me spell bound. I did think it could have been a bit shorter and you would have gotten the same effect. Sometimes I found myself zoning listening to what the killers lives were like after the murder. But it is a must for you to hear. Scott Brick is fabulous.
I was captivated by Copote when I was growing up in the Midwest, but I was not prone, nor allowed, to talk about or ponder much about the controversial person or undesireable behavior. But I had remembered that dispite what people said about Capote the person, they always remarked favorably towards his writing.
When I saw the movie "Capote", I knew that I had to listen to the book, which I heard with a mucher deeper empathy of the author, a better context of times, and a greater understanding of man's inhumanity to man.
A remarkable read from a remarkable author who's style changed how books are written but who's recall and his ability to captivate a small group were his only redeeming qualities.
This is a good book, but it was hard for me to get excited about it. There is no mystery here, which I knew, but I was hoping for some super detective work or something... but no.
If you are interested in hearing just the facts, and a LOT of background information about every single person who lived in or visited this town, then I would recommend this book to you.
If you are looking for twists and action, I would pass on this one.
The narrator is excellent and the book is well written - I'm just more of an action-person I guess.