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.
"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)
I kept wanting the storyteller to get to the point.
Storyteller did a good job.
Interesting story, just to much fluff and information about items that were not relevant to the story.
part of the story. narrator nasally voice did not help. Dull slow boring
Did not read as a true crime.
Can't believe this is a true story! I thought it was very good, well written. The characters were very interesting. Really creepy and disturbing.
I'm a teacher; I should read more than I sew.
I've started and put down this novel at least 3 times in my life. I am a reader but there was something about the book that always put me off and I figured it out: the side-by-side story telling was difficult for me to read but it was fun to listen to; I was better able to appreciate the story of the family and of the killers.
It felt as though the voice of Brick fit with the time of the story (I know that sounds dumb).
I know it is supposed to be the first true crime novel and a masterpiece, but I felt the end was a little drawn out.
You feel like you know all the people involved....so sad....such a waste...the Clutter family is your neighbor next door...it could happen to anyone
I had read good things about this book, but I just could never get interested in it. I was expecting more suspense and it never appeared. I couldn't wait to get to the end, not because I was interested in the fate of the murderers, but so that I could move on to another book. It wasn't a bad read, just wasn't interesting enough for me.
"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
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