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In Cold Blood | [Truman Capote]

In Cold Blood

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. 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.
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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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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-03-06
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 02-03-06 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Movie ruined the book"

    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.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah High Point, NC, USA 01-21-09
    Deborah High Point, NC, USA 01-21-09
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    "Great Book"

    I am a huge fan of cold blooded killer books or movies. This movie kept me interested and excited. I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Francesco EggSwitzerland 01-26-06
    Francesco EggSwitzerland 01-26-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Too old for me"

    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.

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    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 11-16-12
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    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.

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    Jeff Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada 12-07-07
    Jeff Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada 12-07-07
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    "slow and boring"

    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.

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    "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

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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