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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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    "Drawn Out Investigation Discovery Episode"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Vermont, USA 10-28-15
    Emily Vermont, USA 10-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    I liked it but I wouldn't listen to it again. I liked the story and it was good to listen to.

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    perspective 10-24-15
    perspective 10-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "True and Tragic"
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, haunting, emotive


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is shocking because it is true , how it was and is incredibly brilliant because you experience many perspectives.


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    Peter 10-19-15
    Peter 10-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost unbelievable."
    Where does In Cold Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beautifully written, wonderfully read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The way Capote is able to humanise these two vile people.


    If you could give In Cold Blood a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How close are we to evil?


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    Nivaan Linhares 10-18-15
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    "Chilling"

    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 !

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    keithzusi Summit, NJ, United States 10-17-15
    keithzusi Summit, NJ, United States 10-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Grt book/ grt performance"

    Fantastic, entertaining - grt book - i would sit in my driveway to listen for another few mins.

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    Jennifer 10-14-15
    Jennifer 10-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Reality is stranger than..."
    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, realistic, slightly predictable


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    A. Lowell Pasadena, CA 10-11-15
    A. Lowell Pasadena, CA 10-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow, just WOW!"
    What did you love best about In Cold Blood?

    This book is so well written and the story really grabs your attention and keeps it


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All of them. Honestly. Scott Brick is my narrating hero. I wish he could narrate ALL the books!


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick could read the phone book and you would be entertained for hours. He's a truly gifted narrator :)

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    T.Evans 10-01-15
    T.Evans 10-01-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Bored to death"

    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.

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    Rev 09-29-15
    Rev 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating from start to finish"

    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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