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)
Maybe I was expecting too much from this work after reading many reviews praising the originality and artful depiction of "American crime." Overall the story was long, drawn out and anything but nail biting. I forced myself to listen to 11 hours of this, all of which would have been spent in lateral utility watching the ID channel for a large marathon.
Tragic, haunting, emotive
This true story takes the reader from one emotional perspective to another emotional perspective. It raises issues about the American legal system that still need answering in society today.
This book is shocking because it is true , how it was and is incredibly brilliant because you experience many perspectives.
Beautifully written, wonderfully read.
Hickok and Smith just seem like a couple of ordinary young men. Smarter than most , but capable of true evil. They remind me of Adolf Eichmann.
The way Capote is able to humanise these two vile people.
How close are we to evil?
The best non fiction murder thriller ever written. Reads like fiction and narrated with absolute brilliance ! The author gets into the minds of everyone involved and wraps everything up in style. Highly recommend !
Fantastic, entertaining - grt book - i would sit in my driveway to listen for another few mins.
Tense, realistic, slightly predictable
I didn't end up finishing the very end of this book, as it kind of watered down towards the end. However, the first part of the book was great -- intense, realistic, a slice of a certain kind of life. Glad I read it.
This book is so well written and the story really grabs your attention and keeps it
All of them. Honestly. Scott Brick is my narrating hero. I wish he could narrate ALL the books!
Scott Brick could read the phone book and you would be entertained for hours. He's a truly gifted narrator :)
I really disliked the narration and found him putting me to sleep. You hear a lot about capote and this story so I had to give it a try, so glad it's over.
Capote's genre changing book is wonderfully perforned and presented in such a way as to give it a real freshness and tension that keeps you listening.
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