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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)

What Members Say

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    Erin Miner 05-12-15
    Erin Miner 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting story"

    I do not usually listen to nor read murder thrillers but this was terrific.
    Well done all aspects.
    S. M.

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    Lawrence 04-09-15
    Lawrence 04-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "To much fluff"
    What disappointed you about In Cold Blood?

    I kept wanting the storyteller to get to the point.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Storyteller did a good job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Interesting story, just to much fluff and information about items that were not relevant to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V 04-07-15
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    "can't finished waste of money.. preview was best
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    part of the story. narrator nasally voice did not help. Dull slow boring
    Did not read as a true crime.

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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 04-04-15
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story!"

    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.

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    Mike 04-02-15
    Mike 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A master at the top of his game."

    Bonus points for not playing out the worn out liberal cliches about the so-called rubes of Middle America.

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    distractedbygold Los Angeles 03-31-15
    distractedbygold Los Angeles 03-31-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm a teacher; I should read more than I sew.

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    "I was finally able to get through this novel"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It felt as though the voice of Brick fit with the time of the story (I know that sounds dumb).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You feel like you know all the people involved...."

    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

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    Daniel Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-19-15
    Daniel Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow."

    Steady sure narration. Full depth story or stories. Without false sentiment. Interesting to the end. Rings true.

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    Chad G. 03-17-15
    Chad G. 03-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Just didn't do it for me"

    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.

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    Janet 03-13-15
    Janet 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    Well written with a great narrator!! Held my interest the entire time. Truth makes the most interesting story especially with great writing

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  • Steve
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    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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