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)
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There is something to be said about reading a book before seeing the movie. I, of course saw the movie In Cold Blood and the movie Capote...then I listened to the book. As usual, the book far exceeded the movies, however because I knew what was going to happen every step of the way, it ruined the suspence for me. Granted I got more history and information about the events that took place but I was never rushing back to listen to see what was going to happen next because I already knew.
The writing is excellent and the narration is top notch.
I don't think I will ever read a book after seeing the movie first again. It needs to be done the other way around.
This appeared on audible as a 'new release' but the book is very old and the language used is dated compared to modern thriller standards. Even the brilliant voice of Scott Brick doesn't stop you drifting off during long non relevant parts of this book. This has taught me a lesson: I need to stop buying books based on the narrator and and spend more time making sure the author is to my liking.
Audio needs to change it's requirements. If a review is needed, we should be able to complete #1 ONLY when WE feel that is all that is needed.
The book takes forever to get to the main idea and when he finnaly does the story line just dont have it. 2 out of 5 for me not a good mystery, or thriller.
"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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