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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)

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    Kyle Marler USA 07-28-15
    Kyle Marler USA 07-28-15 Member Since 2015

    A face only a mother could love

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    "A Classic Chiller"
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Cold Calculating Cruelty


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author painted the story was masterful. It really made you feel like you were there.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have. This was another exceptionally good performance by Scott Brick.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The detail in describing everything in the story. But mostly the physical characteristics of the two killers and their tendencies throughout their lives made it very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a tremendously well written and well narrated book

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    J. C. Edens Georgia, USA 07-28-15
    J. C. Edens Georgia, USA 07-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Been on/off with Audible since '07, when I found myself long-term in China, desperate for English language books. Love a good story.

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    "Classic, great narration - my first time "reading" it!"

    This one sticks with you. I finally bought it and it's certainly a fabulous glimpse into crime, punishment, and small town life in the middle of the century in the middle of America. Fascinating insight on two killers, I can certainly see how we take this milestone book for granted nowadays, and how much influence it's had on true crime and crime fiction.

    Great narration by Scott brick.

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    Tracy Morales 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The classic comes alive!"

    Would recommend this book -Excellent story and well read. Capote tells this tale of two personable but immoral killers and the wholesome family they murdered in a bucolic Kansas town.

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    Phil 07-09-15
    Phil 07-09-15
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    "Fascinating story, heart breaking and shocking"

    This was an amazing listen and great writing and storytelling.
    What is shocking is the killers feel slighted when on death row as if others are to blame for their actions.

    Capote wired on this for years and has written a great book

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    amandahkr 07-09-15
    amandahkr 07-09-15
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    "Classic for a reason"

    Loved the story can't believe I had read it before now. Narrator is wonderful brought the story to life.

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    Mugsy S 07-09-15
    Mugsy S 07-09-15

    margaret solheid

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    "A great read"
    Where does In Cold Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books I have ever read. I enjoyed Capote's writing style and Scott Brick's narration.


    Any additional comments?

    A tragic, senseless murder of a regular American family. Very sad. I felt the author was respectful to all involved. I was sad when it was over. Capote has a way of making you want listen for hours.

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    Mike Dreelan San Antonio, TX 06-23-15
    Mike Dreelan San Antonio, TX 06-23-15 Member Since 2014

    Captivity Captive

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    "Meet Perry and Dick...who is the killer?"

    Meet Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, two young men that eliminate a family. Why? Find out in this great book read by one of the best.

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    Gary 06-14-15
    Gary 06-14-15
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    "A great example of how NOT to write a book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Great narrator, horribly written story


    What could Truman Capote have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Avoided hours of irrelevant, non story info...psychological evaluations of criminals went on forever, first person story telling continuously switching which person was first person, gobs of data about other prisoners on death row in Kansas at the time, all in all it was as if there was 4 hours of story and 10 hours of text book, I've been a member for years only having returned one book , before this one, now it will be two...I definitely want my credit back, Great narrator and start to the book though.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Cold Blood?

    too many to list, but over 50% of the last 7 hours.


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    Andrew Guinigundo 05-26-15 Member Since 2011

    Gu Man

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    "Classic"

    The best murder story ever told - and it's true - as told by one of the best writers of American literature and narrated by one of the best audio book narrators.

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    Shakespeare Fan 05-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes!"

    Read it. Excellent in story and narration.
    Classic for a reason. Devoured this work. Buy it

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