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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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    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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    Donna Queensland, Australia 08-15-15
    Donna Queensland, Australia 08-15-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "In Cold Blood"

    This was another book that is hard for me to rate...

    Firstly, I must say that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Scott Brick. If I had been reading a physical copy of the book there is NO WAY I would have finished it. From memory, it took at least a couple of hours for the 'story' to actually get started. I felt very guilty for wishing the killing would start already, knowing that these were real people.

    I knew nothing of the Clutter family or their murders before reading this book. I knew nothing of this book except its name, its author, and the fact that it was supposed to be a 'big deal'. I've read a little online in the past couple of days about all the controversy surrounding the writing of this book, and that doesn't really interest me at all.

    To date I've probably read ten or twelve true crime books, and I'm afraid to say that I didn't find this one to be all that special. I mean no disrespect to the Clutter family, I do not wish to detract from the horror they faced that night. I just mean that for me, the book could have been written by anyone about any crime. I've not read anything else by Capote and I'm not really interested in doing so. His writing was good, don't get me wrong, but this wasn't a stand-out for me.

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    Alexis Meskill BEMIDJI, MN, US 08-11-15
    Alexis Meskill BEMIDJI, MN, US 08-11-15
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    "fantastic story, gorgeous prose, talented voice"

    left me wanting more! I felt I was there with the main characters, intense and gratifying

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 08-08-15
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "Almost Too much Information"

    My second time through with Capote. After a time, there is almost too much information, especially during the time in Mexico. It is almost too well detailed. It remains a classic though as a true study of needless human depravity.

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    Alli G 08-05-15
    Alli G 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, but I think it would have been better in print"

    I have been on a recent epic fantasy kick and I needed something different, so I decided to go back to something that I love: crime novels.

    This was my first Capote book. Going into it, I knew that he was already dubbed the father of the modern crime genre. I now see why.

    I liked the various point of views he took the psychological aspects he put into the characters. I liked how he tried to put you in the mind of the killers.

    I did feel the ending was long winded and I would have like to have seen it end with the 4 hours left mark. To me it was like reading the appendices at the end of Tolkien's Return of the King: long winded and completely unnecessary.

    Another downfall to this was listening to it. This was one of those books that would have done better in print. It was hard to follow along when the character perspective changed. And they changed a lot.

    By no means am I staying that Scott Brick was not a good narrator, because he was. I truly enjoyed his performance and would listen to another one of his books.

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    Kyle Marler USA 07-28-15
    Kyle Marler USA 07-28-15

    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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