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)
Capote surely cannot be denied accolades for his writing skills, but by leaving out the fact that he persononly financed the defense for the monsterous thugs that carried out these outrageous murders, it surely tells you a lot about his personal beliefs, which I disagree with.
I personally felt no pity when they met the hangman, and will ponder on exactly what that means to me.
There can never be a favorite part of a book like this, other than the hanging.
A good read, but no Pulitzer Truman.
Not only is this book brilliantly written. You feel as though as you are traveling along with the writer. The narrator is outstanding as well. I wasn't sure I would like this book as it was "old" true crime but you would never know it wasn't written yesterday. This book offers it all. I could go on and on but the bottom line this is quite possibly a true crime masterpiece. I highly recommend.
Feeling, soothing, outstanding narrator. Five star narrator.
If you love true crime, you must add this to your collection!
Really enjoyed this novel!! I suggest after listening, watch Capote. Awesome movie. Helps to put into perspective the relationship Capote had with Perry.
The chapter about Perry's life and childhood.
The story bounces around too much Hard time line to follow.
Less bouncing from one character and time frame to another.
This is a very disturbing true story, I had never heard about these murders. The most interesting part was hearing the disturbing perspective's of the murderers. The crime was so senseless and will upset you. The crime happened in the 1950's but feels very relevant in today's society. The book was written in the 1960's but feels as though it could have been a contemporary look at the same murders.
It is an eerie look into the minds of criminals and sociopath's. The fact that psychiatry was not taken as seriously back then definitely plays a role in this story. I think at least one of the killers would have been determined "insane" in today's day and age but on the other hand neither had a place in society or even in this world in my opinion.
This book will scare you a little, and make you think about where you stand on capitol punishment.
I highly recommend this book, it is one of the best true crime novels I have read and I believe it is one of the first ones ever written.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
There has been a lot of hype about this book, mainly because of recent films (and one classic film) based on it's subject matter. I have read several books and short stories by Truman Capote. I have read several True Crime and Mystery novels. In Cold Blood blows all of them out of the water. Truman Capote just has a natural ability to weave threads of a story into a great book. Pulp True Crime novels simply can't compare to a writer of Capote's caliber. If you listen to one true crime novel this year, make it this one.
Scott Brick has certainly not been an acquired taste for me. After sitting through his narrations of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead AND the entire Foundation trilogy (I can't even guess how many hours that adds up to), I resolved never to put myself through another one. My mistake. I bought several books at once and forgot to check.
He just lays it on really thick. The dramatic pauses, the hushed tones of horror... sometimes I think he's been listening too much to those guys that narrate action movie trailers (One Man... Has One Chance.... To Save The World...). I hate the way he reads. Yet he keeps getting jobs. Maybe I'm all alone? Maybe I'm being mean.
The book is interesting enough. I never see the point in summing up such a well-known classic; worth reading or listening to, at the very least for its place in literary history. This was one of those cases, though, where I perceived something about the book and honestly could not tell if my perception was based more on Capote's writing style or on Brick's performance: either way, it often felt heavy-handed, overwrought, somewhat precious, like the story was being milked, REALLY milked, for every possible drop of emotion and human drama.
Yes, because I know I didn't get all of it the first time around. Its a slow start. Very wordy, in my opinion. I wanted it to go faster and get to the good stuff. When it finally got to the interesting part, I was happy. If I was reading this book, I would not have made it past Chapter 1. It's worth the listen.
I would highly recommend this book to both friends and foe.
The information on the two main characters was very helpful to fill out the picture of the crime and the circumstances leading to the crime.
I have listened to several of Scott Brick's narrations and this ranks as high as any other.
The reinforcement of the adage, "you can not judge a book by it's cover".
I enjoyed understanding a bit more of the nature of this murderers
Death is waiting around the corner
I didn't like the rhythm of the story, it felt slow at moments and I didn't want to keep listening to it.
"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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