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In Cold Blood | [Truman Capote]

In Cold Blood

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. 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.
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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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    Joey Rae 06-12-06
    Joey Rae 06-12-06
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    "Long,Drawn Out & Boring"

    Did I miss something? I purchased this book because, of all the rave reviews, and after the first hour of listening knew I had made a mistake. Even the fabulous Scott Brick couldn't help! I did finish it, but in good concience cannot recommend it unless you have 14 hours to kill listening to long drawn out dialog from the two killers that snuffed out 4 people's lives on a whim. I would rather have had listened to more about the victims, and their lives, then the low life killers that finally got what they deserved in the very end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Blair Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-10-06
    Blair Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-10-06
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    "A Classic American Novel"

    Beyond my expectations, the book is an exceptional story told on many levels, resulting in a classic portrait of a time, a place, and of course a terrible crime. Both the book and narration are excellent. The measured detachment of the author is reflected in the narrator to a haunting effect.

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    Jan Delaware, OH, USA 06-03-06
    Jan Delaware, OH, USA 06-03-06
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    "Amazing Story"

    Unlike the movie - the book was the account of what happened prior to, during and after those gruesome murders. Very well written and narrated!

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    "Superb classic of American lit"

    Truman Capote accomplished something great and difficult with this book: he tells this story in extreme detail but never is it boring or slow. Every word, every sentence, every piece of information reveals the lives of these people and the tragic collision between the two very different worlds.

    The narrative feels at once factual yet sentimental, objective yet deeply involved. The picture painted by Capote of the rural Kansas community shows us their idiosyncracies, their peculiarities, their flaws and limitations. Somehow, these make the picture even more appealing. Capote writes with respect for these people and dignifies them.

    In a strange way, Capote does the same for the killers as he explores their strange, warty lives. The author leaves no doubt as to their guilt or their sociopathic ways, but there is the same artful sense of involvement and even affection between the objective facts.

    I have listened to three audiobooks now read by the same man, Scott Brick. The guy is fantastic. He adopts different voices and inflections without hitting you over the head with it. The reader never gets in the way of the story.

    This audiobook gets my highest recommendation.

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 04-21-06
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 04-21-06 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Excellent"

    I really liked this book. It was very interesting to read a true crime as a novel. The narrator is one of the best. He really adds alot to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 03-26-06
    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 03-26-06
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    "A great book for a reason"

    Sometimes "great books" really are great, and this is one of them. I had never read any Capote books nor have I seen the movie. I choose this book on the strenth of its reputation and on the comments of other reviewers. I was not disappointed!

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    John Austin, TX, United States 03-15-06
    John Austin, TX, United States 03-15-06 Member Since 2006
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    "first rate in every way"

    I hadn't read the book or seen the movies, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Nor had I read anything else by Truman Capote that I can recall. I was impressed with the way the author uses the English language to its fullest and most beautiful potential to describe such horrific and base crimes and criminals. He transports you to rural Kansas and into the lives of the doomed Clutter family at the start. Then the book focuses on the killers. You don't want to feel anything for them, but the author's focus is on their story and you can't help but get sucked in to their depraved world.

    Scott Brick is my favorite narrator and he comes thru here in spades. He's got a knack for voices and accents and puts them to good use for this book. It's like listening to a one man show instead of an audiobook - I can't recommend it enough.

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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 03-02-06
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 03-02-06

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Great book - Great Narrator!"

    I had heard about this book for years, and given this year's movie about Truman Capote, felt it was time to read this one.

    The one major thing I appreciated about the author is that he did not belabor the killings themselves and "torture" the reader with excessive gore. While the crimes were described, they were communicated in a less disturbing fashion than other books I have read.

    The manner of delivery was also very unique - understand that this is a novel-like story based on true crime. The dialogue between the killers and between many others in the book is fabricated, but based on true facts & situations, which is a unique way to write the book.

    An added bonus is the narrator - he does a GREAT job! Very well done!

    The only "issue" I had with the book, (and I'm sure there are varying opinions on this) is that I do believe Capote seems to be more sympathetic to the murderers that I would have been comfortable with. It is also interesting that the surviving members of the Clutter family have had major issues with the book.

    Having said that, it was a well written book about a very sad subject. Like the book "Pointing From The Grave" the sad message is that in a crime like this many, many lives are destroyed beyond just that of the victims and the perpetrators. Very very sad.

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    Timothy Gallipolis, OH, USA 09-07-06
    Timothy Gallipolis, OH, USA 09-07-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Needed an editor"

    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.

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    Chrystine reno, NV, USA 01-07-09
    Chrystine reno, NV, USA 01-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Still"

    My sister read this book to me when it was first published.It is just as consuming now as it was then!

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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

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