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In Cold Blood Audiobook

In Cold Blood

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: To experience Truman Capote's genre-defining work for the first time with Scott Brick at the helm was a real treat. Brick's understated inflection and characterizations of the victims and the killers are subtle, but powerful. This riveting listen - a true audio masterpiece - rivals the best thrillers. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

©1965 Truman Capote; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The resulting chronicle is a masterpiece, agonizing, terrible, possessed, proof that the times, so surfeited with disasters, are still capable of tragedy." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Carmita 03-09-15
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    "An OK listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It was very slow. Nothing exciting. I just expected more. Although the book really gave a good amount of detail on the characters, it just never gave me goose bumps or any feeling of nervousness. Just blah but was an ok listen during a long commute.


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    Christopher J. Button 03-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Blogger, writer, construction manager who enjoys business and leadership books, adolescent fiction to keep up with my kids, and wonder...

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    "Timeless and outstanding"

    This was a remarkable book that I should have read in high school, but didn't. The characters come to life as does the story, even as it meanders down rabbit trails. The pictures he paints are vivid, and even though the book is old, it's wonderful.The occasional offensive words scattered throughout the book are dark but an important reminder of a time past.

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    SSF 03-03-15
    SSF 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I thought"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Being a big fan of Harper lee and reading that she did all the legwork for this book gave me high hopes.
    Very disappointing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I can't imagine


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not if it was done in the written time frame.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Rebecca Grove 03-03-15
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    "A beautifully written True Crime"

    This is my first crime novel, and at first the beautiful language worried me. I thought it would take away from the serious and horrid nature of the crimes discussed. But it didn't. It helped convey the human side of this tragedy, not only for the victims but for all those involved. The narration was great, with superb diction and character differentiation. I really want to know more about this case now, and perhaps rematch the movie with Phillip Seymour Hoffman that I haven't seen since it was first out. I can't wait to get another Capote book under my belt.

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    "Great"

    A captivating story, told brilliantly, performed flawlessly. I finished it in less than two days. Had I started earlier on the first day, I wouldn't have needed day two.

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    Christine 03-02-15
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    "A classic, masterfully narrated."

    I've just read some rather vehement critiques of Scott Brick's style - but it works for this classic. His toned-down approach, with a slight drawl, matches the implacable pace of the novel. This is a long, chilling - and worthy - listen.

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    LB 02-28-15
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    "Too long"
    What did you like best about In Cold Blood? What did you like least?

    Learning about the crime and how it was solved was very interesting. The book was too long and I got bored listening after a while. Opt for the abridged version.


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    Drew 02-26-15
    Drew 02-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    A little slow at times, but marvelous nonetheless. I recommend it heartily, especially for fans of "Serial." Also check out "Music for Chameleons."

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    Penelope 02-25-15
    Penelope 02-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating, sad and thought provoking"

    A book you can listen to over and over. Poignantly written and narrated. Feels like a deep insight into the lives of criminals, victims and law enforcement.

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    Abby Edzards 02-23-15
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    "Incredible story! Awesome narration!"

    Absolutely loved this book! It was written as a detailed storyline that followed each characters' lives throughout the times of the murders, investigation, and eventual consequences. Easy to follow, interesting, and mysterious! Truman Capote is a great writer and Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator! I would definitely recommend this book!!

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  • Steve
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    1/26/06
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    "Cool, balanced recounting of brutal event"

    Capote avoids all the easy options. His book is not a blood and guts horror tale; it's not a socio-pschological tale trying to evince sympathy for the murderers; it's not a who dunnit detective story.
    In a sense it's all these and more as he recounts events from multiple points of view - the murderers', the police, the community, the families affected, the judicial system - all are given their place so you have an objective and balanced account where you have to form your own views and decide where your own sympathies lie. Capote's tone is cool (old sense!) and measured throughout.
    Well read by Scott Brick

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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